Smell This ASAP: New McQueen Eau De Parfum

Published in: Fragrance, Product Reviews

mcqueen eau de parfum

The whole idea of fragrance commercials on TV is totally weird.


Isn’t it?

Companies desperately trying to get us interested in a scent through a medium where we can’t actually smell the perfume. There we are just eating our morning oatmeal while a supermodel rolls around on a beach for 30 seconds whispering about “Seduction happens on the sand…”

I guess it’s supposed to be metaphorical, you know, to capture the essence of what it feels like to wear the scent, and maybe then we’ll stop by the fragrance counter on our next trip to a department store, but I dunno…

It’s kind of like what’s happening with this blog post right now. 🙂

I suppose that I could just list the fragrance notes in this $115 bottle of McQueen Eau de Parfum, the pricey new fragrance by fancy fashion house Alexander McQueen (night-blooming flowers, sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang).

That would probably be more useful than these pictures…

mcqueen eau de parfum

mcqueen eau de parfum

mcqueen eau de parfum

And I could talk about how I think it’s feminine but not frilly, how it lasts a long time when I spritz it (a full eight hours), and how I can really detect the floral notes, but they aren’t too heavy or headache-inducing.

I could also tell you that it’s the scent I think I’ll wear every day till spring — I like it that much.

But none of that would really tell you what it smells like to you or how it might make you feel when you wear it.

mcqueen eau de parfum

mcqueen eau de parfum

All I can do is say how it makes me feel…like a woman ripped from my everyday existence and thrust into a gothic romance novel filled with creatures that only come alive at night. Of course, in this story I also embark upon a tumultuous relationship that burns hot and bright, and my heart is temporarily replaced by a glowing neon hummingbird, and even though I know that there’s ABSOLUTELY NO WAY our love can last more than a month, I still fall head over heels.

mcqueen eau de parfum

And if I were to suddenly sprout wings in this story and be able to fly, the twinkling sparkles that trailed behind me would smell like McQueen Eau de Parfum…

mcqueen eau de parfum

So, yeah. That’s what this bottle smells like to me.

Give it a sniff on your next trip to Saks, which is the only place it’s available for now.

mcqueen eau de parfum

It comes in two sizes — a smaller 1.7-oz. bottle for $115 and a larger 2.5-oz. bottle for $165.

Work, work, workworkworkwork…

Even after just a few days out of town, it’s nice to be back to my regular routine. Why is it that we can’t wait to take trips to break us out of our everyday routines, but then when we actually take the trips, we can’t wait to get back to our routines?

Or is that just me?

One of life’s great mysteries…

Oh, and here’s another one: this video of a random dude dancing in a gym to Rihanna’s song, Work.


Homeboy can freakin’ move! He’s the snake charmer of booty popping, and my new personal hero.

There is SO much weirdness about this video; I love it. The people on the treadmill in the background, the disco lights that fall JUST ON HIM, the fact that all of this booty shaking is happening in a gym and nobody really says anything — truly, this is what the Internet was made for. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Guy has moves!!! 🙂 Thanks for the chuckle.

    LOVED the product pics you took, Karen, soooooo beautiful. Definitely curious about the fragrance now.
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  2. Chris25 says:

    I think this would make a great gift for someone. I can’t imagine spending $115 on a fragrance for myself!
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  3. Rachel says:

    Perfume commercials always seem cheesy to me, even when they’re trying not to be. I need a good fall perfume and I love all of the Elizabeth and James ones but they don’t last! Might have to check this one out. Wish I could shake it like that dude, I’m a terrible dancer!

  4. Wow, I wish I could shake my booty like this…
    Bt honestly, your description really was more relatable for me than all of these commercials…
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  5. Efrain says:

    In fact perfume for me is something I don’t really care the price if I like the scent that’s why I buy perfume from clothing stores like Zara or Springfield, but it’s quite a contradiction because many people I know spend on perfumes without a problem.

    About that guy, I thought I was good at twerking, now I think I have to improve a lot (I watched three videos in a row of guys twerking).

  6. Jessica says:

    I want a pet neon hummingbird.
    In fuchsia please.

    However amaze-balls this parfum might be I would never spend $115 on it.
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  7. I watched the video and for some reason the people on the treadmills in the background really cracked me up, LOL!
    Greetings from Italy! 😉
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    • Karen says:

      Seriously, what’s going on there?! Isn’t it hilarious how the disco lights fall just on him? And what about the gal in the beginning who shows him a phone?

  8. Jane says:

    Haha, try this advert if you like some seriously funny moves #epicsquads The New!!!! Money Supermarket Builders vs Strutters Dance off advert – YouTube

    That perfume sounds lush, I might have to investigate further.

  9. Erin says:

    I’m not one for overly floral perfumes but if it’s not headache inducing I’ll have to try it. Jasmine and I don’t often get a long so it’s a toss up.
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  10. Tatiana says:

    There was a sample of the perfume in the Saks gift tote during their beauty week event. I sprayed it on the card it came attached to. I don’t like white florals because I find them overwhelming and after a while suffocating. But this one seemed light enough that I might even venture to try it on my skin. Just not until this heat goes away. Not sure I need another bottle of perfume though.

    • Karen says:

      Ya know, I feel the same way about heavy white floral combos, especially when they smell synthetic. They give me a headache. But this was super wearable! I’m so over this heat! OMG — did I tell you that we had a fire scare here last night?

  11. hanna says:

    I’m totally curious about it now! Great photos of the perfume.
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  12. Michaela says:

    Hi Karen, your description of how this new perfume makes you feel is just so funny! And thank you for that inspirational video. You’re right- homeboy can dance. And he’s stylin’ too, with short shorts and combat boots. I don’t know if I have the courage to dance like that or even dress up like that to the gym.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Michaela. I think I was having a moment, LOL!

      This dude is my hero. Maybe on Thursday when I go to HIIT class I’ll try to dance like this in the mirror… OK, maybe not! How often do you go to the gym? I’m trying to get back in shape now that I have a little extra time because the baby is older. I go to classes two times a week and am trying (trying being the key word here) to run at least 2-3 times. It feels good to have sore muscles again!

  13. Kalli says:

    Oh man, I love McQueen fragrances! And not just because we both share the same last name! I have a bottle of Kingdom from several years back and it’s so heavy and weird and I absolutely love it. I def want to splurge on this, it literally has my name on it!
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  14. Kim says:

    I agree 100% on fragrances. No matter how many notes are described or comparisons made, you just don’t know until you smell it. Or, more accurately, wear it.

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