On Wednesday I wore Bikini Questa Sera from Christian Louboutin, which was the perfume that got me into fragrance. I had received multiple samples of this fragrance when buying Christian Louboutin lipsticks and nail varnishes but never actually committed to buying a full size bottle, and then when I was finally trying to get one, found out it was discontinued.
I searched everywhere, contacted the brand, checked ebay on-and-off for years, then finally managed to get a bottle that was delivered a couple of weeks ago. But until I actually managed to buy a bottle, I spent about 4 years looking for perfumes with the same notes as Bikini Questa Sera, which then ended up with me becoming quite obsessed with perfume, and collecting quite a few bottles along the way. (None of the perfumes I bought or sampled were a good replacement, by the way.)
Bikini Questa Sera is an Eau de Parfum with top notes of Green Notes, heart notes of Jasmine and Tuberose, and base notes of Ambergris, Vetiver, and Sandalwood. Of the two floral notes, it’s mostly Jasmine that comes through, and there’s none of the cloying effect that you can get with Tuberose (I left that for Friday). There’s also a really nice fresh, green note to the perfume that is really quite prominent, while the Sandalwood is super light.
Like I said, I never found anything that would make a great alternative to this, and it’s discontinued, but Oscar de la Renta’s Bella Blanca has similar notes – top notes are Green Leaves, Pear, and Lily-of-the-Valley, heart notes are Jasmine, Tuberose, Orange Blossom and Rose, and base notes are Musk, White Iris, and Sandalwood.