“The new Playboy VIP duo now opens the doors to the VIP lifestyle the way only Playboy can! Smug doorman, not a problem! Cosmopolitan exclusive parties, private limos and the first class VIP lifestyle are just a spray away…” So claims the Playboy fragrance website.
I haven’t needed to spray away any smug doormen lately, but my life could use some glamour. Right now an old cat is snoring on my lap, I’m drinking from a mug emblazoned with “Maw, come git yer coffee,” and my ride is a choice between a dented 1986 pickup truck and an even older bicycle with mismatched fenders. Not exactly Hollywood.
So, what does the VIP lifestyle smell like? Apparently like a mash-up of Donna Karan Cashmere Mist and a box of popsicles. Playboy VIP for Her’s notes include orange flower sorbet, nectarine, peony, love apple, red fruits, heliotrope, Cashmeran, sandalwood and musk. It was released in 2012.
To me, VIP for Her smells young, warm, and easy — but ultimately not very interesting. It opens with a tickly burst of generic florals laced with apple, berries and a hint of pepper. The fruit isn’t as sweet as I had feared, but it’s still fruity. Cashmeran kicks in almost right away, giving the fragrance a sueded woody musky feel that overtakes VIP for Her’s fruit before long.
After an hour, the fruit sweetens and trumps the Cashmeran. VIP for Her burns along for nearly eight hours on me — about seven hours and 59 minutes too long for my taste. In short, VIP for Her might suit the smug doorman’s 13-year old daughter better than it would Lear-jetting starlets.
On the other hand, the Playboy fragrance website is a good way to waste a few minutes. I took the scent finder quiz, which recommended Playboy Play It Lovely for me, which I’ll review tomorrow. (Some of the questions were hard! Which would you choose, Daniel Craig or Johnny Depp?) Brave readers might even want to take the “seduction skills quiz” through the site’s “seduction club,” “where hot young things go to discover seduction’s sexiest secrets.”
In the end, I’ll take the fragrance of my non-VIP lifestyle over Playboy’s interpretation of glamour any day. Right now that means the perfume of locally roasted coffee, a freshly burnt papier d’Arménie, summer morning breeze over a fig tree and Scheherazade lilies, and fur from the snoring cat I mentioned earlier. Playboy can keep its “cosmopolitan exclusive parties.”
Playboy VIP line comes in Eau de Toilette (50 ml for $20.95) as well as various body products, including bronzer.