Perfume Review: Crazylibellule Shanghaijava Ananas Imperial

July 26, 2009 at 10:49 Leave a comment

I was really pleased when Sephora opened in Singapore last December, at Takashimaya, but it took me a few more months to discover some specimens of Crazylibellule & The Poppies perfume. I’d only read about this brand, as I had never before found it in Singapore. I was so happy to stumble across it, I just stood there sampling and sampling, until the assistants started to give me the funny eye.

Just a smidgeon of history – CatP is a new kid on the perfume block, being established in 2005 by Isabelle Masson-Mandonnaud, who also founded the original version of Sephora. It’s a tiny little French outfit that came up with this brilliant idea of making perfume in the form of 5g solid sticks, just a bit shorter and squatter than your average lipstick. Here’s what mine looks like:

Ananas

Hmm, there must be some funky lighting effects in my living room. Anyway, it’s a simple cardboard tube, so I keep it in its box to protect it from getting bished inside my bag. I have a very Doraemon approach to bag-packing (i.e. everything plus the kitchen sink, in no particular order), so protection is essential. 

There are several lines, besides the (supposedly Asianic) Shanghaijava one, such as Les Divines Alcoves (flowery), Poule de Luxe (vanilla combos) and Le Baton (for morning, afternoon and night).

I chose to buy Ananas Imperial based strictly on first impressions. I could afford to be so superficial because these things cost S$32 per stick, which is not bad for French perfume. The notes are pineapple, jasmine, peach, musk, blackcurrant, lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon and cedar. I get a lot of pineapple first and foremost, then peach after a few minutes, with undertones of sweet citrus fruit, which makes it a sparkling, fresh and carefree scent on my skin. It’s an unusual choice for me, because I don’t usually go for the girly fruit candy kind of perfume. But this was so likable and affordable that I could not resist. Just the thing to make me feel a bit better when I’m post-call.

Being a solid perfume, this stuff will leave waxy residue on the skin unless well massaged in. It does not have magnificent sillage, but that’s OK by me because I wear perfume to make ME happy. Reapplication is necessary to make it last through the day, but hey, that’s why it comes in portable sticks, right?

The only problem with that, well, is that the damn thing has rolled under the sofa. Growl.

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