I think I might have been delirious when I purchased Pink Flower by Pink Sugar ($65) Eau de Parfum blindly online the other day. You see, I hate Pink Sugar with a passion. Remember a few years ago when everyone was absolutely bananas about Pink Sugar? Please take no offense if this is your signature scent but I can’t stand it.
It’s funny because you likely know already I really, really love sweet, gourmand fragrances. But something about Pink Sugar just makes me gag. It’s a fragrance that gets caught in the back of my throat and makes me want to cough. But of course my love of great packaging got away with me and I ended up purchasing a bottle of Pink Flower simply because the bottle was adorable. Well, that’s not entirely true! I also purchased it because I had some deep hidden hope that I’d suddenly become a Pink Sugar fan girl because somehow I feel like I’m missing out.
Aquolina created this fragrance with Pink Sugar in mind and it’s supposed to be a more sophisticated sweet floral blend. Basically, it’s supposed to be a bit more floral than the original. So, take Pink Sugar, throw in a few floral notes, and you have Pink Flower.
Pink Flower comes housed in a gorgeous cream barrel decorated with soft to the touch velvety roses. The bottle itself screams teenager but I love it. It’s a bright pink translucent bottle with a ribbon wrapped around neck of the bottle and a blooming rose-like cap. If you like frou frou princess-y packaging you’ll likely love this. It’s a bit juvenile but I never claimed I was any good at adulting!
I can’t tell you which but this fragrance reminds me of some Britney Spears fragrance or perhaps I’m smelling a bit of Ari by Ariana Grande here. It’s definitely a generic sweet floral fragrance so, unfortunately there isn’t anything terribly unique about it. There’s a layer of Pink Sugar here mixed with a good deal of raspberry. Although it contains different notes I can never get passed smelling a very sugary raspberry which is why it reminds me so much of Ari.
There are other notes in the fragrance such as mandarin, rose, white flowers, vanilla, and patchouli. The fragrance is supposed to start with top notes of raspberry and mandarin with a heart of rose and white flowers and a dry down of vanilla and patchouli. I can honestly say my nose picks up none of that. There’s a bit of spiciness from black pepper and plenty of sugary raspberry but aside from that I never really smell much else. The first mist of notes is the same as the dry down ones. And even after 5 hours the notes remain the same and never change. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I like a bit more complexity to my fragrances.
The wear is quite good. I purchased the body lotion as well as the perfume. And whether worn alone or layered with the lotion I got an excellent seven hour wear with very good linger.
I have little doubt Pink Flower by Pink Sugar will be a beloved favorite by fans of the original juice. I thought it was ok but nothing I got terribly excited about! It’s a lot more wearable for me compared straight up Pink Sugar that’s for sure. It’s a bit generic but if you like sweet, fruity florals you might just enjoy this one. It has great lasting power as well.
Pink Flower by Pink Sugar is available now at Ulta.com.
Are you a Pink Sugar fan?
Will you be indulging in Pink Flower?