For those of you who have followed along for a while, you may recall that Zents sent over their perfume sample collections for me to try. The Samples kit contains small spray bottles of all ten of their Eau de Toilettes and I have happily been working my way through them.
Each week I reach into the bag and without looking pull out one of the samples. Then I spend the week wearing the sample before giving you my thoughts on it. Each of the sample sprays contain about two weeks worth of product in them The Sample Collection itself details for $22.
This week’s scent was Anjou and to be honest, this may be my favorite scent yet. According to the website it is…
Uplifting & Happy
armoise, jasmine, geranium, basil, vanilla bean, wild mimosa
Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS ANJOU Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply ANJOU Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.
ZENTS ANJOU Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.
Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.Zents – Anjou Eau de Toilette
As always I like to try the perfume and gather my own thoughts on it before I check out the description and this was no different. I wore it for three days before looking up the details. This eau de toilette is lightly floral in scent and smells to me like it has the slight powdery scent that you get from unscented face powder mixed into it. It is a soft, light, feminine scent that quite frankly I loved.
Many of the florals I tend to avoid because they are wither too cloying or too sweet. This is neither. Perhaps because this is an Eau de Toilette rather than an Eau de Parfum. Which basically means there is less of the parfum concentrate. I think if it were a higher concentration of scent I wouldn’t like it as much. As it is I could see wearing this scent daily.
When I spray any scent, an eau de toilette, a perfume, even a toner or setting spray, I like to close my eyes and let my mind create a mental picture for the scent. I also do the same thing with food. My babydoll laughs at me for it every time we go out to dinner. Before I eat I always take a second to close my eyes and inhale.
With something like a perfume, I sniff not only to see if I like the scent but to see where I could see myself wearing it. Is it a day time, office appropriate scent. Is this something I would wear out shopping with friends or to a fancy restaurant with my babydoll. Is it fun and fresh or sensual and exotic?
With Anjou, I went through my mental list with this one as well. It leans more into the fresh and clean category, but there is a hint of something sensual underneath. I could see wearing this for an evening out with my babydoll, but it is fresh enough that I think I could also wear it out to an office. I think part of why I could wear it out to an office is that like all of the other scents I have tried from Zents it holds close to the skin. While it starts off boldly fragrant, after a moment it fades back to a scent that only perfumes your personal space. It isn’t a scent that travels around cubicle corners.
With florals there is also the tendency to skew either little girlish or overly matronly. This scent is neither. It is an adult scent but it is not matronly. It is a scent that could be worn in your twenties, thirties and forties while feeling neither too young or too old. Quite frankly I just really liked the scent.
When I looked at the scent profile listed I had to nod. I think the scent I get the most is the mimosa with a tinge of geranium. I think the powdery scent may actually be a combination of the vanilla bean and jasmine. It is a warm scent and I can see it going well with warm days. However I could also see it being worn in winter to bring a fresh warmth to colder temps. The grounding of the florals with smoothing like basil seems to give it more of a versatility than if it had been balanced with a musk. If it had been I think the delicacy of the scent would have been lost and the balance thrown off completely.
Over all I have to say Anjou Eau de Toilette is just a good everyday scent if you want something lightly floral with a hint of sweetness. There are only two reasons that I am not wearing the rest of the perfume, spritzing my wrists until the product is gone. The first is that this is the fourth sample I’ve tested which means I have six more to try. The second reason is that when I reach the end of the sample collection I want to give Zent’s blending suggestions a try. I really want to see what happens when I mix this with the scent Earth.
While I liked Earth it was a little too heavy for me. It will be interesting to see if spritz of Anjou over Earth lightens it up a bit. Also with my blending will come my final review of the scents. This is definitely one of the scents I could see picking up for myself while Earth may be a scent that I get for my mother as she loves the scent of bergamot. But final discussion will have to wait.
Now it is with great reluctance that I have to put this scent to the side. The pain is of course mitigated by the fact that as soon as I set it to the side I get to choose another scent from the bag. While not all of them suoit me personally, thus far they have all been quite nice and I can’t wait to see what other delights the bag holding the Samples Collection from Zents holds for me.