The older I am getting, the more wary I am of using fragranced products on my face. At the same time, I am more and more interested in using fragrance to smell nice and adjust my mood – go figure hehe!
Just for reference, I no longer put fragrances on my bare skin, instead preferring to spritz them on my clothes. It’s a trick I learnt from a supervisor a long time ago. Plus, I am trying to reduce potential irritation and sensitisation by not putting fragrances anywhere on my skin.
You may think that the fragrance or oils could potentially damage my clothes, or that spritzing them on clothes as opposed to skin, where the fragrance can react and develop with your body’s heat, may have some less than pleasant effects or consequences, but so far this has worked really well for me! No staining, no damage to clothes, nice scents all around.
I know that literally every site out there tells you to put perfume on your pulse points (temples, elbows, back of the knees, behind your ears, between your breasts) but honestly applying perfume to my clothes works so much better for me personally. Any other clothes spritzers out there??
Let’s get back to the review at hand. Here are my thoughts on Demeter’s Baby Powder, Sweet Baby, Powdery Musk, as well as niche brand Penhaligon’s Luna and Lush’s Lust perfume (solid version).
Let me know your favorite perfumes in the comments! I am currently seriously considering getting Lush’s Sikkim Girls (a woodsy, spicy oriental) but at ₩170,000 for 80ml, it is a little on the expensive side. Any sexy perfumes you’d recommend? My other favourite is Dior Hypnotic Poison (a vanillary spicy floral oriental) but that does not seem to come in much cheaper and does not seem to be available offline anyways.
I have reviewed other Demeter and Lush fragrances in the past, see my other reviews here:
- Review: Lush | Kerbside Violet (solid perfume)
- Review: Lush – Vanillary (solid perfume)
- Review: Demeter – Laundromat (Fresh Edition) | The nozzle broke, and with it, my heart. 💔
- Review: Demeter Fragrance Library Chocolate Stick
Demeter – Sweet Baby
I got this one on sale at Lalavla for about ₩24,000 at the time.
Now bear in mind, I personally don’t like babies, never have, never will, don’t have any of my own and am not planning on having one, either. Not sure what it is, I just have never felt broody in my life and my baby instincts are just not… there. To be clear though, I am happy for others to have babies and if you like and have babies, good for you! If you ever need me to babysit, I can do that for a few hours, too! I just am not interested in being a mum, myself, that’s all.
All that being said, I LOVE this fragrance. I feel as though Demeter really have captured the essence of what a cute baby should smell like, but in a grown up way – if that makes any sense at all?! There’s a bit of clean skin scent, slight notes of apricot and clean baby laundry, that is just so wholesome and lovely.
I’d peg this as a scent for girls and women in their twenties, rather than mature or older women, though (old 30 somethings like yours truly! Haha!). This is very fresh, light and non-offensive, and would be great to wear to work, unless of course you’d rather be seen as a boss woman. This is definitely more of a nice girl scent, unobtrusive and approachable.
I have tried finding Sweet Baby online however weirdly enough, it seems to be an Asia exclusive scent, or perhaps it is no longer being distributed in the US? I did find another Demeter perfume called New Baby which I suspect is the same as Sweet Baby but of course, not having smelt New Baby, I cannot be certain that they are indeed the same thing. For reference, this is what Demeter says about New Baby, which seems to concur with my impression of Sweet Baby:
New Baby is a light, bright, transparent and sheer fragrance, with slight lemony touches and an underlying creaminess. This is one of the most beautiful, and most complex, Classic fragrances Demeter has ever produced. Despite its complexity, New Baby is in the Classic Library because it is linear, meaning that it expresses its nature immediately and does not change over time. That means in addition to being beautiful in its own right, it will also add depth and complexity to many personal blends. New Baby has been a white whale of Demeter Fragrance Library, a fragrance that took 15 years to bring to market. It is almost a relief to launch this fragrance, a concept that someone asks us for each and every week.
Penhaligon’s – Luna
This perfume was gifted to me by a dear friend in Japan whom the hubby and I were visiting last year (seems like a lifetime ago now!). To date, I had never heard of Penhaligon’s, which is a niche British perfume house. When looking up their site, you’ll find that it is a beautifully designed, quintessentially British site that’s a bit quirky, yet elegant and harkens back to Victorian England in a really fun and weird way. I highly recommend you check out their website and get fragrance profiled – link here (not an affiliate link obvs lol).
On their website, Penhaligon’s describe Luna as follows:
The Moon Goddess’ bath is as soothing as it is seductive, much like her eau de toilette. It shines with orange, jasmine, soft rose and fir balsam. Relax. Sink in. Surrender has never felt so sweet
Actually, I smelt the perfume on my friend first and loved it so much, she ended up handing me her roll on (pictured above, retails for £29 for the little roll-on). It’s a very elegant, fresh, clean and light scent. If any aroma stood out to me, it would definitely have to be rose – this smells of freshly cut roses, plucked at midnight. It’s pretty sexy!
It is also surprisingly complex – it is very deep and rich, and you certainly get to appreciate how much fine tuning and work has gone into this perfume. It is absolutely delicious, a real head turner, and when I say that it is a rose perfume, I by no means intend to denigrate it as a simplistic, common floral scent, because it is not. I absolutely loved this one too!
Lush – Lust (solid perfume)
If you want sex in a fragrance, you’ve got it with this one. It’s a super heavy, strong, floral and oriental scent that’s woodsy and spicy. Other reviewers have noted that it is very heavy on jasmine and sandalwood; my husband said he mainly got jasmine from it which luckily is a scent he likes.
I’d definitely think of this as a scent for a woman that’s at least emotionally quite mature; someone who is a confident seductress or femme fatale. It is not office friendly I’d say due to its headiness. Here’s how I would use it – pop it into your bag during the day, and then, for date night, bring out that bad boy and apply it on your pulse points (as you can see, I got this long before I started applying fragrance to my clothes as a little does go quite a long way).
Lush says the following about it:
Lust is a heady mash-up of rich florals and a warm, woody base that lasts on the skin for hours and hours. It’s a multi-layered fragrance made up of jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, vanilla and sandalwood making it (and you, by association) unabashedly sexy. Resistance is futile.
A word of caution before we move on to the next perfume: This STAINS. A lot. I was wearing this with some light coloured and white underwear and pajamas, and this has stained them permanently, unfortunately. I have washed my underthings numerous times now and the stains still look as bright as the day I got the perfume on them, so I’d recommend you pair this with black leather, lace, velvet, PVC, whatever else your inner femme fatale may make you want to wear. 🤭
I got this over five years ago now hence the dented container. Currently, I see Lush’s solid perfumes going for £10.00 for 6g. Back in the day I think I paid about the same but got 12g of product. Yo Lush, what’s good? 😪
Demeter – Powdery Musk
This is the scent that for some reason I have gotten the most compliments for in my life. It is also a dupe for some very expensive perfume by I think Chloe – I cannot tell you which exactly but one of my friends was gifted a Chloe perfume and she was convinced I was wearing the same one, only this Demeter is a fraction of her designer Chloe fragrance!
It is a very complex and expensive smelling perfume indeed, so if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget, I’d say go for this super affordably priced body mist, which is surprisingly strong and long lasting, much like an Eau de Parfum (kind of like Innisfree’s body mist reviewed here >> Review: Innisfree – Rainy 0520 Perfumed Body Water | A long-lasting, non-offensive Fragrance, Plus, another Book Recommendation).
It is a fresh and floral musky fragrance that again, is a nice day time perfume, especially for younger women looking to smell approachable for work. At Lalavla, this is available for around ₩9,000 or thereabouts.
Again, this seems to be an Asia exclusive scent or perhaps it is a Demeter original that has been discontinued stateside, I don’t know. No official Demeter fragrance notes for this one, boo!
Demeter – Baby Powder
Aaargh, I thought I’d taken photos of this one as I was unboxing it, but clearly I did not?? Hence the generic stock photo. Oh well! ₩24,000 at Lalavla, just like the Laundromat and Sweet Baby one.
Demeter describes this as follows:
As clean and as fresh as it gets, like the proverbial freshly powdered baby’s behind. Let Demeter’s Baby Powder takes you on a journey through the pleasures, the innocence and the scents of childhood. The Johnson & Johnson Company was a leader in antiseptic medicinal plasters in the 1980s. In the 1890’s, the Company started shipping Italian talc with their plasters, to reduce irritation. Soon customers were asking for more talc. Shortly thereafter, that scented talc was being sold as baby powder, creating the link in our minds between the scent of baby powder and fresh cleanliness. It is that fresh scent that is the inspiration for Demeter’s Baby Powder.
Now, on this occasion, I’d have to disagree a little with Demeter on their fragrance notes. While it undoubtedly smells of baby powder, it unfortunately is also very sweet. If I am being completely honest, sweet to the point of being cloying and saccharine. If you were to restrain yourself and gave yourself only one little spritz, I think this could work. More than that however and you might offend the noses of the people around you. If this were fresher or softer, I think I would have liked it better. I can give this one only four stars on this occasion.