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.
Juliette Has a Gun Sunny Side Up is available now at sephora.com.