December 12, 2017

Juliette Has a Gun Sunny Side Up Review

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I blind purchased Juliette Has a Gun Sunny Side Up Perfume during the Sephora 20% Off Rouge Event because it just sounded fun. I mean how can you not like a fragrance that’s named Sunny Side Up right?

Some part of me was scared going into this purchase. Worried that maybe this would be a Lemon Pledge fragrance as sunny for me equals lemon or citrus notes. It contains neither actually! It’s a warm, slightly spicy gourmand that wears very, very close to my skin.

Here’s why I both love and hate it.

Juliette Has a Gun Sunny Side Up arrives in a bright white bottle with a yellow cap. The idea of the fragrance was to inspire happy and positive feelings accord to the creator, Romano Ricci. It does nothing of the sort for me. I can think of literally 100s of scents that I own which do evoke a sense of happiness and playfulness but I wouldn’t say Sunny Side Up was one. What does it evoke? Snuggling on the couch in front of a crackling fire with a loved one, laying under a soft blanket with that special someone in your life, laying your head on your boyfriend or husband’s chest and smelling the very faint scent of his cologne. It’s a scent that evokes a feeling of safety, security, and being cherished.

It took me several hours after trying it for the first time to figure out what it smelled like. I kept smelling my shirt over and over again and although, I knew it reminded me of something I couldn’t quite figure out what it was that I was smelling. Nearly eight hours later a light bulb went off in my head and I realized this didn’t smell like something in my perfume collection at all! It smelled like something from my candle collection! It smells like a softer less harsh version of Bath & Body Works Bourbon Maple Candle and I promise that’s not a bad thing. I know, I know you’re sitting there like, “Umm I don’t want to smell like a candle!” I promise it somehow works.

Bath & Body Works version contained notes of barrel-aged bourbon, sugared amber, and maple wood. Juliette Has a Gun’s version has a warm, comforting, creamy sandalwood with a mix of coconut, musk, and although, not listed, I feel like it’s dominated by a warm, masculine amber note. It’s slightly spicy, very warm, and quite a unisex scent that has a sophisticated yummy gourmand feel courtesy a hint of vanilla. To me it has that maple syrup-like scent going on that Bond No 9 New Harlem has going on. If you like New Harlem you’re bound to love Sunny Side Up as it is a lighter, less heavier version of that scent.

I love it.

And I hate it.

It’s a beautiful scent that wears very, very close to my skin which is my problem with it. When I mist it on I actually smell very little fragrance but once it warms up on my skin it starts to project but I feel like it gives off very little throw. You really have to get up and into my personal space to smell this. I can barely smell it on myself. It could be my body chemistry but I’m just not seeing much throw here, the sillage is weak and the wear short.

It’s a beautiful scent I just wish it created a cloud of fragrance around me! I also wish it would wear longer and stronger. I feel it disappears within a few short hours of application.

Juliette Has a Gun Sunny Side Up is a warm, comforting, sexy unisex blend but sadly, the throw and wear time is disappointing.

It’s worth trying though but maybe in a smaller format like the rollerball for $28 or from the Juliette Has a Gun Discovery Kit which is merely $20 and features seven other scents from this niche brand.

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    • Isabella Muse

      It’s a pretty weak fragrance, not going to do much on my hair if my clothes didn’t pick it up probably 🙂

  • Gali

    Muse, I had the same love hate reaction with their “not a perfume”. Yes, it’s really ‘not a perfume’ cause I can’t smell it! It has that effect of a “runaway perfume” – can’t really get a hold of the scent. Frustrating, isn’t it? Btw is sunny side any close to Elizabeth James Bourbon?

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL yeah not a perfume is very subtle as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D Very because I prefer something stronger with more projection! No, not at all! Bourbon is vastly different notes and smells completely different 😀

  • Jen

    I get no gourmand notes in my bottle! 🙁 mostly just musk/clean notes. Keep in mind, this scent is heavy on the Ambroxan, so your nose can “get used to it” making it feel it’s worn away when it hasn’t.
    I do find, however, none of the Juliette scents are heavy enough to create a “cloud” of fragrance around the wearer. They stick around, but in a subtle way. As you move, the scents are lightly wafted around.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think Mmmm was the exception to to the rule when it comes to JhaG fragrances. That was a long wearing cloud of fragrance for me however, I agree, most of the scents are very, very subtle.

  • Lauren

    Curious. I hope I can sample in store some day. I enjoyed some fragrances in their sample set but nothing worth buying full size. They are all slightly too synthetic for my tastes.

  • Christy Peeples DuBois

    I have been wanting to try these but this is the first review I have read on one. The scents I wear if I smell them on me they give me s head ache. But the ones I can wear I do not smell on me but others compliment me all the time. But I also can NOT wear musk…….HEADACHE every single time.
    Thanks for the review.
    I’m playing catch up reading your posts if you are wondering.

    • Isabella Muse

      This is a bit musky so you might want to avoid! There are others in the line that are great 😀 Mmmmm is a nice fruity scent no musk 😀 my pleasure! <3! Thanks for catching up haha!