Wednesday, March 12, 2008

BCBGirls: Nature, Star, Sexy, Metro

What can I say? Girls and women have come a long way but we have some ways to go. One respite in the meantime is that Max Azria launched a fun and great-smelling collection of fragrances for the BCBGirls line in 2002 that gave us more than the usual madonna-whore female dichotomy of good girl or bad girl--in fact, there are some choices here that have nothing to do with sexuality or our perceived and often dictated roles, whatsoever. Nature, straightforwardly named, smells like a watery-musky green citrus floral; Star like a flamboyant, sweet white floral with fruity accents blended with tuberose, creamy with a powdery finish; Sexy (and it would be Oriental, of course--what's perfume without a bit of racial stereotyping along with gender-typing?) like a sheer version of Chanel Allure, a bit deep, rich and rose-ambery with a spicy edge, and Metro, a musky-fresh Floral (smells Fruity Floral to me) with bright and soft fruity accents over a white floral heart and light but sensual woody-labdanum. My personal favorite in the set is Metro but Star is also one to not miss.

BCBGirls Metro (2002 Floral): Japanese Yuzu, Magnolia Leaves, Blackcurrant, Gardenia, Magnolia, Jasmine, Apricot, Lily of the Valley, Musk Labdanum, Sandalwood.

BCBGirls Star (2002 Floral-Woody): Magnolia Flower, Apricot, Exotic Leaves, Tamarind, Tuberose Accord, Rose Petals, Jasmine, Orris, Orange Flower, Amber, Vanilla, Musk, Tree Moss, Sandalwood, Cedarwood.

BCBGirls Nature (2002 Fruity Floral): Tangerine, Bergamot, Green Aquatic Accord, Freesia, Rose, Lily, Heliotrope, Musk, Sandalwood, Amber.

BCBGirls Sexy (2002 Oriental): Spicy Mandarin, Red Berry, Bigarade, Jasmine, Clove, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Amber, Incense, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Musk.