[REVIEW] Althea x Titi Kamal Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist

I received this product from Althea, thank you for sending this over! I’m always up for trying new fragrances, although I don’t really buy them because I have trouble finishing up the ones I already have 😂


Product Description

Envelope yourself in a feminine mix of fruity and floral scents with Althea’s latest collaboration with Titi Kamal! The Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist is a sparkling mix of sweet orange and peach, followed by an ever-graceful echo of rosy floral notes. Not overbearingly strong, this gentle perfume lingers on the body for a long-lasting scent. It also has a non-sticky formula that feels comfortable on the skin, and it embodies the elegance and beauty of Titi in a bottle, perfect for the urban femme.

Titi Kamal is an Indonesian actress and singer with a knack for fashion and style. Best identified by her luxuriously long black hair, she’s a beauty icon that’s captured the hearts of fans all across Southeast Asia.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.60 (Althea)


Ingredient List

Alcohol, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin

Key ingredients

  • Alcohol: potential irritant
  • Butylene Glycol: potential irritant
  • Glycerin: moisturiser to treat dry and itchy skin
  • Rosa Damascena Flower Water: same ingredient found in the Petal Velvet Sunaway

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Spraying on hand

I like the beautiful pink and floral packaging, it makes it very obvious that it’s a feminine scent that has floral (particularly rose) notes. I hope Althea creates a travel size version of it soon, because this is something that I would want to bring around but the current bottle feels a little too bulky for me.

Fragrance-wise, I am quite a fan of floral and fruity notes, making this a mist that I really do enjoy smelling. It’s not sickly sweet, and definitely not the kind of artificial, sharp smell that you get from cheap perfumes (you can almost imagine that smell in your nose, right?)

I also find that this fragrance lasts for very long: I once sprayed it in the morning, and found the smell lingering on for the rest of the day even after I’ve showered – not a bad thing, since I love the smell!


Final Verdict

Some brow-raising ingredients aside, I have to say that this body mist is something I would spray daily because it smells so refreshing and lovely, it does put me in quite a good mood.

I think SGD11.60 is a fair price to pay for 100ML of product, though it is a pity that you can’t have a whiff of this scent before you buy online from Althea. Maybe Althea should send sample atomizers with every order? IDK, just a suggestion!


Rating

✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Innisfree Eau De Toilette Rollerball

I always wanted one of these small and handy thing that I could put in my makeup pouch and help me to stay (& smell fresh) on the go, so after testing every single fragrance there was in the store, I finally settled on Mild Cotton Blossom.

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Product Description

For some reason, I can’t find this product being sold on any Innisfree websites, nor is there a proper description for this on other shops. Did Innisfree stop selling this already? :O

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15 (based on my purchase)


Details

TOP NOTE – Blood mandarine, Pomegranate, Tea
HEART NOTE – Cotton blossom rose, Jasmine, Tuberose, Freesia
BASE NOTE – White Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood

 

The middle notes are akin to the highlight of the fragrance, and here you see cotton blossom rose, jasmine, tuberose, and freesia (all flowers), so you really get a strong floral smell from this fragrance. The top notes are more fruity for a light, zesty pop when you first smell it, and then it dries down to a more earthy base note made from mostly musk and wood.

I really like how this smell isn’t very overpowering, and makes for a delightful perk-me-up whenever I feel like I stink, or when I’ve spent a long day out and need something to refresh my clothes (& myself). I chose it primarily because it smells exactly like clean clothes without the artificial smells of detergent and bleach – definitely a lovely scent that anyone can appreciate!

The rollerball makes for very easy application, which I love! Sprays are not always easy to use – I sometimes tend to get too much or struggle to get anything sprayed from the bottle, but a rollerball makes it convenient to just roll and viola, you can instantly smell the fragrance!

One downside is that I do think SGD15 is a little pricey, but I’m enjoying this product, so I guess it’s still worth it? 😌


Rating

✮✮✮✮

[SAMPLE] YSL Black Opium EDP

This is my first review on fragrances, which is honestly long overdue. Although I sometimes am very lazy about using them as a final touch, I do love trying and smelling all these fragrances because they can smell so different with just a few different ingredients.

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Product Description

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is a glamorous yet edgy fragrance bursting with mystery and energy. The bouquet is an addictive gourmand floral with notes of adrenaline-pumping black coffee, seductive white florals and sweet vanilla.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 139 for 50ML (Shilla Duty-Free @ Changi Airport)


Details

Family: Warm & Sweet Gourmand
Style: Glamorous, Rock Spirit, Addiction
Top Notes: Green Tangerine, Pear
Middle Notes: Jasmine Tea Petal, Orange Flower Petal
Base Notes: Green Coffee, White Woody

I won’t claim to be an expert on the ingredients in fragrances, but as you can see, this EDP is a delightful mix of natural ingredients. If you’re curious as to what the different terms mean:

The Top Notes

Also sometimes referred to as the opening notes or head notes, the top notes of a fragrance are generally the lightest of all the notes. They are recognized immediately upon application of the perfume. The top notes are also the first to fade given their light molecular structure, but this does not mean they aren’t of utmost importance.

The top notes of a fragrance represent the first impression. How many times have you tested a fragrance only to be turned off right away? Why? Because the top notes didn’t make a lasting impression on you. It is hugely important that the top notes not only succeed at luring you in, but also smoothly transition into the heart of the fragrance.

The Middle Notes

The middle notes, or the heart notes, make an appearance once the top notes evaporate. The middle notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. They last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes to come. A perfume’s heart is generally pleasant and well-rounded. It is ofen a smooth combination of floral or fruit tones; sometimes infused with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom.

The Base Notes
The base notes are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated. The base notes mingle with the heart notes to create the full body of the fragrance, but are typically associated with the dry-down period. The job of the base notes is to provide the lasting impression. These often rich notes linger on the skin for hours after the top notes have dissipated.

The middle notes are akin to the highlight of the fragrance, so it’s little wonder that they are the main bulk of what you smell upon application of this EDP. Jasmine Tea Petal and Orange Flower Petal smell wonderfully fresh, but it may be slightly overpowering at times. I couldn’t quite smell the top notes of green tangerine and pear, but it’s probably just me.

The base notes are also very strong, and they surface after a while when the top and middle notes have evaporated. I really like the woody, musky smell – it brings a sense of rootedness (haha, pun) that sticks with you after the initial ‘flirty’ notes are gone.

While I love this fragrance, I wouldn’t say this is for everyday use. Reserve this for events when you want to get heads turning, and surely all the noses will be turned to you as well.


Rating

✮✮✮✮