Welcome to our Sniff Test fragrance reviews, exclusive to Fragrance Lodge. Each month you’ll find Sniff Test scent reviews by award-winning journalist Nathalie Atkinson and Cityline beauty and fragrance expert Dave Lackie. The pair will give honest and uncensored fragrance reviews – some old and some new. We guarantee a number of these reviews will make you laugh out loud. Nathalie and Dave used to write this column for the National Post newspaper where it quickly became one of the most popular online lifestyle features. (Yes, Dave did once describe a Kimora Lee Simmons fragrance as smelling like a Mr. Soft Twist Cone truck crashing into a Kool Aid stand.) Be sure to sign up for the free Fragrance Lodge newsletter which will feature new Sniff Test reviews and contain an exclusive scent giveaway for subscribers. (You can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind.) We hope you enjoy this month’s review:
Sexual Sugar Daddy by Michel Germain (EDT spray) 40ml
Sugar Daddy by Sexual is a masculine fragrance with notes of grapefruit, cinnamon, fir balsam, caramelized praline, lavender, patchouli, sweet tobacco, leather and sandalwood.
Since I didn’t buy this at counter and the carton is all about silver glitter, it’s unclear from packaging if Sexual Sugar Daddy is for men or for women. Do you wear this to be one or to get one? (I have so many questions.) One whiff answers all: It’s definitely playboy fare, albeit inoffensive with its subtle dose of cinnamon tobacco. More suede than leather, there’s something familiar but indistinct about it. Like if you combined all the cologne worn by the men at any given bar on a Thursday night. With this name, Michel Germain is looking for some of that irreverent Tom Ford F**king Fabulous buzz. I’m not so sure it is. 2 out of 4
This fragrance should come with a warning sticker that reads: Does not come with a silk/polyester shirt unbuttoned to the navel, gold chains with Playboy medallions, pinky rings, nor a 10 year-old smartphone with a ringtone that plays “Living On A Prayer”. It doesn’t come with any pickup lines on the box that read, “You must be exhausted because you’ve been running through my mind all night.” Nor does it come with roadside assistance to boost the owners 2003 Yaris nor tape to fix a broken brake light. Fabricated, a little desperate and embarrassingly showy, Michel Germain claims it is “filled with aphrodisiacs that do the flirting for you. Hugs and kisses are inevitable.” Unfortunately, these aren’t the kinds of hugs and kisses you want. Notes of crystalized grapefruit zest, cinnamon bark, caramelized pralines and sweet tobacco sound good on paper but aren’t of high enough quality nor blended skillfully enough to make any kind of impact. I imagine Sexual Sugar Daddy is what an online dating service on a Saturday night at 2 am would smell like. 1 out of 4
- Please note this review reflects the personal opinions of Nathalie Atkinson and Dave Lackie.
Dawn C Purcell-MusgraveFebruary 15, 2022 at 10:35 pm
Dave sounds like you are saying what we have all wished we said back in the 80’s and 90’s.
Meredith AgiusFebruary 15, 2022 at 11:53 am
CLub 54 where are you? Perhaps the best thing to say is that disco in the garbage based on the feedback?
BrendaNovember 15, 2021 at 9:35 am
Great review. Spot on and highly amusing! I questioned the packaging in the same way! As for the fragrance itself, it is truly amazing how much information the sensory system can detect from one wiff. Dave, your description is pure genius.
Sheree PitchfordSeptember 1, 2021 at 7:18 am
The truth isn’t always, well, sexy. 🤣
Sonia cavalliAugust 15, 2021 at 12:29 pm
Bahaha- loved this one. I dated a guy who wore Sexual. When he told me name of the fragrance he was wearing, I couldn’t stop laughing, killed the mood and any chances he had. I still laugh everytime I see it. This takes it to a whole ‘nother level!!!
@torontoviewerAugust 15, 2021 at 11:56 am
Dave: Best review ever.
DanielaAugust 1, 2021 at 9:36 am
Love this review 😂
Cynthia SacksJune 22, 2021 at 12:43 pm
Takes me back to the 70s. And NOT in a good way! @cindy_sacks
CatherineApril 1, 2021 at 8:33 am
Funny & entertaining review. I will steer away from this scent, for sure!!
Roberta P MacQuarrieMarch 15, 2021 at 11:46 am
He, he; very entertaining! I will be sure to avoid this gentleman! Thanks for these great reviews. They are honest and very helpful! Keep them coming!
LInda LFebruary 15, 2021 at 8:16 pm
Enjoyed both these honest and witty reviews!! @linlett60
Cynthia M SacksFebruary 8, 2021 at 10:11 am
I totally adore the reviews — especially ones as cutting and cunning as these two! From the name alone, I would never buy this!
Elizabeth VlugFebruary 1, 2021 at 1:03 pm
Thanks for your reviews. I’m no prude, but I wouldn’t buy this one just because of the name. Silly I know but that’s me. lol.
daniela sborliniFebruary 1, 2021 at 11:36 am
lol that was so funny Dave!!!!
Didier Maine de BiranFebruary 1, 2021 at 9:15 am
Your narrative made me laugh, Dave! I can really picture the “Guy” that you are trying to describe like John Travolta on Saturday Night Fever…. Ahaa. Nothing better than a good laugh to start the day. As far as the fragrance is concerned I will definitely curious to smell, just curious!
Best to you, Didier
Dawn C Purcell-MusgraveJanuary 16, 2021 at 11:34 pm
OMG, I am laughing so hard you guys are hilarious. It took me back to studio 54 NYC in the 80’s. The cologne in there was enough to choke a horse. You could walk in there with no scent on at all and walk out like you just walk thru the perfume counter in Bloomingdales……..
GabrielleDecember 2, 2020 at 1:58 am
Oh my stars! I am laughing like a loon! This cologne sounds like every guy at The Acropolis in Beverly Hills circa 1988. Oh dear god the memories…
Lisa SampsonDecember 1, 2020 at 7:14 am
Dave, your review of the sexual sugar daddy was hilarious. It’s 7 in the morning and I’m in stitches laughing. A great way to start the day thank you.
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