Monday, 5 December 2011

Diesel Loverdose - I love to hate you!

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? 


  1. I love this perfume, it's top of my wish list! I don't own it but I spray it every time I see it in a shop. Absolutely love it!

  2. It is lovely isn't it? I'm sure you've been a good girl Charlie, and that Father Christmas will get this for you! Have you tried JM V&A?

  3. Wow I would spray myself with cat pee if it would elicit "a long gutteral growl" from the OH!! You are aware with those four words you turned The Boy into The Sex God aren't you?!!

    That said Loverdose is the sort of perfume I run screaming from, I tried it after reading a couple of your tweets on the subject and nearly gave myself whiplash my face recoiled that quickly from the bottle, strange that what smells lovely on one is awful on another!

  4. Officially it has two ways of pronouncing it, 'Loverdose' and 'Love Overdose', which I thought was pretty clever. I hate the advert for this as much as anyone (I think a lot of my blog views are due to me complaining about her teeth?) but I don't think you should let advertising and packaging rule on your decisions, it's all about the fragrance at the end of the day. I used to be the same with some of my celebrity perfumes (and still occasionally deny I'm wearing Paris Hilton, haha!). :)

  5. I hate the advert and the especially the name of this but I've yet to actually sniff it but from the description I might actually like it. I want to smell Valentina at the min just because I quite like the bottle.

  6. I noticed the Valentina bottle too Lucy, but I'm not sure why I didn't go to smell it!! Will give it a sniff next time I'm passing. Give Loverdose a try and you might be surprised ;o)

  7. Saw your comment and had to come over and read your post. LOVE it :)

    I also just put myself through the TV commercial...cringe. Why would they want to align themselves with the likes of Lynx?

    Anyway, now following and should have been doing so a long time ago :)


  8. It can be our guilty little pleasure, Laura! I have it on today actually. I get so many compliments when I wear it, even if I do die a death when I tell people what it is. Thank you for the lovely comment x



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