Over the years, I’ve become quite the perfume connoisseur. Back in the day, my Exclamation wearing self would have rolled her heavily lined eyes at what I am today, a fragrance snob. There I said it. Rambling on about notes and fragrance families, who do I think I am, Henry Creed? So, when I came across Smell Bent, the LA niche perfume line that doesn’t take itself too seriously, I happily remember perfume doesn’t have to be hoity toity.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some hoit right along with the toit. A gorgeous architectural glass bottle, a fancy label, preferably with something in French; I’m all over it. But here’s what it comes down to, if it doesn’t smell good, it doesn’t matter whose house it’s from. Besides, I also love me some fun! I’m young (ish) and I’m relatively hip. Why not play to that side? Which is exactly what Smell Bent does while smelling good. Very good.
They are a graphic designer/perfume lover’s dream (that would be me and turns out, that’s also Brent “the chairman of smell goods”). One look at the quirky illustrations and funny, but totally spot on descriptions and it’s obvious this is not your Granny’s stuffy, old perfume.
But while you know you’re in for something fun, there is nothing flip about the scents. These are serious scents, hand blended with high quality ingredients. Basically, about as far from a novelty scent as you can get. Best of all? What a steal! Only $20 for an 8 ml bottle of fragrance oil in either of their two categories.
You can choose to take a Leisure Cruise, a journey around the world, scent style! I instantly loved the sultry Bollywood or Bust (red rose absolute, robust sandalwood and rich, savory spices) and the tropical St. Tropez Dispenser (jasmine absolute, fresh coconut, aloe vera and a light breeze over a vintage musk).
Or, introduce yourself to one of their Classic Characters. Stand outs for me were the sweet Little Miss Panda (pikake flower, fresh soil, a bit of pink pepper and a twist of key lime) and the sassy Mama Cassis (juicy black currents muddled with refreshing peppermint and a delicate vanilla musk). But I fell, and fell hard, for Sunshine…
Sunshine is sun warmed blood oranges over rich sandalwood, vanilla-drenched resins and a golden musk base. Imagine that a creamsicle had a hip, older and slightly slutty cousin. That’s Sunshine. I am forever looking for an orange based perfume. One that truly smells like oranges, not synthetic citrus. With the addition of all the warm notes, it’s a delicious burst of perfect. I love this.
Oils not your thing? They’ve recently released EDT’s as well ($45). Plus, you can order samples of any scent (how much do you love that?) $3.75 for oils $6.50 for sprays. So, what are you waiting for? Get Bent!
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
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