I caught the advert for Diesel Loverdose and was instantly turned off to this fragrance. I didn't like the advertising (cheesy), I hated the bottle (tacky), didn't like the name (don't you think it sounds like an STI?!). There was literally nothing on paper that I liked about this scent. Not one thing. And yet, when I caught sight of it in Boots I thought, I'm going to have to smell this to see how awful it is. I hope I'm not the only person that does that? I am, oh God. I'm stranger than I though!
Anyway, I gave it a sniff and to my horror, not only did I not hate it - I actually thought this is quite nice!!! I immediately left the perfume section, slightly disgusted with myself and continued to browse the store. I completed my purchases and as I walked to the exit I thought, I going to have to actually spray this on me and see how it wears. Against all my better judgement I picked up the twee purple heart shaped bottle, sprayed on my wrist and ran out of the door. Hoping no one had seen me.
Fast forward to my train journey home. I'm sat there, reading my Kindle and generally minding my own business, then I get a whiff of someone and think 'ooooh they smell nice'. This instantly jolts my memory to Loverdose (cringe!) and I begrudgingly gave myself a cursory sniff. To my shock and slight dismay - it's me! I'm the one that smells nice and the smell is bloody LOVERDOSE (double cringe)!!!!
I get home and walk through the door and into the arms of The Boy to a comment of 'mmmmmm you smell nice'. This is not an uncommon event in our house, I'm pleased to say *polishes halo*. So I offer up my wrist and ask, is it this? Which received the response of a deep sniff, a long guttural growl and more mmmmmmmmm-ing. 'Yes! What is it?' No no no no no! You cannot like it too! I tell him, how I hate the advert, the packaging and the name and he simply says 'Yeah, but if you like it. You're just going to have to get over it!' Okay, sulking now.
A few days later, in Boots again and I get a voucher that has £5 of selected perfumes. There front and centre is Loverdose. No, I will not buy this. I don't need it and I don't even like it that much. Except Loverdose does a number on me and for the next week, it's all I can think about
. It reminds me of something and I try in vain to think of what it is. Then it comes to me. Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise (A modern story of vanilla. The fragile vanilla orchid forms the perfect counterpoint to the oaky caramel-rich vanilla bourbon, spiced with star anise. Warm and enveloping.) - my favourite Jo Malone scent. Classy, elegant and not even playing the same sport as Loverdose (An addictive & unique fragrance with top notes of mandarin & star anise, followed by the two key notes of liquorice & rich vanilla followed by a base of sensual dry woods. The stunning Loverdose bottle is an edgy, multi-faceted heart with a dagger through the middle. It represents a beautiful but deadly weapon of seduction), let alone the same league! Or so I thought until I looked at the scent descriptions and realised that they were more similar than I first thought.
I meet up with Nic and we discuss it. She smells it and tells me I should just buy it. And so I do and it turns out I actually bloody love it!! I kind of hate myself for even typing that, but I do.
Is there anything you love to hate?