Not sweet, nor sickly, but as fresh and light as one of my favourite vegetables—Marc Jacobs, Cucumber EDT was an unexpected recent purchase.
A couple of weeks ago a day spent in Auckland coincided with the launch of the Smith and Caughey’s sale. Although littered with plenty of designer bargains, the womenswear section had little to offer and my interest quickly diminished. But as I was making my way out the door, I happened upon the fragrance section.
First, I momentarily fell in love with DKNY, My NY EDP. The jewel-like, architectural bottle proved a fruity-floral bouquet when tested on a piece of card, but as soon as it hit my skin I was utterly repelled by the heady, powdery aroma.
The selection process is the one thing that I love about fragrance. It’s either magical and leaves you floating on a cloud to Never Never Land, or one spritz can see you looking for an escape route—from yourself—akin to smearing your body with an old man’s pair of unwashed underpants when he hasn’t changed his clothes (or showered) for a week, or the equivalent of butting your face against a cat’s nether regions before he proceeds to lift his tail and violently spray you. Both instances become memories that will linger long after the repugnant smell has been washed away. You get my drift.
Making my way through the throng of excited shoppers, a light green box beckoned— Marc Jacobs Cucumber was tucked away on a shelf and piqued my curiousity: what would cucumber perfume smell like?
This EDT is my ideal version of minimalism in a bottle, and the intriguing simplicity of Cucumber struck an immediate chord with me.
Described as a refreshing floral, this fragrance has top notes of cucumber, lotus leaf, bamboo, cactus flower, with a heart comprised of Lily of the Valley, linden blossom, freesia, and blue tiger lily, and base notes of frosted musk and blonde woods.
Cucumber settles nicely on my skin and stays true without being pungent, soapy or powdery. It’s light and clean, without being cliched, foresty or woody (which I’m not so fond of), and subtly sweet and fresh in a delightfully summery way. It smells more fruity on my skin than I anticipated, but that’s also what makes it so perfect. What’s more, it was a bargain at NZ $59.00 for a 100ml bottle.
I also purchased a new mascara from Missha, located at Atrium on Elliott (Auckland CBD). It’s one of my favourite Korean cosmetics stores, which sells a good range of quality beauty products.
This mascara delivers on what it says on the package—long lashes. And while I still prefer mine with a bit more volume, the plus side is that the wand doesn’t leave any mess or clumping. There is also a Curling and Volume version of this mascara, which I may try on another occasion. The wand also works well on sparse, or short bottom lashes (without smudging).
The Viewer 270 Mascara cost $NZ30 and creates long lashes that look naturally, mine. Check out the range of Missha products online here.
Product photography © Sly On The Wall