I like miniature perfume sets for the flexibility they provide and also if we want to experiment with fragrances rather than find one after a lot of sniffing around. There have been times when I like random perfumes rather than the ones I spent hours analyzing and sniffing (he he I feel like a dog *woof*). I bought these from Changi Airport during one of the long transits between Indonesia and India. What else is better at Changi than roaming through the glorious shops in the beautiful terminals!
65 Singapore Dollars (there was an offer of BOGO free. Yay :-D)
Unlike usual miniature sets, I loved the box of this one because we can store the bottles vertically and view them easily instead of storing them closed inside the box horizontally and having to open the box to see the perfumes.
1. Ch L’eau (7 ml):
Notes: Freesia, Jasmine and Cinnamon.
This is a fresh and light fragrance, but I don’t enjoy it because I don’t like lily and freesia notes and I hate cinnamon (even in desserts if it is overpowering). The full-sized bottle has a cute floral ribbon and a dragon fly charm that I would love to have *wide smile*
2. Ch (8 ml):
Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, Melon, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Woody Notes and Leather.
I love this because I am a fan of oriental and woody notes. In addition, it is citrusy at the top and I love citrus top notes. This blend of multiple things makes it both comforting and refreshing. Love it! Even the mini bottle has a leathery label.
3. Sublime (5 ml):
Notes: Bergamot, Passion flower, Rose, Orchid, Patchouli, Moss, Leather and Amber.
I like everything about this scent except the orchid notes which I cannot stand. It’s a very sensual fragrance. This is the best bottle of the lot because even this teeny bottle has the purple bow! And the leathery label.
(I just noticed that the above 2 perfumes have leathery labels on their bottles because they both have leathery base notes. How cool is that!)
4. 212 NYC (5 ml):
Notes: Orange, Blossom, Mandarin, Orange, Cactus Flower, Bergamot, White Camellia, Lily, Gardenia, Freesia, Jasmine, Rose, Lily-of-the-Valley, Sandalwood and Musk.
I don’t like this at all. It smells like a guy’s scent and I hate the overpowering lily. The bottle is kind of cool – like a bullet or a capsule.
5. 212 VIP (5 ml):
Notes: Passion Fruit, Rum, Musk, Gardenia, Tonka Beans and Vanilla.
This has to be my favourite scent among the lot. I love passion fruit top notes (Victoria’s Secret’s Bombshell is one another like that). And with the oriental notes and my all-time favourite gourmand notes – tonka and vanilla, this is perfect for me. The bottle is a sexier form of 212 NYC because it is golden, giving it a royal touch; or should I say a VIP touch *no pun intended* :-P).
Pros of Carolina Herrera Miniature Fragrance Set:
- A perfect mixture of scents of all notes, so it is highly likely that you will find at least one scent that you like.
- If you have to buy perfumes without testing, this is ideal since they are mini versions.
- Great as a gift by itself or also just the ones that are not your type because they all come in their own cardboard boxes.
- Comes in a very convenient box for easy viewing without opening the box.
Cons of Carolina Herrera Miniature Fragrance Set:
- All bottles are not the exact replica of their parents.
- Sometimes the cap doesn’t fit properly and de-shapes the dispenser if we apply too much pressure.
I like the idea of these miniature sets, so I will keep buying them from different brands. If you want to experiment some random fragrances from good brands over a longer time than your time at the mall, these are your best bet.
Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy Hydrating Body Lotion
Carolina Herrera Luminous Body Lotion
Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy Eau De Parfum
Carolina Herrera CH L’Eau
Christian Dior Les Parfums Miniature Collection 5 Piece Set
Marks and Spencer Magnolia Fragrance Gift Set
NEST Fragrances Rollerball Trio: Indigo, Dahlia & Vines and Midnight Fleur Eau De Parfum
Calvin Klein Variety by Calvin Klein for Men Mini Gift Set
My Summer Perfume Collection