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.


“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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Oscar – Oscar de la Renta

Oscar -Oscar de la Renta

Oscar is the first perfume by Oscar de la Renta and it was created by Jean-Louis Sieuzac in 1977. It was my favourite for many years in the 1980s but recently I have found I prefer a lighter fragrance. It must be my old age or my sense of smell changing. I still wear it but tend to use it at night rather than for day use as I think it is a bit rather too strong for a day perfume.


Oscar is a real classic perfume with a strong perfume filled with aromatic notes of lavender, rosemary and carnation, with sweet musky base notes. The top notes include orange blossom, basil, coriander, galbanum, peach and gardenia. The heart of this perfume brings in ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender and orchid. My favourites then emerge with opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, lavender and amber.

I particularly love the earthy notes of patchouli, vetiver and sandalwood and amber. I have to admit I have no idea of what opoponax smells like and would be interested to smell this individually some time.

This perfume won the FiFi Award in 1978 and it celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007 and in this celebration year a limited, jubilee version in a beautiful bottle was launched. Unfortunately I only have the normal version in the standard bottle.


The bottle has straight sides and has an oval base with indentations up the side. The lid is a black one that covers the spray nozzle completely and meets a silver band around the bottle. It is quite hard to describe but it is a fairly basic looking bottle not anything very fancy in my view but quite classy and elegant which I think is the image it is trying to create.

Oscar de la Renta is supposed to have taken his inspiration from the exotic white flowers in the garden of his childhood home in Santo Domingo, which is in the Dominican Republic. I find this perfume is very sensual and at the same time feminine and exotic.

The floral smells are quite heavy a bit like jasmine at night rather than a rose in the day. It must be the gardenia and, orange blossom and jasmine that define this floral smell. I really struggle to detect the lavender or rosemary at all but after a while the heavier longer lasting notes of patchouli and vetiver do snuggle through. There are definite sexy and sensual aromas to this perfume and it is feminine and heavily floral. There is no freshness or lightness in this perfume despite the fact that it is floral. I find that it is rather too complex and heavy for me now despite the fact that it is a really classic perfume and has many notes that I usually love. I just find it all a bit too strong for me for daily use.


After some time the initial rather strong floral notes change and develop into a softer and certainly more appealing smell. This fragrance has the most amazing lasting strength I can usually smell this on me the next day after I have worn it at night. When I sniff my clothes that I have worn I can smell Oscar still on then days later if I have not washed them in between. This sweet, elegant floral bouquet aroma and can be overwhelming if you use too much.

This is a good quality lasting perfume or EDT with a strong floral aroma with earthy undertones. Oscar is hailed as a classic perfume and is one I do like and I find it much more pleasant the Chanel No 5 for example but I still find it quite powerful for day use so keep it for romantic evenings and special nights out.


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.

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.

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.


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

glamorous magnolia

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.

flora gucci

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.””

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.

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.

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.

Crabtree and Evelyn Iris eau de toilette

This is yet another sample I have collected recently that I have liked and thought I should now review.

This came in a small glass vial within a cardboard outer packing which has a very nice picture of an iris on the front with the name of the perfume IRIS in larger text and then the company name and 0.5ml which is the amount I have in my little glass mini bottle. I also got a sachet of body lotion in the same fragrance so that I could layer the two in order to get maximum effect.

The bottle when you buy it has exactly the same image on the front of a fairly plain clear glass bottle with a purple coloured lid. This design on the bottle ad my car packaging was created by Bella Towse, a graduate from the University of Art and Design in London. She was inspired by the irises in her parents’ house in Sussex.


In my view the bottle is nothing special; the bottle tapers inwards down towards the bottom and is chunky with flat sides. But as they say never judge a book by the cover and never buy a perfume by looking at the bottle and packaging as it is the contents that matter.

Crabtree & Evelyn is a high end store selling bath and body products, fragrances, gifts and also some food stuffs and has a quintessentially English look about it despite the fact it began in New England in the USA. It is recognized as one of the best known and most-respected lines of beauty and grooming products in the world. The company now has more than 350 stores in countries all around the world particularly in the UK and USA.

Crabtree & Evelyn Iris is available as 30 ml EDP and 100 ml EDT and the prices. The 30 ml one sells for around £15 and the larger size is around £28.


There are other flower scents in the same series with a single image on the same shaped bottle and you can choose from Rose, lavender, Lily ( of the valley), and Wisteria but I can’t tell you much more as I haven’t tried them. They seem a pretty reasonable price though.

This perfume ‘ Iris’ is quite a delicate fragrance and unusually it is inspired by a single flower. It was first released in about 2010 so is a relatively new product.
The eau de toilette has been created using orris root, Italian bergamot and cassis as well as the base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver and cedar, blended with creamy musk.

According to Crabtree and Evelyn
“ Exquisitely scented orris prepared from the root of the Iris flower was highly prized by Renaissance perfumiers… Blended with precious sandalwood, patchouli and a hint of fresh vetiver , our Iris fragrance pays homage to a classic alluring ingredient.”


Top notes are bergamot and cassis.
Middle notes are iris and orris root.
Base notes are Patchouli, musk vetiver, Virginia cedar and sandalwood

When I first applied this I was hit with a lively green opening, leafy rather than grassy and not as lemony as I would have thought with bergamot as one of the notes. The fruitiness quickly followed this fresh greeny aroma and it was a creamy fruitiness rather than Ribena cassis sort of fruitiness.

After only ten minutes or so the slightly powdery scent develops on me which must be the floral notes of iris blended with the more earthy orris. I liked this stage as it was creamy, earthy and yet sweet floral with a powdery sort of edge so soft and feminine, not harsh at all.


The base notes also blend with the powdery sweet notes and the deeper warm earthiness shows through from time to time without knocking the fruity notes away. They give a depth to the sweetness and have a woody sort of aroma; very like being in the garden with floral scents merging with earthy smells.
The lasting quality was not that great, about four hours on my skin but it did last better on my clothes that had rubbed on the area I put the perfume. I could still smell that the next day.

I loved the way the bergamot and blackcurrant were sort of enveloped in the warm exotic earthier notes of sandalwood and patchouli which are two of my favourite scents. It is far more refined than I would have thought from the bottle which looks a bit like Body Shop perfumes which never seem to last long on me at all. This lasts much better than the Body Shop ones do and has a more complex and warm feel to it even though it is just an EDT.

This is a light sweet floral, very feminine in my view and one I would wear in warmer weather and during the day. I would also say it may not appeal to the younger women as it does have a bit of a ‘comfortable middle aged woman aroma about it.

So in summary this is good value for the price and even if it doesn’t last at the price it is you can spritz a bit more on if needed. It is pleasant enough, not my favourite by a long way but I am happy to wear it. If you like light floral with a fresh start and a bit powdery, floral a bit woody/earthy then give this a try as it is not too expensive.


It is similar in strength and longevity to the Body shop eau de toilettes so don’t expect it to last too long on you but it does give a good few hours on my skin and longer on my clothes that have absorbed some of the product as I put it on. I do like it when my pashminas smell of my perfume as I put them on, a sort of fabric freshener that is a bit of me as well.

This is pleasant enough but I wouldn’t go looking for it. If I saw it on Ebay I would be happy to buy it cheaply as I am happy to wear itr as a day time perfume with a light floral sweat powdery fragrance.


“Sunflowers – Exhilarators” body spray by Elizabeth Arden


I  was wandering through the Westfield centre with my daughter when we passed the Perfume shop with a box of reduced products. I cannot walk passed a reduced sign never mind a box you can rummage through so in we went. This bottle was reduced to £3 and so I gave it a quick spray and I quite liked the smell so I bought it.

sunflowers 2

My bottle

This bargain body spray didn’t come in a box at all and is in a fairly plain plastic bottle with orange sun symbols around the white name of the product. The lid is orange with a clear plastic cover which comes off when you want to use the spray. The bottle is not that attractive or feminine and it certainly wouldn’t jump off the shelf at me for its looks.

 Elizabeth Arden is a company that has been around for years. I can remember my mother having cosmetics from this company when I was a child and I had always got the impression that it aimed for quite a sophisticated more mature market so I was quite surprised at this product’s packaging which is not at all sophisticated and rather utilitarian in my view.


The bottle as I have said is plastic and fairly plain, the product can clearly be seen through the slightly cloudy plastic bottle which is useful as you know exactly how much is left. I also like the fact that the bottle is plastic not glass as a glass one this size would be quite heavy and I pop it in my handbag as I travel around and it’s always there for a quick spray.

I bought this bottle to take on holiday with me as a light fragrance to wear everyday when it was hot so the fact that it was a spray pump was great as I got a cooling each time I sprayed as well as a pleasant smell. It lasted the whole three weeks we were away in Costa Rica and I shared it with my sister most days too .We used it daily and often to cool and freshen ourselves as it was extremely hot at times. It was perfect as the scent was quite light and refreshing. I bought this as it was reduced and at the price I paid I feel I have had good value as there is still about a third left after using it for three weeks of holiday.
The scent of the product is described on the bottle as ‘Sunflowers with orange’. They suggest spraying this on your body after a bath or shower to feel ‘the invigorating lift’. I really don’t use this as a body all over spray but rather as a cooling refreshing light eau de toilette type of spray. It is definitely orangey, rather like orange blossom rather than someone peeling an orange. I’m not really sure that sunflowers have a very interesting smell but perhaps they provide the baser notes to this body spray. It reminds me of walking through orange groves on a lovely summer’s evening with the orange blossoms out on the trees. There is certainly a deeper base note behind the orange so this must be the sunflowers as there is nothing else listed in the ingredients that has a smell.



I find that the scent of the spray lingers for quite some time which I like and although it is quite wet I haven’t found it has marked any of my clothes.  The wetness of the spray is also most refreshing when you are somewhere really hot and much nicer than an aerosol spray would be. The actual product is quite an orange colour but it did not comeout orange even on white clothes. A couple of people in the group we were with in Costa Rica commented in my spray and I let them try it too and all made positive comments as to lovely orangey smell and also how lovely and refreshing the spray was in the heat. This is a body spray not a deodorant and I tend to use it as a delicate refreshing perfume when I am somewhere hot as I don’t like heavy perfumes in hot weather. I love smelling fresh and don’t think hot weather is an excuse for a lack of personal hygiene so a quick squirt to every now and then makes me smell more appealing and feel a lot cooler too.


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