Shay & Blue Salt Caramel and Holograms

Shay & Blue Salt Caramel


photo thieved from Fragrantica

Shay & Blue London has breathtaking packaging and such attractive bottles, it is hard to not be excited about this brand. The color schemes are voluptuous and very carefully crafted to appeal to your luxurious side. The packaging is titillating and calls out to you with it’s appeal. “Buy me, I am beautiful not only on the outside, but on the inside!”

In my experience, if there is a strong focus on “the look”, then the fragrance itself may fall short on expectations. In this case, I was wrong.

Here is a list of the notes:

Top Notes: Liquid caramel, sea salt
Heart Notes: Tonka bean, oakmoss
Base Notes: Bourbon vanilla, sandalwood
Perfumer: Julie Masse

This candied siren starts off with a pinch of salt and a drop of toffee. Wait, what? Honestly, I’ve never experienced this magic of two notes dancing so vividly beside each other on the stage.  I felt like I had just put a toffee lollipop into my mouth. Usually, the top notes are blended and I get a mildly blurry illusion of the notes, but with Salt Caramel, I was deftly handed an olfactory hologram.

Pretend like you have on google glasses. Activate the switch and instead of a visual of a toffee lollipop popping up on your screen; what you are treated to is the smell of toffee and salt simultaneously leading to a screen visual of what your nose and brain are experiencing. BAM – a toffee lollipop. How does Shay & Blue incorporate such advanced olfactory technology into a perfume? Wouldn’t it be cool though if your brain could project a picture of what you smell onto a screen. That could be good or bad. LOL!


What a masterpiece. Salt Caramel is touted as unisex, but it leans more toward the feminine with my skin chemistry. The toffee, salt and vanilla stay constant through the life of the spray and there is a leaning towards a strong woody feel after about 30 minutes and it seems that it is about to go all out woody or mossy, but the hint of what may happen retreats to a mere presence, surprisingly, leaving the vanilla and toffee at the helm.

Longevity is good with about 7 hours and sillage is soft. I consider this a skin scent and someone has to get close to get a sniff.

I am eager to try out others in the Shay & Blue line. I had a moment with Framboise Noir and I was impressed. Salt Caramel is a good choice for work because it stays close and it is not too cloying (if you are sparing with your spritz). Personally, I would not wear it because I do not want to smell like food, but for the trendy gourmanders out there, Salt Caramel is a must try.

Southern Personality Type: Carolina Jasmine
Perfume Rating: Gimme Some Sugar ♥♥♥

What do you think? Is Salt Caramel a whispering wintering or a carolina jasmine? Leave your review or thoughts below.

If you would like to know where you can buy a sample or bottle of Salt Caramel, leave a reply and I will direct you.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Weeks says:

    Wow…after reading I now have a deep seated need to smell this for myself!
    Thank you so much for your insures and very vivid descriptions!


    1. Paige Hales Gordo says:

      Mary, I know right! The description was vivid because the perfume is vivid. LOL! A sample of Shay & Blue Salt Caramel is available at Don’t forget to subscribe to Smells Downright Gorgeous and my reviews will go directly to you inbox! – Paige


  2. mhweeks says:

    Sorry…don’t know if it is my brain or my fingers that aren’t working this morning. My last comment was supposed to say…”Thank you for your INSIGHTS and very vivid descriptions!”


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