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Pokémon EDT - Gotta Sniff 'em All!

Rating: 2 votes, 2.50 average.
Sometimes we have to try something a little bit different to keep our edge. It's easy to fall into a rut. So when either a Sniff-'n'-Speak (SnS) or a Scent Synchronization Day (SSD) come around, I usually seize upon the opportunity to try something that I might not wear otherwise. Today was "Scared To Admit I'm Wearing It" SSD, and let me tell you - I'm scared to admit I'm wearing it. Well, maybe in real life, but not among fragrance friends. So keeping mum about my scent with everybody but family, I reached for the nukes of shame. A kiddie scent. And shameful though it was, it was also quite educational.



Pokémon EDT

Pokémon is a surprisingly good citrus fragrance - exactly what it was intended to be: a unisex scent that is safe and innocent for little kids. I was actually rather amazed at the quality. At roughly 3 times the price of Axe Proximity Bergamot (meaning I paid $13 for it), this product is almost infinitely better. The initial citrus is fresh and fairly natural. Although I am able to detect one or two tiny "obvious" synthetic notes - possibly including the same one that is in Axe Proximity Bergamot - the net result is far closer to Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne than it is to Axe. This is not a slam of Chanel, one of my most admired houses. This is praise for Air-Val International and the Spanish fragrance industry. Even my hard-to-please wife liked this fragrance at first sniff.

Among the notes that I detect are lemon and orange, and possibly even hints of higher-quality components which could include neroli, orange blossom, petitgrain or (more likely) their synthetic reconstitutions. Lemon is predominant to my nose, with orange coming in second, and the others far weaker. The mixture was enough to be interesting, and definitely enough to keep it out of Lemon Pledge territory. There is a touch of a peppery note, which dies out soon, and a light floral (perhaps Lyral® or Lilial®) that grows over time, until it is joined by a very light soapy note. In the end, it is a very light scent, not quite soapy and not quite floral, but basically clean. I could easily imagine how parents could spray this on their little darlings and allow themselves to be lulled into the illusion that the kids had actually washed behind the ears.

I cannot resist passing on the notes from fragrancenet.com:

FRAGRANCE NOTES - an all-day fragrance of orange blossom, vanilla and musk.
RECOMMENDED USE - daytime
I don't know if the category "invisible musk" exists, but this one must be using it. As for vanilla - well - maybe. "All-day" may mean that the soapy base lasts all day, but trust me - citrus got the hell out of Dodge by high noon.

Fragrancenet suggests daytime wear. Surprisingly, the rather precious lone review suggests that it also serves well for evening wear:

This scent is so sexy all the girls love it
Written by Charizard16
Go get 'em, tiger!

The bottle deserves comment. Although cheap, it is of good and appropriate design. The "pokéball" theme is upheld by a rounded bottle and a spherical red cap. The collar of the spray mechanism is pink, adding just enough of a girly touch so that young ladies won't feel left out. Well, to be honest, it may be pink. The collar's color seems to vary from bottle to bottle. You may get blue, yellow, white, or maybe even something else. I guess I got the feminine version. Aaaaack! Cooties!



Bulbasaur * Ivysaur * Venusaur

The exact Pokémon on the front of the bottle is #001 in the Pokédex - Bulbasaur. This particular Pokémon is of the grass-poison type, with "overgrow" ability. Height 2'4'' and weight 15.2 lbs. Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur, which evolves into Venusaur. In a cruel form of reverse name imagery, Bulbasaur is cute, cute, cute, whereas Ivysaur is something like a 12-year-old daughter who wants a nose ring and birth control. Venusaur looks like what Ivysaur evolves into.

My recommendation: buy your little angels Pokémon EDT while they're still young. If you buy them Dior Addict or Black XS too soon, you may get what you paid for. Venusaur.
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  1. Aiona's Avatar
    Whew! It's a relief to see that you smell what I smell. Or rather vice versa. Definitely citrus. But yeah, that didn't last long. Lily, eh? I agree. It smells like lily, but perhaps a bit synthetic. Waiting for the drydown.
  2. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by david black
    Thanks for the info. Just found out about this today and was curious.
    Glad it was useful! All the interest in Pokemon recently has really changed things. I would have never thought people would be interested in Pokemon again, but I just saw some neighbors playing today.

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