Viva La Juicy Bowdacious

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Ad sample on on ruled notebook paper. The peelie is a sweeter representation than the actual eau–there’s a hint of citrus in the bottle that tarts up the top a little.

Nice flirty cantaloupe and jasmine, with a smart woody tonka bean ending.

A good “young-adult” scent that doesn’t take over the entire house, street and neighborhood on the way to the high school–a safe blind buy for your favorite teen-thing this holiday.

And five points to House J. Couture for the “Bows before Beaus” line.


I love Lizzo.

Juicy Couture

juicy couture edgesThe solid goes on with cool waxy watermelon and warms up to a creamy tuberose with a bite of peach.
Lasts for an hour with faint but big sillage, then dissolves into caramel on the skin.

It’s much nicer than I expected–delicate and lighthearted and fun–so nice to find a teen perfume done really well.


This song came out at the same time, cliche and cute (with a teenage fantasy revenge video), but still charming.

Viva La Juicy

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Magazine peelie advertising a crested bottle with a bright pink bow.

Opens with a Jamba Juice stand, and finishes with Brach’s Milk Maid caramel bullion cubes, amber, and overpriced shoes, but it works in a ridiculously girly-girl fashion.
Doesn’t project too much and doesn’t last too long, and the bottle is chichi cute.

Girls fashion magazines have smelled like this for the past ten years–inserts fall out of every issue of Teen Vogue, YM and Seventeen–I’m guessing the box sets sell like hotcakes on the holidays.

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Edit – 12/10/21

Flanker after flanker has come out since Viva La Juicy’s debut in 2008, but the original continues to be the least objectionable (Bowdacious is the best of them) of the line and the most popular.
The peelies still trickle from my mailbox with every cosmetics store flyer, and the gift sets are stacked to the ceiling at the shops, but it feels dated, now.

Prada Candy‘s caramel has stayed more fresh.

Coldplay’s Viva La Vida came out the same year–here’s a great cover.