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Don’t you wish you could find a magic genie somewhere who could leap out of a bottle and make you happy forever? Just grant one simple wish, and your life would be perfect? No more bills to pay, pounds to lose, or To-Do lists to conquer? Doesn’t everyone deserve to be happy all the time?
The skincare gurus at Clinique think so, and they made a perfume that tries in its own way to make you absurdly happy from the first sniff. Now, granted it won’t last FOREVER, but…a few hours of delightfully-scented skin has its own charms, too.
So what does Pure Happiness smell like?
Clinique’s Happy begins with an exuberantly bright display of citrus. Top notes of Ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange burst like an entire box of fireworks, with all their zesty acidity intact. There’s also a faint touch of bitter bergamot peeking out from behind the grapefruit, and a pop of camphorous laurel blossom for contrast. Happy starts out like a smile on the Sun.
The rest of the perfume is all exotic florals. The heart contains Boysenberry bush flower, Morning Dew Orchid, and Melati Blossom. Melati Blossom is in the jasmine family, and it’s sweet, creamy floral texture anchors the other notes after the sunburst of citrus dries down. The Morning Dew Orchid lends a lightly powdered layer over the rest of the florals.
The dry down is just as intriguing if you’re a fan of arcane perfumery. Hawaiian Wedding flower, White Crinium Lily and Chinese Golden Magnolia are all included, with Spring Mimosa rounding out the base notes.
These wonderfully-titled flowers blend into an airy and light bouquet of white and yellow blossoms. Golden Magnolia has a drowsy, sweet and rich scent similar to champaca, and the Hawaiian Wedding Flower is also a type of jasmine.
But do all these strange flowers make you happy? The answer is a definite Yes. Clinique catapults us into a soaring blue sky, plumped with white floral cumulus clouds that are bathing in giddy, gilded sunshine. You just feel good wearing this perfume. And you should!
Because until someone discovers a magic genie to grant our every wish, sometimes it’s just nice to know True Happiness can be found (for a few hours, anyway) just from wearing this perfume.