First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 8, Part Deux: Touch of Seduction and Glam X, The Jewels of Queen Christina’s Crown

On the eighth day of Xtina-mas, I got too impatient to wait for the rest of my presents and decided I wanted to spend Christmas wearing something a little fancier than a Christina Aguilera fragrance, so I gave to me the holiday off from writing because Touch of Seduction and Glam X are the last of ’em ’til the Burlesque perfume Xtina-mas…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 6: Red Sin, The One Where You Can Smell The Fear

On the sixth day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me apple, spice, sandalwood, and other safe decisions in the form of Red Sin, the 2012 Christina Aguilera fragrance that asks, “What could we do that we haven’t done before? Great, now what’s the exact opposite of that?” But first: a little context, shall we? 2012 was a helluva year to be…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 5: Secret Potion, The Tropical Punch One With The Ad Made of LIES

On the fifth day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me a tropical take on an old friend and an advertising campaign made of PURE LIES in the form of 2011’s Secret Potion. Since 2011 is one of the roughest, weirdest years in Christina Aguilera’s career, I’m not going to politely ask to add a little context. LET’S JUST GET INTO IT.…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 2: Inspire, the Inspired-in-Name-Only One

On the second day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me tuberose, gardenia, the illusion of mango, and  DISAPPOINTMENT. Okay, okay, Inspire is your basic, wearable florals-and-gardenia fragrance, so it’s not that bad, but there’s no denying that the great irony of Christina Aguilera’s 2008 fragrance is that it’s a bit, well, uninspired. As before, though, let’s first have some context, shall…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 1: Christina Aguilera, the Pretty Base(ic) One

Well, well, well. Color me surprised like Christina Aguilera colors her lips: aggressively. On the first day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me an unexpectedly fresh and fruity floral with delicate, softly sweetened base. And while I’d love to jump right into Christina Aguilera’s eponymous 2007 perfume, let’s take a moment to add some context, shall we? 2007 was a…

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News, Perfume

The Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Begins Tomorrow!

Grab the dirrtiest chaps you own and gird your loins for impending crotch burn, ladies and gentlemen. I have a vision, a yin-yang fascination with and suspicion of celebrity fragrances, and two weeks off of work, so in honor of the holidays and in celebration of Christina Aguilera, I’m thrilled to announce Ode de Parfum’s Xtina-mas Perfume Advent Calendar! Yes,…

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