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I was given a bottle of this perfume ages ago from an ex-boyfriend. I'm not a huge perfume fan as it is and I tend to stick to my firm favourites so it wasn't exactly an expected gift. Nor were my initial impressions good, I thought it was a little bit too girly and was expecting a bit of a raunchy scent which wouldn't really suit me. It was a gift so I decided to give it a try anyway.
The company are better known for many sexy and saucy lingerie so you can forgive me for expecting a scent that would be a little more belle du jour than I usually go for. The company is hugely successful though and the perfume a multi-national seller so I definitely was a little bit intrigued.
I have to say the bottle is not nearly as sexy as it should or could be. It looks almost like a rather pink coloured egg, which is about as far from sensual as I can imagine. the bottle is made from a pink matte material and has a silver coloured metal pump and little black ribbon. Across the front the brand name is written in swirly black writing but I just can't get away from imagining the size of the chicken that could possibly have laid this perfume bottle. It is honestly quite hideous, not my thing at all and really poorly misjudged.
The perfume is actually far better than I expected though and this goes some way to making up for the pitfalls of the packaging. The initial smell you get is musky and flowery, very heavily spiced with undertones of rose and jasmine. I love a floral scent so I was happy with that and definitely liked the musky smell you get as well as this deepens and enriches the scent. The spicing is quite heavy and could probably do with being a little more delicate as this would give a more sensual feel, instead it feels a little heavy handed.
However, the floral notes are what you mainly get and this is lovely. I do have to say though that despite the floral notes being very pretty and feminine I don't necessarily associate them with this slightly more raunchy brand. I would say that this aspect of the perfume feels a little more mature and thought i like a powdery floral scent because it feels timeless it wouldn't be what I would associate with this type of perfume and branding.
This perfume retails at around £30 for a 50ml bottle which isn't too bad. I have to say that I personally wouldn't be buying it any time soon. I do like that I've had the chance to try it for free but for me it misses the mark quite a bit.
I already own too many perfumes and there are so many that I already like that I try not to buy any new ones unless I sample them and really like them. I first bought some Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum when I saw it in SemiChem a couple of years ago for only £14.99 and I snapped a bottle up as I knew it was much more expensive than this in places such as Debenhams and the House of Fraser. I bought it as a gift as I thought that at that price it was a bargain and would make a lovely present for someone.
Unfortunately curiosity got the better of me and I ended up opening it and trying it out on myself and then fell in love with it and now have to buy myself a bottle every six months or so though I do try and wait until there are gift sets in the sales as the body lotion is also to die for. First of all the bottle is absolutely gorgeous and it comes in an oval shaped pink bottle which is made from porcelain rather than glass and is secured with a black bow that you need to remove before being able to push down on the spray applicator. It really is so feminine and lovely that I cannot imagine anyone not liking the design and it looks so classy and expensive.
For those who do not know Agent Provocateur is a luxury UK lingerie brand selling expensive knickers and bras based in London. I have visited the shop before and the stuff they sell is stunning but very expensive so the perfume is a nice way to get a bit of that luxury without having to spend hundreds on it.
The notes that are contained in this perfume include pure saffron oil, Moroccan rose oil, Egyptian jasmine, French mangnolia oil, amber and musk.
All the ingredients sound lovely and that is exactly what you get when you use this perfume. It is absolutely stunning to wear and so individual and distinctive that I can't think of one other perfume which smells the similar to this. I like to wear this as an evening scent if I am going somewhere special as it really lends itself well to evenings as it is heady and rich smelling and might be a bit too powerful for daytime wear.
Agent Provocateur say this is supposed to seduce, pleasure and provoke the senses and I honestly think this is a great description of what it does. This is such a grown up and sexy fragrance and I always feel really sexy when wearing this.
A couple of sprays is all it takes to completely envelope me in the fragrance and it lasts for ages. There is none of that spraying the perfume and then the fragrance disappearing within a couple of hours. I can wear this on a night out and still smell it on my skin the next morning.
All the notes really combine well to create a spicy yet floral fragrance that is both delicate but also powerful at the same time. This really has become one of my favourite perfumes over the last couple of years and it is likely to remain that as every time I smell it I fall in love with it all over again.
As well as this Agent provocateur also do a few other perfumes and while they are all nice especially the Matisse this the original is still the best by far and it comes highly recommended by me for women who are looking for a distinctive and sexy fragrance to wear.
I bought this fragrance just over a year ago.I was looking for a more higher end fragrance,and one that was different (fragrant wise) to others.
What initially attracted me to this was obviously the bottle!It oozes femininity,a hint of girliness (the bold baby pink porcelain bottle) with elegant sophistication(probably the italics and the black bow) combined to create a highly desirable object on my dresser.
So I asked the lady for a sample,which she placed on one of those fragrance cards.I was very surprised.This was definately not a fragrance I was familiar with,and on top of that wasn't what I was expecting from the casing.I am undoubtedly one to judge a book by its cover (when it comes to fragrances) and so imagined my first whiff of this to include lots of musky notes and a few floral. How wrong I was! This was infact very spicy-almost pepper like.Although later I discovered these are the coriander notes which come through along with a hint of saffron.Having said that it was a sweet spice.Not
what I would consider unpleasant,but I do like my top notes to be to my taste-and my preference is towards musky.
I asked the lady if I could dab a little on my wrist,and she was alright with this.I did this so I could see how the fragrance develops throughout the day.something which is a must for me,as I know only too well how fragrances change,or in some cases disappear later on.
So a few hours later I had a sniff of my wrist and here was another shock!It seemed as though I wasn't smelling the same scent.Now it was definately a floral one.I really liked this,again it wasn't a typical scent, but this was much more pleasing to my olfactory sense.I loved that this actually lasted a good 7 to 8 hours before becoming milder.
I remember the following day, before stepping into the shower,having one last smell of my wrist.Although expecting the perfume to have completely disappeared by now,it honestly hadn't!But it had again changed to a very mild, lingering, musky aroma.This was an absolute delight.
At this point I decided to purchase agent provocateur.I found it too expensive on the high street,so I managed to grab it online for a little over half the price!
I only use this for special occasions but it adds a lovely touch to my decor..and might I add that whenever I wear this I get asked by both men and women (on two occasions complete strangers!) what I'm wearing.Its definately unique!
A 50ml bottle cost me £29.99 which is pretty good value for money for this wonderfully warm and strong evening scent that combines well with the saucy underwear that the company are better known for producing.
I'm not really a fan of the bottle for this perfume, it does not look elegant or atrractive, instead it looks like something Mr Blobby would lay if her were a chicken, a pink egg shaped bottle with a flat base and a simple silver dispenser it is not at all attractive and makes the propduct look a bit cheap and tacky. Thankfully the contents inside the bottle are a lot better quality which is agood job given the price, if the product was below the £15 mark you could forgive the shoddy packaging but not really at the price they are demanding.
There is a msuky quality to this perfume with some flowery heavy odours, it is pretty easy to detect the jasmine and rose scents in it, it also apparently according to the packaging has something called Ylang Ylang in it however I have no idea what that is or what it is supposed to smell like, I'm guessing spicey but that is just because it sounds Chinese.
The floral qualities are what dominate for me and it has a very pleasant smell to it straight from the bottle and it matures on the skin nicely. It does have a slight spicey feel to the smell as well which could be down to the coriander however the musk does come across quite strongly after a while and tends to combine with and dominate the other fragrances.
This is definately a fragrance that is best suited to evening wear in my opinion, it is long lasting and quite a powerful perfume, I do like it however it is not something I would wear all of the time, i would certainly pick and choose the right occasions to wear it.
It is something that I would purchase again but only if teh price were right as it is not one of my must haves, just a nice fragrance that is well suited to evening wear.
I recently received some samples of different Agent Provocateur perfume, this was a range of perfume that I hadn't really heard about and didn't know what the different fragrances were like. One of the fragrances I received was Agent Provocateur by Agent Provocateur, I do have my favourites when it comes to perfumes but I am always keen to try new ones to add to my ever growing list so was keen to see what this type of perfume was like.
Obviously the sample Agent Provocateur by Agent Provocateur does not come in the style bottle it is sold in, my perfume came in a small thin glass bottle, it has a pale pink spray top but without a lid. It has the name Agent Provocateur written on the side in pale pink swirly writing, the words Eau Provocateur are also printed on the side of the bottle in the same pale pink colour. The small glass bottle came in a rectangle cardboard box along with the other Agent Provocateur samples in, this had a picture of each of the perfumes on the front on the bottles that they are sold in, the ingredients of each of the perfumes is also written on the back of the box in the colour to match the perfume bottle.
As I have mentioned I have never tried the Agent Provocateur perfume before so had no idea what the fragrance would be like. The perfume is basically a clear liquid just like water, there is not colour to it at all. Some of the notes within the fragrance of this perfume are quite obvious but there are others which I had no idea were there, the notes included
* Top Notes - Saffron and Coriander
* Middle Notes - Moroccan Rose, Jasmine, Magnolia, Ylang Ylang and White Gardenia
* Base Notes - Vetvier, Amber and Musk
When I saw what the top notes were I was quite surprised, I'm not sure what coriander should smell like in a perfume but I wouldn't have said these were the top notes of the perfume. This is definitely a floral fragrance when the perfume is first sprayed I can more or less detect the rose and jasmine fragrances, as this develops the floral notes are still the most dominant, when I first sprayed the Agent Provocateur perfume onto my skin I felt it was quite a harsh smell, however after just a few minutes it became much softer, although it did retain the slight spicy smell it has. Personally I feel that it doesn't take long for the base notes to start to show and it is the musk that is the dominant fragrance here and softens the slightly harsher floral and spicy notes. This perfume is described as being a fragrance for evening wear, I would have to agree, it is suited to evenings out, the fragrance is quite strong and I feel for the day time this could be a bit too strong. Every time I have worn the Agent Provocateur perfume the floral notes are the most dominant and remain throughout the whole day, the only change is when the base notes begin to develop (which is quite quickly) and these sweeten the fragrance a little and make it a bit more subtle. I wouldn't say this perfume is over powering but it definitely isn't mild it does have quite a strong distinctive fragrance, I personally find that I do not need much of this on at once, however that depends on your personal preference and how strong you like your perfumes to be.
Price and Availability
The Agent Provocateur perfume can be purchased in a variety of places such as department stores and shops like Superdrug and Boots which have a perfume section, the perfume can also be purchased online, I have found it available on cheapsmells.com at very reasonable prices. The Agent Provocateur perfume comes in three different sizes, obviously the size reflects the price.
* 30ml - £21.65
* 50ml - £33.50
* 100ml - £44.45
Personally I felt these were quite reasonable prices especially when compared to the prices this is sold for in some shops, it is worth the money as I find the perfume quite long lasting as you do not need too much of this at once making it good value for money. I would say it is definitely worth shopping around for the best price as it does vary quite a bit from place to place especially online.
I have worn my Agent Provocateur by Agent Provocateur perfume several times now and do really like the fragrance, I was partially pleased with the sample I received as I got a lot of perfume in the small bottles meaning I could get a really good idea of what the fragrance was like. I did wonder if I was going to like this at first as it was quite a strong smell when first sprayed, however after a couple of minutes and the fragrance softened I did really like it especially when mixed with the base notes (although Musk was the only one I could really detect) This perfume is totally different to the others I have so it was nice to add something a bit different to my collection.
Personally I would say this was more of an evening perfume rather than a daytime one, I would wear this for an evening out. Providing you shop around I would say it was reasonably priced, however some places do over price it a little, I would probably purchase it online as the prices are much more reasonable, it is definitely worth the money as it is long lasting, you really only need a small amount at once. This would be the perfect perfume for someone who like floral and slightly spicy fragrances. I would certainly wear this again in the future and would recommend it.
Agent Provocateur is mainly known for producing sexy lingerie. Like many brands, they have branched out to include a beauty range. They offer a few fragrances including L'Agent and Maitresse.
This EDP is the signature fragrance from Agent Provocateur. It is recommended for evening use and has said to become 'synonymous with seduction, pleasure and provocation of the senses'.
Agent Provocateur EDP is part of a collection and the various products can be used alone or worn together for maximum scent indulgence. There is the option to purchase a solid perfume, body lotion, shower gel and a lip balm.
Like with any fragrance, Agent Provocateur EDP is built around three sets of fragrances notes which develop at different stages on the skin..
*Top notes - pure saffron oil from Indian and coriander
*Heart notes - Egyptian jasmine, French magnolia oil and Moroccan rose
*Base notes - Haiti vetiver, musk and amber
The bottle design for Agent Provocateur is simple yet appealing. The curvy, bottom heavy bottle is made from porcelain and is girly, baby pink colour. A silver top, black writing and a black tassle around the neck add a stylish twist to the bottle.
~Price and Availability~
Agent Provocateur is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sized bottles.
www.agentprovocateur.com stocks the full collection including a 25ml purse spray priced from £33 - £74.
www.amazon.co.uk stock the 30ml priced at £20.75, 50ml at £29.95 and 100ml at £43.80. They currently are offering a special gift set which has 3 x 25ml purse sprays for just £28.80 (reduced from £65.00).
As you all know, I am a big fan of fragrances and like to indulge in new scents. I have always been aware of the Agent Provocateur brand and used to eye up the beautiful, egg shaped pink bottle everytime I walked past the local perfume shop. I finally got to try this fragrance out recently and whilst it is lovely, I can't say it is really 'me'.
Agent Provocateur EDP is quite a distinctive, powerful scent when initially sprayed onto the skin and neck. I would say one spray on the essential areas of skin is sufficient as anymore and it comes across as too heady and overpowering. Anyone researching this fragrance before making a purchase are likely to buy if they appreciate spicy notes - this isn't one for someone who wants a sweet or fruit based scent!
Agent Provocateur EDP is immediately noticeable on the skin by the wearer and those around them. The immediate top notes are quite heavy and the spicy notes are very evident. The saffron oil is the prominent note and is smells very natural. The combination of saffron oil and coriander is quite intense and offers a spicy feel with an earthy undertone. Unlike many spicy combinations, this blend doesn't have warmth but still has depth.
The spicy notes never quite disappear from my nose but after an hour or so, they are joined with the heart notes. Whilst the combination of fragrance notes work well together, I cannot say that I am crazy on the heart. I can see why this EDP is marketed as an evening scent as the heart does have all the right elements and strength to be noticeable on a night out - more a romantic dinner than a clubbing scent I may add.
Joining a now subtle spicy undertone, the Egyptian jasmine adds a sensual touch to the scent. Moroccan rose compliments the jasmine and increases intensity whilst adding an addition, sensual floral touch. The magnolia oil is noticeable and I feel it could have been a little subtler. It flows through the heart and to me, changes the scent from being suitable for younger wearers to a more mature scent. I wasn't so keen as when I think of magnolia, I think of the M&S toiletries that my Gran (she is 92) uses!
As the heart notes flicker away after 5-6hours, the base notes come into play. The sensual, spicy and floral combo dries down to reveal a very typical, common combination. There is nothing particularly special about the finishing scent on the skin but it is quite strong for a short while and this allows me to feel confident that I am still 'scented' and do not need an immediate top up. The amber gives off some warmth and there is a very delicate sweetness from the vetiver. The musk isn't really noticeable.
Agent Provocateur lasts well on the skin and developes well. It lasts the whole night and remains noticeable on my skin and clothing. This is definitely too heavy for wearing during the day. I would say this EDP would perhaps suit a more mature wearer as the heart comes across as a little old fashioned. It won't appeal to all but I suppose it is down to what sort of scent you like. I personally thought that this would be aimed at the younger market given the type of lingerie the company offers!
I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again as it isn't my favourite scent but it is worth a try if you are fond of the noted fragrance notes. The purse set is definitely a fantastic price as you are getting 75ml and a pouch for less than £30.00 - it would make a lovely gift indeed.
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The Agent Provocateur signature fragrance has become a modern classic combining saffron oil from India, coriander from Egyptian Jasmine and Vetive from Haiti amongst other exotic elements. Agent Provocateur fragrance is encased in a wonderfully tactile precious porcelain bottle - this scent has become synonymous with seduction, pleasure and provocation of the senses.