Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance ($24) is being marketed at the brand’s first-ever perfume but I’m hearing different from many of you. Apparently, Tarte already had a fragrance?! I honestly do not remember that and after much searching the web I was unable to discover a photo or even a blurb about it anywhere. I would have loved to seen what the original perfume looked like.
Mid-range brands releasing fragrance is apparently a thing now. Recently, Urban Decay launched their Go Naked Perfume Oil and soon after that Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance dropped. Now I’m waiting for Too Faced to make some sort of peach fragrance launch. Who thinks that will happen? Shall we place bets?
Even though I dislike rollerballs I decided to purchase Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance because social media was making it into some sort of magically elixir. Hey, even I give into the crazy social media hype sometimes too.
Tarte houses this in a very weighty glass rollerball that holds 0.287 oz of fragrance. I was surprised how heavy it felt in my hand. It’s a shame they didn’t package this in a bottle and if they do at any point I’d be first in line to purchase it as I really enjoyed the fragrance. My hope is that the are testing the market and might at some point release it in a larger size. But I think that’s just wishful thinking on my part as they do say it is limited edition. In reality, it probably is limited edition and at some point it’ll disappear and they’ll release a new scent seasonally or even other season. That seems like a better marketing technique than simply bringing out one large bottle. Gotta keep us coming back for more right? None the less, I will be purchasing a backup as I did with Go Naked Perfume Oil which is also available for a limited time.
The rollerball is fuchsia in color and decorated with pretty pink hearts. I kept thinking to myself because of the name, the cute packaging, and even the scent itself how great this would have been as an early Spring/Valentine’s Day release. It just screams February to me.
The notes include:
- Top: orange, mandarin, passion fruit & berry
- Heart: passion fruit, lychee, gardenia & vanilla
- Base: vanilla, cedarwood, sandalwood & musk
Tarte’s fragrance is one that has a good developing layer of notes. The notes are ones you can smell, they are also ones that develop gradually as the fragrance warms up. I don’t have a nose for fragrance by any means but I have an extensive fragrance collection and I can honestly say I struggle sometimes to pick apart notes. On a first mist, I can’t really tell you what it is I’m smelling. But with Tarte’s fragrance I actually can tell the notes apart and I can smell them as they morph from the top to the heart and finally at the base.
The fragrance starts out with a fruity cocktail with a zesty dominate note of orange and mandarin. The orange is sweet and slightly tart but never bitter. Quickly, almost too quickly, a highly sweet note of passion fruit and lychee come out to play and almost immediately after vanilla comes at me full force. Vanilla is a note that makes an appearance very quickly due to the fact you get a double dose of it at the heart and the base of the fragrance. Much of the fruitiness disappears to be replaced by a gorgeous and slightly tropical and shyly musky madagascar vanilla with cedarwood and sandalwood adding warmth. It’s very fun fragrance at first application but it quickly turns playfully sexy and sensual. It’s a fragrance that becomes stronger as your body temperature rises.
Tarte Sweet Tarte Fragrance is a delightful perfume and well worth picking up. I’m Muse Approving this and will be purchasing a backup for my own collection. And if, by some crazy chance, Tarte decides release a 3.7 oz bottle, well, I’ll be first in line to purchase it.
Did you indulge?