DIESEL BAD EDT

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~#*~#*~#*~#*~ ABOUT DIESEL ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

I have to admit this not a brand I am drawn to especially as it doesn’t offer anything I am particularly interested in and the ‘scents’ seem to be mainly for men as after shaves .

Diesel is yet another Italian fashion house . It was founded in Breganze, Italy and the young man behind the brand started by making his own jeans and then selling similar ones to his friends. He started the company with a loan from his father and in 1985 became the sole owner of the company.

They make men’s and women’s clothes which look functional. Jeans, hoodies, shirts often denim, and other clothing, footwear, and accessories but in my humble opinion they look nothing special and are over priced just because they have a brand name.

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~#*~#*~#*~#*~ THE NOTES IN THIS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

The top notes are : Bergamot, lavender, cardamon and violet leaf
The middle notes are : caviar, orris root and sage
The base notes are : tobacco, woody notes, tonka bean, ambroxan and patchouli

I have to admit that I have never heard of ambroxan and never seen caviar in any other perfume/scent/aftershave I have reviewed. The other notes are all ones I like so in theory I should really like this one despite it being aimed at males rather than females.

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ DIESEL DESCRIBE THIS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

“”Diesel BAD evokes brooding virility and a sense of erotic mystery. Covered in a grainy black leather texture, the Diesel BAD bottle has a seductive, masculine look, inspired by the classic black leather biker jacket.”

“A daring and sophisticated olfactive signature, Diesel BAD is the first scent combining accords of tobacco and caviar to create an addictive, pulsating, yet fresh woodiness.”

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ THE CAMPAIGN FOR BAD ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

The entire “BAD” advertising and promotional videos and prints try to evoke this bad boy image – think Easy Rider and that kind of look.

The person they chose to be the face of the BAD adverts and act in the video is Boyd Holbrook. In the video he plays an incorrigible seducer wearing leather clad gear. He goes to kiss her and just as he does this he tells her what to expect and that he is a womaniser!!

Holbrook has been in a number of films recently including, “Milk”, “Gone Girl”, “Narcos”, and “Wolverine” so this advertising campaign must have cost Diesel quite a few dollars.

The creators of this EDT are Anne Flipo and Carlos Benaim who say they aimed for this EDT to be a game of seduction with a strong fresh exciting top note hit with seductive undertones coming from the caviar, tobacco and orris root .

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ PACKAGING ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

This comes in a black cardboard box with BAD in brownish gold in the front centre and Diesel in smaller text. It is pretty simple and minimalist and definitely a masculine looking package.

Inside this box is the bottle which has a textured black suede kind of feel to it. I think it is meant to be the texture of leather like the leather jacket in the advert. The stopper covers the spray dispenser showing a little gold below the stopper which is the same fabric texture as the bottle. This texture is actually achieved by micro engraving the glass . The BAD in the middle of the bottle is clear and shows the colour of the contents of the bottle. Again this is quite a masculine bottle.

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~#*~#*~#*~#*~ MY VIEWS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

This is an EDT and EDTs contains 5-9% perfume oil, which is not as strong or long lasting as an Eau de Parfum which usually has 8-14% perfume oil concentration. They don’t usually make EDP for men, thy tend to be either EDT or after shave.

I applied this early in the morning after my shower in order to write this review which I have been doing on and off most of the day in between other things. Each time I come back to it I give my inner wrist a sniff to check how it has developed.

The initial hit was very intense and quite masculine, fresh and after shave sort of aroma. I couldn’t rally smell lavender though there was a herby element and the bergamot came through very strong. The violet leaf adds a greenness while the cardamom adds a spicy note. I love cardamom and could pick it out in this straight away.

It didn’t take long to settle and the middle notes began to emerge . I couldn’t detect caviar which t me smells fishy so I wasn’t sorry. The sage must have been the herby element I could smell earlier on.

The dry down lasted a good long time on my skin. I could still smell it on my skin at least four hours later which is pretty good I think. I sprayed some on my T shirt too and I can still smell that and I suspect I will be able to smell it still on that tomorrow.

The dry down is subtle and not the intense fresh hit of the beginning spray. The smell of this is woody with hippy patchouli and creamy tonka blending beautifully. I have no idea what ambroxan is or what it is meant to smell like but I do like tobacco in scented products as it has a lovely rich, warm comforting aroma.

All in all I did actually like this despite my initial reservations about the company and the advertising campaign. I was pleasantly surprised by the dry down and the way it lasted on my skin. I thin the hype and advertising campaign did this no favours as it would put a lot of people off. It certainly didn’t encourage me to sample it despite the fact I do like some masculine fragrances.

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~#*~#*~#*~#*~ BUYING THIS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

This comes in an EDT in 35 ml, 50ml and 125 ml. The Eau de Cologne comes in 75 ml and 125 ml . The shower gel comes in 100ml and 200 ml sizes, th 100 ml is in a gift box with a 50 ml EDT as well as.

The prices are quite high I feel for this as it is nice enough but not anything special.

The EDT varies from around £35 for the smallest size through to around £45 for the 75ml and anything from £50 to £68 for the 125 ml which seems much better value to me.

There is an EDP for 50 ml costing around £45

Te eau de cologne 75 m size seems to be around £50

The shower gel is very expensive in my view at around £20

The gift set costs around around £50

As always I would say shop around if you are wanting to buy this and don’t forget cashback and loyalty cards do help too.

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ EXTRA TIPS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

Keep your perfumes fresher by keeping them stored in their boxes somewhere cool and dark.

Apply your scents to pulse points, wrists, behind your ears and maybe a little down your cleavage for ladies. I also apply a spray to my hair as then my hair smells great too.

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ RECOMMENDED? ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

I actually like this more than I thought I would but even so I am not sure I would buy this for myself as it is quite masculine . I never buy smellies for others unless I know already that they like the smell . If either of my sons said they liked this I would be happy to buy it for them and borrow it occasionally. If someone gave this to anyone in the family who was not so keen I would be happy to use it for them.

If you like masculine scents with spicy warn notes that lasts well then check this out. Don’t be off put by the p adverts or the brand name and scent name . Also don’t judge this on initial spray as the dry down is much calmer and more subtle.51qqEERe+yL._AC_UL160_SR160,160_

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Lulu ‘Time’ Eau de Toilettte

I am very keen about sending off for my freebies and samples and am forever filling in forms to get them. It is so exciting when I get them in the mail and I do get to try so many things that I otherwise would never have heard of or tried so it does the job for the company too as often I am then tempted to go out and buy the full sized product after trying it.

MY SAMPLE
This came in a very pale cardboard cover hiding a small 2ml phial with a stopper, no spray which makes it tricky to get out. The stopper is small and fiddly and I have not got strong fingers so have to be careful I don’t spill the contents pulling it out. Quite a generous sample though at 2ml.

THE BOTTLE
The real bottle is very simple rounded clear bottle with a hint of pink around the bottom of the bottle and a pink transparent round like a ball plastic lid over the spray top. It isn’t that exciting or interesting, nor is it sophisticatedly simple either. In my view it is rather lacking in imagination but still you don’t really buy perfume for the bottle so let’s move on. Suffice to say you won’t be seeing people on ebay selling this as a novelty empty bottle.

ABOUT LULU
I think most people have heard of Lulu as her singing career has spanned a good for years. Lulu is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in entertainment from the 1960s through to the present day. My very favourite song of hers was from the film, ‘To Sir with Love’ as I remember watching the film as a youngster. Lulu looks a amazing for her age, I wish I knew her secret as she looks as young now as she did in the 70s. She has had an interesting career and In 1966 she toured Poland with The Hollies, and was the first British female singer to appear live behind the Iron Curtain. She was married for some time to Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees and she did sing in a Eurovision Song Contest and won many moons ago.

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AND HER PERFUME

“Time eau de toilette is an evocative scent designed by and for Lulu. It’s a fragrance that evokes feelings of happiness and warmth. It’s a little sexy yet a bit shy. Never too sweet, fruity or heavy Time eau de toilette combines smells reminiscent of the 60s”

Lulu was aiming for a scent that captured her ‘Time’ in a bottle and this is what this scent attempts to do.

THE NOTES
Top Notes: Bergamot, lemon
Middle Notes: jasmine, pink pepper
Base Notes: Patchouli, musk
On initial application the hit was pretty intense and rather synthetic to be honest and I thought that it wasn’t going to be for me at all. After a few minutes it did calm down a little and the spicy citrus scent of bergamot and lemon was evident rather than the powerful synthetic hit.

Bergamot

Some ten minutes or so later the scent began to take on my skin and the peppery notes blended with the citrus ones to offer a light spicy quite manly sort of aftershave smell which I did quite like.
About an hour later when I sniffed again it was still quite a masculine sort of smell sort of light spicy with the woodier patchouli musky notes working their way in.

I was not able to smell or detect the jasmine in this and jasmine is quite a heady floral smell so the spicier notes do dominate.

Although this is quite a masculine sort of scent it is also quite evocative of the late sixties and the incense burning and sniffing the perfumes in Biba shops. I found it quite a light spicy aroma not heavy and oriental spicy. According to the perfume description on Amazon this creates a “feeling of sun-kissed sexiness and freedom one enjoys on holiday.”

This perfume is said to have scents that remind Lulu of different times in her life from patchouli and musk from the sixties to the lighter more modern notes of pink pepper and bergamot and fresh lemon hence the name of the perfume “TIME”.

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OTHER ‘TIME’ PRODUCTS
Lulu has put her name to a number of other ‘Time’ products but not all are scents. Within this range you can buy a fragrant body cream for £20.93, Lulu’s Time Bomb Glory Days Day Cream for £25.00, Lulu’s Time Bomb Flashback Anti-Ageing Night Cream for £30.00, Lulu’s Time Bomb Youth Juice Secret Oil for £31.00, Lulu’s Bombshell Body Hand To Hand Combat Hand Cream for £14.50 and quite a few more creams and lotions. I have one of the creams in my ‘to be used’ box but as yet I have not used it as I have had so many trial products from beautyontrial and they have all been moisturizers. This perfume sells for £30.18 on Amazon for a 50 ml bottle so not a bad price of you like it.

SUMMARY
I do quite like this one as it is a freshly spicy aroma and it blends with my skin nicely to give a lovely woody sort of scent which lasts well on me. It has good sillage too as people have commented on my scent while wearing this. It stayed on my sleeves for even longer as I could smell it quite strongly the next day. I would be tempted to buy a full bottle of this if the price was right and I had a few spare Amazon vouchers.

Versace – Bright Crystal EDT

 

Once more I have delved into my drawer where I keep my perfumes and found another little spray sample that I have not yet reviewed.

This one is from the House of Versace which really needs no further introduction as it is one of the more well known fashion houses. This fragrance was released in 2006 and was created by Alberto Morillas.

ALL WRAPPED UP

This one came in a nice mini box similar to the one the full sized perfume comes in. the box is pale pink darker at the top then fading as it goes further down. The top of the box is silver with an embossed diamond pattern. It is quite understated but also classy.

My mini spray is white plastic with a pink lid. Simple and rather functional to my mind. The actual full sized bottle is more attractive and is sort of chunky square in clear pale pink glass with a clear diamond cut plastic/glass stopper of the spray. It is quite attractive but not earth shattering in it originality.

I see on the Boots website that 50 ml of this in a spray bottle will set you back nearly £50 while 100 ml is pretty close to the £100 mark. I suspect if you shop around you may find it cheaper but it is one of the more expensive eau de toilettes generally. I find fragrance direct on line is usually a lot cheaper and often half the price of Boots.

WHAT NOTES ABOUND?

The top notes are pomegranate, Yuzu and frosted accord.
The heart notes are Peony, magnolia and fresh lotus
The base notes are amber extracted from plants, musk and red woods.

MY THOUGHTS

The initial spray of this is very light and fresh, sweet but with a pleasant sort of water melon note to soften the sweetness. That is probably the pomegranate as that is not a sweet aroma. The yuzu is a Japanese orange type of fruit so again fresh and citrussy and heaven knows what frosted accords are except presumably fresh and like a frosty day.

Pomegranate

It began to fade after about half an hour which is not surprising as it is an EDT not an EDP. The floral notes became more obvious but again in a subtle way not heavily floral nor too sweet. The strange thing is that I can also smell roses and there is no rose element listed in the notes maybe it comes from the peony notes combined with others. This stage was lovely freshly floral and a very ‘pretty’ feminine fragrance to me.

About three hours after I first applied the eau de toilette I could still smell it on my wrist which is where I apply all my perfumes for reviewing purposes. I then write the review over time taking note of the scent developing and changing.

The dry down is still floral and fresh with the warm musky notes giving a depth to the scent. I am afraid the amber was too subtle for my unqualified nose but the end result is a lovely fresh floral scent with a warm heart but not at all heavy.

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This to me is a lovely light fresh floral, very feminine and perfect for a summer ‘s day. It is not dominating but it is very much there and I would be happy to wear it.

I can’t say I will be rushing to buy it , mainly as I already have far too many perfumes but also because it doesn’t have the wow factor for me. It is a pretty and youthful scent and I will happily use my sample and would apply it at an airport but probably not buy it myself.

Jo Malone – Peony & Blush Suede EDT

From Jo Malone website – Peony Blush suede

I have always wanted to try a Jo Malone perfume or EDT. This sample I was fortunate enough to receive through the mail a few months ago.

JO MALONE

“An understated style. Defined by an unconventional sense of sophistication. With taste that is rarified, yet a touch audacious. Timeless and elegant…but always infused with a charming dash of wit and whimsy. “

A British company that states it doesn’t test on animals but if you read the small print they also say,

“ We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. “

Sorry but that is not good enough for me. That I find very disappointing.

This Peony and Blush Suede scent was launched in 2013 and the creator of the scent was Christine Nagel.

PACKAGING

This is a floral perfume and no mistake. The box is covered in pretty pink peony flowers and is a very feminine package. The bottle inside is a clear glass tall square sided bottle with a silver stopper over the spray dispenser.

The bottle is functional rather than attractive but the box is pretty and very obviously for a floral perfume.

NOTES AND SO ON
This is a ladies perfume and is no way a unisex as it is light and very definitely floral and I can’t see it appealing to any men.

The top note is red apple;
The middle notes are peony, jasmine, carnation and rose;
The base note is suede.

MY VIEWS

I sprayed this on and instantly the first hit was fresh and fruity and very light, not a deep strong fragrance at all.

Some tome later, about half an hour the scent was still very subtle and did become slightly more floral but to me it was still very light and fresh with more peony than jasmine, a light floral. It smelled quite natural, more like smelling a real peony or rose. It was not as strong as a real jasmine aroma so that must be only a small amount compared to the other notes.

The base not is suede and all that seems to do is give a slightly earthier quality to the scent. So that the light, fresh floral notes do stay with the natural scent. There is no way you might mistake this for unnatural floral notes.

I am not sure how Jo Malone creates their scents whether they use synthetic fragrances or natural ones. If they are synthetic then to me they are very natural smelling ones.

These are not cheap scents and they are colognes or EDTs so not long lasting. The 30 ml bottle is £39 while the 100ml costs £78 which I think is a lot for a cologne or EDT. It doesn’t last any longer than the average EDT and after a couple of hours it has faded to almost not noticeable to me.

Just had another sniff and I can just about detect the suede not which is slightly lightened by the floral notes. So sort of suede shoes that have been rubbed with rose petals!

I said at the start that Jo Malone scents had always had an appeal and that was why I was so thrilled to get this to try. I would still be interested in trying the spicier, woodier scents of theirs but this I found pleasant but not exciting. I was also disappointed with the longevity and the sillage or way it carried while I was wearing it.

I will enjoy using the remainder of this but it is not one I will be saving up to buy.

Versace Bright Crystal – EDT

Versace – Bright Crystal EDT

Once more I have delved into my drawer where I keep my perfumes and found another little spray sample that I have not yet reviewed.

This one is from the House of Versace which really needs no further introduction as it is one of the more well known fashion houses. This fragrance was released in 2006 and was created by Alberto Morillas.

ALL WRAPPED UP

Versace Crystal Bright my sample

This one came in a nice mini box similar to the one the full sized perfume comes in. the box is pale pink darker at the top then fading as it goes further down. The top of the box is silver with an embossed diamond pattern. It is quite understated but also classy.

My mini spray is white plastic with a pink lid. Simple and rather functional to my mind. The actual full sized bottle is more attractive and is sort of chunky square in clear pale pink glass with a clear diamond cut plastic/glass stopper of the spray. It is quite attractive but not earth shattering in it originality.

I see on the Boots website that 50 ml of this in a spray bottle will set you back nearly £50 while 100 ml is pretty close to the £100 mark. I suspect if you shop around you may find it cheaper but it is one of the more expensive eau de toilettes generally. I find fragrance direct on line is usually a lot cheaper and often half the price of Boots.

WHAT NOTES ABOUND?

The top notes are pomegranate, Yuzu and frosted accord.
The heart notes are Peony, magnolia and fresh lotus
The base notes are amber extracted from plants, musk and red woods.

MY THOUGHTS

The initial spray of this is very light and fresh, sweet but with a pleasant sort of water melon note to soften the sweetness. That is probably the pomegranate as that is not a sweet aroma. The yuzu is a Japanese orange type of fruit so again fresh and citrussy and heaven knows what frosted accords are except presumably fresh and like a frosty day.

It began to fade after about half an hour which is not surprising as it is an EDT not an EDP. The floral notes became more obvious but again in a subtle way not heavily floral nor too sweet. The strange thing is that I can also smell roses and there is no rose element listed in the notes maybe it comes from the peony notes combined with others. This stage was lovely freshly floral and a very ‘pretty’ feminine fragrance to me.

My mini spray sample

About three hours after I first applied the eau de toilette I could still smell it on my wrist which is where I apply all my perfumes for reviewing purposes. I then write the review over time taking note of the scent developing and changing.

The dry down is still floral and fresh with the warm musky notes giving a depth to the scent. I am afraid the amber was too subtle for my unqualified nose but the end result is a lovely fresh floral scent with a warm heart but not at all heavy.

This to me is a lovely light fresh floral, very feminine and perfect for a summer ‘s day. It is not dominating but it is very much there and I would be happy to wear it.

I can’t say I will be rushing to buy it , mainly as I already have far too many perfumes but also because it doesn’t have the wow factor for me. It is a pretty and youthful scent and I will happily use my sample and would apply it at an airport but probably not buy it myself.

Monsoon eau de toilette

Monsoon – eau de toilette

I bought this eau de toilette a while back from Ebay as the scent combination intrigued me and sounded like one I would like. I didn’t pay very much for it but it sells for around £10 usually so it isn’t one of the top priced designer fragrances.

The perfume came in a lovely purple almost ‘Liberty’ patterned box which looked very classy and exotic with sort of swirls a bit like peacock feathers on it.

Inside the box the bottle has a long neck with a metal cover in the same sort of pattern as it on the box the glass bottle is very squat and round. To me it looks like an expensive perfume bottle, it has lovely colours and an interesting shape.
The perfume even looks pink but I think it might be the glass that is pink however it does look very pretty, girly but also quite sophisticated too.

Neroli

The perfume can be bought in 30 ml, 50 ml and 100 ml and is sometimes on Amazon, ebay and even Boots as well as Monsoon. I would suggest looking on line for the best prices.

The notes listed as being in this eau de toilette are:
TOP NOTES – Neroli, Bergamot and Lychee
FLORAL UNDERTONES – Bougainvillea petal and Moroccan rose oil
BASE NOTES – Eastern spice and hot amber oils.

The eau de toilette has top notes of neroli, bergamot and lychee. This is what hits you first as you spray this on; a fruity fresh light fresh smell which I liked and reminded me of a fruit salad with citrus notes. Later the other notes creep in subtly and I can detect the Moroccan rose and a hint of amber. However the base notes of amber and eastern spice, not sure what that is, really doesn’t come through in my view which is a shame. As far as I know bougainvillea petals don’t have much scent and I certainly couldn’t pick that out. The deeper sensual warm notes are really not there and the sensual aroma is very lacking. This is a nice gentle smelling eau de toilette and I do quite like it but what I find disappointing is its lack of staying power.

It is meant to be Monsoon’s more sensual exotic and heavy scent but it doesn’t manage that I would wear this is the day and certainly wouldn’t describe it as heavy or sensual and wouldn’t be one I would choose for an evening scent except maybe somewhere hot. I always find I like lighter scents when the weather is very hot as they are more refreshing.

Bouganvillea

I would suggest that this would suit younger people rather than sophisticated older ladies. I am not sophisticated so will happily wear this during the day. I am not into the really heavy scents such as ‘Poison’ or the like but rather like the lighter fresher scents. However I do like my scents to be deeper, I like the amber, patchouli, frankincense notes to hang around a bit longer. I like to be able to sniff where I have put my perfume and smell something there a few hours later. I also like the fact that my clothes smell of my fragrance after I have sprayed the scent over me when dressed. This does not stay at all and certainly by the end of the morning I can’t detect any scent at all.
I realise this is not an expensive scent to buy even at full whack but other body sprays that I have used like Soap and glory have lasted longer than this and have been a lot cheaper.

If this is Monsoon’s deeper, heavier more sensual eau de toilette then the lighter one must barely be worth wearing. Sorry Monsoon although this smells lovely and fresh as I spray it on me I am very disappointed in the lasting quality of the scent. It is described on sales sites as “Sophisticated and elegant” but I’m afraid it doesn’t do it for me.

This is a beautifully presented eau de toilette in a pretty purple paisley sort of ‘Liberty’ patterned box with a nice delicate shaped bottle. I loved the patterned lid too and think the product looks very elegant and classy. However I am not saying this so bad I would give it away. It smells lovely but lacks any staying power. This is not one I will be buying again.

Rochas – Poupee

Rochas Poupee

I took a number of little sample on holiday with me as I could try different scents and throw away the containers as I went along. This was one of my little sample bottles and as such I can’t really talk about the actual bottle it comes in. It appears to come in a fairly standard looking pink bottle with a darker pink or red lid, nothing really special in my view.

Rochas Poupee

When I first put this on I was struck by the very sweet light floral scent which was pretty, girly, summery and very pleasant. It struck me as very pleasant and slightly rose combined with pineapple sort of notes but very fresh and pleasant.

The house of Rochas is usually known for its classy rather heavier old fashioned scents and so I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The creator of this scent is Anne Flipo who is the inventor of many L’Artisan Parfumeur fragrances. This scent from Rochas is called ‘Poupèe’ which means “doll” in French and was created a few years back in 2004.

This scent is a refreshing combination of a tuberose and fruit combination so fruity floral. Sometimes that combination can be sickly sweet and quite heavy but I found this was light and refreshing but still had staying power. I put mine on at around 9am and in the late afternoon I could still smell a hint on me.

Tuberose

The notes in this perfume or eau de toilette as mine was are Notes: Orange blossom, pineapple, gardenia, green jasmine, hazelnut, tuberose, sandalwood, benzoin, amber, balms.

The top notes which hit me with a welcoming sweetness that was light and flowery are those off the orange blossom and tuberose. I loved this and found it a really lovely opening which then gradually mellowed still sweet but with a more warm sweet scent. I loved the rosy aroma which blended with a sort of powdery floral possibly the gardenia coming through and this stage lasted the longest in my view. Later in the afternoon I became aware that the scent was more subtle and vanilary and the notes of benzoin which I find quite vanilary combined with the sandalwood which is one of my favourite smells.

I am not sure why Rochas chose the name ‘Poupee ‘for this but some have suggested that it smells like a new plastic doll of their childhood. I am not sure I smelled this and assumed it was ‘doll’ as in young girl rather than a plastic childhood one. I have to say in English the name doesn’t work so well.

Poupee!

I would say this is a pretty scent and a summery one rather than a winter or evening scent. It worked well for me on the day I wore it as it was a hot day and the scent suited the warmth of the day lifting me spirits and making me feel summery and fresh.

I think this would suit most people who like fruity floral scents and maybe more the younger audience rather than the older generation. It is girly floral rather than old lady floral if that makes sense and I was happy to wear it even though I may not be that youthful I certainly don’t feel like an old lady either.
I was driving much of the morning I wore this and every time I turned my head I could smell my perfume which really made me feel good. I didn’t feel that this fragrance had any synthetic feel at all to me it smells like fresh and I imagine a garden of wonderful flowers. I personally found this fragrance was uplifting and smelled a bit like ’Beautiful’ only not quite as heavy.

Pineapple

This is a fragrance that I would buy a full bottle of as it the sort of smell that people say, ‘ You smell nice’ and reminds me of fresh blossoms in a summer garden. It kept hitting me just like that as though I was walking through a garden passing some flowers that smelled nice every time I turned my head as I was driving along and getting in and out of the car.
I have looked on Amazon and found that this is not one of the more expensive perfumes which is great as Typically I always like the more expensive ones. 30 ml costs from £14 to about £20 and 100ml costs between £35 to around £50 and I suspect postage is on top of that. I think I would go for the cheaper option if postage was the same! Perhaps I’ll check out the Duty Free on the way home but I suspect the £14 price would be hard to beat.
I will certainly look to buy a bigger bottle in the near future. I really liked this one and found it had a really good staying power for a light fruity floral scent.

 

Taylor Swift ‘Enchanted Wonderstruck’ – eau de Parfum

Taylor Swift ‘Enchanted Wonderstruck’ eau de Parfum

 

Once again this little booklet cover with 1.5ml spray made its way via one of my many freebie sites that I scour on a daily basis. The outer cardboard ‘’book cover is a very stylish Turkish sort of design and colour scheme. It is a deep maroon with gold leaves and a colour scheme I would be happy to have as a feature wall in my bedroom.

Wonderstruck Enchanted bottle

THE BOTTLE
My little spray bottle is just a small phial with a spray lid but the real bottle is the same deep red or burgundy round bottle with the perfume name on the front and a ‘necklace’ around the lid with some little charms, a bird a flower and a leaf with one sporting a large diamante crystal. It all looks a bit young and like a child’s charm bracelet to me. It is not that unusual but not offensive either and does remind me of other pop star endorsed bottles like Britney Spears with its bling like charms and bracelet which to me tells me that they are aiming at a younger audience than me with the bottle although the box design is beautiful.

WHO IS TAYLOR SWIFT?
I had to find out for myself. She is a pretty young blonde singer song writer who achieved ‘fame’ in 2006, she appears to be more country style as she has been honored in the Nashville Hall of fame and has sold an astounding 26 million albums!!

Her first perfume ‘Wonderstruck’ was created as something she had always wanted to do since a young teen. This is a variation on the theme as it is a red version in colour of that blue bottle and box design. I quite liked ‘Wonderstruck’ it was light and fruity and certainly one I would be happy to wear for a day at a time on holiday somewhere hot maybe.

Needless to say Taylor swift was not actually the creator the perfume was launched in cooperation with the Elizabeth Arden once again but this one was the work Olivier Gillotin of Givaudan. This one was created as an oriental – gourmand fragrance.

Wonderstruck Enchanted box

ABOUT THE PERFUME
“Wonderstruck Enchanted is the next chapter in the story of my Wonderstruck fragrance. Wonderstruck is about that moment when you instantly feel a connection to someone, but then there’s that feeling of being completely enamored — enchanted — when you know a little more about that someone and still feel that strong connection,” according to Taylor Swift.

THE NOTES
Top Notes: Passionfruit, poppy and wild berries
Middle notes: Peony, Chambaca, sugar and freesia
Base Notes: white musk, woody notes and vanilla

On initial spray the first thing that hits me is sweet and fruity, I am not sure what poppy smells like but the fruity is prominent and quite strong at first. After about ten minutes it has faded quite dramatically on me and there is a warmer sweet floral note. It fades rapidly and ends as a sweet vanillary scent with not a lot of depth in m my view.

On my skin the fruit and vanilla very quickly seem to blend together. I find that it really doesn’t last that well on me and found that her previous ‘Wonderstruck’ lasted better on me. I do quite like this as I am a fan of vanilla but if you are not ,then avoid this as it is very sweet and creamy. To describe it as oriental I think is being rather hopeful as it is too light and sweet to be really oriental as I usually think of orientals as heavy and deep with some lasting power. In fact, after half an hour or so ,I find it quite hard to smell this on my skin altogether because it’s so soft and blended well into just a general sweetness.

I would describe this as almost like a vanillary spray I bought in Boots but with a little more fruitiness. It is generally a sweet, warm and smooth scent , but nothing very original and certainly not one to get excited about. It is not offensive unless you hate vanillary sweet scents but as it fades so fast that all I smell I a gentle sweetness as though I have had some talc on me.

PRICES
This is a newer perfume than her previous offering and is more expensive on Amazon. Personally I prefer the first as it is a bit more unusual and has a better lasting power. On Amazon 50ml costs £24.25 while her original ‘Wonderstruck’ costs £14.50 for 30ml on Amazon. If you are interested I suggest you try it first in a shop and then search on line for the best buy.

SUMMARY
It will be happy enough to wear this for the few days until my sample runs out. It is pleasant enough and do quite like the fragrance but not enough to make me want to buy a larger bottle. This is a very young and light feminine scent with a very short lasting power. This is an okay, forgettable scent. It doesn’t give me any more than a cheap body spray and certainly lasts about the same time.

Taylor Swift ‘Wonderstruck’ eau de Parfum

 

I am very enthusiastic about my freebies and samples and am forever filling in forms to get freebies. It is so exciting when I get them in the mail and I do get to try so many things that I otherwise would never have heard of or tried so it does the job for the company too as often I am then tempted to go out and buy the full sized product after trying it.

This was one of my many perfume samples that I received through the mail. I have to say I wasn’t expecting much as so many of these young pop stars feel the need to add their name to perfumes and create their own ‘brand’ and they are usually pleasant but often pretty forgettable in my view.

My sample came in a cardboard folded ‘book’ with a small 1.5ml spray bottle of the perfume inside so it was enough for a two or three good uses. I love these little sample bottles as they are perfect for when we travel as I can put a few in my suitcase and a couple in my bag (the airport security doesn’t seem to pick them up) and it means I get to smell nice and once the little sample is finished I throw away the bottle and as we come home I have none left so have plenty of room for buying things when we are away ( fat chance as my husband doesn’t do shops).
‘Who is Taylor Swift ?’ I asked as I opened my sample and husband had no idea, step son said some girl singer from the USA – not his scene. So I had to find out for myself. She is a pretty young blonde singer song writer who achieved ‘fame’ in 2006, she appears to be more country style as she has been honored in the Nashville Hall of fame and has sold an astounding 26 million albums!!
Her perfume ‘Wonderstruck’ was created as something she had always wanted to do since a young teen.
“It’s a line from my song ‘Enchanted,’ and the line says, ‘I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home. I’ve always loved that line and that phrase, ‘wonderstruck.’ You don’t hear it very often. So I just felt like if I ever got the chance to make a fragrance, which I’ve dreamed of doing since I was about 14 years old … Ever since I wrote that song, I thought that would be the title. And I’d want to create a fragrance that smelled the way that word feels.”
Needless to say Taylor swift was not actually the creator the perfume was launched in cooperation with the Elizabeth Arden and the actual scent created by Olivier Gillotin of Givaudan.

THE BOTTLE
This is a fairly plain looking purple coloured rounded bottle with a gold lid. Around the lid is a chain with a few charms which does look a bit young teenager in my view and as such it probably would not have been attracted to buy myself as I am a touch older than the age I feel this is aimed towards.

The bottle reminds me of Britney Spears and other teen aimed scents with a simple rounded shape and the rather bling like charms which look like ones you might buy a child to wear for dressing up. I think it would appeal to young teens because of this. Strangely the ‘book’ cover my sample came in is quite classy with gold highlights and a deep and blue design a bit like wall paper. I think the cardboard cover is similar in design to the box the bottle comes in.

THE SCENT
Top notes: Raspberry, dewberry, green tea, freesia, apple blossom,
Middle notes: vanilla, honeysuckle, white hibiscus,
Base notes: amber, musk and sandalwood,and peach

I used to absolutely love Body Shop’s Dewberry fragrance and this does have a very fruity initial blast with both raspberry and dewberry and it does remind me a bit of the old Bodyshop scent at first. The fruity scent stays as the peachiness comes in strongly as well despite being listed as a base note.
I am a huge fan of the creaminess of vanilla and in this it brings a creamy quality to the fruitiness. The hibiscus listed I can’t detect but hibiscus doesn’t smell, or at least all those I have ever grown have never smelled of much really.
The green tea note is also not easily detectable as the fruity sweet notes develop with the base notes on amber and sandalwood and musk to just become deeper, warmer and more creamy fruity sweet scents. To me it is a fruity sweet rather young although quite uplifting and pleasant sort of scent. It isn’t offensive yet is also not one that I will be rushing to but as it is a young smell. I think it must be the tea note that lifts it above sickly and cloying as it could become that very easily. This is definitely in the fruity and youthful and feminine group of perfumes.
It was happy enough to wear it for the few days my sample lasted and did quite like the fragrance but not enough to make me want to buy a larger bottle. This is a young and very feminine scent make no mistake. It will not appeal to those who favour more masculine smells. I find it quite light and refreshing though and one that suits summery sort of weather. I found it lasted well on me a good few hours on my skin and longer on my clothes as I could still detect it the next day on my top.

Looking around on line I find that prices vary as always but the price seem to be around 30ml costing £20 ,50ml for £29 and if you are really keen then 100ml will set you back about £38 . This is not too expensive and possibly because it is aimed at a younger market or maybe because it has rather more synthetic ingredients as these tend to be cheaper.

Freesia

This is a pleasant enough light fruity scent that I would be perfectly happy to wear during the day when out and about. I don’t think it is one I would choose for a special night out. It is the kind of perfume I like to use on the plane as it is quite strong enough to stay with me and yet light enough not to be sickly. I hate smelling of plane so do always have some perfume with me to try and counter the plane smell and this one is the kind that works well. I usually lather myself from the Duty free and then take some samples with me to spray on after a few hours to freshen up.

Glamorous Magnolia – Gucci

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Glamorous Magnolia is from the perfume house of Gucci and is described as
“The striking recreation of the Magnolia’s silky statuesque flowers. Sensuous and compelling, the scent’s freesia top note gives way to a heart of peony and magnolia and a memorable sandalwood base.

Glamorous Magnolia is a reverent homage to the flower’s radiant freshness and smooth, velvety petals .”

I have tried a few of Gucci’s perfumes and on the whole they are appealing to me usually and so when they created this new collection I was keen to try them.

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Flora Collection Advert

House of Gucci is an Italian fashion house and this collection which was released in May 2012 was created under the direction of Frida Giannini.The collection is called Flora by Gucci Garden Collection. The collection recreates the five most important blossoms outlined on the legendary Gucci scarf designed by Vittorio Accornero for Princess Grace of Monaco. These five new editions are: Glorious Mandarin, Gorgeous Gardenia, Gorgeous Gardenia, Glamorous Magnolia and Generous Violet.o.13413

Giannini says of the Flora perfume collection ‘“Creating The Flora Garden collection allowed me to express the depth of emotions of every woman. Each fragrance is distinct, yet together all the scents embody the beauty and allure of this muse.””

PACKAGING AND PRICE
This scent comes in a hexagonal tall glass bottle with a transparent stopper. The perfume is a pale green colour which shows through the clear glass bottle so it is best to keep it in the box otherwise the light will affect the scent over time. I have no idea why they have made this green as Magnolia is either pink or white pink so pink or clear would have made more sense.

o.13412The box is very pretty and feminine with flowers and is actually quite classy and understated. The flowers are black and the box a white or pale creamy colour with green and black stripes on the base so a minimum of colours.The flowers look nothing like Magnolia but more like wild flowers however I actually like the box more than the bottle which I think is pretty ordinary for this price of perfume.

The scents come in 50ml and 100ml eau de toilette s and no eau de parfum is available. The 100ml spray varies in price from about £57 on line to about £70 in Boots and Harrods. The 50ml is £50 in Harrods and again cheaper in on line stores if you hunt around.

NOTES TO BE FOUND
Top notes: Freesia, green and citruses
Heart or middle notes: magnolia and peony
Base notes: musk, sandalwood and Mexican chocolate
Just looking at the notes you would think this might actually be a floral with a bit of depth but sadly this is not the case.

The initial scent that I can smell when I first put this on is fresh and green and a bit cucumber like and not a lot else at this stage. I also get a hint of watermelon at this stage and is really light with a slight hint of sweetness.

After a short while a little more sweetness come through but of Magnolia or peony I smell nothing of either of them. Both these two flowers are really pretty fragrant so how a perfume with these two notes in it can smell so little of any floral elements beats me.magnolia-purple-lily

The base notes are also fairly strong fragrances, certainly musk and sandalwood are very heavy strong elements but again they are hiding really well in this perfume and any hint of chocolate is beyond my nose to detect.

This light watermelon cucumber scent does stay with me quite some time but all in all I find this quite underwhelming and disappointing in its fragrance and its silage too.

The heart notes are no existent and there is no real warmth or depth from either the musk or the sandalwood and no creaminess from the chocolate. This is a very light and slightly sweet perfume that has little warmth or depth.

This is not a complex perfume in my mind. It is fresh, light and green. It is a perfume that I would be reasonably happy to wear during the day anywhere somewhere hot as it is so light and fresh and would be more like a body spray in its depth so it is better suited to a spring and summer fragrance .

It lasted quite a short while on me and I would say that about three hours later I could barely detect the scent on me. It is not a sophisticated heavy scent so might be more appealing to younger ladies although am not that young and do like the scent but just wished it hung around a bit longer as it isn’t a cheap one.

I like a range of scents I different situations but this is really so light that it is more of a body spray and lasts not much longer than the Soap and Glory body sprays which cost about £6. Considering the price of this there is no way I would spend that amount on something so light and undetectable.

magnoliaSome floral perfumes are too heady and one dimensional where this so light that it is almost not worth bothering with. It is not a complex scent as there are few notes but they blend and work well together and in a very light and green cucumber/watermelon sort of way and it just doesn’t last long enough for me.

WOULD I BUY AGAIN?
Well I didn’t buy this I got a sample and if I could afford the prices that this perfume is selling for then I think there are many others that I would choose before this. I do feel it is very expensive and that I can find other perfumes that I like for a lot less money. So in short even though this is a fresh light feminine fragrance it is so short lived and grossly over priced for what you get here.

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