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A few months ago I found a 100ml bottle of Alexander McQueen My Queen for just £17.50 (the recommended retail price is around £60.00) on tescodirect.com.
I had previously bought this perfume for my sister's birthday a few years ago, but didn't get to see the bottle in the flesh as I ordered it online to go straight to my parents' house and when my sister was at my parents' I told her just to take the parcel. I paid around £30.00 for her bottle from cheapsmells.com, which is now allbeauty.com. They still sometimes stock My Queen. It was on their site a few weeks ago although it is quite difficult to find so I'm not sure if this perfume is still being manufactured.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is larger than I expected it to be, even though I knew I had ordered 100ml. It is slightly different to that pictured as I believe the one in dooyoo's picture is a smaller bottle.
It sits on a flat base. It is tall and curved with a deep purple coloured glass. There are five large oval shaped indents around the bottle, which are made from clear glass.
The top of the bottle has a large deep purple dispenser button, which is cut diagonally to make it easier to push it down with your finger. This is a nice finishing touch and it means that the bottle does not need a lid.
I think the bottle for this fragrance is really nice and I'm really pleased to finally have it in my collection. The design means that it really doesn't need a lid, which will be great for some people who are always losing their lids from throwing bottles in their handbag although this bottle will be too big for many people's handbags.
~ Scent ~
The scent is said to be made up of four layers, rather than the usual three.
"The notes of almond, and violets open the fragrance and slowly turn into the pure scent of orange, white musk, heliotrope, and white flowers. The fragrance further develops towards the notes of patchouli, cedar and vetiver, and finally ends with notes of iris and vanilla."
The first thing that you notice is the uplifting scent of violet, which is sweet and powdery. I always find sweet, floral perfumes to be very different to sweet, fruity perfumes. The sweetness in this is from the violet and it is not a cheap, sweet scent at all. The violet is bold and vibrant in this fragrance and it makes me think of spring days in the sunshine. It is very feminine.
I can also detect a slight citrusy element to this fragrance, but it is quite subtle.
As the fragrance develops it starts to become quite a warming scent, quite a contrast to its spring/summer opening. The base offers a slight woodiness, musk and dry, powdery florals, but I think the woodiness dominates. The soft violet note is still evident until the end though.
The woodiness makes me think of really old buildings and museums that I have visited.
I can't honestly say that I can pick out any of the floral notes in this fragrance apart from the violet.
I think it is a lovely scent. I love the violet in it and the base is a really nice woody scent, although it does sit very close to your skin at this stage so I don't think people would notice this fragrance on you.
It lasts on my skin for around 5 hours before fading away without a trace, which isn't the best for an eau de parfum, but if you apply more than usual, a few sprays per wrist and plenty on your neck, it does last a lot longer.
I would say that this scent would be suitable for younger or older women. I don't think it would seem out of place on anyone. I don't think it smells particularly expensive.
It reminds me of Lolita Lempicka's fragrances in the apple shaped bottles as they all seem to have notes of violet in them.
I prefer to wear this as a daytime scent rather than one for night time wear.
I don't think anyone would find the scent offensive. It has no harsh notes; even the woody notes are not harsh, like they often can be.
~ Conclusion ~
This is a lovely fragrance. I love the violet notes in the opening and the woody base.
I don't feel like it had four layers to it as claimed, but I don't mind that.
It is pleasant and feminine and I think it would suit women of all ages. I have not been overly impressed with its lasting power, but it can be improved with a few extra sprays when you are applying it.
I love the bottle design as well. The deep purple colour is very attractive.
I would recommend this fragrance especially if you can get it for the same price I did.
I like to wear perfume but for some reason I don't like buying it myself so always ask for it at birthdays and Christmas. I'm not sure why, I think its perhaps because I always received them as presents when I was in my teens so it's not something I associate with buying myself. For this reason, I have received some random perfumes over the years, some that I haven't even heard of until that point. I would assume, it's because they were on offer etc., but I wouldn't like to guess! One of these gifts was My Queen fragrance by Alexander McQueen.
I have obviously heard of Alexander McQueen before, but I hadn't heard of this specific perfume so I was eager to try it once I received it. The perfume is described as romantic and cheerful, rich and intoxicating. I would definitely agree with the rich and intoxicating part. It's definitely a strong scent and I find it quite heady sometimes. I definitely have to be in the mood to wear it and not feeling run down as I find it can give me a headache sometimes.
I find the scent of this quite unusual and complex with lots going on. It is quite fruity with tones of pink grapefruit and redcurrant, but at the same time I find it to be quite musky and tobaccoey. The part of the scent I really don't like is the violet scent which smells quite powdery. I think had it not been for the violet it would have been much better. It does have a tendency to fade quite easily too which isn't ideal, but on the occasions when I do wear it, I chuck the bottle in my bag and top up later in the day. Not ideal carrying around a 50ml bottle of perfume but otherwise I find that by mid afternoon I can't smell it anymore. By the time the scent has developed on the skin, the notes of vanilla and iris linger.
This perfume has occasions where it reminds me of different scents and on other days I find I can't smell that scent in it at all. I have mentioned before that it reminds me of Flower by Kenzo more than any other perfume but sometimes I can't even make this comparison.
For me the musky part of the scent is too strong, which I would expect to make the scent last longer during the day but it doesn't. It certainly is noticeable but can be a little too overpowering at times.
The bottle is eye catching enough, and what I would expect from a designer such as Alexander McQueen. The feminine purple coloured bottle is lovely to look at and obviously involved a lot of thought and design. Created by Anne Flipo and Dominique Ropion, 2 well known perfumers, who I am sure make this perfume more desirable for some, just knowing that.
Released in 2007, I have only seen this for sale in stores on the odd occasion. It is widely available online but the prices do vary quite a lot from the RRP of £35. The cheapest I have seen it so far is £15.98 for a 50ml bottle.
The late Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer. He passed away earlier this year.
Many fashion designers have released fragrances and Alexander McQueen was no different. My Queen was created by master perfumers, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo and was released in 2005. My Queen was developed with the intention to "embody the diversified nature of perfume and a vision of the women of his dreams". My Queen is claimed to be "miraculous, wonderful, mysterious and seductive". My Queen is available in an eau de parfum with a matching shower gel and body lotion being available to layer the scent on the skin. A lighter mist is also available.
The bottle was created by designed Thomas Bastide. It is a deep purple colour with a curvy design and 6 faceted cut out areas around the bottle. The base of the bottle is round and thickens around the neck before being complimented by an intergrated spray lid. The lid needs to be firmly pressed to release the scent from a tiny hole.
Whilst many fragrances are built around 3 set of fragrance notes, My Queen is apparently created using 4 sets of notes.
*Top notes (the initial, shortlived scent on the skin) - sweet almond and parma violets
*Heart notes (the main body of the scent) - white flowers, orange, white musk and heliotrope
*Base notes (normally the final scent on the skin) - cedar, vetiver and patchouli
And then we have an extra set of base notes added. The final scent on the skin claims to be a blend of vanilla and iris.
My Queen is available through many online retailers. The bottles are available in 35ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes. Current prices are as follows :
*www.extrascents.com - £26.60 for 100ml
*www.cheapsmells.com - £15.95 for 30ml, £18.50 for 50ml or £22.60 for 100ml
*www.amazon.co.uk - £15.95 for 30ml, £19.00 for 50ml or £20.99 for 100ml.
Amazon also offer a small trial sized gift set containing a 5ml roll on EDP, 10ml shower gel and 10ml body lotion for only £4.00 (postage is £4.00 though). Other sites offer larger giftsets.
Whilst I have never shown an interest in the fashion aspect of Alexander McQueen, I do love perfumes. My Queen was passed on to me from my sister (she gives me everything!) as she received it as a gift and didn't like it. She called me one night and said I would be acquiring this perfume as she thought it resembled cat pee on her so I was a little apprehensive but accepted it hoping it would come across differently on my skin.
The bottle is certainly unusual and of a high quality. I have a 50ml sized bottle which is quite weighty. It is feminine and quite chic. I do have issues with the intergrated lid though as it is rather flimsy and has clicked out of place a few times. For this reason, I avoid taking it out in my handbag where possible. The bottle does look attractive alongside my other bottles and when the spray top is feeling generous, a fine mist of scent is released onto my wrists and neck. The perfume feels cooling and refreshing on the skin.
*~*A Perfume Fit For A Queen...*~*
As you can imagine, with my first spray, I was filled with doubts due to my sisters experience with the perfume. I was quite shocked to discover there are 4 sets of notes in this fragrance but with further wear, it all clicked into place and I began to notice the different levels of fragrance. I wouldn't say My Queen is a vibrant, powerful scent. Even from the initial spray, it is quite understated for an EDP but it works well.
Whilst I am not keen on almond as a scent, blended with parma violet, it is highly appealing if a little subtle. Strangely enough, there was no cat pee aroma detectable and perhaps my sister was having an off day when she tried this and made a harsh decision to offload it before giving it a chance to become acquainted with her skin! Anyway, the scent is distinctly sweet and has some depth to it. There is a faint floral undertone which simply passes through lacing the sweetness with a delicate bloom.
The heart of My Queen begins to develop around 45mins after I spray this onto my skin. The heart is rather comforting yet its hidden depths allow for a sensual, sexy scent to come through on my skin which I really love. The white flowers blend with the helitrope and musk to create a heavenly, fairly strong aroma which is presented beautifully on my skin. The orange compliements the florals rather than detracting from them and simply adds a subtle, sweet undertone to the heart. The heart remains consistent on my skin for around 5hours before subsiding to reveal the base notes.
As the base notes make themselves noticeable, they retain the sensual edge from the heart. The cedar and vetiver blend to create a warm, woody aroma which is laced with the patchouli. Again the scent has depth and is full bodied. Whilst this blend of notes would remain present for a few hours then disappear, My Queen does develop further and the most sumptuous final trace of scent on my skin and clothing comes through. Vanilla is one of my favourite fragrance notes and is captured here in its purest, natural form but is quite subtle. The iris doesn't come through strongly but could be lingering in the background. Taking into consideration the 4 different stages, My Queen sits on my skin for around 8hours in total and can be detected on my clothing the next day.
*~*Are You A Queen Or A Princess?*~*
My Queen may not be the strongest perfume available but its depth and sensual aroma allows the scent to be ideal for evening wear for going out to dinner or a date. It is feminine, distinctive and not too heavy but lasts the night. It is perhaps a little too deep for day time wear in my opinion. I could imagine My Queen taking to any ladies skin as it is quite neutral and doesn't over use sweet, fruity or floral notes so would appeal to a wider audience. My partner has complimented how lovely I smell when wearing this and so has my sister despite not appealing to her!
I'm surprised my sister didn't appreciate the scent of My Queen. I adore this EDP and keep it with my going out perfumes. This would have once been a really expensive fragrance but the current prices are amazing especially if you can obtain a 100ml bottle for £20.00. I have nothing negative to state regarding My Queen. From the bottle design to the overall scent and staying power and then throw in the price, it receives a 5 star rating from me and I can highly recommend it to you all.
Thanks for reading :)
My favourite perfume!
I had lots of trouble getting hold on this perfume in the shop; when I shopped around I couldn't find it in any Boots, Superdrug or Debenhams stores in and around London that I visited. I bought the perfume online from a website called Cheap Smells, and as the name suggests I was lucky enough to get a bottle for the bargain price of £19.99. The perfume, to me, is the perfect smell, neither too over powering nor too weak. Just a spray on each wrist and your neck is enough to last the whole day.
My only annoyance regarding the product is that the top of the bottle snapped off when I dropped it on the floor a few weeks ago. This means that the perfume no longer sprays out onto my body, I have to tip it upside down and shake it before a few drops falls out. This is very annoying! I would say to anybody who purchases the perfume to be careful when handling the bottle so that the same thing does not happen to you.
My Queen Eau de Parfum by Alexander McQueen isn't one of those perfumes that is easy to get hold of anymore - although I am aware it can still be bought online. My partner bought me a 100ml bottle of it from www.theperfumesuperstore.co.uk for £35.00 but I'm fairly sure it can be got a little cheaper if you shop around. I've not seen it in the high street stores for absolutely ages - but luckily I do have a bottle sitting on my dressing table courtesy of my lovely partner (they're in my good books at the moment....I'm not always as complimentary!).
This perfume comes in a small bottle that is an unusual shape. It is almost egg shaped (with the narrowest part being on the bottom), but with a flat bottom and with contrasting sharp shapes having been carved out of the side. It is glass but a tinted purple / lilac although it remains semi-transparent. There is a purple metal top which covers an aerosol spray. The perfume bottle is definitely very girlie and so the design will appeal more to girly girls (of which I'm not one, but i can still appreciate that it is a pretty bottle).
The perfume itself has a beautiful aroma. I'm a little unsure as to why I like this perfume so much as it is quite floral and has that lavender smell that I kind of associate with old ladies - but somehow it works and I'm not sure why. The overall smell is sweet and floral (particularly lavender and lilac) , although at times it can smell quite musky. Its one of those perfumes whose aroma tends to change depending on the mood of the person (I don't even know if that's possible!) but if I'm feeling light and happy then this tends to smell more florally to me, and if I'm feeling sexy and sensual then it sends to smell more musky - and I think this is why I like this perfume so much. It has different layers that tend to come to the forefront at different times.
It does have staying power and will basically last for the whole day if I put it on in the morning. I like the fact that the intensity doesn't really alter in as much as it smells as strong at the end of the day as it did when I put it on in the morning. The perfume also doesn't stain if you spray it on your clothes - which I like to do as I believe that most perfumes last longer when sprayed onto fabric than onto skin.
Overall, I love this perfume - although I'm not sure why because if someone described it to me then I would probably turn my nose up. Don't let the description of lavender and lilac put you off!
I brought this awhile back and still have loads left. Its a very strong smelling parfum so you dont need much of it? I tend to wear it nights out, rather than in the day, i find it abit too strong for the office. But each to their own. I think its very good value for money because as i said you dont need to use loads of it. I would recommend for an older lady rather than youngster's! So unless you or the person you are buying for like a strong scent then dont buy it. Some of my friends find it abit over-powering but i like it. My boyfriend likes the smell but it isnt his favourite. Check moneysupermarket to see where you can buy it the cheapest. This is a good one for an xmas present!Hope someone finds this useful. Thanks for reading whoever you are! haha
My wife is a bit of a perfume junkie, she doesn't drink or smoke but has an addiction to anything that smells nice which comes in pretty glass bottles. Over the years she has tried many of the celebrity fragrances that have launched, used them up and quickly moved on to the next new thing without looking back. However, there are a couple of perfumes that she has stuck with over time and one of them is My Queen by Alexander McQueen.
Created and launched in 2005, this scent is described as:
"Suave notes of sweet almond and violet open the scent, which settle into an accord of orange flower absolute, white musk, heliotrope and white flowers. This leads to notes of patchouli, cedar and vetiver ending on iris and vanilla accord"
As I dont wear this myself I can only comment on how it smells from my (a mans) perspective; I would agree that this is defintely a floral fragrance which is light and warming, there doesn't seem to be any dominating aromas and I would say that all blends together to give a distinctive but not over powering effect.
I do like the scent when it has had chance to settle down a bit as I find it to be quite sharp when first sprayed but after 5 or so minutes it relaxes and leaves a gentle flowery, vanilla type fragrance. It seems to last well into the day aswell with my wife only having to apply just before leaving the house - several hours later its still there, but lingering gently.
If you are a man looking to get your wife/girlfriend a new perfume for Christmas and are confident in choosing a fragrance for them I would certainly recommend this perfume. It isnt a strong, in-your-face type smell nor is it one that will disappear within an hour. It appears to be quite difficult to get on the high street with Debenhams and House of Fraser no longer stocking it, but is available from many online perfume retailers.
When launched this was quite expensive with the 100ml EDT costing £58.00, however it can now be bought for as little as £16.00 for the 50ml and £21.00 for the 100ml both from cheapsmells.com (this is where I buy my wifes from) and I certainly would recommend you either giving it a go or being brave and buying it for your other half!
I know perfume is a very personal thing, but sometimes with a bit of luck you can make the right choices that earn you extra 'brownie points' - as a man I like this fragrance when my wife wears it so would definitely give Alexander McQueen's My Queen 5/5 DooYoo stars...
By far, my favourite perfume, My Queen is quite a strong smelling, long lasting fragrance. This perfume has now been discontinued in Boots, Debenhams, etc and you know where I buy it from? T J Hughes in Middlesbrough. It is £5 per bottle for the 30ml size and they have had it in for about 6 months now, so I keep buying bulk so I wont run out when they eventually do not have it anymore (the time will come I am sure!).
As it is Eau de Parfum rather than Eau de Toilette, the scent lingers for longer even after a full day at work I can still smell it when I get in. To use, I simply spray one spray on each wrist (careful not to rub as this mixes the scent with your sweat and can make it change), one spray on my neck, and one behind each knee (saw this on a film once, always done it since). People at work quite often comment on the smell, and I actually smelt it on a colleague, which made me go out and purchase it a couple of years ago.
I do like to vary my perfume, but for every day I love this one, its a very mature scent. It smells heavy quite musky, you can smell the orange and patchouli notes first and then the cedar and vanilla hit.
The bottle is absolutely beautiful too, I think it looks like a little light bulb, and it looks really nice on the dressing table. Very robust too, and hand bag proof, unlike bottles with dangly bits or flowers stuck to them! And the 50ml bottle is even nicer.
You should expect to pay around £20 for 30ml and £30 for 50ml if you buy from online shops, but if you live close by Middlesbrough, or a T J Hughes then you should definitely check it out, because at £5, its cheaper than Next own brand fragrances!
My Queen is a very feminine smelling fragrance with its light, airy and very wearable qualities. Alexander McQueen gains inspiration from royalty and theatre hence the name of this perfume and his others including Kingdom.
It was created in 2005. The bottle has a great design, McQueen is a fan of glass art and so, the bottle design reflects this with its elegance as well as McQueen's desire to make the bottle comfortable to hold in a woman's hand (I have to admit, it's easy to hold and spray).
The perfume was designed to make any woman feel like a Queen. At first you can smell the blend of almond and violet until it settles and smells more floral with hints of white musk. Another distinct smell is that of vanilla. It has great staying power; it doesn't fade or change smell completely. It's great for days out, meals, for the workplace, anywhere really that you need it to last. I spray it on a morning and I still smell just as good when I get home. The bottle looks great on the dressing table too.
The perfume comes in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles at £19, £26 and £35 respectively (this is only the average, different places give different prices, I recommend places like www.frangrancedirect.co.uk which sell perfumes at discounted rates).
Other places to buy it are Boots, Debenhams and most department stores.
This review can also be found on Ciao.co.uk, under the same name :)
My Queen is a kaleidoscope of scents / Candid notes of Parma violet, sweet almond, orange blossom, heliotrope, patchouli, cedar and vanilla make for an intoxicating and mysterious scent /