As per usual, when it rains it pours. That is sort of how I am as well. I was telling you here how I rarely review fragrances and now I see myself having to do so because of the advent calendars and here I am again reviewing a fragrance. This time the fragrance is from Shay&Blue and it is the Blood Orange one. The fragrance was included in the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar in the box that was meant to be opened on the 13th of December.
Shay&Blue is a brand of fragrances that even though is advertised in almost every magazine I purchase, it is not as easy to find. I mean, you don’t just go inside any store that sells beauty and you will see it there. Marks&Spencer carry the brand and you will find in most stores in the beauty sector, but right now I cannot think of any other store where I have seen the products. I know that QVC also sells them and of course you can purchase the fragrances via Shay&Blue’s website. However, they are not everywhere and that was my point. Why does it matters? Well, when you buy a fragrance you usually want to try it on. Recently I have seen myself forced to purchase fragrances without trying them on, but I got really lucky with only one being a fragrance I am not particularly fond of.
Since the Shay&Blue fragrances are not as common, I am always happy to see a travel size version in boxes or calendars by M&S. Last year they also had one and it was the Atropa Belladonna which I have reviewed here. The size of the bottle is just enough to truly figure out whether you want to purchase a full size version of the fragrance. You get to wear the fragrance around 10-15 times and then make a decision whether to invest or not.
The Shay&Blue Blood Orange fragrance as you have guessed by now, smells like oranges but there is another subtle scent that adds to the overall fragrance and makes the orange heart seem more elegant. Okay, I think I am approaching BS territory here, but it is true, however it sounds so weird saying it or rather writing it! It is no doubt an interesting scent just like the Atropa Belladonna, but as refined and interesting it might be, it is just not something I can see myself wearing for completely different reasons than those I mentioned for Cosmic Bloom.
Overall, Shay&Blue once again did not disappoint when it comes to the quality of the product, however the scent itself is not for me. I am glad that I got to try it though as this way I won’t have to keep wondering. The entire fragrance collection is incredibly tempting, but I need to know first and you might want to test them out whenever possible as well before purchasing as some of the scents are not what I thought they would be like.