Stella by Jacques Cavallier for Stella McCartney 2003


Post by Maya


Hello APJ,

I have very little interest in most celebrity scents. I know it’s not fair and I am probably missing some very good fragrances, but there are too many out there and others interest me a lot more. Perfume is a thing of emotions and sometimes visual images for me. It appeals to senses other than smell, which is part of it’s beauty. It can evoke memories. It can awaken feelings. It can create new or revive old visual images. It can create or change a mood. Each scent does something different. Once in a while, I perceive a fragrance as color/s.

Stella by Jacques Cavallier for Stella McCartney 2003

Stella Stella McCartney FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Tangerine, rose, peony, amber

I tried Stella by Stella McCartney out of simple curiosity and I’m glad I did. It is a scent that I see as shades of pink with a bit of bright yellow in it. It’s uncomplicated and demands nothing. There are times when that is exactly what I want. I also like that the rose smells natural, not artificial. On my skin, Stella opens as a bright rose with wisps of amber floating up. There are some subtle hints of barely-there mandarin. The amber warms up slightly as the scent progresses but the rose stays strong.

Stella McCartney 2010 UK in France  FlickrPhoto Stolen UK in France Flickr

This is a spring and summer perfume for me. It’s bright sunshine and light. Stella is uplifting and cheerful and yes, pretty. I like to wear it when I’m out and about – shopping, doing errands, meeting a friend for lunch. I would actually wear it just about anywhere and I do. It’s one of my go-to perfumes.

After about 5 hours, it fades somewhat. It’s still there, but much closer to the skin and lingers for about another 3 hours. I can spritz and forget about it, knowing I will be surrounded by a lovely scent that is unlikely to offend anyone. I should add an interesting aside: to my nose, this is a true ROSE perfume, but several friends say that to them it’s a light floral and they can’t pick out any individual flowers including roses. They all like it though.

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Further reading: Now Smell This
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Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $3/ml

Do you have any fun, easy to wear, go-to perfumes?

Maya x

14 thoughts on “Stella by Jacques Cavallier for Stella McCartney 2003

  1. Hey there Maya,
    I love Stella but have only had decants. It never seems to turn full bottle and now I’m not sure why. I will wear it again tomorrow in your honour.
    Portia xx


    • Welcome back Portia! I’m honored 😉 Seriously though, Stella is a lovely scent. I understand Stella Absolute is Stella made richer and darker. It would be worth trying too.


  2. Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan. Easy. Not challenging or harsh on those around me. I wear it to work, especially on days when there will be clients in the office. And I like it. A lot.

    I have smelt Stella and it is beautiful. But somehow roses in perfume don’t work for me when they are front and centre. I’d happily smell it on someone else though.


  3. I do like Stela, but prefer Bvlgari’s rose. And now I come to think of it, Bvlgari Au The Vert is about my only light and easy perfume! Oh and I do adore Goutal’s Rose Absolue, which is fairly light.

    That Hermes is gorgeous and if it lasted longer than 5 minutes on me, I’d have a full bottle. I don’t have much luck with any Hermes lasting for me.


  4. Hi Tammy. I have tried Bvulgari’s jasmine and liked it. Will have to check out the rose. I understand your problem with Hermes. It’s a deal breaker for me when a perfume doesn’t last at least hours!


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