Stella & Stella Sheer by Stella McCartney: Perfume Review / Fragrance Review

Stella & Stella Sheer by Stella McCartney: Perfume Review / Fragrance Review


Stella by Stella McCartney is the perfect
beginner’s rose, the way a latte is the perfect beginner’s coffee. The rose is definitely
part of this sensual, woody floral, but it’s more of a ghostly background presence. This eau de parfum starts off with peony,
which is a greener and sweeter floral than rose. At this point, Stella’s a little soapy
for my liking. But soon enough, the soap takes a hike, and the ghostly rose floats in, along
with a salty musk. You get the idea of the fruity voluptuousness of rose, but it sneaks
up on you rather than shoving itself in your face – know wot I mean? My favorite part of Stella is the salty rose
afterglow, which is why the Body Milk is my preferred form of the fragrance. I don’t have
to deal with the overeager peony, and I can get right down to it with the sultry stuff.
Sometimes foreplay just gets in the way. I wanted to mention the 2009 limited edition
of Stella Sheer. The opening is cucumbers mixed with movie theatre candy – the kind
that always smells a bit like stale popcorn. It’s a little “stoner munchie mix”. By the
Stella Sheer’s rose staggers in for an appearance, it’s pretty wasted. I’m gonna party with the
original Stella. I’m Katie Puckrik, and I smell.

100 thoughts on “Stella & Stella Sheer by Stella McCartney: Perfume Review / Fragrance Review”

  1. Thank you for doing this review! Stella is my go-to everyday perfume, and I love it dearly. It's subtle, professional, and feminine in all the right places.

  2. Not only do you smell, you hit the nail on the head every single time…er…kinda like you have smelled before or something.
    Just a note on the rose. To me, it can be one of the most offensive fragrances out there OR one of the most delightful ,(kinda like Lavender) depending on the quality and proportions. So cheap or so expensive….vast ends of the spectrum.

  3. thanx for the review, you're review is fascinating as always.
    As much as I love stella, i settled for Stella in Two Peony since it's more fresh and modern

  4. Oh my goodness I JUST bought this!!! I literally showed it in my haul video yesterday. But my description of it "a smokey floral" is nothing compared to yours! Love ya Katie. Great review as always!
    _gabriella

  5. I generally get samples and decants of the perfumes I review. Sometimes I pick up samples at Sephora and the department stores, and sometimes the various perfume co's send them to me. But many of my reviews are things from my personal collection.

  6. And she had the guts to come out and say it, Dad probably still resents it. There's a reason people say don't shoot the messenger, because it happens.

  7. I've been loving the smell of roses lately! I used some rose-scented liquid hand soap one day and kept sniffing my fingers after. Do you know of any rose perfumes for men? Love your review! Your skin is gorgeous! =D

  8. Glad you're getting a kick out of the vids. My review of Stella Nude is on my blog, KatiePuckrikSmells dot c o m – it's the post with this Stella/Stella Sheer vid on top.

  9. My review of Stella Nude is on my blog, KatiePuckrikSmells dot c o m – it's the post with this Stella/Stella Sheer vid on top.

  10. OK, brian, get ready for some man-friendly roses:

    Chanel Égoïste (the original, not Platinum; spicy rose & sandalwood)
    Aveda Ancient Attar (rose, neroli, sandalwood)
    Aveda Yatra (rose patchouli)

    The rest of the list are niche fragrances, all available at LuckyScent, where you can buy little samples to try….

  11. Czech & Speak No. 88 (dark, soapy rose; this one is a very popular gateway rose fragrance for guys; fun fact: Ozzy Osbourne wears it!)
    Czech & Speake Dark Rose (saffron rose & oud)
    Eau d'Italie Paestum Rose (arid incense rose)
    Keiko Mecheri Oliban (cedar/rose/frankincense)
    LArtisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses (rose/plum/patchouli)
    Le Labo Rose 31 (peppery rose)
    10 Corso Como (rose/sandalwood/oud)
    Amouage Lyric Men (rose & greenery)

  12. Hey Katie when a perfume online store describes a smell and they use the words must and musk, are they talking about the same thing? and if not what is the difference between the two?

    thank you (:

  13. Thanks Katie! Oh dear, my Perfume Wishlist is getting longer… =D The rose+incense blend is intriguing! Have you sniffed Chloe Eau de Parfum? I've read that it's another perfume built around roses. The bottle is beautiful. Thanks again!

  14. Its like flares, people forget they look bad and before you know it they are back in fashion. I mean, hello ? But if you say that ? Well don't come crying to me when you can't show people photos of your youth, thats all i to say.

  15. WS, I'm not familiar with Yves Rocher Rose Absolue, and I just read up on it, and it sounds like something I need to snort, and soon. Thank you for tipping me off to this one. I'm thinking the Play-Doh note could be the creamy amber?

  16. Really? That's sad. The fragrance seemed promising. I hope Stella is sold here in the Philippines, we sometimes don't get not-so mainstream brands. Thanks Katie!

  17. Glad you like the reviews, ADC, even though you're smelling something different. If you haven't already, check out Stella Nude, which is less sweet than Sheer 09 and less forceful than the original Stella – not that Stella's all that forceful…

  18. Hi pb – I'm planning to review some more roses soon:
    Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne
    Kat Von D Sinner
    D&G 18 La Lune

    Also, check out these lovely roses:
    Perfumer's Workshop Tearose
    Jo Malone Red Roses
    Rochas Tocade

  19. I love this review on Stella. Stella is a favorite of mine and I have been puzzling over the years for the perfect words to describe it. Your description is DEFINITELY most accurate and closest to the way I'd describe it – if only I could find the words! One more thing…I noticed the comment by a reader about something of the "playdoh" scent to it. From the first time I sniffed Stella I detected a similarity to the fragrance of the '70's "Flower Collection" little kiddle doll named "Rose"'

  20. Yeah! Liddle Kiddles!

    Glad I hit the spot with my Stella description. Can't say I detect Play-Doh in it, though.

  21. Stellanude takes the rosiness down several notches and pumps up the bright musk. It's very much that "laundry musk" kind of scent, kind of an amplified clean. I prefer the original.

  22. @friscobiatch78 You could try Redcurrant Basil by Fresh, which smells so pretty, goes on fruity/fresh and dries down bit powdery. I also like 2 new ones from Chloe: Lavande and Neroli. Also check out Christian Dior Escale à Pondichéry. A straight-ahead, bright, crisp grapefruit one is Hesperides by Fresh.

  23. Its my all time favorite perfume, and yes, like other people, I do get asked all the time of what am I wearing, I think the smell of it is seducing sometimes. And I can't get enough of it. Haven't tried Stella Sheer though. Love Stella!

  24. @simarvld The Sheer versions are sweeter, probably won't hit the spot for you. If you ever come across Stella Rose Absolute, try that one – it's a richer, denser version of the original Stella.

  25. @LovelyMorwen Thanks! It's a leather flower on a leather cord. I'm not really sure if it's a belt (the cord is really long), but I also wear it as a bracelet, too.

  26. I love roses (I fell in love with Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose thanks to one of your fantastic reviews) and I've been looking for another rose perfume to fall in love with. Looks like this one might do the trick!

  27. @KatiePuckrikSmells Tea Rose is a total comfort scent for me so yay for a different rose scent I'll have to sink my nose into! Well it's either this one or the Absolute version b/c I've heard really good things about it too. 🙂

    Seems like the general consensus on the original Stella is pretty positive so I'm guessing the original must be pretty office friendly too?

  28. @pascha120 Office friendly if you don't apply too much, because the musk is pretty prominent. The Absolute version is sooooo pretty, more impact on the rose.

  29. @KatiePuckrikSmells Ooh thanks for the tip re Absolute! I only just found out about online shops that sell decanters/vials so Absolute is definitely on my sample list now.

  30. i was wondering how this compares to bvlgari rose essentielle. I have the bvlgari and do like it but i've always wondered about stella. thank you xx

  31. my stella perfume changes smell after a long haul flight :'( how could this happen? I put it in my hand carry bag… it smells rotten rose now :'(

  32. Hi Katie! Wondering what you think of Balenciaga L'eau de Rose (nordstrom exclusive,) L'eau di Chloe, and Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One. I wear Daisy on the daily, and I'm looking for a more sophisticated 'going to college' scent and these are the three I came down to. Is there anything else you recommend? Nothing too musky, or patchouli-ii. Fresh, floral, a bit warm. xoxo

  33. I like all your choices, it's up to your own preference. Check out the brand new Hermes, Jour d'Hermes, too. It's SO pretty and I think you might like it better than the others you've tried.

  34. Stella Intense is my most "intense" rose fragrance and I'd like to try a darker and more complex rose scent. Would you have a suggestion or two of fragrances I could try?

  35. By Kilian Rose Oud, Frederic Malle Une Rose, Clinique Aromatics Elixir. I love and wear all of those.

  36. Please do a review on stella nude frag! what do u think about that one,would u say it better than the original stella.? x

  37. I've got a review of Stella Nude on my blog – click through via "Fragrance Names" on my front channel page.

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