Product Review: Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau De Toilette

by Gio

hanae mori butterfly eau de toilette

Name: Butterfly Eau De Toilette
Brand: Hanae Mori
Size: 1.7oz
Price: $68.00

What I liked:
– floral woody scent with a fruity punch, almost gourmand
– good sillage and staying power

What I didn’t like:
– at first, it smells toothingly sweet
– if you don’t use a light hand, you might give people headaches

Fragrances are weird things. Sometimes you have to really stretch your nose to smell a note the brand swears they’ve included in the composition, but still, you get nothing. Other times, instead, your nose is hit by a distinct flavour that shouldn’t be there. At least, the official notes don’t mention it. And yet, your nose is not lying to you. You see, sometimes, rather than relying on an extract, perfumers use a blend of different notes to create a particular aroma. That’s the case with Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau De Toilette.

When you first spray it on, an explosion of sugared vanilla inundates your senses. But the vanilla, which you can smell throughout the composition, isn’t really there. It’s the strawberries and almonds that, masked among the florals, give that impression. And, luckily, it is a fleeting one. If you know me, you know that gourmand concoctions sprinkled with a generous dose of sugar so aren’t my thing.

As the vanilla subsides, a subtle jasmine note comes to the fore. At this stage, the fragrance has a buttery and creamy feel, but with a fruity punch. Soon, it changes again. A blend of warm woods – sandalwood, virginia cedar, brazilian rosewood and almond tree – mix with “vanilla”, adding complexity and depth to the scent.

The result is a floral woody scent with a fruity vibe that almost smells gourmand (and actually does for a few minutes). Because of it, it can be quickly dismissed by those who hate toothachingly sweet scents, but if you give it a second chance, this fragrance may actually surprise you. It smells very girly and childish at first, but after a while, it becomes more sophisticated and mature. And cozy. It’s a scent I’d wear in the winter, curled up in front of the fire, while a storm is raging outside.

Just make sure you use a light hand. Unlike most EDTs, Hanae Mori Buttefly is pretty powerful and, if you’re not careful, you risk giving people headaches. Staying power is impressive too. I get six hours of wear, before it starts to fade away…

Summary
Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau De Toilette is a woody scent laced with subtle florals and sprinkled with sweet fruits that almost make it smell gourmand. Those who dislike very sweet and girly scent may dislike the sugary vanilla opening, but, when that subsides, the composition becomes smooth, creamy and cozy. In addition, the EDT has good sillage and staying power.

Rating: 3.5/5

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2 comments

Kiss & Make-up September 12, 2013 - 12:57 pm

You made me very curious about the smell now 🙂

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beautifulwithbrains September 12, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Kiss & Make-up, try to get a sample if you can. It’s a lovely scent.

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