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===Andrew's donkey is dead and smelly===
Christmas reviews are almost over. Rejoice as we can now have a couple of weeks before someone mentions saving up for Christmas coming. The last Christmas product I'm intending on reviewing was actually bought by my mum for my partner Allan but as it's a scent, it sits in our bathroom and I get to get some use of it. What's mine is his and what's his is always up for debate and occasional stealing. As Allan isn't a huge fan of the stuff, however, it really is mine now. Yay!
===Who are Adidas?===
This is earth. On earth there are quite a few sports brands and Adidas is one of them. Given, it's maybe not as popular as Nike or... other... sports...brands of which I know tonnes, (being all manly and sporty and all) but it's very well known. It's so well known, in fact, that I've even grown up with a terribly racist saying that helps to remember how to spell it correctly (though I suspect as a child in the playground I didn't really latch on to the racist part of it and more to the "wow that's actually quite a useful way to remember how to spell adidas") As I've now realised how awful it is you'll all just have to guess at what it could possibly be, but I'll give you a clue: It involves an person of ethnicity going to the toilet. Oh my word. Children are fantastic eh?
As for Adidas, they are based in Germany and they have mainly manufactured sports wear since 1948 when Adolf Dassler (instantly the name makes sense, keeping in mind that Adi is sometimes short for Adolf) and his brother went separate ways. Both brothers were fans of the Nazis during the war and their factory was used to help build anti-tank weapons during WW2. The brothers fell out and their company split with Adolf calling his company Adidas and his brother Rudolf calling his company Ruda (since apparently neither of them could think of better names). Ruda later used his brain and thought up "Puma" and rebranded the entire company. Unlike Hugo Boss, Adidas managed to convince the Americans that the people in the factory only wanted to make shoes so they were let off incredibly lightly after the war.
Since then they have branched out from just shoes to most things you could want for your sports needs but they haven't done incredibly well at keeping people happy. The have been slammed for running sweatshops in India and for buying their paper products from a company with a terrible reputation for deforestation. What a lovely company they must be! If you wish to get in touch with them and raise an eyebrow in their general direction, their contact details are as follows:
Phone: +49 (0) 9132 84-0
Top notes: basil, pepper, mandarin orange, grapefruit
Middle/ Heart notes: cypress, guaiac wood, lavender
Base notes: tonka bean, Sandalwood, incense patchouli
This scent was released in 2010 though instantly throws me back to 2000 when I was 13. The smell reminds me of a boys locker room. Not a men's locker room, a boy's locker room. It's very similar to almost every scent by lynx, with a generic spicy but fresh odour to it. It feels like this scent was built to be worn after a work out until you get home to put on a real smell. It doesn't scream sexy or suave and so it's not something I'd really want to wear somewhere nice. It's quite basic and generic. That being said, it isn't bad. In fact it smells quite similar to another scent Adidas do called Ice Dive which I quite like, though again it probably isn't something I'd expect to wear on a night out. This scent is quite fresh and citrusy despite all the woody and spicy notes and settles down to a mild spicy, fresh scent quite quickly.
The box, I will admit, is quite sexy. It looks almost like a cigarette pack (which I really should find repulsive being a non smoker) but jet black black with luminous green highlights that give hints to its citrusy smell. Inside the bottle isn't as sexy as the box, but it's not terrible. It's basically a rectangle that has curved sides as if someone picked it up and squeezed the middle. It has slightly rougher glass on the side and is totally see through to the greenish liquid inside meaning you can tell when you're almost out. The lid is a pop off thing but it's neither too firm or not firm enough so it works well. The spray nozzle doesn't quite spray enough for my liking so I have to have a few squirts to get the desired coverage. It's sturdy enough to stand on its own so the only issue is the spray not really giving you enough in one pump which I'll be taking a star off for.
You'll smell it about you for about five minutes, after that the scent has settled into a very subtle but clean smell and after about an hour you'll be hard pushed to detect this unless you know exactly where you sprayed it. I can detect it on my clothes a little longer than on my skin but you need to be sniffing the exact right spot. No one has really commented or complimented me on this scent so I've figured out it really doesn't last on my skin at all. As stated before, it is fine for a quick boost of freshness till you can find something that smells a bit better and lasts a bit longer.
If you're a violent type, you might want to blow stuff up. If you're not a violent type, you might not want to blow yourself up (be it with allergies or fire). Either way, you'll probably want to know the ingredients so you can decide if it's suitable for your needs. Here they are:
Alcohol Denat, Aqua/Water/EAU, Parfum/Fragrance, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Linalool, Limonene, Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, BHT, Geraniol, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, FD&C Yellow No.5 (CI 19140), FD&C Blue No.1 (CI 42090), Ext.D&C Violet No.2 (CI 60730)
This stuff is £5 for 100ml in Asda. That is a steal, though it's just as well as otherwise you'd be wondering why you've paid good money for a scent which doesn't really last very long. For a fiver, however, it's more than worth it as something to keep you smelling fresh long enough for you to get home after the gym, but you'd also have to ask why you don't just bring something nicer to the gym with you.
The stuff smells nice enough and the price is definitely cheap. I have to take a star off for the spray nozzle not really spraying enough and another for the scent not lasting very long at all. For the price it is, it deserves three stars and a thumbs up as long as you are aware of the staying power.
Adidas introduces a new special edition of the male fragrance Pure Game launched in 2010 in the honor of all the football fans and participants of the 2010 South African world cup / Pure Game is created in the cooperation with Firmenich featuring bubbly citrus notes of mandarin and grapefruit completed with basil and bitter pepper / the heart is composed of lavender cypress and guaiac wood while the base consists of patchouli tonka and incense /