Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Perfume Review

My name is Charlotte, and I’m a perfume snob. It’s a problem. I really like the idea of having a signature scent, so I’ve dedicated myself to two, max three, scents that I rotate depending on mood and location.

That being said, my deep love for candles and my selectivity for perfumes means I generally can tell right off the bat exactly what I think of a perfume or scent. I figured this would make reviewing the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner perfumes quite easy. I received these perfumes as part of an Influenster campaign, meaning they were complimentary to me.

Unboxing

As per my previous reviews, there is a certain formula to the Influenster boxes. They generally come with a nifty little hand out that explains the product and has some information about the Influenster campaign. This box however killed it in terms of packaging.

The two small perfumes came in a lovely themed box that really played up the dichotomy of “Saint” and “Sinner”. They had their own packaging with the beautiful detail that reminds me of the full sized product which Kat Von D herself designed. Each package was laid gently in a nest of white and black tissue paper – simple and stylish, but a great touch to the whole thing.

The Product

The perfumes came in a sample size, but still relatively hefty. I feel like this allowed me to get an idea of the scent, get used to wearing it, and maybe have a feel for the real bottle. Unfortunately I can’t really comment on the design because the true to size bottle is much more ornate and of course larger, so these were simpler versions. I received one of each the white “Saint” and the black “Sinner”.

 

Now onto the actual scent. Remember, perfume snob here. I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrances to be totally honest. Mostly I just liked that there really is a play between the two products. Where the white “Saint” is a little sweeter and has more lightness to it, the black “Sinner” is muskier and heavier to really had some complexity. And yet, they complement each other. I could really see myself having fun mixing and matching the scents, and even layering them strategically.

The Verdict

I have a few final thoughts about this product before I wrap up this (relatively) short review.

As much as I liked the clever packaging and colours, I have a real pet peeve with one part of it. On the little handout that it came with, there was the question “Which will you choose” and the options: “Dreamy, Romantic, Alluring” (Saint) or “Dark, Sultry, Empowering” (Sinner). I really did not like the word choice here. The implication is that we as women should be choosing a “side”. The feminine, soft, innocent look, or the dark but empowering look? Really Kat Von D? A girl can’t be both? More importantly, empowering was only applied to one of these pieces. I hate that empowering a woman has to be associated with only a part of someone’s identity, or even worse, that only a certain personality type can be empowered. NO! Empowering a woman is about enabling her to make her own choices, to live the life she chooses in the way that she is most fulfilled. Wether its white, black, saint, sinner…an empowered woman is not something that we should force someone to chose between. Very poor wording, Kat Von D.

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As for the fragrance, I’m really happy I was introduced to these two together. I love the idea of playing between two scents based on the mood I’m in. Honestly if I had picked up either one alone I probably wouldn’t have made much of a fuss over them, but together they’re pretty dynamic. Not quite enough to replace my current scent choices but still a good option if you’re looking to start building a fragrance repertoire.

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UN Sustainable Development Goal 5

I recently was invited to attend the University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2017 at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand. I knew from the start that it was guaranteed to be an interesting experience. What I was unsure of however was how sustainable it would be, and how influential a motivational conference might be when I’m at a point in my life where I’m past the motivation stage and instead looking for real tangible plans for change.

I found this in our breakout session on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5: Gender Equality. From the start, the energy in the room was different than anything else I had felt at the conference. Where previously most of us were simply delegates watching and absorbing what was shared with us, here we were invited to actually discuss, to be present and be partners in the conversation. That empowering sense of engagement only magnified with the first words of the breakout session.

“What is gender. What is being masculine. What is being feminine”. From the start, the discussion acknowledged that in no way shape or form could we pretend that this was going to be a discussion only about women. While we were the majority in the room, it was clear that we had to remember that the battle for equity involves everyone.

What followed was a vivid discussion and an electric energy in the room, of people who are frustrated with the status quo and ready to shake things up. I remember looking around and smiling because this was the right place for me: where all my thoughts and ideas about women, femininity, gender equity – and specifically women in science and medicine – could be elaborated on and shared.

Coming back to the original questions, the one that stuck out to me was what is being feminine. It is a word many would argue against using, but one that I embrace because my definition is so much more vast than what I’m sure is defined by oxford. What is being feminine?

My response is this.

Women are expected to be everything. We’re expected to maintain our appearance but not in vain. We’re expected to want a “natural makeup” look that is sold to us via a painstaking bevy of products. We’re expected to be smart but not nerdy, and sexual but not promiscuous. A facade of perfection that shouldn’t dare to show a crack of divergence from our prescribed goal of “femininity”.

Speaking of prescription, no where do I feel this challenge more than in my world where I practise medicine. “You’re too pretty to be a doctor,” they say. “Sweetie, I want to see the real doctor”.

At the conference and in the breakout discussion, I was shocked by the lack of shock: not a single girl would doubt that these are real experiences. And yet here we were, a room full of hundreds of men and women who believe that indeed by reaching for the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality, we are enabling 50% of the population, a percentage that should be part of the discussion and part of the way we change the world. As we said at the time, by focusing on this SDG, we allow for the success of all the other 16 SDG’s.

So here is my challenge to the women I met at the conference, the ones who showed up to a breakout session full of energy but unsure where to channel it. It is my challenge to the women out there in science and medicine who look down in their mirror and wonder if their choice of appearance will change the respect they get that day. It is my challenge to men, women, and every person who believes in attaining the UN SDG’s.

Where women are expected to be everything, I challenge you to be anything.

You are capable of infinite possibilities. Your potential for being feminine is based solely on being a woman who exists. So when your presence is questioned, or you wonder how you are going to make the change, be anything. Where men are assertive and women are bossy, I challenge you to be a boss.

We need to show up. We need to be the faces that are there everyday. Be the role model you want to see in your field. We are the women of the world and only we get to define what it is to be us. By showing up, by being the person you want to be and are capable of being, you are showing that you are here, existing in your most perfect and genuine form.

Be feminine. Be the person you want to admire. Be anything.