Filed under: Perfume reviews | Tags: bergamot, Del, Del Pozo, floriental, freesia, fruity, gardenia, Halloween, Halloween Kiss, Halloween Kiss by J Del Pozo, J, J Del Pozo, Kiss, orange, orchid, patchouli, pear, peony, Pozo, red berries, Teakwood, tonka bean, vanilla, violet, watermelon
NOTES (as listed on fragrantica.com): orange, watermelon, red berries, pear, violet, bergamot, orchid, freesia, gardenia, peony, teakwood, vanilla, tonka bean, patchouli
CLASSIFICATION: floriental, slightly fruity
AGE GROUP: mature
SIMILAR SCENT(s): n/a
FORM: eau de toilette
I first heard about Halloween Kiss a couple of weeks ago while dilly dallying on Dillards.com. I had previously done a review on the original J Del Pozo Halloween, so I’ve always been interested in the editions that have followed it. When I read the following excerpts of the description from Dillards.com, I fell in love before I had even smelled it.
…begins with the fresh juices of orange, watermelon and red berries fused with pear, violet and bergamot. The opulent heart of Japanese orchid is strengthened with a bouquet of freesia, gardenia and peony…
Fresh juices? Pear? Freesia? Peony? This was pretty much my dream fragrance. I must have fallen so deeply in lust at first site that I failed to acknowledge the patchouli factor. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the actual scent of patchouli – it’s just not something that I personally enjoy wearing. I can admire it from afar quite easily, but anything more than that is a bit too much for me.
I went on to read some reviews of Halloween Kiss to further acquaint myself with the scent before deciding to go ahead and sample it. Here are some excerpts from various reviews that I read:
“..fresh, soft and cute..”
“..strikes with a punch of fruity notes with a strong hint of some of my favorites, including freesia and orchid. It’s a very sweet scent, girlish.. ..energizing.”
“It’s a nice fruity-floral fragrance which stands out from the rest of new mainstream offers, and that’s to say a lot.”
Needless to say, I was expecting something fruity, sweet, juicy, and pretty amazing. My favorite fragrances are fruity ones, so I figured this was a sure thing.
Smelling this directly from the bottle can be a bit overwhelming, so please do go ahead and sample it on your skin if that initial impression leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Once sprayed on the skin, it can still be a bit intimidating, but rest assured, the lion quickly turns into a lamb and the fruitiness that everyone spoke of begins to slowly introduce itself.
I wouldn’t, however, consider this a strictly fruity fragrance, or even a fruity floral fragrance. While it is an eau de toilette and does indeed begin to fade rather quickly, it still does have a bit of a zest to it that most fruity, or fruity floral fragrances lack. Halloween Kiss has a shy, sweet side, but once you get to know her, the stronger, bolder side surfaces. Sort of like getting the quiet, timid girl liquored up and seeing how wild and crazy she can be – this is Halloween Kiss. As a result, I’d consider this a floriental with a slight fruitiness to it.
While previously I was never at all interested in floriental fragrances on myself, lately I have noticed that my tastes are starting to broaden a bit (however, my true love still lies where it always has, and most likely always will), and I’m starting to like having a bit of a kick in my normal rotation of perfumes. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will be that additional kick anytime soon.
That darn patchouli strikes again. I’m not against this rich, earthy scent, but it’s just not for me. It’s not strong or overpowering in the least bit with Halloween Kiss, however, I believe that without it I’d probably love this stuff.
For die hard fruity and/or floral fans, I’d say to skip Halloween Kiss. Not that it’s bad, but, it’s just not what you’re looking or hoping for.
For those of you who tend to lean towards florientals and don’t mind a bit of a fruitiness to yours, this is right on par for you.
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First sniff (bottle): c
First sniff (skin): B
Worn scent: B
Staying power: B
Scent as compared to note(s): C-
Not as fruity or sweet as it was cracked up to be, but a nice floriental if you’re looking to add a new one to your collection, or if you’ve been following J Del Pozos Halloween releases.
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