I have to hand it to Jessica Simpson. Whether in love, life or career, and despite plenty of ups and down in her (still) young life , Jessica is still a businesswoman who has had a string of fashion and fragrance successes. The Advice Sisters reviewed a number of the initial (and pleasant) Jessica Simpson fragrances from her “Fancy Line,” all housed in lovely, round bottles with fancy, shiny, round toppers.
But Jessica Simpson’s latest fragrance, Vintage Bloom, is a completely different shape of bottle, if not fragrance category. The bottle is beautiful/ It is a a lacy pressed clear glass with an elegant, faceted, egg-shaped topper over a gold spray diffuser. Delicate gold letters borders a smooth window in the front of the bottle. It is reminiscent of a vintage, flea market find from an upscale market in Paris. If for no other reason, collectors are going to race to collect and covet the bottle for Vintage Bloom. The outer packaging is pretty, too. It features the lush, pink, peonies you can see on the photo. These also look like they came from an antique wall paper or fabric. Really beautiful and completely feminine.
…but what about the fragrance? Isn’t that what you purchase a new fragrance, for? I’ll say up front, that to my nose at least, Vintage Bloom is a very pleasing but not overly intense blend of notes, well orchestrated by Perfumer Stephanie Hakes. But it’s a soft fruity floral featuring notes of lemon, Caipirinha lime zest, raspberry blossom, peony, musk and sandalwood, but mostly it’s the musk and sandalwood that stick around on your skin. The overall feeling is clean and fresh and not overpowering, but even with the anchor notes at the bottom, you’ll get an occasional floral whiff that reminds you the wearer is “all girl.” The fragrance will stay on your skin for a while, but it won’t cling like a leech. For a light scent it’s “date night” material as well, and you can’t mistake its romantic charm.
Even better than the bottle, is the affordable gift set for $70.00 that is being offered at department stores like Macy’s. This amazing set Vintage Bloom Jessica Simpson gift set includes a 3.4 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray, a .2 oz. Eau De Parfum Rollerball, a 3 oz. Body Lotion & a Bonus 3 oz. Bath & Shower Gel. I love roller balls for travel and always have one in my purse for touch-ups. And if you like to layer, you’ll love this set!
While giving fragrance as a gift is highly personal, Vintage Bloom is going to appeal to a wide range of woman and girls of all ages and personalities. I think it is a safe bet that most women will find it pleasing, and the presentation, like Ms. Simpson herself, is feminine and charming. Romance is always in season/ Ms. Simpson can be proud of Vintage Bloom. It’s a winner!
THE VINTAGE BLOOM: JESSICA SIMPSON FRAGRANCE COLLECTION
3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray $65.00
1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray $49.00
6.0 oz Body Lotion $30.00
Availability: Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Dillard’s