- Released in 2003
- Labeled as: Floral with rich notes.
- Notes: Rose oil, peony, fresh tangerine, rose absolute and amber.
THE INITIAL REACTION
Woah! This was not what I expected at all, Stella opens with a very strong burst of rich rose and amber…certainly not a shy dame. It is also a very sweet fragrance and although the notes are tinged with mandarin orange it does come off as particularly fruity. In fact, there is almost a kick or bitterness coming through from the citrus that I associate with mandarin skins.
WEAR & FURTHER CONTEMPLATION
While being quite a strong fragrance, I was surprised (and to be honest, rather relieved) that it does not project very far which makes this more appropriate for a wider range of daily situations whether you’re wearing this to a meeting or out to a party. And in that sense I would call Stella a very wearable and transitional scent.
Disappointingly to me, this doesn’t develop into anything further throughout the hours and for the most part the dry down is just a softer version of the initial opening. Roses and amber. Roses and amber. Personally I would have liked a bit more interest or more layers to this but for purists out there, this one deserves a try.
Wear time on me is a very decent 4-5hrs without loosing much intensity with in the first 2 and sometimes it still lingers after as shower which absolutely impressed me.
- Smells like: heady dark yet sweet rose bouquet
- What stands out most: rose and amber
- I’d recommend this for: 20s and over, strong and confident personalities
- Words I’d use to describe this: rich, sweetly sensual, confident, sexy.
- Best worn for:nights or winter but it’s stays close to the wear so may be acceptable for the office too
- Repurchase factor: Not likely for this gal.