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Hard Candy by Hard Candy is a Floral Fruity Gourmand fragrance for women. Hard Candy was launched in 2007. Top notes are white tea, rhubarb and pink pepper; middle notes are passionfruit, jasmine and rose; base notes are cashmere musk, vanilla, caramel and cedar.

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Top Notes
White Tea Rhubarb Pink Pepper

Middle Notes
Passionfruit Jasmine Rose

Base Notes
Cashmere Musk Vanilla Caramel Cedar

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Hard Candy Fragrance Reviews

rockerchick
rockerchick

i love, love LOVE this scent! Picked it up as Ross for about $10 a couple of years ago... Lucky me! Very warm vanilla and caramelly, with just a splash of fruit. Delicious! Be warned though- if you spray more than just a couple of spritzes, everyone on the block will smell you coming! I wish I could wear this more frequently, but its a bit heavy for FL humidy and heat... so I cherish the cooler days when I can wear my sweet delicious Hard Candy. :)

...on a side note, my mother found out what I was wearing and bought the same scent- i had to wait for her to run out (which was rather quick as she basically bathed in the stuff...) before I started wearing mine again. It is (in my opinion) a very memorable scent, and hated smelling the same as my mother.. :/

Nov
14
2014
Tati0071
Tati0071

Why is it discontinued? I purchased at Ross based on that it has according to box, pink pepper on. Sprayed on in car and I am in love. Don't smell pink peppercorn but smells lovely. Looking forward to dry down.

Oct
31
2014
Tiger84
Tiger84

Was this based on / inspired by the film? I almost never use these words but... BOLD CHOICE.

Oct
01
2014
Bublegum
Bublegum

This was another blind buy for me, since it doesn't exist in my country. I decided to buy it though when I learnt that it is going to be discontinued. So it was a 10 euro/100 ml deal. Anyway, the first time I tried it, it was smelling like burnt sugar. Nothing else. Luckily the second time I was luckier. The begining starts totally synthetic and although you can smell something like candy and caramel it is a strange blend. After an hour, you can smell the caramel but also warm vanilla. It smells a little similar to Amor Amor. It seems it was a good idea to wait for a rainy day. If someone is totally into gourmand (that I am not) and likes to smell exactly like burnt sugar, then this is the right perfume for you.

Oct
01
2014
green_green_eyes
green_green_eyes

Top notes reminds me of sweeter, spicier White Tea from L'Occitane. It's White Tea with a spoonful of pepper. Quite unique opening and not at all what I was expecting from scent that so many compared to Pink Sugar.

After this (rather pleasant) surprise, middle notes punched me in the face with sweet, car freshener fruity smell, passionfruit at its worst I think.
Nevermind passionfruit, I survived without scrubbing it off of my wrists and finally could inhale sweet sweet smell of childhood. Caramel and candy floss with vanilla cream cake. Delicious!
It's not the most sophisticated but well made (well, minus purple Wunderbaum scent of passionfruit, yuk) and cosy scent, perfect for grey Autumn/ Winter days.

Must try for gourmands lovers

Sep
25
2014
AmandaGuerra
AmandaGuerra

Delicious sweet smell.... although have to be careful in how much you wear it.... it can give headache if too much is aplied, is last for good amount of hours, get compliments always when wear it by men and women also...
Bargain online and worth a try.... ;)

Jun
28
2014
Perfume_Lover85
Perfume_Lover85

My latest blind buy has arrived :D on first spray it's powdery to me and very quickly that changes to the smell of skittles, you almost can taste the rainbow with this perfume! After the skittles scent mellows down the smell of rhubard sneaks up on in there then eventually on the dry down I get a slight caramel/vanilla scent.

It's a lovely perfume and definitely a great blind buy, I got the largest bottle for £11.90, really can't complain about that!

I gave my younger sister a spray and she said "It smells like a Lush (Cosmetics) bath!"

May
09
2014
iowagirl301
iowagirl301

I've been holding onto a bottle of this for a while now, & decided to break it out today. I forgot just how much I love this one. Warm caramel, vanilla, & slightly lighter version of Pink Sugar make this one up.

I'm so sad it has been discontinued, but if you are into sweet or gourmand perfumes definitely check this one out while you can still get it. It is a very unique scent that is well worth the hunt.

Feb
15
2014
april26
april26

Blind buy. Bought it because so many thought it smelled like Pink Sugar. It smells nothing like Pink Sugar, It doesnt smell horrible, but has a strong floral scent when you first spray it. It does calm down. I wont buy it again and doubt I make it through the 3.4 oz bottle.

Jan
02
2014
djuzz.becuzz
djuzz.becuzz

This scent reminds me strongly of these Werther's Original candies... Slightly salted, buttery, caramel/vanilla sweets. Hard Candy indeed! :)
It's not as sweet as I initially expected it to be, which is just fine since I already got enough of those scents.
This one is different... quite nice actually and longevity seems to be fine too!

Edit: Day two... trying it again today and it smells different than it did yesterday. Yesterday it was mainly salty caramel... But today there's nothing salty about it, but more fruity (rhubarb & passionfruit?)
I think I like day two better than day 1... now I am curious what the 3rd try will bring :)

Dec
17
2013
FunkyTomo
FunkyTomo

I have reviewed this before , but ive been wearing so much of this recently that Ive realised how lost id be without it :)

( I know its "Only " a perfume , but Id imagine others on here will recognise the feeling of "dread" if they were not be able to get hold of an old favorite any more )

I read online that this is now discontinued , so If your a fan this is a heads up. Still lots online , at very low price. Worth every penny. A lot of my expensive perfumes dont last as long or get me the compliments this one does.

This is still in my winter top 5 , Ive not got tired of it at all after 2 years of wear....In fact Ive been itching to break it out since late Sep , waiting for the weather to become cool enough , since thi8s is a frag I can only wear in the coldest months. ( I think it would be pretty unbearable in warm weather - Yuk - Sticky sweet meltdown - Not what you want in the summer!)



I have yet to find any other perfume that fuses the uber sweet with the sour ( Rhubarb) , I love sourness in perfume when its done right. Hard Candy does get it right , that sour kick and the white tea just gives it a contrast and lift to stop it been over sickly. I just adore this stuff....Going to start stockpiling/hoarding now as I would not want to do a cold winter without it. . . Its freezing here ATM, and been wrapped in a scent cocoon of this frag really cheers me up.

It doesnt smell like any other of the "sweetie" scents out there , very unique. I always test new release perfumes and every other "sweet" perfume out there seems weak , bland and generic in comparison. ( Note - I have yet to test "Pink Sugar" , which is marked as similar) I also like H.C's cute make up line , its a shame they never made any more perfumes , id of liked to have seen what they came up with for a summer scent , or a flanker! ....But its not going to happen ....Shame.



Great stuff for bargain price :)

Nov
21
2013
LucyZulu
LucyZulu

I am unable to identify any of the notes listed in this perfume (I grow and eat rhubarb but cannot detect it here). Hard Candy is sweet and fruity with an accompanying sourness that keeps it light and easy to wear. Contrary to some reviews here, I do not find this syrupy, heavy or particularly long-lasting. Can be found at bargain prices so probably worth an unsniffed punt.

May
22
2013
Pinksugarplum03
Pinksugarplum03

This perfume smells amazing. Unfortunatley mine changed so now it just smells mostly like the cedar note. it still smells good though but it was alot better before the scent changed.

Dec
24
2012
jedrzejowskia
jedrzejowskia

Blind buy, bought based on the reviews, I was VERY scared it was going to turn nauseatingly sweet on me....but I just adore this perfume.

It smells of rhubarb, vanilla and (nearly salted) toffee . And it smells all day. I have a 100ml bottle that I purchased in TKMaxx for 18 EUR so I don't have to use it that sparingly, I probably walk around smelling like rhubarb pie as a result, haha, but since it's cold and rainy and windy where I live right now, I simply don't care! Let them eat PIE!
I spritz behind my knees, once at the nape of my neck and on each of my wrists. That's plenty to keep me happy and smelling the frag until the very evening.

Projection: Strong and Excellent 5/5
Longevity: 10h+, 5/5
Price: affordable, 5/5
Winner!

Dec
19
2012
Mooncatt
Mooncatt

This one is indeed, incredibly sweet. It starts on me with lovely notes of florals and cotton candy, then dries down to just sweeeeet fruits and vanilla no discernible musk, but that's probably there and why it lasts a really long time on me. The finish is pleasant. I may give this one away-the mid note sweetness is just overpowering on me.Update, If I spray sparingly, I like it a a lot.

Nov
17
2012
RainyDayDaydream
RainyDayDaydream

Carmel and vanilla is all I smell when I wear this, and I absolutely adore it. I cant get enough of Hard Candy. Bought it recently, but I have a feeling the bottle isn't going to last very long because I cant stop spraying it all over myself. It also never fails to land me some compliments, either. People often say I smell like: sugar, sweets, cotton candy, cookies or bubblegum. This is gourmand to the extreme. If sweet scents is something you like, this is a must have. I thoroughly enjoy it. It lasts long & it mixes very well with my body chemistry. The only downside to this, is that whenever I wear it I start to get hungry from smelling candy the whole day.

Oct
23
2012
Hayven
Hayven

After trying and buying a bunch of "sweetie" perfumes, I finally bought this. I don't find it as sweet as Pink Sugar, but it would be included in my top 10 of sweetest perfumes ever tried. Hard Candy smells like the taste of a Tootsie's caramel apple lollipop. The rhubarb and tea take the edge off from making the perfume "smell" like a toothache. Longevity is good on me, about 4 hours. Most bottles online are cheap and the bigger 3.3 oz bottle, so reapplying isn't a hugh deal to me.

Oct
17
2012
perfumemad62
perfumemad62

I blind bought this from all of the positive reviews on here and I thought the notes sounded delicious. Hard Candy is a super sweet, caramel drenched and vanilla heaven scent. At first spray, it smells a little strange, it might be the tea? Then it settles to a yummy sweet gourmand. It is quite heavy so I'd suggest spraying it lightly and it lasts between 5-6 hours. I'd suggest wearing this in cooler weather as I wore it in the sunshine and it didn't smell as good. Yes Hard Candy may not be sophisticated but when you have days when you just want to wear something fun and have a sugar fix, it is perfect!

Overall, a must have perfume for sweet, caramel, vanilla and fruity lovers. Highly recommended!

Aug
15
2012
Ponyfields
Ponyfields

This is less Hard Candy and more gross candy that fell down under the seat in the car and is found three weeks into an unseasonal heatwave. Caramel note is just musty, making the otherwise pleasant boiled candy smell like it's gone off. Kinda cloying too.

Bottle is sorta cute, sillage and staying power are so-so.

Smells a lot like pink sugar, 'cept pink sugar is a lot less musty.

Aug
11
2012
vanillabean23
vanillabean23

This is a floral fruity gourmande lover's dreamy delight!! On the initial spritz I smell a small trace of lime, raspberry (both notes not listed) and tonnes of caramel and vanilla. It lasts a long time, it's strong, but not headache inducing. I spray it on before bedtime, so I smell that lovely warm caramel all night. It's a fabulous scent for winter as it's very comforting and resonates well in warm rooms whilst it's cold outside. It's also fantastic value. I bought a 100ml bottle for $20 (believe me, it's good value in Australia). I highly recommend it for collectors of gourmandes. I might add that I couldn't detect any floral scents in this sweet delight. What more can I say? It's positively gorgeous, darlings!!

Jun
27
2012
Vampiris
Vampiris

the sweetest thing ever..Hard Candy is the perfect name for it..

simply sweet with a hint of spice..very affordable..i got a 100ml bottle from HK for $20

smells a little like scented candle..so barely use it, but it's a cute and fun piece

May
23
2012
Hairytrees1
Hairytrees1

This is PURE SUGAR!! Really delicious, though quite strong, maybe better for colder days? It will create a sweet aura all around you and people will say, "you always smell so delicous!" I can smell the caramel, rhubarb and vanilla and it's a lovely strong sweet scent. The drydown reminds me of Creme Bouquet by Stila-a perfume I once had, and wish was still available to buy..

May
22
2012
Aspendina
Aspendina

Very nice mostly just caramel, rhubarb & vanilla

Apr
24
2012
Dollycat
Dollycat

Sweet, sweet and at last sweet! It´s so sweet that it´s just for the ones who are really into sweet fragrances. But it´s so addictive and that´s because of the rhubarb in it. It´s also very strong so 2 sprays will lasts all day. The combination of vanilla and rhubarb is very nice and i love it very much.

Apr
20
2012
SS79
SS79

Yay! I received my box today!! Ripped it open and sprayed! Yum!! Thats all I got to say!
My hubby mixes my Pink Sugar & his Blue Sugar.. and this is basically the smell you get! It has the seewtnees of PS but has those undertones of the cedar thats in BS..
Bottom line.. I love it!!

Apr
02
2012
nikki1234
nikki1234

my sister got this today and to me it smells just like cola cube traditional sweets. yummy and delicious smelling. think i might get myself a bottle as its really cheap and smells great!!

Mar
30
2012
ecofreak2001
ecofreak2001

I bought this one blind just for the price. And the bottle was interesting too. Not disappointed at all! Very nice frag; perfect for casual ware. It's sweetness in a bottle. For me, it's just like Brown Sugar from BeautiControl.

Mar
26
2012
SBunny
SBunny

Yum! I love this. Sparkly and juicy on the top, I actually get a lot of the tea and the rhubarb and it's such a delcious combination (yes, really! :p). The passionfruit then joins the show and it becomes even juicier. Caramel and Vanilla takes center stage at the end and there it becomes warmer.

This fragrance is lovely, when I tried it on my sister mentioned that it smelled just like Pink Sugar but I don't smell this outwright although I can see where the similarities lie with the vanilla and caramel. This is a lot juicier then Pink Sugar though, especially when you first spray.

Lasting power on me is around a good 6/ 7 hours with medium sillage.

Feb
20
2012
joybee88
joybee88

Just received it today! Tried a few sprays. Sweet and warm scent. But then it's so sweet my nose got numb and couldn't smell the sweetness any more.

I was expecting this perfume to smell sexy, but so far it comes out more just cute and friendly, which is quite nice. I have a thing for vanilla, unfortunately for me this doesn't smell much of vanilla (overpowered by the sugary notes). From what I can still detect I'm gonna say this is a very comforting and wearable scent for cool weather. I have relatively high skin temperature so warm scents stay and blend pretty well. I'll continue to wear this for a week and see if I get any reactions from other people.

EDIT 26/02/2012:
Nope...I realised that the rhubarb mixed with the sweet smell really makes me sick. Had to give it to a friend. I guess I only like sweet perfumes that are not so sweet...this one is a bit too much.

Feb
17
2012
cathy.bely
cathy.bely

The best sweet perfume ever! And last all day!

Feb
07
2012
tbozzo
tbozzo

I love Hard Candy in the beginning, sweet carmel...yummy! But as the base emerged it changed entirely. The smell was familiar yet I couldn't place it. Then it hit me. It smelled exactly like my mother's Revlon Moon Drops lipstick from my childhood. I'm still on the fence about this one. In reading through the other reviews I expected similarity to Prada Candy (one of my favorites.) I find no similarity here at all. Or to Pink Sugar for that matter, I have that too.

This might end up being ok as a dabber, but I don't think I can stand smelling like lipstick all over.

Feb
02
2012
FunkyTomo
FunkyTomo

WOW!! I LOVE this stuff !! I bought it blind as i saw it for a very good price - £10 /100ml , i like the packaging too , it looked interesting but i did check the reviews here first :).

So glad i did , this is a GOOD sweet scent . its individual enough to stand out , i don't know anyone else who wears it here in the UK ! I have had compliments off lots of people . A man asked me what i was wearing and he misheard me and thought i had said "Prada Candy". I put him right as i think Prada candy is rubbish TBH. Id much rather have some more Hard Candy and i for one will be stocking up on some more bottles before it disappears off the shelves.


Very sparkling bright opening with the pepper/rhubarb combo . It settles into explosion in a sweet shop /caramel scent . Nice and strong with good sillage and it LASTS. That's a strong point for me as im sick of modern perfumes that are gone after 5 mins ( like Pradas crappy effort)

10/10 from me for Hard Candy.

PS - Nice bottle , looks n smells much more expensive than it is

PPS - I agree with Takheat below , I too have not experienced Rhubarb in a scent before HC. I have now looked up other Rhubarb scents to try :)

Dec
26
2011
Takhaet
Takhaet

I could never imagine vanilla, caramel and rhubarb mixed all together....but then I bought a bottle of Hard Candy and i was shocked how distinctive and fresh the rhubarb note can be in perfumes. Very, very sweet perfume with some fresh notes . Perfect for gourmand and sweet fragrances lovers.

Dec
24
2011
rosembloom
rosembloom

@Truffles: I am anxious to see your review! This is a mystery to me. The scent is intoxicating, entrancing, playful yet sexy. I am in candy paradise: passion fruit extract and pink pepper create a spectacular and effervescent opening. It's like ginger spice cake that makes my mouth water. When the heart sets in I can really detect the rhubarb : tangy and bittersweet like a burst of fresh figs. I cannot smell the white tea in the opening since it is faint compared to the lushness of roses and jasmine. And ohhh , that drydown that seduces people around me... I get so so so many compliments on this fragrance! The cedar wood and cashmere musk combined with the vanilla create a warm drydown that stays forever. Sillage is great, the price is more than pleasing, the longevity is awesome. And the bottle somehow brings me back to childhood: blingy emerald jewel top and funky flacon. I am definitely in looooove for fall and winter. What a great Xmas perfume i think: who agrees??? I want to see your balloons! thanx! Fragrant day to all!xxxx

Nov
27
2011
truffles
truffles

My name is Truffles and I've got a problem.
I've just ordered this just for the bottle...
Will of course report back on the smell!
Hi rosembloom!
Well, I got my HC in the post today and I can tell you that the bottle and the box are a treat!
The bottle is like a funky colourful cracker that you have to unfold, the bottle is a modern urban girly work of art. (My one has a pink top to it rosembloom, oh no have I tempted you to get that one too?! Must admit I'm tempted to get the green one..)And, yes, the top, middle and base notes are listed from top to bottom on the box! All perfume boxes should have this!
The smell - I've just sprayed it on my hand for now and I agree with rosembloom about the effervescence, it's very sparkling indeed.
I smelled the rhubarb straight away (I do love a nice rhubarb pie and custard), and also caramel.
At the moment I'm finding it a bit airway attacking and wondering if it's 'me'.
Actually I don't think it probably is, I'm a bit of a stick in the mud about smells on my skin and not really a 'gourmand' girl.
I'll try it again and in the meantime I'm delighting in the packaging!
UPDATE: NO LONGER HAVE THIS, SOLD ON EBAY.

Nov
24
2011
TankGirl
TankGirl

Me likes it! Hard Candy is such a great perfume!
I was looking to my small perfume collection and I found out that everything was to serious and sometimes I just felt I needed something blatantly sweet. First I thought about Fantasy, then Pink Sugar but the ruhbarb note in Hard Candy was fascinating to me.
When I was living in the UK I used to buy every week a ruhbarb pie at the supermarket, everybody in my house hated it so the pie was just for me. Probably you dont know but there are no rhubarbs in Portugal, so that pie was something veeery excentric for me.
Well, I'm a ruhbarb fan.
Hard Candy's top notes are delicious! Yum! I love (yeah) the ruhbarb, mixed with the pepper and the tea note, in the top notes I already can smell the passiofruit and the candy, but its a very good combination that works really well.
Unlike most people here, the drydown is what I like less because its too Pink Sugar for me, BUT until we get there we have a explendid time with this fresh, vibrant, happy and sexy fragrance.
I'm loving it, my boyfriend is going to rauuu for it and gosh for this price we should all have one!
A pink kitty cat with her paws up! This is that kind of fragrance that can putt you in a good mood!

Sillage: Gracefull
Longevity: All day

8/10

Sep
26
2011
Baldermoon
Baldermoon

Adoro este perfume, me encanta, ha sido el perfume dulce mas exquisiro que he probado, lo malo es que creo que la compañia de cosmeticos Hard Candy ya no lo saca a la venta :'(


Si alguien sabe donde puedo comprarlo , diganme por favor, soy de México DF


Thanks

Sep
15
2011
JazzBirdSinger
JazzBirdSinger

at the maxx today, and surely there is a mistake???
a 3.4 oz of this for under ten dollars????
i scooped it up without hesitation....
and let me say, i am with the consensus here in that is a pink sugar dupe!
caramel, coffee and vanilla
gourmand in every way, delish

Aug
31
2011
charlottesmom
charlottesmom

Bought it unsniffed because everyone says it smells like Pink Sugar which I absolutely Love! But on me it only ever so slightly resembles PS and the dry down on me is horrendous, it smells very musky and manish, not enjoyable in the least. my bottle will be going back up on ebay!

1/10 on me....yuck!

Aug
14
2011
ebonyeyes
ebonyeyes

Smells exactly like pink sugar no difference at all. I love them both so its ok I have them both but if you want a cheaper candy scent go for hard candy.

Jul
30
2011
nearfantastica
nearfantastica

I love, love, love this stuff...I bought it unsniffed for a great deal at Winners. I did have a bit of a cheat sheat though, on the back of the very pretty box it came in was a list of ingredients...but not just any list! It actually listed from the top, to heart, to base notes! More perfumes should have this. Anyways, the second I got it out to the truck I opened the box and took a nice whiff....oh my gosh...the scent blew me away, just gorgeous! Upon first sniff you can definately detect the rhubarb and pink pepper, but soon enough it melts into this amazing vanilla, caramel, peppery scent. It is not sickly sweet like Pink Sugar, it is more of a "Bad-Ass" sweetness...something a rocker chick would wear, something a woman who favors black, or leather, or rivets could pull off. It would also wear well on a woman dressed in one solid colour..think pink, yellow, blue...even denim and diamonds could pull this off. It is a gorgeous scent, not hugely overpowering, but the girl wearing this has to have a personality to match...a bit sweet, a bit sassy, and alot of wit. I love it!!!!! There is nothing like Hard Candy...

Jun
20
2011
ebonyeyes
ebonyeyes

Oh gosh I bought this fume because everyone gushed about it here. One ist spraying it, I thought I made a mistake because it smelt strange but I let it ride out and the scent became so beautiful. It lasts quite a while too. The drydown is vanilla candy and soft too. I will keep my bottle.

May
30
2011
Norgirl
Norgirl

i do get the same feel whit this topp note as i do whit . Paco Rabbans xs. the red peppery notes ,and sweetnes. But this is more devolped whit the white tea and rhubarb.
To me the rose and jasmin comes out very quikly , i can fell them after just a few minuts, this is sweet for shure , but not so vanilla sweet as Pink sugar is . this is more devolped around more notes . the passion frts are in there and makes the whole think fruty and delicios.
i could sweer that in the middle part i feelt somthing like the smell of In black by Jesus del poso. Some of the same frutynes , but dark and rich... but not alike , just a reminder of it:)
like this thanks to Miss Guerlain i got to try it, she put in a sample of this in a swapp . .Thanks


*This one have a good resamblens to burberry red whit the rubarb note aswell . But this is more sugery

May
26
2011
Roma27
Roma27

So I went out & bought this today, well the verdict is I'm not sorry I did. Infact I'm quite chuffed with myself bcos this is not a fragrance I would normally go for. Yes I despise very sweet headache inducing perfumes but to my surprise this is not one of them, well for me atleast it's not. I really didn't think my taste would extend to burnt sugar & thats the very first thing I smell & I LOVE the smell of it, as well as the candyfloss feel. On the dry down I don't get the chocolate but a bit of a fruit cocktail thing going on. Must be smelling the passion fruit. If this is suppose to be sweeter than Pink Sugar then I'm gonna have to try me some Pink Sugar. Here come the cavities! I'm hooked! Btw the packaging is very eyecatching. Love it! reminds me of being 16 again.

May
25
2011
skissez
skissez

love this scent reminds me of the Exclamation Perfume i used to love as a teen :) i cant describe it justsomething about it that makes you keep smelling it over and over lol

May
25
2011
coshlin
coshlin

such a wonderful fragrance! i just bought it yesterday and i am totally hooked. i'd never heard of this particular perfume before, but i absolutely love it! a sweet and sensual scent, just lovely.

May
20
2011
krissycat
krissycat

This is a gem, almost as good as flowerbomb but SOO much cheaper. You have a scent that is not expensive that has a scent as good as flowerbomb, can can and pink Sugar all combined, with amazing sillage, lasts for hours, and just smells downright delicious.. you can't go wrong with Hard Candy if you like gourmands. I've even caught my sister spraying this one on in my room. Five stars I would give this one.

May
17
2011
Majja67
Majja67

I hated it from the first spray, not sweet at al, no vanilla, no caramel, only red pepper, ugghh!! I normally go very well with sweet scents and i read about the similaritys with Pink Sugar (one of my top 5)! Make no sense to me at al, sorry! I was a blind-buy for me, so please, try it first before ordering! Maybe i got a fake one....

May
13
2011
aelias
aelias

I think it's hard to dislike this fragrance, and the drydown is worth waiting for. For some reason I feel slightly guilty for enjoying this one so much...

May
06
2011
Kittycat63
Kittycat63

I finally bit the bullet and bought a bottle of Hard Candy "blind" from a perfume website, based on what I'd read about it.

Well, there's no doubting this perfume is sweet! When I first sprayed it on I was overwhelmed by its sugariness and I felt as if I'd been doused in liquid brown sugar. My initial reaction was that I might hate the perfume and have to return it but I decided to ride out the initial mega-sugary wave and see what happened.

After half an hour or so it started to smell so much better and I was glad I'd resisted my initial urge to wash it off. I started to smell some of the fruitiness sneaking up, which offset all that sugariness, and definitely the rhubarb gives it a slight kick to freshen it up. Ultimately it ended up smelling lovely - still sweet but it had morphed from super pure sugariness to a warm, creamy sweetness, like melted fudge or warm caramel. Really quite sexy and yummy!! Also, it was still going strong well over 12 hours after I'd sprayed it on.

The packaging Hard Candy comes in is very nice - a metallic silver box with pretty flowers all over it, an unusual front flap opening and, as other reviewers have mentioned, a list on the back of the different notes, which is pretty unique. I've never seen that before on any perfume box and I wish more perfume companies would do that! The bottle is actually quite nice too, and the cap looks like a brightly colored, crystalline UFO!

So, now I really love my Hard Candy and am so glad I kept my bottle! Hooray. :-))

UPDATE: Thanks to one of my Fragrantica pals, I got to sample Pink Sugar for the first time and I can say that they are both very similar. On my skin though the difference between the two is that Hard Candy smells more like yummy. creamy warm caramel with a touch of rhubarb / passionfruit fruitiness, whereas Pink Sugar is more flat, powdery, dry sweet (almost like icing sugar!) with zero fruitiness. Hard Candy also lasts longer on my skin, has good sillage, plus it's cheaper than Pink Sugar (oh, and the bottle and packaging are far nicer too!). So, for me Hard Candy definitely wins out over Pink Sugar!

Mar
18
2011
darkbeauty
darkbeauty

Sweet, tart, spicy! WOW!

It's kind of predictable with that caramel note, like a lot of sweets already out there, but I don't care. I can't help but LOVE it!

A perfume like this could easily be cloying, but my skin cracks the whip and tames it to the point where it's just a sweet cream underneath that citus spicy tartness.... darn right sexy!

Jan
24
2011
pavlina
pavlina

I bought this perfume just because its price was irresistible. But it was late summer and this perfume is not a summer perfume at all! Even if I also appreciated the ingredients' list on the packaging, it was impossible to stand it on my skin and had to take a shower as soon as the first headache arrived. But when I gave it to a close friend of mine (not for revenge of course:P) and honestly admitting that I didn't like at all, she (and her boyfriend) absolutely ADORED IT!!! And this was the only pleasure this perfume game to me.

Jan
14
2011
Contessa01
Contessa01

Hard Candy is a seriously sweet fragrance. I thought Pink Sugar was sweet until I smelt this! This is like a combination of vanilla, marshmallows candy apples, toffee, and cotton candy. I blind bought it and wow it packs a punch. One spray is enough. I like it but like PS it can be headache inducing. It is also a bit on the young side for me, it is probably more of a teen fragrance than a vanilla such as HM Butterfly which is sweet but mature. Nice but it might give you a cavity.

Jan
03
2011
pizza5577
pizza5577

I had it be cause I think it smell like Fansy Jessica Simpson ,But it's not any of all it make me headache.I really not like it.

Dec
29
2010
labbella
labbella

terrible the only reason why i got it is because someone told me that it was like pink sugar...b.s.not even close i love pink sugar my favorite ever nothing compares to it ..i got it and i brought it back the day after thank god they took it back at marshalls..it smells like a flower don't remember the name of the f.but i hate prafumes that smell like flowers

Dec
21
2010
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

I first saw this at Marshalls (50ml for $9.99) and showed it, excitedly, to my mom and she read it and said, "Eww, too sweet!" and we put it down...Big mistake!! After smelling it today (got it from nattonline in a swap, thanks again Friend!)before wrapping it as a gift for my neice, we both had to talk each other out of keeping it!

I am not a real big gourmand fan (unless coffee or hazelnuts are involved) and had my doubts about this, but this little beauty from Urban Decay Cosmetics (they own HC) is very, very yummy indeed!

It begins, very interestingly, with spicy pink pepper and the sweet sour tang of rhubarb, (something we love) which makes this unique in my opinion. The tea is a white tea (immature, tender green tea leaves) and it pretty much smooths the sour and spice together with a clean freshness. The heart is truly fruity-floral with passion fruit(my favorite fruit, ever) and a decent jasmine-rose blend, powdery and silky at the same time. The finish is utterly gourmand with the caramel and smooth vanilla added to the cashmere (aka very soft, smooth) musk and just enough cedar to give it an anchor but not be overly woody, or aromatic enough to clash with the fluffy, creamy sweetness therein. A good fragrance for those with a sweet tooth and a soft spot for fruity florals...

Sillage: good
Longevity: above average
Overall: 3.25/5

HC sells this as " a sultry little sugar rush to tease your senses" and " a steamy fusion of mysterious confections and rebellious spices"... I agree with the sugar rush part; but, the mysterious confection and rebellious spices-I don't know. It is a very different juice and it is suited to those who like sweet 'foody' floral scents with fruitiness in them, but all in all, this is not too cloying or over the top; and after it is settled and dry it actually smells very rich and smooth...try it, and if you don't like it give it to someone you are "sweet" on!

Sep
22
2010
skitten
skitten

My Hard Candy arrived today, and yes it is as I hoped. Candy, sugar and all things spice, just nice for me.....and it has not faded from my skin, as Pink Sugar, Aquolina does in 10 minutes. I love this one and I know all my work mates will too. If you like the smell of vanilla cookies wafting through the air, whilst cooking and then cooling down, you may like this. x

Sep
16
2010
vioversilver
vioversilver

I love Hard Candy! All the way around start to finish is great - that is if you like sweet perfumes, if not stay away from this confection.
The opening is very candy like for real , tangy, sweet but fresh - the rhubarb which I really have 'nt seen in many perfumes is amazing , I have to say the opening notes made me go "YES!!" right away. Later this turns into a warm soft vanilla & buttery caramelized sugar smell - with hints of the candy smell lingering.Never sickening or cheap smelling for me, Hard Candy is very well balanced in my opinion.

For me I just wish it would last a ittle longer on my skin but I do believe as it gets into the cooler months it won't seem to dissipate so soon on me.

I found this at Marshalls for $12.99 & I'm thrilled to have picked this one up.
This is definately a young & girly fragrance. Good stuff! - the name says it all and delivers.

Sep
14
2010
nattonline
nattonline

I don't think the tea note stands a chance among other strong players here, so what I get, at first, is this really sharp quality of rhubarb and pepper.No tea!. It has a sweet sweet floral notes and sweet/sour body of passion fruit. Then it mellows into something like vanilla cotton candy and absolutly no cedar. It's so sweet (too much calories for me!) that I eventually have to rub it off. Obviously, I am not a gourmand fan but I thought I tried.

Hard Candy is a special gourmand fragrance. I think it is the only gourmand with the extra rhubarb kick. It is definitely a must try but gourmand fans and at this bargain price, it is hard not to love.

Sep
14
2010
Flowercat
Flowercat

Stumbled on this one like many others have at Marshall's...As a "sweet" and "vanilla" fan, once I read the notes on the box I knew I had to try it, unsniffed. At $12.99 it seemed worth the gamble. It was! Hard Candy is what I had hoped Pink Sugar would be. It starts off a bit harsh, as some reviewers have described, but not unpleasant. HOWEVER, as time goes on, the delightful sweetness develops. Nothing over-the-top, just essences of a deliciously subtle burnt marshmallow-vanilla fragrance. I wore it to bed last night and woke up smelling like I'd just taken a bubble bath :) Sprayed Hard Candy on just before teaching my Zumba class, and exited the gym smelling like vanilla flowers! It fades but lasts in its quieter stage, which is perfect. If you love the sweet scents, you'll probably love this one.

Sep
12
2010
mandashell
mandashell

WOW! I really like this scent because it is good and sweet without being unbearable. To me it is a fruity and tangy cotton candy delight. LOL! It's mouthwatering actually. If you found Pink Sugar to be too strong and slightly obnoxious then this may be a better alternative. Hard Candy is such a good sweet scent and so affordable that I feel guilty buying it for the ridiculously low price of $12.99 for a large 3.4oz bottle from Marshalls. ANyway, if you want a sweet scent that has some character and won't give you a toothache then I suggest giving it a try. ;') Has a pretty good lasting power and moderate sillage that still clings nicely to the skin.

Sep
11
2010
guest_debob
guest_debob

This smells a little like Pink Sugar but with a little more kick ass attitude.
I think it's the pepper,tea and the rhubarb that give it character. This is for sweet, gourmand lovers only.
One of my favorites, and the bottle is beautiful. Sadly it does not last that long though. I usually carry it around with me in my bag when I'm out. No easy feat, since the bottle is big.

Sep
10
2010
Mochahantas
Mochahantas

I don't know what to make of this. It's sweet, yes, but it's not your typical teen or gourmand sweet. When I swapped for this (blind, might I add), I was expecting some sugary sweet, diabetic coma-inducing fragrance. Some even compared to Pink Sugar which is my holy grail (well, one of them at least).

What I got out of this is a very juice-like fragrance. Juicy, fruity, and yes sweet. BUT the jasmine and white tea takes a little bit of the cavity off of the sweet tooth. I think it was HC's way of trying to make the fragrance more wearable to an adult or older population. I don't really care for the passion fruit in it either, but it's not that bad.

Eh, I like it, I think. My guy friend (of course) loves it, but that could be me he's loving :) LOL.

Lasting power on this baby is about 4-6 hours on the skin and 8-12 hours on clothing. Sillage isn't that great, only staying 1-2 hours. It's worth a try for the sweet lovers. Especially my sweet-loving ladies who aren't very partial to floral but what to dab into it!

Aug
05
2010
guest_zanamor
guest_zanamor

i purchased 3 bottles from perfume connection in Brisbane. it is very like the traditional hard toffee on toffee apples to me and gets better after it wears into my skin scent after a few minutes. its girly and sweet, and the bottles and lid are very luminous on any dresser. hot warm toffee apple scent on a winter morning sounds delicious over toast, cereal, or even waffles at night. I'm sure men would find this scent inviting, tasty and teasing.

Jun
06
2010
gkn
gkn

i love the caramel-vanilla mix in this perfume, but today i realized that it is overwhelming when used early morning time and if you use it before brekfast; i think hunger may have effect on the sweltery feeling. the wheather was cooler than usual for a spring morning and i thought using it might give a warm feeling; the first notes are sharp but not fresh, i regretted using it for the first hour, but than, as the base notes come out, and i had my breakfast i felt pleased about it... now in the afternoon still the perfume is significiant without reapplying. it is one of the most long lasting perfumes i know, also so sexy and feminine. i love it but i think it shouldn't be used early in the morning except cold winter days and before breakfast :).

May
24
2010
lialuvhatetragedy
lialuvhatetragedy

I blind purchased this one over few weeks ago over the internet for a cheap price. On me it starts with a quite sharp citrus-y smell. later the smell becomes subtle and developed into sth floral which is quite pleasant to my nose. it stays that way for hours and later on the dry down it'll smell like a soft caramel and vanilla smell .

On my skin this frag smells fab and not too sweet or cloying but on one of my friends who've tried this, the smell of caramel seems very dominant and she ends up smelling like a caramel candy which she hates.

The staying power is good. i can still smell it on my wrist even if i have already taken a shower.

Above all, i am starting to love this frag because it smells good on me and i got a lot of compliments from my friends when i'm wearing it <3

Apr
20
2010
poly1979
poly1979

este perfume es realmente un gourmand, es como oler dentro de una bolsa de caramelos, pero de caramelos de leche. personalmente me gusta mucho, amo los perfumes dulces, si no te gustan dulces ni lo intentes.

Apr
10
2010
guest_Ada
guest_Ada

On me this is not pure sugar, in fact i detect the rhubarb and pepper for a very long time. I dont think it gets sickening or heady sweet at any point, it reminds me of walking in a spring garden where all the flowers have just startet blooming and the air is filled with the scents of them, mixed with the scent of someone baking cookies in a house near by.

Mar
25
2010
guest_eury
guest_eury

I got more ' what is THAT?' from this then any other perfume ever. and most of them were Men.

Mar
24
2010
Robynlovesperfume
Robynlovesperfume

Contrary to what a couple of other reviewers have said here about this not being 'too sweet', to my nose, Hard Candy is indeed, nothing BUT sweetness. In fact, throughout it's entire composition, I am reminded of Pink Sugar, though this most shows through in Hard Candy's drydown. There is also some kind of 'burnt' note in here that Pink Sugar shares as well... I'm not certain, but it could be the caramel note. Either way, I am really enjoying this fragrance, even if it's not at the very top of my list. The slightly peppery top notes are the most off-putting note in this perfume, but thankfully, it really doesn't last long.

The bottle and box for it are very nice to look at, but what I find most nice about the box is that it states what's in the top, middle, and bottom notes...... I think perfumes should have that information on their boxes more often! I rate this a 7.5/10.

Mar
15
2010
karlee79
karlee79

tested this today and I did not like it on myself< however it smelled so good when the lady sprayed it before I tryed it on my skin. The opening is super citus, and the middle is way to flowery, drys down to a nice carmel vanilla musky smell. Not for me though. Good price too only $19.99 for a 100ml

Mar
10
2010
guest_angelina
guest_angelina

its smells absolutely delicious. the scent is long lasting [espically if you spray it on clothes] ive been using it everyday for a weeks now and i havent gotten sick of it. its so pleasant to smell, kind of like sucking on a piece of candy.

Mar
07
2010
golden
golden

I just bought this one, as i liked the sound of it's notes.
I smell pink pepper at first spray, this is something i really don't like, as it smells weird on me.
Give it less than 10 mins and it changes it's smell. Now we come to the best part. Warm creamy caramel and sultry vanilla. The heart nots are not noticeable except the passion fruit extract, which is barely there. This is not such a bad thing, as it does in no way smell overly sweet to me at all!
It is great for a daytime scent and i think a good spring/ winter perfume.
I am really taken by this as i was expecting a sweet sugar rush. Instead i got sultry vanilla with a touch of caramel.

Feb
18
2010
mwater1
mwater1

Hard Candy is a simple and sweet fragrance. All at once, I experience citrus, sugar, vanilla, and caramel.The only head note I can detect is a faint trace of pepper. Hard Candy reminds me of a Wurther's Original hard candy. I did not pick up any of the tea, rhubarb, or any of the mid notes, which was a disappointment.

All in all, this is a one dimensional kind of fragrance on me--sweet, sweet, sweet. I like sweeter fragrances, but this one is not quite something I see myself reaching for on a regular basis. The notes of the fragrance gives one the idea that while it is a sweet gourmand fragrance, there is a level of complexity to it. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It's nice for what it is, but I was hoping for a bit more. I rate it 6 out of 10.

Feb
07
2010
RouenFr
RouenFr

This scent is grand. It is sweet but it isn't overly sweet like some have said. When I first sprayed it smelled like a lemon drop and i was a bit worried that I was going to walk around smelling like Candy Land. However, the dry down is great, it is still sweet but the caramel adds a nice buttery smell. The staying power is great but doesn't over power.

This scent will never be a classic like Joy or Shalimar, but it is a nice fun scent. It is great for people that are looking for something fun but not overly teen nor smelling like their mother.

Dec
27
2009
Action
Action

It's just great! If you're into sweet gourmand perfumes, you will love this one!

Dec
01
2009
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

I read all your reviews and others before I decided to buy this fragrance. It truly paid off. I love it!!

The rhubarb-pepper-tea top notes are amazing!! They're not sweet at all and they remind me of a softer version of Burberry Brit Red's opening. Soft, yet sharp. What a nice contrast.

While the top notes are still lingering, the passionfruit juice-rose heart notes begin to emerge, which is the first sense of sweetness I get from the fragrance, in the form of "juiciness". Fortunately for me I didn't get much jasmine from this fragrance.

The combination of base notes is where I begin to experience "sugar" with this fragrance. I do get a little bit of the cotton-candy effect, which is nice. Vanilla can be so difficult on my skin, and were it not for the other base notes to temper it, this fragrance would not have worked for me. Thank god for a little cedar and cashmere musk! It's a soft and sweet finish to a well-balanced fragrance IMO.

I would guess that most vanilla-lovers would enjoy this fragrance if they could make it through the first ten minutes of top notes.

Nov
28
2009
guest_addicted to hard candy
guest_addicted to hard candy

This has to be my utmost favourite perfume, as it is fresh yet strong at the same time...it lasts very long and absouletly lures in my boyfriend. I am constantly asked about my sweet smell by women too. I strongly believe that this should be worn by women of all ages and is not at all a childlike sent as some other commenters have said. It appears that they assosiate candy to children as most children love and do eat candy..but what adult doesn't enjoy it either. Hard candy truely has a very unique smell which is both suductive and sweet.

Nov
05
2009
tangledvines
tangledvines

This has got to be one of the top 3 most FOULEST smelling perfumes I have ever had the misfortune of sniffing. Really. It smells like pepper, sugar and a dash of something so nasty there is no name for it. The pepper is so strong it actually made my nose burn! But what really irks me is the fact that 99% of all perfumes I buy have poor lasting power, but this one is just like the Energizer Bunny...it just keeps going and going and going.....you can't even scrub the stench off! That put the cherry on my ice cream. This is one horrible perfume.

Oct
05
2009
sharyssa
sharyssa

I don't think this is all that candylike my boyfriend thought it smelled like unused baby diapers and I kind of see what he is talking about.It is sweet but not too much and it lasts for the price and the bottle and top and box are so pretty.

Aug
26
2009
ktv0926
ktv0926

Oh my! So sweet and candyish. This smell instantly reminded me something from my childhood.

Well, being sooo sweet and thus childish, it is yet not hopeless. I find Hard Candy very well done and seductive in its own way.

I think a grown-up can possibly wear this fragrance, if mixed with some other perfume that will cover the overwhelming sweetness, but leave the hard candy aftertaste. I will definitely try to experiment with the fragrance, as I see quite a potential!

Aug
26
2009
Amanda79
Amanda79

This smells exactly like you would expect... like CANDY! Syrupy, thick, sticky sweetness. Pure sugarcane and very strong!

At first I get a slight hint of fresh white tea and rhubarb with the sugar confection. Somewhat of an odd mixture for rhubarb to smell like candy! That doesn't last long till the lollipop monster swallows it whole(along with the other top and middle notes)! No spicy pink pepper or woodsy cedar notes to be found on me. Maybe a slight sweet and powdery jasmine somewhere.

Hard Candy is smooth, musky, rich and of course SWEET! Almost intoxicating! I like it but I just wanna throw in some amber or sandalwood or amp up the pink pepper and cedar to give some warmth and spice to the layers. It almost has a suntan lotion feel to it. I can imagine wearing this while out in the sun!

Apr
22
2009
woogyjones50
woogyjones50

This could be the sweetest fragrance I have ever tried. I was actually quite shocked at how sweet it was when I applied it. It is as sweet as Pink Sugar which I like well enough but there is no denying it's a sweet one! Hard Candy has the cotton candy scent to it but a sweet and heavy vanilla is the only definitive scent my nose picks up.I get no tea, rhubarb, or pepper at all in the top notes. It is as sweet at first spray as it is in the base notes. Also, it appears that there are middle notes of passionfruit, rose and jasmine, but on my skin they are no where to be found. I suppose there may be some caramel in the base notes but the overpowering sweetness of the vanilla obscures everything else going on in this perfume-no musk, no cedar to be detected.

If you like sweet perfumes, you will certainly enjoy this one. However, I would assume there are other sweet scents out there that are just as nice as this one and easier to locate.

Nov
23
2008

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