Ed Hardy Born Wild, Honore des Pres Love Coco, Crabtree & Evelyn Iris ~ quick perfume reviews

It's beginning to dawn on me that I will not clear out my sample backlog by the end of the year, in fact, I'm thinking maybe I will never clear my sample backlog. All the same, it doesn't hurt to try, right? Here are a few more unrelated quickie perfume reviews.

Ed Hardy Born Wild

Ed Hardy Born Wild perfume

Ed Hardy's fourth fragrance for women, Born Wild, is just what you'd expect — a sweet-ish, middle-of-the-road fruity floral in their signature tattoo-inspired packaging. The fruit du jour: peach. Born Wild is light (think spring/summer rather than winter/fall), clean and inoffensive, and the lasting power is reasonable enough.

Ed Hardy Born Wild For Women was developed by perfumer Calice Becker, and is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum and in matching body products. Shown above is a gift set with 100 ml Eau de Parfum, 90 ml each of Shimmering Body Lotion and Bath and Shower Gel, plus a travel spray and luggage tag, $75 at Macy's.

Honoré des Prés Love Coco

 Honoré des Prés Love Coco

There were three fragrances in the recent We Love New York trio from French organic niche brand Honoré des Prés. I already reviewed I Love Les Carottes, and Erin is going to be reviewing Vamp à NY soon. I gave Love Coco, the third of the trio, a quick smell when it arrived, and immediately dumped in in my (huge!!) basket of samples that I'm done with but that need to be filed. A week or so later, I was thinking about Love Coco again, do I dug it back out, gave it another shot on skin, then dumped it right back in the basket. You already know how this goes, right?

Love Coco is an odd little Asian-food-ish sort of mixture of coriander (leaves and seeds), coconut milk, tonka bean, vanilla and cedar, and it's either disgusting or wonderful, I can't quite decide. Whatever it is, it's not boring: I will remember it long after Ed Hardy Born Wild has faded from my brain entirely.

Honoré des Prés Love Coco was developed by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti and is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum.

Crabtree & Evelyn Iris

Crabtree & Evelyn Iris fragrance

I love iris in general, and hey, the packaging on Crabtree & Evelyn's new Iris perfume is mighty cute. As it turns out, the fragrance isn't bad either. I don't think your average iris-fiend perfumista (by which I mean me) is going to die and go to heaven, but it's a nicely done floral with a sharp fruity opening and a darkish (read: there's some very clean patchouli) iris-y base, earthy but not too earthy, more creamy-velvety than powdery. I was all set to tell you that it's a step up from the usual offerings at Crabtree & Evelyn, then I stopped to try to remember the last time I put a perfume from Crabtree & Evelyn on skin and realized I have no idea if it's a step up or not. Anyway, it's a step up from what I remember of Crabtree & Evelyn back in the day, and the price is quite reasonable.

Crabtree & Evelyn Iris is available in 30 ($25) and 100 ($45) ml Eau de Toilette, and in a gazillionty bath, body and home fragrance products.

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  1. Dolly2 says:

    I do like that Crabtree and Evelyn bottle though.

  2. Janice says:

    I went just the other direction with Love Coco—loved it at first sniff, tried it again, was a little put off by it the second time. I thought it might be a nice summery (coconut/suntan lotion-y) scent but it might just be too foody even for that. But it’s definitely unusual!

    • Robin says:

      It’s not sweet enough to be that kind of summery suntan lotion, is it? I think of it as closer to savory food than dessert.

  3. violetnoir says:

    C&E has made some lovely fragrances over the years IMHO, R. I loved their long-discontinued Violet fragrance.

    This one was lovely, too, but not a ‘Must Have!” breakthrough in iris fragrances.

    Hugs!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks R, you’ve been keeping better track than I have. I did not much care for the 2 India Hicks scents they did, but admit I didn’t put them on skin and haven’t smelled anything else there lately.

      • KateReed says:

        Thanks Robin, I’d been hoping something would show up about the CE Iris. I had wondered.

        As for the India Hicks, a couple of years ago, my mother got me the Nadira for Christmas. I don’t know what it was about it, but after putting it on, I started having problems smelling everything (everything other than Nadira, that is.) By the time I’d managed to scrub it off (and that was no easy feat either) my entire oral-nasal-sinus cavity felt/tasted like I’d been licking/eating dryer sheets.

        • Robin says:

          Ouch! Hope you got to exchange it for something good.

  4. Thalia says:

    I think the C&E Iris is gorgeous — really irisy, green, and not oversweetened. I like how unpowdery it is, too.

    It might not be a holy grail for someone who can afford the niche-ier irises, but for that price it’s a beautiful everyday perfume that someone on a budget (like me!) can spray with abandon. I begged Santa for it earlier this month when C&E was offering 25% off and free shipping.

    • mals86 says:

      It looks like a wonderful deal, especially if you’re like me – not a huge iris-root fan. (I tend to like it as an accent, not a focus.)

      C&E used to make a beautiful clean lemon soap… haven’t seen a store in a long time and don’t know if they still do.

      • Robin says:

        I wonder if they have closed some stores? I don’t see as many as I used to. There is still a store in a mall near me though.

    • Robin says:

      That’s a good way to put it. And at 25% off it’s a real bargain!

    • annemarie says:

      Ooh, that sounds like me too. I might give Iris another go then. I sniffed it once at the mall and it did not make much of an impression. But testing scent in the mall when I’m tired, in a rush and have children with me is not ideal. I certainly think many people will find a bottle of this under their Christmas tree.

      • Robin says:

        I am thinking of going back to smell the shower gel…I’d love to have an iris shower gel and this is about the right price point.

  5. SuddenlyInexplicably says:

    Your attempts to clear out your sample back log makes for good reading!

  6. maggiecat says:

    C&E used to do a freesia I really liked, but I haven’t seen that lately either.

    Is a gazillionty more than a plethoranium or less? I always get that mixed up….:-)

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I did not know plethoranium, thank you! I love ridiculous number words, I will add it to my collection.

  7. JolieFleurs says:

    Ed Hardy must be swankier than I thought….they seemed an odd fit with Calice Becker to me. Maybe the packaging gives me the wrong impression.

    I get more compliments when I wear C&E Evelyn Rose than anything else. That is probably partly because I’m a discreet dabber overall , but I wear the Evelyn Rose with the lotion and powder, so they probably just notice it more than anything else I wear.

    It’s everything most perfumistas hate about roses…powdery and probably very old-lady-ish, but but it garners praise for sure. (My various physicians, mostly male, mostly in their 30s) always comment on it.

    It’s my cheap thrill.

    • Robin says:

      CB has done some pretty diverse things — including the latest designer scent for Avon, Herve Leger. So she doesn’t just do swanky!

      I will have to give the Evelyn Rose a try…I like a good old lady rose.

  8. JolieFleurs says:

    The Avon didn’t surprise me; maybe swanky isn’t the word I mean. I guess it’s really more that I thought Ed Hardy was more biker-gritty-tattoo-y than it probably is….and even if it were that rowdy, you’re right, she seems diverse enough to handle that with aplomb!

    When I get over my fear of decanting, I will send you a decant of the Evelyn, Robin; I have loads!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, gotcha. I don’t know who is buying the clothes, but for fragrance they do very mainstream fruity florals, geared young….

      • Robin says:

        Oh, and that’s a very kind offer, thanks!

    • halimeade says:

      Ed Hardy’s son, Doug Hardy, frequents a forum that I read fairly often. Apparently there has been some serious abuse of the licensing of his father’s art (crummy shirts, cheap bobbles, etc) that the family is currently suing over. I dunno if the fragrances count as part of the junk they are upset over (I did not care for any of them), but I have a feeling that they family did not want things to go as mainstream blah as they are.

      • Robin says:

        Yes…he licensed his name to Christian Audigier (the real brand name is “Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier”), who appears to have licensed it on to everyone and his brother to make most anything. Not surprised the family isn’t pleased.

  9. Joe says:

    I enjoy Carottes, Vamp not so much. Haven’t and probably won’t try Love Coco anytime soon unless a sample lands in my lap. Sounds interesting in that love-hate kind of way.

    Crabtree Iris probably won’t float my boat, but sounds like it would be a nice shower gel or lotion for layering or something.

    I love the mini-reviews.

    • Robin says:

      Good, because sometimes there just isn’t any more to say :-)

  10. thenoseknows says:

    Have you ever tried the Fragrance “Evelyn” By C&E??? It is Quite Remarkable! Exceptionally well done and one of those Powerful ROSE Scents that if you like Me ADORE Roses then you can’t get much better than this! it’s a fresh and not overtly fruity floral with touches of Peach and Watermelon and in the deep drydown and Pale Sheer touch of Sandalwood. It’s one of my ALL TIME favorite scents and i always reccomend that it should be at least given a sniff…. i can bet you’ll fall for it like i did!

    • Robin says:

      Do you mean the same Evelyn Rose that JolieFleurs talks about above?

      • thenoseknows says:

        Yes, I do… didn’t realize someone else had also mentioned it until after i had posted… *BLUSH*

        • Robin says:

          No, that’s just fine: you are not required to read all of the comments before you say something! Just wanted to be sure there wasn’t another fragrance called just ‘Evelyn’.

  11. Nicole says:

    Sorry this is such a late comment on the Born Wild, but I had a hard time tracking down a tester bottle. Finally got a sniff and I had three impressions:

    1. Dole fruit cocktail salad sitting on a patio table in 80 degree heat with those little irritating black gnats flying around

    2. Fruity Pebbles prepared with vodka

    3. The original Ed Hardy got into a fight with Hearts and Daggers while Love and Luck, overcome with the scene, fainted in the background

    Where are perfumers going with all this bland, non-descript fruity tooty stuff?

  12. jonr951 says:

    Ed Hardy’s new one’s are called Villian. I LOVE the name! The vendor told me they should be out Oct. I hope they do a good job on the packaging and hope they’re semi-decent. The lady told me the women’s was sweet, SHOCKER, and that she liked the bottle. So we’ll see. : )

    • jonr951 says:

      Spelled Villain wrong! Super! Haha. I found the bottles and yeah, nevermind. No thanks. Haha. : )

      • Robin says:

        That is a good name, too bad if the bottle is ugly!

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