TJ Maxx Find of the Week:
It is no secret that I am a huge Barbara Bui fan. This is the one fragrance I have managed to not cave on.
Why you ask?
Because I am lazy.
I do not feel like calling the Barbara Bui boutiques in NYC and order it. I like to order online or stumble across my perfumes in person.
I first experienced Bui in NYC. The gang trekked to one of the stores to scope it out. There was massive buzz on makeupalley. Chattykathy was the fearless leader in this expedition. The store had sold out their stock and were waiting for a new shipment. They had hidden the tester.
I am a sucker for something that has to be hidden from the masses.
It was love at first sniff for me.
Some of the gang got on the waiting list. I decided to wait.
I am still waiting after all these years.
It is a shame that I am so damn lazy.
Bui sparked strong emotions on MUA. There were the fans and then "the haters."
The haters stated that it was boring, bland and smelled of Department Store.
This is the worst you can say about a fragrance on MUA. It is the kiss of death.
I never got the hate. Bui was unique to me. It was the perfect comfort scent that was only rivaled by Pottle.
I am going to not review Bui but instead direct you to the Now Smell This review:
Sonia Rykiel's Woman(not for Men!) fragrance has longed been compared to Barbara Bui. Several MUAers described it as being better than Bui.
I am here to tell you that it is very very very good.
Is it as good as Bui?
Not to me...but then I have romantic notions about Bui.
Bui has incredible sillage and can last all darn day.
Rykiel's Woman can not boast this feat.
The notes for Sonia Rykiel's Woman Pink Pepper, Violet, Date, Jasmine Petals, Solar Flowers, Bulgarian Rose, Black Pepper, Olibanum, Agarwood, Leather and Amber.
Read Aromascope's(another great perfume site) post on both fragrances:
Photo: Blogdorf Goodman