Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Happy Heart description
If the original Clinique Happy perfume is a sunburst of citrus and floaty florals, then her sister, Happy Heart, is a brisk walk in a mountain meadow. The soft rush of clean, pure air radiates through Happy Heart from beginning to end, with wisps of cucumber, carrot and watery wildflowers appearing and disappearing on the breeze.
The opening is a bracing whoosh of mandarin and cucumber, buoyantly drifting through an ozonic mountain air accord. The cucumber note is the standout, and the mountain air accord keeps it from being too water-based and juicy. The mandarin note shimmers in the background like sunlight seen through tall mountain trees.
And just like with Happy, the top notes are very vivid and strong, and not shy about grabbing your attention. After the mountain air theme is established, the rest of the scent is content to slowly flutter along behind it.
The heart is yellow primrose, wild carrot flower, and water hyacinth. These three notes sing a lovely, quiet song together, and each of their unique facets gets its time to shine. The primrose adds an intimate, satiny feel, and brightly draped in the water hyacinth’s sparkling dew. The wild carrot note contributes a solid, grounding earthiness, close to a light musk, which gives it depth. Without the carrot note, the heart would quickly soar away, like a birthday balloon over the Andes.
But combined, the three heart notes create a gentle, memorable and invigorating atmosphere that you will want to return to many times as you wear it. You can deeply fill your lungs with this scent with each sniff of your wrist.
The dry down is a comfy couch of dry blonde woods that helps give Happy Heart a place to land. The wood note texture is as aerated as the rest of the fragrance, as if you’ve stumbled over a bleached knot of driftwood as you tramp down to the sea from your mountain excursion.
And if Clinique’s Happy sole purpose was just that – to make you happy, then Happy Heart does the same for your circulation. This is a wide-open perfume that floats and flutters on a cool breeze coming down from the high range. It carries the scent of earth and the wildflowers that grow from it, filling your spirit with an airy freedom that your body will recognize as its own happy place.