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When I was a teenager, Anna Sui fragrances were really popular but for one reason or another I never got around to trying any of them. Just after Christmas, however, I found a set of 5 miniatures being sold in Debenhams for under £20 and decided to buy it and give some of the fragrances a try. This review will discuss my experience with the Flight of Fancy fragrance.
The bottle for this perfume is really unique. The bottle itself is a rectangle with a peacock on the lid. The perfume inside is yellow and the whole effect is really bright and summery. The yellow box has a matching peacock design and blue, pink and gold colouring. The packaging is really pretty and unique and I really like it.
Flight of Fancy is described as an unconventional, provocative and fun Anna Sui fragrance. The 'radiant' peacock inspired the perfume which is made up of a number of unique elements. The top notes are Java lemon, litchi and yuzu, while the heart notes are star magnolia, rose blossom and Purple Rain freesia. The base notes are amber crystals, light wood and skin musk.
Apart from yuzu - which I know from Lush is a Japanese fruit - I've never come across any of the ingredients in the perfume before. It certainly is very different from any perfume I've used in the past. The fragrance is very light and fruity, with a tropical edge that I can't put my finger on. It makes me think of some fantastical tropical island. It is a very lovely and summery scent.
Like other Anna Sui perfumes, this doesn't last very long on my skin, which is a shame as it's so lovely. Two or three hours is all it takes, so it doesn't have much time to move from top to heart to base notes. I think this perfume would appeal to teenagers as it is so light and fresh, but it's different enough to appeal to slightly older women too.
***Price and Availability***
Flight of Fancy is one of the more widely available Anna Sui perfumes. It costs £24.99 for a 30ml eau de toilette at The Perfume Shop which is good value for money.
I really like this fragrance because it is really different. Despite being a light, fruity perfume there is something really unusual about it, because of the exotic ingredients. I love the bottle too. Unfortunately, I have to remove a star because of the short time the perfume actually lasts on the skin.
Walking through the perfume section of debenhams one day a box caught my eye. The box in question was anna sui 'flight of fancy'. It was bright yellow with a colourful pink gold and blue peacock.
I was in love. I wanted that on my dressing table! Then i saw the enchanting bottle. A square shape with
Anna Sui pattern on . With a beautiful peacock shaped stopper.
I am a very visual person and love anything quirky so this was for me. But how could I justify paying £25 just for a box and a bootle?
Well you just have to smell it. I have only bought a few perfumes in my life as I dont like many but this has too be one of my favourites. I'm no expert but all i can say is it smells very fruity a bit peachy in a modern way , but light and summery. I get many comments from people asking me what perfume I am wearing.
I have been using this nearly everyday for about 2 years so will be needing more soon. And will keep the
bottle for my daughter too play with.
Now I know that the "experts" say that everyone should have their signature scent but I don't seem too. I like far too many different perfumes and I get bored far too easily of things just to stick to one! So here is one of my favorites that I use on a fairly regular basis. It is my Anna Sui Flight Of Fancy. I knew that from just looking at the bottle I would love it as I think that if I could design my own it would look exactly like this.
The packaging itself its a rectangular box which is bright opalescent yellow with a really pretty silver peacock and flowers around the border. Its definitely eye catching and will be one you won't want to throw away even after your finished with the perfume. The same can be said for the bottle too.. It is again a rectangular shape in a orange, pink and yellow glass depending on what way the light catches it, it is also covered in a gold flower pattern. The lid is again gorgeous and is a clear plastic fanned out peacock. I own the 75ml bottle and have owned this one for about 2 years now and I am only half way down the bottle as a little goes a long way.
The scent is floraly, fruity and quite a rich scent without being too overpowering. Its not too sweet or too musky and in my opinion is just right. For once as well I would be quite happy to wear this perfume as much in the day time as I would in the evenings. The scent seems to stick to my skin pretty well and I have had comments about it right at the end of the day at work before so even though it does fade its still noticeable which is great! It contains heart notes of star magnolia, rose blossom and purple rain freesia. Top notes of java lemon, litchi and yuzu, and base notes of amber crystals, light wood and one I was slightly confused about...skin musk (whose skin?).
I really do love this and I feel that it is very feminine and almost exotic in a way and I just can't seem to pick a fault with this at all. This perfume comes in 3 different sizes of 30ml, 50ml and 75ml and also a body lotion, shower gel and weirdly even a journal! I don't think that this is one of the more well known fragrances but if your out and about and see a tester I would definitely suggest trying it out! If you don't like it you can blame me!
Scent is important in a perfume. This is blindingly obvious, right? Of course scent is important, that's why you'd spend so much on that small amount of liquid- to keep you smelling good, to get a 'signature scent'... Well as well as purchasing perfume for scent I'm also really drawn to the look, the aesthetics of my perfume bottle. You spend that much on something you might as well get a bottle that looks as good as it smells. This is perhaps why I was so drawn to Anna Sui's 'Flight of Fancy' when I first saw it in the perfume section of a department store.
The bottle of this perfume is such a talking point. It is a rectangular cube shape in a gorgeous variety of floral, rich pinks and oranges with lovely gold font. The lid of this bottle is a beautiful peacock with its feathers fully on show. It is a really characteristic bottle and one I knew from the off set I would like to own! The size I own is 75ml, this is quite a lot of perfume, I've owned it since Christmas and I've only really touched at the surface of it, it will keep me going for ages I can tell.
I'm no perfume specialist so I will try and review as well as I can the scent. It's a rich array of floral smells, it's in no way overpowering or offensive. It smells rich and exotic without smelling tacky or tawdry. It's the kind of scent that could easily be worn from the day through to the night, it's neither strictly 'daytime' and light or 'night-time' and musky. One problem that I do have however is that this lovely smell doesn't seem to linger for long on my skin. Maybe that's just because you can never really smell your perfume as much as other people but it seems it vanishes pretty sharpish which is a shame because I'd love to smell like this all day!
The actual description of this perfume's scent is 'The floral heart blends magnolia, rose and sheer Purple Rain freesia, over a base of amber crystal, musks and white woods.' This is taken from a page about 'Flight of Fancy' and I think this is more accurate than I could have been! Words can't really tell you enough about a smell so I suggest if you see this perfume out you should give it a spray and a sniff to see if it's your cup of tea.
-Value for money-
The 75ml version of this perfume costs £45 at its rrp price. However lots of places are offering discounts at the moment. I managed to buy this perfume from 'Fragrance Direct', an online fragrance and beauty website, for £37.50 which is a bit of money off. This is normally more than I would like to spend on a perfume but I'm so fond of the smell that I didn't actually mind too much. Also, because I know how long it will take me to get through this bottle I know that I've made a good investment! However if you don't fancy paying that much the perfume can be bough in smaller sized bottles such as 30ml (normally around the £24 price mark) and 50ml (around £30).
I would recommend this perfume as it is such a lovely scent that is agreeable and feminine. As I mentioned earlier it's a perfume that can really carry you through the day to night-time as it's not distinctly created for either time of day. My one fault is that it doesn't seem to linger on me for as long as I'd like it to.
It's such a beautiful bottle it's lovely to have out on display and really provides a talking point. IF you normally spend around £40 on a 75ml-ish sized bottle of perfume and are looking for a new scent to try out, give this one a go!
~Is this just a Flight of Fancy?~
The first time I came across the Flight of Fancy fragrance I recall thinking how very unusual the bottle with its fan shaped lid looked. It was only after a closer inspection that the ornately patterned lid turned out to be a peacock with its feathers proudly displayed for all to see. When I lifted the peacock shaped lid and sampled the fragrance within the bottle I was greeted with a sweet blend of fragrance that matched perfectly with the coloured liquid that graced the bottle.
As it was around xmas time when I saw the fragrance, I knew that as sure as night followed day the lovely gift set that caught my eye, which contained a bottle of Flight of Fancy and a matching body lotion would be reduced come boxing day. As is often my mission, being somewhat addicted to fragrances of all types, I decided to take the opportunity to purchase that very same set, along with a few others at half the previous selling price. As a bottle of Flight of Fancy can set you back a good few pennies at full price, I was more than pleased with what I paid for it.
Having worn the fragrance created by Anna Sui until my bottle of fragrance was empty in next to no time, I feel that although the fragrance was as pretty and alluring to me when I wore it, as it was when I first came across it, the main problem I had with it was that it lacked any form of staying power on my skin. This meant that even if I doused myself in copious amounts of the fragrance, or topped it up often, I was never truly transported into a full blown 'Flight of Fancy' as the fragrance faded all to quickly every time I wore it.
~Prancing proudly like a Peacock~
The Flight of Fancy fragrance is meant to help you 'Spread your wings and fly to far away places and fantasy dreamlands' when you wear it and although I didn't feel quite so strongly about it I did enjoy the fragrance when I could sense it on my skin. The fragrance is apparently also meant to be able to help me, well not just me, anyone in fact to 'discover who you really are' and 'awaken your senses with an enchanting blend of exotic temptations' which as ever with fragrance blurb, is very over the top. I feel that what this is really trying to say is that the fragrance has an intoxicating and exotic scent that will make anyone feel extra special when they wear it.
As I wear and own a good number of fragrances which I vary depending on my mood, I feel more than able to review the Flight of Fancy fragrance and my overall impression of it is that whilst it is very pretty and easy to wear, it stays on my skin for such a short period that it is sometimes rather disappointing. Had the fragrance been one that managed to remain on my skin for a few hours longer, I would now be giving Flight of Fancy a far more glowing review here. As the fragrance is not one that stays on my skin for more than a few hours, I feel it cannot be rated as a full 5 star fragrance. I must admit that I do still like it, although I would always want to buy it cheaply as I cannot justify spending the full price on something so very fleeting.
~My own Flight of Fancy~
Top notes~ Litchi, Yuzu, and Java Lemon
Mid notes~ Star Magnolia, Purple Rain Freesia, Rose Blossom
Base notes~ Amber Crystals, Musk and White Woods
The first impression I had when I sprayed on a small amount of the Flight of Fancy fragrance was that it had a light and pretty feel that was very inviting. I felt it gave off a fresh citrus and peachy scent when it was freshly applied, that gave it a slightly tangy edge for a short while. This soon faded as the fragrance dried down and became a much sweeter scented fragrance that was very floral although at times I did feel there was a slightly sour tone to the fragrance that came and went over the first half an hour or so.
I feel that in spite of the citrus and peaches flavour I felt the fragrance had at first, the overall feel of the fragrance is very girly and sugary sweet and this came to the fore greatly after the first half an hour that I wore the fragrance. In many cases an over sweet fragrance can be too much for me and can often be headache inducing, in this case although the sweetness stayed with the fragrance it was never too much and I feel this was perhaps due to the fact that the fragrance faded within a couple of hours down to almost nothing.
With some fragrances you can end up with hints of the scent on your clothing even after many hours, sometimes this is pleasing and other times this is an annoyance depending on which fragrance it is that is hanging about. In the case of Flight of Fancy I found that even if I accidently sprayed a little fragrance onto my clothing it didn't stick like glue to it and it seemed to react the same way when on my skin too. I would have liked it more had it been a longer lasting scent and in the end my bottle of Flight of Fancy flew away faster than the speed of light and was emptied all too quickly, as I kept having to spray a little more on just to be able to enjoy wearing it.
As mentioned earlier the presentation of the fragrance bottle is lovely, its very attractive and different and I love the over the top peacock shaped fragrance lid. I know the lid is only made from almost transparent plastic material and yet it sets off the bottle to perfection. I feel it really was what drew me to the fragrance in the first place and enticed me into trying it out. The lid works as well as it looks when on a dressing table or flat surface and it stays in place when you fit it back on top of the bottle in that case, however if you want to take the fragrance with you in a handbag when out and about for top up sprays, the lid is too bulky and can be a problem.
The bottle itself is a small and compact almost clear toned glass bottle with a hint of pale and girly pink to it. The pinky tones enhance the light golden peachy fragrance and give it an almost early evening sunset colouring that is very attractive. The detailing on the bottle front looks very pretty and enhances the look of the bottle further. I feel that the combination of the bottle and the box that it comes in, with its bright lemon main colour, pink and blue detailing and silver peacock motif is very nice and would make a very pretty gift for someone.
~Summary and Price~
Having worn Flight of Fancy and used up my bottle of fragrance all too quickly I feel that the one thing that the fragrance lacks is longevity and I feel that longevity for a fragrance is a very important must have thing. Had the fragrance been more easily sourced at a similar price to that which I paid in the sales, I would certainly have bought it again and I wouldn't have minded having to top it up frequently. As a small sized 30ml bottle can often cost £25 or a little more, I feel that I expected a better performance from it. As it needed to be sprayed on throughout the course of the day that was a major minus point for the fragrance and as such the rating I give it has to reflect my feelings about it.
Over all I feel that the fragrance is one that I would buy again at the right price and as such I feel it ought to get a 4 star product rating for fragrance alone, although with the lasting time of the fragrance being less than satisfactory I feel that side of things is a let down and would perhaps only get a 3 star rating. I found that even when I wore the fragrance along side the matching body lotion that I got from my gift set, longevity was still an issue. The body lotion is similar in the way it smells, yet it is not a perfect match. As there was a certain amount of difference between the two, I feel that in this case layering the fragrance in the hope that the life span of it on the skin will be improved by the subtle use of a matching body product is rather a waste of time, as the two are not close enough in scent to really do justice to each other.
Call me a coward, but one of my many mantras in life is: Never Buy Perfume as a Gift.
The message that us girls wish to send when we slowly waft past the IT guy in the office is an entirely personal choice (and one that other people are very likely to get very wrong on our behalf).
Because of this, I always find it slightly odd to write a review about perfume.
Afterall, who is to say that my favourite perfume will be yours? What may smell like sheer heaven itself to me, might smell like that bowl of potpourri in Grandma's hallway to you...
This being said, if I was considering buying what I deemed to be Heaven Bottled; but found that the rest of the World Wide Web found it reminiscent of Granny's hallway, I may be ever-thankful for Perfume Reviews.
So here's hoping this review will help one of you!
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This relatively recent (2008) fragrance is inspired by the journey of personal adventure and discovery that every woman takes as she grows older. MY first discovery of this fantastic perfume was two years ago and despite having around 10 other scents on rotation at any given time, this is most definitely my all time favourite perfume.
And here's why:
The Anna Sui brand appears to be mainly marketed towards young (perhaps early twenties) women.
Flight of Fancy is inspired by the transition from girl to woman and the endless discovery and excitement that ensues.
The message is playful, adventurous and youthful.
I am in my mid-twenties and whilst I feel Flight of Fancy is age-appropriate for me, I can see myself wearing this well into my thirties. It is definitely not an Impulse style teenage spritzer!
At £25 for 30ml and £35 for 50ml it falls into what I like to call the 'reassuringly expensive' price range - its not a cheap teenage bodyspray and it's not a luxurious designer classic.
In terms of value for money, I use this perfume almost daily and I would say that a 25ml bottle lasts around 6 months. I personally can't afford to buy a new bottle of perfume every month and I live on this fragrance, so 6 months is a good lifespan in my eyes!
Anna Sui's bottle designs are beautiful. Not too extravagant, not too classic.
The peacock lid is there as a symbol of growth and discovery. The bottle may be slightly more appealing to me if it was coloured, or made of glass, but this is a very minor point.
The bottle is made of a pretty pink glass, but it's ornate enough to take place on any grown woman's dressing table!
Classified as a fruity floral, the first thing that hits you is a zesty, lively, very fresh scent (top notes are java lemon, litchi, yuzu).
After a minute or so, the heart of the fragrance takes hold. This is a delicate floral scent (magnolia, rose blossom and freesia).
Throughout the day, the slighly vanilla-esque base notes linger (amber, light wood and musk).
The only way I can describe this scent is moreish - from the top note right through to the base note, I can't stop sniffing my wrist!
It is a very light and feminine fragrance; yet manages to veer away from sickly sweet. It'ss a very versatile scent and would be equally at home in the workplace as it would on a date or on a night out.
I have always found Flight of Fancy readily available in all the usual places (Boots, Debenhams, The Perfume Shop, etc). It is also widely available online.
For me, Flight of Fancy strikes the perfect balance on all levels. It is seductive without being overpowering; feminine without being sickly sweet; youthful without being girlish. It's not too heavy for the day and not to light for the evening.
I also recently discovered that Anna has released a darker version of this perfume - Night of Fancy - which I will definitely being trying out come pay day!
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So, now that you know I don't think this perfume smells like grandma's potpourri, all you have left to do is go and smell it for yourself!
I bought this as a gift for my mum. She loves it and uses it regularly. It reminds me a bit of Lancome's Miracle which is also another one to look out for!
The intricate bottle design is of a peacock top and the bottle has a gradient background. I bought the set in boots for £19.99 and it came with the body lotion too, it's reasonably priced and presentable too.
The pricing is great and it smells lovely as well, bit like sweets but it lacks that special touch which I have already found in Benefit's Maybe Baby, check this perfume out also.
It does last very long though and is not too sickly sweet as many perfumes are!
Not many people use this scent which is an added bonus as if you wear this perfume, you will be recognised that this is "your scent". Buy as a present for someone because personally, I think the target audience of this perfume is ranging from teen girls to adults.
Every Birthday for the last five years, without fail, I am given an Anna Sui perfume as a gift (no prizes for guessing why!). I have been given Anna Sui Dreams, Dolly Girl, Secret Wish, the original 'Anna Sui', a special edition of Dolly Girl which I can't find the name of anywhere and Flight of Fancy. Luckily I have enjoyed all the fragrances - I may have had to consider a name change if I hadn't but Flight of Fancy is my favourite by far.
After the initially thinking that I was a bit fed up of getting these perfumes I opened the wrapping to find the beautifully designed box - yellow pearlescent with floral designs and a large silver peacock motif, it was at this point my eyes lit up and desperately wanted to see what was to come. The content of the box did not disappoint. The bottle graduates from pink at the bottom to clear at the top (it looks more yellow at the top when the bottle is full) and there is the gorgeous lid in the shape of a peacocks tail. It looks absolutely stunning on my dressing table.
The scent is wonderfully summery, I must say that I did find myself using it more during the summer but if I feel I need a little cheering up, a few spritzes of this does the trick just fine. It is slightly florally and fruity without being a sickly sweet smell. Without professing to be any sort of perfumer I will try and describe the smell as best I can. The main tones that come through when you spray the perfume are Rose, Grapefruit and Vanilla. There is sort of a musky background scent which stops the perfume getting to the sickly smelling level. The citrusy notes definitely add a freshness to this perfume. After you have been wearing it for a while during the day it is the more musky and rose notes that remain. I would say that all in all it is a very balanced, fresh and light scent and very wearable for during the day although I prefer something a bit heavier for evening (Armani Code).
This is a great perfume for using at home but due to the bottles short boxy shape and fan shaped lid it is not particularly handy for taking out in your handbag. It is a great scent and would make a beautiful gift for anyone.
This perfume is on offer at Debenhams.com just now although I'm not sure when the offer ends.
I tend to stick with my tried and tested LaCoste perfume, simply because its the one I love to wear and it suits me. I like to try the odd tester but no other perfume for me has come close, so I haven't yet been tempted to purchase another. However, that changed this week when I was given a sample of Anna Sui's newest perfume 'Flight of Fancy' in Boots. It's bright yellow cardboard outer intrigued me, and I tried it on as soon as I got home. I fell in love with and decided I had to treat myself to a bottle. I went to Boots today and parted with my cash and now own a little bottle of this gorgeous fragrance!
Anna Sui is an American fashion designer, with boutiques of her fragrances and clothes all over the world. Flight of Fancy is her 8th perfume to be released, and can be purchased in 3 different size Eau de Toilette bottles in all fragrance retailers. My 30ml EDT bottle cost me £19.50 in Boots, although I collected over £2.50 in Advantage cards points as well so even better for my wallet!
According to its website, Flight of Fancy is a perfume for "opening the eyes and emerge from a dream with self-assurance, beauty and certainty". Not being funny but I never really get these 'concepts' behind perfumes, and just enjoy a fragrance for what it is. I guess a concept makes a perfume unique, but I just don't really understand it myself, but I thought it might be interesting to someone out there! The perfume comes in a bright yellow cardboard box, with intricate flower designs all around, a very beautiful box!
As you can see from the picture, the bottle of Flight of Fancy is quite distinctive. To me, its quite hideous but I'm willing to put up with it on my dresser for the perfume inside. The bottle itself is clear glass, with a pink piece at the bottom which casts a pink glow on the nectar coloured fluid inside. It has a silver sprayer, and this is covered with a plastic lid. The lid has a bright pink band at the bottom to match the bottle, with a large plastic peacock on the top. This simply pulls on/off and is easy to use.
Now to the main part of the review, the fragrance itself. It is described as a fresh and fruity fragrance, with 3 seperate layers; the top notes, heart notes and finally the musky notes. Firstly, I'll describe what each of the notes are, and then tell you what I really smell! The top notes are Litchi (Lychee fruit), Yuzu (an East Asian Citrus Fruit) and Java Lemon. The heart notes are Star Magnolia (a Japanese tree), Rose Blossom and Purple Rain Freesia (more flowers). Finally, the musky notes are made up of Amber Cystals, Skin Musk (a perfume oil) and White Woods. I haven't heard of most of these so can't identify the smells too well, but I'll just tell you simply what I can smell from this perfume.
As soon as you spray it onto your skin, the first smell that hits you is the fruit. It is really tangy and distinctive and very feminine. It really hits you as it is so sweet and strong, but not at all in a bad way. The layer would be the fruity top notes, and last a few minutes before the 'heart tones' start to come throgh the scent much more. When these notes come through, the tangy-ness of the fruit dies down somewhat, and blends incredibly well with the more mellow scents. You can definitely pick up the fruit still when you sniff, but they are more muted, and you can definitely pick up the more floral tones, in particular the rose blossom. It is just a delight for your nose, so delicate and feminine. Beautiful.
The heart tones combined with the top fruity notes are the ones which last the longest. It is only when the initial strength of the perfume wears off that you can finally begin to identify the final musky tones. The musky tones shine through warmly, and make the fragrance very sexy and wearable. You can definitely detect the musk coming through, although amazingly you can still pick up the fruity tones still there, although very delicate and soft compared to the stronger musky tones. All 3 layers combine to make a wonderful fruity, sensual and delicate fragrance which is truly beautiful, and incredibly womanly.
The scent does have a good lasting power, considering it is an Eau de Toilete, which usually don't last too long. I put my new fragrance on this morning at around 10.30am and by 5.30 it was still on my wrists and neck, although much softer than at its initial application. For me, this is quite good, and I imagine it is a good fragrance for work as it isn't over-powering, just delicate and sweet. It is a fragrance which would suit day to day wear, or would work easily well when you need to dress up and go out for an evening. It's vey versatile, easy to wear and would suit any occasion.
This perfume is just absolutely gorgeous, and I am so glad that I was given a free sample of it, otherwise I probably wouldn't have given it a second glance. It has a gorgeous box, an okay bottle but the most sensational scent. Delicate, sensual and fruity yet floral, the fragrance lingers gently on you all day and will make you want to wear it everyday. Simply divine.
My bottle, as I mentioned, was purchased Boots for £19.50, and this seem to be an average price for this size. The 50ml bottle costs around £30, and the 75ml version will set you back around £40. I don't know how long my 30ml bottle will last, but I know I'll be replacing it when it's finished. Widely available across the internet and in stores which sell fragrances. There is also a Body Lotion, and a Bath and Shower gel in the range as well.
Thank you for reading!
Anna Sui's Flight of Fancy was released in 2007 and exists in a world of dreams, where the senses are awakened to beauty and discovery. Enchanting and irresistible, it beckons a girl to follow her heart, to embrace the glorious journey of exploring possibilities. To emerge, ready to spread her wings and reach for the stars. She embarks on her Flight of Fancy with imagination, alluring adventures and fantasy, allowing her to blossom into the woman she will become. This scent brings the explosion of luminous Java lemon, litchi, and yuzu notes, followed with soft notes of Star Magnolia, rose blossom, and waves of Purple Rain Freesia. The bottom notes end the composition with amber crystals, light wood, and skin musk, bringing peace and tranquillity.