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.

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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.

Celine Dion Sensational perfume/eau de Toilette

Sensational

This fragrance by Celine Dion was launched on market in March 2008 in cooperation with Coty Beauty and was created, not by Celine Dion naturally as she is a singer not a perfumery expert, but by famous perfumer Maurice Rousel and it is only her name endorsing the product really.

Why did you buy it?

I am not a Celine Dion fan but saw this reduced in a local pharmacy when I was waiting for a prescription for my Homestart family’s baby. It was reduced from £20 to below £10 so I tried it and quite liked it as a light summery perfume. It can be described as being in the floral based perfume group.

celine dion

Sensational

The box is pink with Celine Dion in Emanuel Ungaro’s beautiful, lacy little silvery white dress photographed by Alexi Lubomirsky.  In the background is a subtle face with eyes closed in muted colours which I assume is also the lady in question. She looks young and fresh as well as glamorous and as with all celebrity scents you are supposed to be inspired into thinking you will be as glamorous as Celine should you chose to wear this. That is of course if you are very gullible and taken in by advertisements generally. I usually avoid celebrity endorsed products out of principle because I feel just trying to earn even more money and really do not have anything to do with the creation of the product at all – it is purely a money making but maybe I am just jealous that no one would be interested in buying a perfume with my name endorsing it!

 
What does it smell like?

Top notes of apples and pears

The perfume or in my case the eau de Toilette is a very light scent with top notes of pear, apple and plum. Very fruity, light and fresh .The heart of the perfume then has orris root and mimosa combined with floral notes. of jasmine and freesia. Sometime later the base notes of amber, musk and sandalwood develop and give the lasting nature to the perfume or eau de toilette.

What can you buy in this scent?

The eau de toilette is available as 15, 30, 50 and 100 ml and there is also a body care collection in the same smell. My bottle is 50 ml which I paid £9.95 for and I am happy with it at that price but not so sure I would have paid £20 as it was originally.

Freesia middle notes

What does the bottle look like?

The bottle itself is very elegant a sort of flattish oval with the width of the bottle being the widest points sort it is quite squat. The glass effect oblong lid comes off the spray nozzle and has a hole where the nozzle was that you can put your finger right through. It was designed by Jane Tarallo who is the global group creative director for Coty Beauty.

What do I think?

Mimosa middles notes

I like the light freshness of the scent it has quite a modern, clear and floral air to it.  The fruitiness is pleasant but I would say it is very sweet and more of a day time scent than an evening one. I think this would appeal to a wide age range from young through to the more mature lady like me as it is so fresh smelling and very clean. I would say that it doesn’t really develop through to the baser notes and its lasting qualities are not that great either.

I’m not sure that the name ‘Sensational’ really fits with the scent as I think you would expect something a little more special or unusual and slightly heavier or headier with name like “Sensational” but it is a very light scent and quite forgettable I think. I would not describe this in any way as a sensual fragrance and would not choose this for a night out or to go somewhere very special. 

 

Jasmine

Having said all that this is quite a nice perfume, after all I did choose to buy it so I must have liked it. I chose it specifically for a summer smell and as that I am more than happy with my bargain.

Barth by Alexander Barthet Barth

Barth by Alexander Barthet Barth

Barth by Alexander Barthet Barth

 

This is first perfume released by the designer Alexandre Barthet Barth and it was first introduced in 2009. In my ignorance I had never heard of this designer in fashion but I am not a big follower of high fashion so that is probably my ignorance rather than his lack of fame.

Pink hearts

I spotted this on ebay one day and was attracted by the beautiful pink bottle with the heart shaped lid. It looks so girly, pink and fresh that I decided to risk bidding on it. I think I paid about £12 so it wasn’t a huge price and the bottle was an unused tester bottle so a big bottle at least 100 ml so I thought it was good value and worth a try.

The perfume was created by the perfumer Michel Almairac who was born in 1953 in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world! He attended perfumery school at Roure Bertrand Dupont. Other perfumes he has created include a few I really like such as ‘Secret wish’ by Anna Sui, Chloe  and a number of the Ghost perfumes so I thought it had a good chance of being one I might like .

The bottle is a pretty shape

Its bottle is pyramidal shape and is made of transparent glass and is crowned with a heart. It is clear at the top and has a pink base so that the EDT looks pink and girly. My bottle is big and quite heavy, because of the large base it stands well with no danger of accidently being knocked over however this makes it quite tricky to hold in order to spray as it has such a wide base, too wide to hold in one hand and spray so you need two hands!

Design by Alexander Barthet

The scent was designed to go with the designers fashions which are apparently young, contemporary and lighthearted and  I  found some  photos of his designs which I have added so i leave you to decided as to how well the aroma fits with his fashion range.

The top notes are freesia, grapefruit, blackcurrant which give an instant fruity smell which is fresh and quite light. The middle notes are cedar, amber and peony which bring in the warmer sweet slightly woody aromas this later and quite quickly develops when the base notes of caramel peach and musk come through to an even sweeter smell. The scent develops very quickly but does not last very long in my view which is quite disappointing.

 

Considering the notes that are in this perfume/EDT I was expecting it to be sweet and creamy. It is certainly light and fresh but the fact that the smell is so short lived does not shout quality to me. It leaves a sweet extremely gentle or very subtle smell if you stick your nose where you know you have sprayed the perfume. It is not the sort of perfume you wear and people say ‘you smell nice’   as I don’t think they would actually notice unless they were next to you when you sprayed it on.

To quote the press release for the perfume

Alexandre-Barthet design

Alexandre-Barthet design

“ Alexandre Barthet’ s BARTH is a declaration of love to the young, trendy, chic woman who doesn’t’ t take herself, life, or fashion too seriously. A woman with a whimsical approach to fashion, who seeks quality above all else. A woman with a natural, quintessentially modern elegance.”

Well I am sorry I think he has failed to produce a perfume of quality above else, it might be young, trendy but that is as far as it goes. I am disappointed with its staying power. The smell is quite light and pleasant but you only enjoy it for such a short time. It doesn’t last as long as the body sprays I have previously reviewed produced by Soap and Glory so I will not be spending any more of my money on this as I get better smelling power  from body sprays than this EDT.

Barth by Alexandre Barthet  is  available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette for anyone still interested in trying this. A very pretty bottle and lid but the contents were a big letdown for me. I won’t be buying this one again.

Bleeding heart flowers