Upon reading the ingredients list for Loverdose I was struck by how all over the place it sounds. It contains top notes of star anise and mandarin, middle notes of jasmine, gardenia and sweet woods whilst its base notes are musk, vanilla and woody notes.
However, when I spritzed some on a tester card and spent the following two days sniffing it at regular intervals I realised that it wasn’t as mish-mashed as it first seemed and the scents actually work well together. I couldn’t wait to see how it’d fare on my skin.
When first applied to my skin I was hit with a rather in your face chemically smell but this dispersed in less than a minute and I was confronted with a strong liquorice scent (that’ll be the star anise). I’m not a huge fan of liquorice but as this was a top note I knew it’d change over time so I was prepared to go with it.
The liquorice is soon joined by a fresh citrusy scent, the mandarin, which combine to form this strange yet alluring bitter-sweet scent that is no longer overpowering.
Over the course of a few hours the scent changes and the sweeter, more floral notes become evident. At this point the perfume is citrusy and floral because the liquorice as evaporated completely.
Can you see what I mean about the scent being mish-mashed? I wouldn’t say many people expect a scent that starts off with liquorice to turn floral but Loverdose doesn’t stop there, it has another twist in store.
After an hour or two, I’ve been wearing it for about four or five hours at this stage, the floral notes give way to a subtle musky, vanilla mixture that considering the scent rollercoaster Loverdose has had me on is actually rather surprising.
I’ve spoken about my love of musky and vanilla scents before, so at this point I’m in my perfume comfort zone and I could quite happily reside here for the rest of my perfume wearing days.
Loverdose is an Eau de Parfum meaning that not only does it last longer on the skin but that the notes are much more concentrated then those in an Eau de Toilette.
As with last week’s Liz Earle Botanical Essence No1, Loverdose combines notes that you don’t really expect to find side by side, though I find the combinations in Loverdose more surprising, but it all works out in the end.
I normally see perfumes as either musky (sexy) or floral (sweet and feminine) but Loverdose has proven that it’s possible to have both elements in the same bottle. I’m definitely a fan of this fragrance and it’s sexy, floral hybrid, in fact I’ve already purchased a full size bottle.