If I could, I’d change the name of Bobbi Brown’s newest summer fragrance. It left the factory known as Almost Bare ($60), but Almost Boy may have been a more accurate moniker.
When I spritzed it on my wrist, I smelled bar soap, tree bark, crushed leaves and citrus rind; the very first thing the scent made me think of was how the Brawny paper towel man must smell after a shower.
Some of my favorite recent products by Bobbi Brown…
Bobbi Brown calls Almost Bare a fresh floral and lists violet, muguet (Lily of the Valley) and jasmine as some of the individual notes within the fragrance, but I couldn’t detect them at all. The product’s more masculine notes — Italian bergamot (a citrus fruit), cedar and amber (a warm, kitchen-ey smell) — dominate the feminine notes, so, basically, it makes me smell like a dude. Sure, I smell like a clean, freshly washed dude (probably a very hot dude), but I still smell like a dude.
Bobbi Brown has marketed Almost Bare as a fragrance for women, but even the name seems a little masculine to me. The marketing folks probably meant to imply a subtle, undressed sexiness, but, honestly, when I hear Almost Bare I can’t help but picture bears. Yes, it’s weird, I know, but I can’t help it.
Nor is it a very complex fragrance. It remains much the same throughout the day, unlike fragrances that transition through a range of different notes over time.
Bobbi Brown Almost Bare Eau de Parfum
Use: A slightly masculine summer fragrance
Price: $60 for 1.5 oz. bottle
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C+
I may not have been Bobbi Brown’s target customer with Almost Bare. I gravitate toward girly-girl scents with lots of layers. Give me J’adore or Coco Mademoiselle, and I’m in heaven. Even though I typically prefer much more complex and feminine fragrances than Almost Bare, I do have to hand it to Bobbi for creating a perfume that perfectly reflects the company’s makeup aesthetic. For me, the Bobbi Brown makeup line evokes a minimalist, not overly-feminine design. Almost Bare’s simple, clean, unisex fragrance reflects their makeup philosophy to a tee.
Sixty dollars seems like a reasonable price to pay for a 1.5 fl. oz. bottle. I like its classic square shape and the lettering on the front … which might be Georgia (side note: I’m a font freak). And I do like that Almost Bare packs enough fragrance staying power to last most of the day (at least six hours). It’s definitely a fragrance with legs.
While Almost Bare isn’t my cup of fragrance tea, you might enjoy it if you like woodsy, citrusy unisex fragrances.
Care to give Almost Bare a sniff? Try a spritz at your nearby Bobbi Brown counter or read more about it online.
Happy Sunday! After a grey and gloomy Saturday here in the Bay Area, I’m glad to see the sun return. I woke up a lil’ late today because I was awake late last night reading The Host, by Stephanie Meyer. The book’s been great so far, and it’s an easy read. I’m down to the last quarter of the book and already feeling a little sad because I don’t want the story to end. Does that ever happen to you? I’m really tempted to finish it today, but I’ll try to restrain myself to stretch it out a little longer.
What are you reading these days?
If I get all my work done this afternoon, I’d like to visit the Lancome counter before it closes. While surfing their site this morning I saw this beautiful palette: Couture Warms. I’m dying to see it in person! I anticipate love at first sight.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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