BULGARI – MON JASMINE NOIR L’ ELIXIR EDP

c1400x840q75This is yet another of my many samples of perfumes that I have collected. I think I could do a review a week and still not run out after a year. I have used this on couple of times an saved a bit for reviewing purposes.

~#~*~#~*~#*~ ABOUT BULGARI ~#~*~#~*~#*~

Bulgari are an Italian brand specialising in high end jewellery, watches and accessories. Rather strangely they also have a chain of luxury hotels as well. These are selected properties in major cosmopolitan cities and luxury resorts destinations which they say reflect the “ excitement of the Bulgari brand, its timeless glamour and its heritage of magnificent Roman jeweller.”

The only experience I have had with the brand has been the perfumes and that will probably stay that way I suspect.

~#~*~#~*~#*~ BULGARI SAY THIS IS ~#~*~#~*~#*~

A sophisticated luminous and sensual Eau de Parfum within the jasmine noir universe, reminiscent of the inimitable values of elegance and refinement at the heart of the Bulgari brand.”

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Considering how luxurious this brand is supposedly I am a bit underwhelmed with the design of the outer box. It is a creamy very pale shimmery box with a black strip around the base. BULGARI is written in gold with the U looking like a V. There is a central gold spot and then the perfume name under that with the Mon is cursive text. I think they have gone with minimalist to look classy but it is a touch boring and ordinary to me.

The bottle is a nice shape , a sort of oval shaped bottle with lines going vertically up the bottle with is curvy and nice to hold but very hard to describe. It is pearly white in colour so you can see the contents and you will need to keep it somewhere out of the light and heat to keep it fresh.

A black ribbon is just below the gold lid which covers the spray dispenser and that does look kind of classy.

~#~*~#~*~#*~ TAKING NOTICE      ~#~*~#~*~#*~

The notes in this are quite unusual and it comes into the olfactory family of floral woody/musk.

The top notes are lily of the valley,and golden cedrat

The middle notes are angel      wing jasmine, sambac jasmine white tea.

The base notes are white musks, patchouli, Virginia Cedar and nougat.

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~#~*~#~*~#*~ MY EXPERIENCE ~#~*~#~*~#*~

This perfume was launched in 2011 and the creators noses behind it are Olivier Polge and Sophie Labbe. I find it fascinating to see what other perfumes different creators have been involved with and how different some are. Olivier Polge has been involved with a number of Bugari perfumes as well as some for Burberr, Cacherel and Chanel to name just a few. Sophie Labbe has also created a number for Bulgari, Givenchy and single fragrances for a number of others like Penhaligan’s, Versace and Yves Rocher to name a few again.

Kirsten Dunst was the actress chosen to be the name behind this one. She was filmed with a lion in n Italian garden in Milan wearing very little except Bulgari jewellery !!

I really do like this EDP as it is lovely from first spray till the end. The initial spray is gently floral and sweet and not harsh at all. This combination with lily of the valley is very pleasant.

After an hour or so I can still smell this strongly on me and it is still pretty much floral and sweet but freshly sweet rather than heavy and sickly sweet.

Hours later I am still enjoying this one and the floral sweet notes are now warmer and more subtle as they blend with the musk and nougat. I cannot really detect the patchouli or cedar.

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I am very pleasantly surprised by this one as sometimes florals can be a bit too much, too heady, specially jasmine. I love the subtle sweet notes which are lifted perfectly by the cedrat and the jasmine tea which give a herby, earthy depth to the floral notes.

This lasted well on me better than many EDPs I have tried and the next day I was still enjoying it on my shirt as I wore it a second day. It was lovely to put it on and smell the jasmine aroma second day.

This one of a few perfumes I would go and buy the full sized version of and will give some hints for my up coming birthday I think.

This is a lovely perfume that you could wear for day or night and in most seasons. I thin it would appeal to most ages too as it isn’t an old lady scent nor is it too sugary sweet like those that appeal to the very young.


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

This doesn’t seem to be readily available in the high end stores like John Lewis but there are several on amazon and other on line stores.

It appears to be only available in 25 ml, 50 ml, and 75 ml sizes . Prices do vary even on amazon and the but the 25 ml size costs £45, 50 ml costs around £30 to £40, the 75 ml size around £58.

They also have a body lotion 00 ml for around £20 and a shower gel for 100 ml for around £16.80 which despite being quite expensive these do tempt me. There is also a three piece gift set which contains Eau de Parfum 50 ml/Body Lotion 40 ml and Spray 15 ml and costs around £55 to £65.

#~*~#~*~#*~ TIPS FOR WEARING AND BUYING PERFUME ~#~*~#~*~#*~

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I find that if I apply my perfumes to my pulse points and then allow they to dry naturally and not rub them in that way they last well and give off their aromas slowly and they last quite well. I find a spray in my hair means others can smell my hair as I walk past. A little spray down my cleavage means I can enjoy the aroma of my perfume during the day .

If you choose an EDP that will usually last longer as the percentage of the oils is greater but often EDTs can be just as lasting I found.

Remember that when you choose a new perfume you should test it on your skin and not just on a card strip. This is because your skin is the final ingredient of any perfume and scents react differently depending on your temperature, pH range, natural aroma and moisture.


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

Yes I think this is a lovely feminine fragrance with a subtle freshly, sweet floral scent with a warm rounded finish.

It isn’t the cheapest perfume ever but considering how well it lasts on my skin I think it isn’t bad value for money.

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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.

LULU

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”.

patchouli

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.