I am not a big fan of the liquorice in this scent. It smells synthetic on me, and somehow doesn't seem to belong amid the rest of the recipe. I am going to wait and try it again during the winter and see if it behaves better in the cold. For now, I prefer Hard Candy when I have a huge sweet tooth.
Very Plain very good
I specifically went after Pink Sugar after I was told not to and boy was I glad. I think it smells divine and very plainly of ultra-sweet vanilla. I can detect the cotton candy scent in it but just faintly. I think the dry down and opening notes are all very uniform. It lasts a long time on me and like another reviewer said, if it's warm, the scent is revived a bit. From bottle to paper tester card almost everyone I know says it's awful but if I'm wearing it, I get compliments, even from my mother who deplores all things sweet and sugary in regards to perfume.
Pros: Long lasting
This one is pretty much unheard-of here in the UK, but l recently had the opportunity to try it thanks to a colleague, whose friend brought a bottle back from the States for her. l am surprised to see it has such a long notes list; (what on earth does Barba Papa smell like anyway?!) on my colleague it produces a huge but delicious sillage of warm vanilla custard, & that's it. On me l get more of the burnt sugar & tonka notes, & it lasts four to five hours. l can't quite give it a thumbs up, as l think it's rather too one-dimensional, & that l would quickly become bored with it. But it is rather lovely to smell on someone else.
My relationship with Pink Sugar is... well it's complicated. I loved this scent during undergrad years and after graduation but upon smelling it recently can't stand it. It is perfect for a young girl, at one point in my life it made me very happy. It smells like happiness itself I guess: sugary, fruity, bright, and dies down to a very very warm vanilla.
Part of my love for this fragrance actually came in the solid compact form. I still love my solid Pink Sugar but the solid fragrance smells much softer, more vanilla-y and warmer than the EDT version.
I think this is a great starter perfume and I have always had success with it for gifting preteens and teenage girls.
I smelled this today at Sephora and it was horrible. too sweet, too strong, and too loud. If perfumes paint a picture, this painted a picture of a cheap stripper eating cotton candy.