Comme des Garcons Floriental Eau de Parfum

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I received this small sample vial in the mail.Commes des garcon often offer free samples of their new fragrances and provided you can navigate their very complicated and far too clever for its own good website, you do eventually get to a section where you apply for the free sample.
I often request samples and it makes a lovely surprise when they arrive and I get to try things I certainly wouldn’t risk buying sight or smell unseen or unsmelled!

~~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~~~
The package mine came in was a brown plastic outer envelope with a small glass bottle mini spray. I love these small sample sizes to try new smells and also I take them on holiday as they are so light and then dump them when I have used them. On the side of the bottle is the name of the scent and in smaller type the brand name, neither are very special, just plain simple text.

This is sold in the usual Commes des Garcon flacon flask style bottle and this one is brown. It kind of looks rounded and sort of flat stone shaped or a bit like a small hipflask with rounded corners. There is the brand and scent name in a light coloured text and the whole thing is simple and very understated. I actually quite like the bottle style with its smooth rounded look as it is quite different from the usual perfume bottle style.

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~~~ COMME DES GARCONS ~~~

This is a brand I have tried several of their perfumes from and I do like their unisex scents. Some are more unisex than others and I particularly like earthy scents .
The name of the brand kind of states what they are aiming for , the unisex approach not only for their scents but also the clothes too. This is a Parisian based fashion brand owned by a Japanese designer, Rei Kawkubo.

This company has 68 different fragrances, the first was created in 1994 and the fragrances are created in collaboration with a large number of perfumiers not just one or two which I found unusual. Floriental was launched in 2015 so it is a reasonably new one. Some of their perfumes are unisex while others are specifically aimed at either men or women. This is one of the unisex ones.

~~~~~~~ WHAT THEY SAY ~~~~~~~
“Floriental is a disrupted floral fragrance that challenges the traditions of perfumery to reimagine a flower that has no scent.
A creative collision that blurs the lines between the floral and the oriental to create somdownload (2)ething completely new.
An odourless flower is given life, a virtual scent imagined: enigmatic, contrasted, intense.”

~~~~~~ THE NOTES ~~~~~

Interestingly the notes are all blended so no top , middle and base notes. The notes in this are :
Labdanum, lavish sandalwood, vetiver, incense, pink pepper and plum liqueur

~~~~~~~~ MY THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCE ~~~~~~~

This is a much deeper and sweeter scent than some of Commes des garcons perfumes. It is earthy and certainly has that oriental aroma as the sandalwood comes through strongly with a hint of a rubbery aroma.
It is a strong perfume and lasts well. The scent doesn’t change much over time , It did start sweetly plummy but within fifteen minutes or so the more spicy peppery notes come through and the sandalwood is quite obvious too.it just settles and gently becomes more subtle. This is no bad thing as the scent is intense so you need only a very small spray to be able to enjoy the scent for some hours. I would suggest that you need to be a bit careful not to overdo this one as it is intense.

I tried spraying small amount on my arms and adding some natural oil to blend with it and that worked really well to spread the scent and make it less intense in one spot.
I feel this might be a bit too much for a summer scent and would be best in winter as it would still carry through winter clothes .It lasts reasonably well on me and I can still smell it faintly about four hours after I put it on.
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I find it quite unusual and very much reminds me of incense burning in temples . Although I do like it I am not sure I would buy it as it is a bit intense for me. I would say this would be best worn in the evening rather than the day as those around you in the office might find it a bit much.

In my opinion is probably not for the girly feminine sorts of women. It is not very feminine it is definitely a Middle eastern/Asian spicy sort of smell..
~~~~~~~ WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN? ~~~~~

I do quite like it but it is not a cheap perfume at about £71 for 50ml on Amazon and samples selling on Ebay for about £3.50 for 1ml or 2ml bottles. I can’t say I would pay that sort of money for this as it isn’t special enough for that sort of money.
I do like the woody sandalwood and dry cedarwood and incense smell but in small doses.
As most people know your skin is the final ingredient in any perfume and that effects how different scents develop. Always try your perfumes first, if you can, before making a big expensive purchase. These samples are a great way to try them.
This little bottle was about 2ml and gave me about two or three days use I would say and I am so thrilled I got it as a free sample after seeing the prices on Ebay for the same little bottles.

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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.

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_

Dunhill Icon Racing Eau de Parfum

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I was lucky enough to be given three mini sample spray vials of this eau de parfum for men in Debenhams when I went in the other day. I have to admit that when I saw this brand I immediately thought of cigarette lighters and cigarettes and didn’t know that the brand covered other items..

~#~#~#~#~#~ ABOUT DUNHILL ~#~#~#~#~#~

I was correct in my memory it seems as Alfred Dunhill was indeed an English tobacconist as well as an inventor. Dunhill these days creates luxury goods as well as the Dunhill branded tobacco products . Their market is aimed at men and so all the items they make in the luxury lines are for males.

IMG_4792[1]The products they make under this brand include menswear, bags, wallets, luxury bespoke suits and even personalised luggage. I see now why I have never come across these as I don’t smoke and we are not in the market for bespoke suits or personalised luggage.

~#~#~#~#~#~ WHAT DUNHILL SAY ~#~#~#~#~#~

“The thrill of the open road. the adventure. the image of a man driving through the British landscape in a racing green, open-top sports car. This energy and masculine sophistication is distilled into every bottle of Icon Racing, the latest addition to our Icon fragrance family. Icon Racing embodies a fresh aroma for men on the move.”

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

The top notes that are the first you smell when you apply this are : Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cardamom

The heart notes which develop after a short time and blend with those top notes are : Orange Flower, Lavender, Fresh Pepper

The base notes which are those that linger after the perfume has dried down and really settled are : Guaiac Woods, Vetiver, Musk

~#~#~#~#~#~ THE PACKAGING ~#~#~#~#~#~

It is really obvious that this is product aimed at men as it is a simple, classy, sleek minimalist design.

The box is black with two white stripes coming from the top and bottom. The brand and perfume name are central and in silver text.

The bottle has a black leather look and is round. The lid is the same leather look circular design which hides a silver spray dispenser The lid has a silver rim and silver Dunhill on the top. Once again it is sleek, manly and minimalist.

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This is a male perfume so stronger and more intense that an eau de cologne , eau de toilette or after shave would be and so it lasts a lot longer.

I do quite like some male scents when I am in the mood for something less sweet. My sons are both keen on nice smelling EDP and EDTs while my husband refuses to wear perfume as he feels that is a female thing.

Male scents tend to be more citrus and herby with woody base notes and they avoid floral notes .

This one is immediately fresh and citrus but the cardamom takes that and makes in much more warm and deeper aroma. I love cardamom and use it in my cooking a lot but in perfume it gives a wonderfully aromatic and resinous fragrance.

I found that the heart notes of fresh pepper, lavender and orange very quickly blended with those top notes and I still had a great warm, slightly spicy aroma. Both cardamom and fresh pepper are widely used for they spicy notes and I am often drawn to show gels and other products with these notes.

After around an hour or so the perfume has really settled and blended with my own skin as well. It smells very manly, the hints of the herbs are still evident but the cardamom, pepper are now blended with the woodier notes combining with vetiver which has an earthy, woody scent with hints of chocolate and smokiness. The musk adds that warmth. It used to be obtained from the anal glands of the musk deer but these days it is often manufactured from plants. It high concentration it smells like faeces but fortunately in perfume the concentration makes it sell more and the musk makes the perfumes smooth, sweeter and makes the scents last longer.

I found this has good sillage which means that others could smell it on me and I could smell it on my son too.

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It lasted ages on my skin and on my son’s too. We must have pretty similar skin as it smelled quite similar on both of us . Perfumes can smell completely different on different people sometimes that is why you should always test a new perfume on your skin not on the bits of cardboard they spray in shops. I would say I could still smell this on my skin around six hours later and on my sleeves of my clothes I could smell it quite strongly the next day.

I can’t say I will be rushing out to buy this one as it is quite masculine and I do have an excess of perfumes already as my husband will testify to. I do enjoy trying new scents tough IMG_4795[1]and always apply for free samples when they are on offer and ask in Boots and Debenhams when I am in there hence my samples collection is in excess of a hundred while my own full size perfumes I also have at last fifty so I really don’t need to go and buy any more!

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

This is not a perfume that is in all perfume shops. I couldn’t find it in Boots or the specialist perfume shops but luckily Debenhams had it and had the samples for me too.

It is available in to sizes 50 l which in Debenhams cost £63 and the 100 ml which thy were selling for £84 so not exactly an average priced one.

The perfume shop on line and escentual both have both sizes for the same prices. So it seems that is the price you will have to pay so check on cashback sites if you want to save a bit.

~#~#~#~#~ RECMMENDED ? ~#~#~#~#~

Yes I think I would as it is a lovely masculine scent that lasts really well but is never overpowering and offensively strong. It has great notes which give a wonderful warm, woody, spicy aroma sweetened a little by the lavender and citrus notes.

I think it is expensive but that doesn’t always mean you get a good quality lasting perfume but in ths case I feel you are getting your value for money if you like the scent.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum

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~~~~~~ ABOUT YVES SAINT LAURENT ~~~~~~

I can’t honestly say I have ever bought a garment from this fashion house and their make up and scents are as close I will ever get to buying from YSL.

This is a French fashion House was started in 1961 by Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent known as Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, industrialist Pierre Bergé. Previously laurent had worked as a designer for Dior so he as known in the fashion industry already. He died in 2008 of cancer but the brand continues.

YSL have a large make up and perfume collection too and if you like high end expensive products then you will find plenty to be tempted by here. I like to look and try but buying is less likely to happen as I do find them expensive.

~~~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~~~~

Yves Saint Laurent brought this new variation to the Black Opium collection out in 2017 so it is pretty new, hence the chance to grab samples.

The bottle is black glass and square looking from the front but kind of oval looking from the top so the edges are rounded. This is the same as the original Black Opium bottle in shape. It is black but transparent and covered with black glitter that thins towards the bottom of the bottle and then you can see the contents – the perfume which is pink in colour.

The box is an attractive grey pink colour with a sheen to it. There are imprinted lines across the box and the YSL letters on the front in large stylized letters. The perfume name is also on the front at the bottom in smaller text. I like the colour and style of the box, it looks classy and elegant.

The campaign adverts feature the model Edie Campbell. The perfume was created by perfumers Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Olivier Cresp and Honorine Blanc.

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~~~~~~ THE NOTES IN THIS ~~~~~~

Top notes which are those that you smell on first spray: lemon, bergamot ,pear and freesia

Heart notes are those that develop as the perfume dries down a little: gardenia, orange blossom and a solar floral accord.

Base notes these are the notes that last the longest as the perfume settles on your skin and may last hours :iced coffee, white musk, mineral accord and woody amber

 

~~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~~

I cannot remember if I have tried others in the Black Opium range but this is said to be “
A fresh and invigorating interpretation of the iconic Black Opium coffee signature. Black Opium Floral Shock hits like that first jolt of espresso when you wake up in the morning. A shot of sensuality.”

Personally I am not mad on the bottle as I feel it is a bit tacky for the consumer this perfume is aimed at considering the price. It looks a bit teeny and glam rock to me and I would have thought the perfume might have been aimed at someone with a bit more sophistication but maybe I am being a bit judgemental!!

On first spray my nose picks out sweet floral so for me the freesia is the most dominant note and then the fresh pear starts to come through which when combined with the lemon and bergamot gives a fresh slightly citrus edge to the floral.

Around half an hour later the perfume has settled onto my skin and I can still smell floral, citrus which is not surprising as the heart notes have orange and gardenia and that floral not is slightly headier than the freesia, and the orange sweeter than bergamot.

After an hour or so and then the net day on my clothes I can enjoy the sweet vanilla and my favourite musk and amber with the other florals still evident. My nose doesn’t pick up the coffee much, maybe slightly sweet coffee just but not in my face at all.

I find that the sillage is good and others can smell my perfume when I wear it and have commented on how nice it is .

It lasts quite well on me too. If I apply it in the morning I can still detect it around six hours later on my pulse points but if I was going out somewhere I would apply a bit more to liven it up.

I really like this perfume, it is sweet and floral and quite heady and sensuous. I would be happy to wear this day or evening. I feel it would appeal to a wide age range too as it isn’t too young and also isn’t too heavy and cloying so a nice fresh floral with a good lasting heart.

This has been described by YSL as “ Between cool seduction and burning exhilaration, Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum is a deliciously irresistible shock of sensuality. The electrifying signature of Black Opium wrapped in shocking freshness: the warm sensuality of black coffee shaken with bold citrus notes and a cool, mysterious note of white musk. A biting freshness that blows the mind but leaves you wanting more.”

I like the freshness that goes with this floral perfume. It apparently is classified in the family of floral-florientals. Gardenia is one of the florals that I do really like it reminds me of tropical islands and some wonderful holidays.

I have no idea what a solar floral accord is so can’t say if that is noticeable at all, is it sunflower or is it the smell of flowers in the sun? Who knows ?

Anyway this is a nice fresh summery perfume that lasts pretty well and is uplifting and very feminine and the gardenia weighs in very strongly for me. I don’t find it cloying as some heavy florals can be so that is a big plus for me.

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~~~~~~~ BUYING THIS ~~~~~~

The fragrance is available as a 30ml, 50ml and 90 ml Eau de Parfum. Prices as always do vary a lot so as I always say shop around to see where you can find it cheapest.

Escentual sell all three sizes and they range from £42.90, to £60.35 and the largest size is £77.35.

Boots sell all three again and the prices here go from £50.50 to £65.50 and the largest size is £81.00

Personally I feel these prices are quite high and although I do like the perfume I don’t feel it is exciting enough to pay those prices as I get just as much pleasure and lasting scent from perfume oils I buy on Ebay from Middle Eastern perfume shops which are a lot cheaper.

~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED ? ~~~~~

I liked the perfume and found it pleasant, fresh and floral and feminine. I am not sure I would pay the full price for this as it is quite expensive but so are many other high brand perfumes so it depends on how you feel abut spending money on perfumes. I love perfumes and do spend quite a lot on them but also get as many samples of these high end ones as I can. I have a total of five of this one collected through the mail and various shops around town.

If you like fresh florals then this will appeal but if you prefer the more unisex scents this may not be one for you. It isn’t a heavy, classic like Opium but rather lighter and maybe one that would appeal to younger ladies and for wearing in summer.