Friday 8 August 2008

Fabulous Fridays: Fizzy raspberries, bitch.

When I was 13 or 14, everyone started wearing perfume. And there were a handful of brands that everyone seemed to wear. CKOne, Noa, Angel, Ralph and this little multicoloured trio.

Way back when, Les Belles de Ricci brought out three perfumes. Liberty Fizz, Almond Armour and Spicy Delight. I must admit that I've never tried two of the three, but Liberty Fizz - the green and pink one - was, and still is, my Favourite Perfume Ever.

I don't know much about scents so, as much as I'd like to talk about the woody accents or jasmine extracts, I'd be talking utter rubbish, so let's not go there. Liberty Fizz smells like fizzy raspberries. It is a sweet scent, yet with a very fresh, green scent beneath it. The first spritz reminds me of Impulse o2, the greenest, fizziest body spray known to (wo)man, a smell which will forever remind me of teenage holidays in the sunshine. Then as it sinks in, the sweetness lingers - a gentle pinkness, like... well, I summed it up best up there. Fizzy raspberries. You know when you've just finished a jug of Pimms and you're fishing out all the fruit, and because it's been immersed in lemonade all day it's absorbed the fizziness somehow? This is the smell of that sensation.

It's quite a subtle smell - it doesn't linger like some perfumes. Which I sort of like - you know you're not going to be that person wafting their way through the office, making people choke as they pass. I also sort of don't like it, because it means you need to reapply come lunchtime. But you probably should anyway.

Liberty Fizz is the perfect perfume. Fresh yet sweet, sweet yet not cloying, young yet mature... perfect. And it comes in a pretty bottle.

I have at least three bottles stored away, because the only places you can buy it now are obscure independently owned perfume shops (I know of one in Hemel Hempstead, and one in York) and Ebay. It comes highly recommended, but don't get too attached... you never know when it'll be gone. But I believe it was discontinued 4 or 5 years ago, but it still kicks around - if you want it badly enough, you'll find it.

PS: If you are a perfume expert and know of a scent that smells similar to Liberty Fizz, please let me know. I know eventually I'll have to face up to the reality that it's gone, gone forever. Like everything awesome.

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