Name That Scent: Nicole Richie’s Perfume Smells Like Polite Pastries

Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful pastimes” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re sniffing “Nicole” by Nicole Richie.

Fragrance: Nicole by Nicole Richie, $55-69.

What Nicole Richie thinks it smells like: “Layered with scents inspired by Nicole’s childhood memories, Nicole is a feminine, sensual scent composed of creamy golden ambers and highlighted with flecks of fruit and flower petals. The fragrance opens with notes of succulent blackberry and Seville orange, moves into a heart of golden amber, Moroccan rose, lily of the valley and papyrus, and settles into a warm, creamy blend of sensual cashmere woods, sandalwood, sugared patchouli and vanilla absolute. A fragrance for every woman and any occasion, Nicole conjures those special moments that result in a lifetime of memories.”

What we think it smells like:

  • Fruity, but with a bit of a musky, masculine side. I’d imagine a very pretty boy wearing this.
  • Pastries. I picture croissants.
  • Very tasteful. I kind of want to turn this into a blanket.
  • Home during the holidays before the annoying extended family has arrived.
  • Baby powder. It’s polite.
  • Powder and a mix of flowers.
  • The inside of a Sephora.
  • Jasmine petal cotton candy.
  • New car smell but sweeter.
  • Spicy, a little bit cinnamon-ish.
  • Your relatives at a funeral.
  • Not a funeral, but grandmas.
  • Vanilla-y, generic perfume.

Check out our previous Name That Scent stories.

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