Musings of a Muse

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Sep 24, 2008

Harajuku Lovers Fragrance Review

If you haven't yet been exposed to Gwen Stefani's new Harajuku Lovers Fragrances you must be leaving under a rock!

These things are everywhere, literally.

The fragrances have amazing Internet exposure and can be found at many high end counters across the line. I'm really impressed with the huge marketing campaign these have! Whoever is on the marketing team deserves a great big pat on the back for really getting the line exposed and out there!

I'm particularly delighted that these are appearing on popular sites like youTube, mySpace, Flickr, etc.....If you're a beauty blogger you can really appreciate the fact that the marketing has extended itself to such a vast electronic market. Granted websites are one thing but youTube, mySpace, and even Facebook are quite another!

You can find any and all information you can possibly want on Harajuku Lovers Fragrance at the following locations:

Harajuku Lovers MySpace

Harajuku Lovers YouTube
Harajuku Lovers Flickr
Harajuku Lovers Facebook
Harajuku Lovers Official Website

I admit I spent way too much time on the website yesterday watching the user created karaoke videos and contemplating making my own. Guilty!

I've only officially tested out one of the fragrances and the rest I have tester cards for so I can't review too completely on all the scents however I did head to my local Nordstrom and had a peek and decided I must haves them all! The Muse loves any and all Asian aspired goodies (my blog can attest to that I'm sure) and these are under my radar now so I'm definately buying one of each. After all, you can't just have one! They'll get lonely if they aren't together! It's a group thing!

I read a few negative reviews but I honestly only have positive things to say about the collection. The scents are very girlish which appeals to me in a major way as I really like lighter, sweeter scents. Each perfume comes topped with a cute little Harajuku girl which adds to the charm and appeal of collecting all of them! The line up consists of five different scents each a new and different experience.

I've been wearing 'Lil' Angel for the last several days and loving it. Although at first whiff the fragrance does have a rather strong alcohol scent this does not carry out onto your skin. Dry down is a beautiful blend of raspberry as the dominant note and moves forward with a combination of fruit and floral to create a fresh, sweet smell on the skin. In consideration that this is an Eau de Toilette I was delighted that it had considerable long wear and lasted about six hours prior to needing a fresh up. In my experience that's pretty good wear for an EDT.

Although I'm not a big lover of florals I think Love was beautiful. It's a light floral scent that's a cocktail of roses, peony, and other softer notes with a base of musk. Love appealed to my girly side in a major way!

Baby is a powdery musk with top notes of white rose and a soft white musk base. Her name contributes to what she smells like, a baby! Very powdery, fresh, girlish, and sweet! This definately appeals to my inner child!

Although Music is a delicate floral blend it happens to very fun as well with a top base of pear and a base of musk and vanilla! It's my second favorite of the five and really appeals to the fun side of my personality!

And finally G! G is a tropical blend of fresh coconut and cream that can only be described as fruity and lively! This is another favorite of mine. I love tropical blends and this definately brings that to the table but also pushes it further with notes of Cotton Woods and Freesia!

The scents are all really fun and I'll be indulging in all five for myself. I can't help but approved 'em for purchase as they are too adorable to resist! You know what would be seriously awesome...if Gwen extended her line of fragrances and couture and brought in some cosmetics...that would be awesome! I'd be all over that like white on rice!

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Want all five?

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Blogger Phyrra said...

Raspberry sounds tasty for a top note, and the one with Vanilla and Musk I would probably like as well.

September 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Dao said...

Unfortunately we don't have them here :( My town is not too cool for lots of things. I like the packaging though, really cute!

September 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Ann* said...

they are so cute!!

September 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd :)

I'm all over raspberry ;)

September 24, 2008 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dao!

Dao, where do you live lovie? ;) order online teehee! plus sephora has FF discount soonish too!

oh my!

I love the packaging too!

September 24, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aren't they ann!?


I wrote you an email lovie where ya been?

September 24, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Minou said...

Ohh...these sound so interesting and they look so cute!

Too bad they are not available in my country. :(

September 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aw sorry minou :(

maybe soon!??!?!

September 24, 2008 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I LOVE G!!!!!! I would love for a Gwen cosmetics line..I have a slight obsession with all that she

September 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger MC said...

LOVING G. My lovely significant other picked me up a bottle as a little gift since he knows I love Harajuku Lovers. I love tropical scents and this one is super.

I like Baby too and will be getting myself a bottle of it XD.

September 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

The packaging are so cute. Thank you so much for doing a review on them.

September 24, 2008 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...


G is one of my flavorites! Oh my god I'd die for a cosmetic line from'd be awesome I'm sure!

I'm the SAME way! Totally obsessed with just about anything she puts out since she has such a unique flair of style ;)

she can seriously do no wrong in my eyes!

September 24, 2008 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi mc!

Awww he's sweet :) It is indeed! I like the underlay of's coconut yes but it has a faint woodsy musk that makes it mysterious!

I seriously need all five...eep!

I just wish they were a tiny big bigger ;)

September 24, 2008 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello Valerie!

Thanks for your comment :) You're most welcome, it's my pleasure!

Def check 'em out at your local counter they smell so pretties :)

Hope to talk to you again soon!

September 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Aw. I want the little tester cards

September 24, 2008 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Asta said...

Hey Musey!

I've been around but not as vocal since I started my new job. Miss me? =D

I really really like Gwen and want to get these, but I need to test them out at Sephora this week. Also, I'm torn between getting the bottles or the solid coffret, which is like half the price. Did you try the solids? I wonder how long they last....

September 24, 2008 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

LOL Laura not at all!

they are damn cute hehe! I hung 'em up by my desk ;)

September 24, 2008 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...


We missed you ;)

Hey Musey!
Welcome back! How's the new job?

They are def worth testing prior to purchasing to get a feel for 'em!

I'm unsure about the coffret..I've been considering it as well since it's $60 it seems like a steal! I've tried solids in the past and haven't had much success with 'em but I think I might test them out and see what comes of it ;) Because if anything they look too cute!

September 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Minou said...

I can hope they come to my country too!
Hmmm...time to do some hunting and see which online shop stocks them and ship internationally. :D

September 24, 2008 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi minou!

I hope they do as they are too cute :)

I'm sure you'll find some place online that does or maybe an MUA'er :)

September 25, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger nilla cookie said...

My nose just whiffed all of these yesterday and I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

Lil' Angel was probably a fave followed up by G.

September 25, 2008 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

me too!!!!!!
I can't believe they got only a 3.8 rating on MUA! I loved 'em! A few people had said they smelled over alcohol-ly but that's only in the bottle, once squirted it's yummie goodness! I'm going to buy all of 'em tonight! EEP! Be good Muse be good lol!

G was a total fav for me yums! Love that coconut goodness :)

September 25, 2008 at 3:46 PM  

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