Sitting on my vanity counter you’ll find about 20 bottles of perfume. Some were purchased. Some were gifts. Some were provided as samples for me to review on this blog. Sitting smack dab front and center is my bottle of Trish McEvoy’s No. 9, a gift from my hubby. It is easily the scent I reach for most often. Despite all of the fragrance testing I do (most of which doesn’t even make it to this site), I’ve managed to use up about 50-60% of the bottle over the last 3 1/2 years. I love the blackberry and vanilla! It’s so delicious, fresh and just different than so many other scents.
So, you can imagine that trying out the Sexy 9 by Trish McEvoy would be right up my alley.
This really is a sexed up, glamified version of the original No. 9. It’s like the original was a slightly geeky college girl, think jeans, sweatshirt, glasses and even a frumpy scrunchy. Then her friends make her over for the big party. She’s got contacts, a LBD and amazing heels.
Quite a few people complain on-line that Sexy No. 9 is the same as Thierry Mugler’s Angel. The notes of Angel (per Frangrantica’s website) are: Top notes are melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy; middle notes are honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries and rose; base notes are tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel.
Perhaps with some people’s body chemistry things could smell similar (a sweet fruity scent with some vanilla?), but on me I still get a somewhat strong and very definitively blackberry note. The blackberry is made a bit sweeter by the vanilla, but the whole thing is tempered by the lillies and the amber (I don’t get any patchouli). Overall, this is very much like my beloved No. 9, but more grown up and yes, a tad sexy.
I’ll be wearing this scent everywhere. To work, out with my hubby (as much as the parents of a baby go out) and even to the grocery store.
Update 10/4 I have been emailing with Trish McEvoy PR and they sent me a more complete list of notes! I haven’t been able to find this info on-line, so I was really excited about this!
Notes: Top Notes: Blackberry buds, mandarin Middle Notes: Tiare flower, osmanthus Base Notes: Cashmere woods, velvet musk, sandalwood, liquid amber