I originally came across this perfume because I was searching online for a fragrance with a strong, juicy nectarine note, and this scent popped up as a result. I poo-pooed it, until I saw a tester at Kohl's. I spritzed it, and it wasn't half bad; actually, I liked it a lot!
In the past, I have avoided all of Britney Spears's scents like I avoid a "Womanizer." I was convinced that they couldn't possibly be good, what with a new one coming out seemingly every six months. Private Show (I hate typing that horrible name!) is actually good. It's actually quite complex and--dare I say it?--mature. Gasp! Don't get me wrong, it's still something a 20-something would wear, but "Lucky" for me, it's also quite proper for a 30-, 40-, and 50-something woman. I would think most teenagers would be turned off by this one, even though the "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" crowd is likely the marketing target.
There isn't a LOT of nectarine, but the nectarine does combine nicely with the clementine at the top in a nice, juicy first burst. Coffee underscores this note, which sounds kind of gross (citrus coffee?!), but it really is nice. The fruits disappear within about five minutes and are replaced with the dulce de leche and jasmine. Actually, I don't get much orange blossom; I would rather describe what I smell as "white flowers." But the coffee remains strongly present. When it combines with the dulce de leche, the result is a creamy, slightly sweet latte coffee drink! With some white flowery notes floating softly around the edges.
It is a very pretty perfume. So pretty, in fact, that the name is intolerable. Anything would be better than "Private Show." Seriously, what a tacky, smutty, awful name! Maybe I can rub off the name from the bottle with nail polish remover and write "Caramel Unicorns" or some such over it. Or what about "Fluffy Kitties"? Or "Awesomesauce"?!
Anyway, the drydown still contains a bit of coffee to flow in with the musk. On me, it's a stronger musk than amber, and it even loses some sweetness to become slightly like a dry woodsiness. This perfume is sweet, but not overly so, in my opinion, and it gets less sweet over time. But you'd better really like the scent of coffee to wear this one, or else you will be unhappy for quite a few hours--it will seem "Toxic" to you! Longevity is about 3-4 hours; reapplication is a must--Oops, I had to do it again.
Sillage is within arms length, and I spray the back of my neck/hair, front of my neck/chest, and once on each forearm. It wafts gently around and then gradually dies away. Then, "Baby, one more time" on the spritzing.
Due to the coffee note, I think most people would agree that fall and winter might be the best times of year to wear this perfume, but honestly, any time you desire a calorie-free caramel coffee kind of drink, you can just spritz this on and save your hips because they don't lie. (Oops. Wrong singer.) It's delicious, but it's also feminine and floral and...pretty. I really love it, and I'm glad I didn't allow my Britney prejudice to prevent me from buying it. The ten dollar clearance price tag may have had a VERY LARGE part in that purchase, if I'm truthful!
Ten bucks was a steal for this quality. I'm not sure how much of a hand Britney has in the creation of her scents, but this one is a winner. Don't "hold it against me."