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 favorites in this column. Enjoy!
It’s been awhile 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?