As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). “Reviewed” is a new series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day, or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favourites in this column. Enjoy!
It’s been a while since I’ve described anything as “sweet and spicy” that wasn’t Chinese food-related, but the Incognito ($169) fragrance from indie beauty brand Rouge Bunny Rouge is just that—albeit a much more sophisticated subject. A burst of pink peppercorn hits you when you first inhale, but is balanced by sweeter, more approachable notes of ylang-ylang, pimento berry oil, and plum. I love a good moody fragrance, but find that they can veer too dark or overwhelming—this one is the perfect balance of peppery and an almost-crisp sort of sweetness. But lest you think it’s too obvious, know this—this is a perfume for seducing. The combination of peppery and sweet is unlike anything you’ve ever smelled before, and it hits you like a narcotic, luring you like a mistress in a slinky black dress. The best part comes at the very end, when the base notes of patchouli, suede, musk, and heliotrope emerge, settling comfortably into your skin like soft cashmere. I knew I was a goner after the first spritz. Fireworks, sweetness, and a steamy, comfortable afterglow—like all the best kinds of romps, right?