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I owned a few of these Anna Sui fragrances when I was younger as they were pretty popular with teenage girls around the time I was growing up. Looking at the bottles you can see why, they are always super girly and either a little bit funny or unusual.
This particular perfume comes in a little glass bottle. It has a spherical plastic lid with a tiny little fairy sat on top of the lid. Inside the perfume is a pretty pale green/turquoise colour which looks really nice with the décor of the bottle. I can see now that the bottle is actually probably a little bit tacky, but as a teenager I thought it was cute and pretty and oh so girly.
The perfume itself has a similar feel to the bottle. It is combines fragrances to give a very magical and ethereal scent which best represents the overall concept of the product. The initial notes you get are of lemon, melon and apricot which gives a very fresh, fruity smell to the perfume. There are also undertones of blackcurrant, cedar wood and amber which add a sense of mystery to this perfume and a real feeling of magic.
Considering that the bottle is a little bit naff now I think the perfume is still quite nice. Granted it does smell a little young and is still best suited to teenager, but the scent is girly and fruity and definitely feels very fresh and exciting. I think the best way to describe it is vibrant. It is like walking into a summer garden party.
I find this perfume best suits daytime wear and is also probably better matched to spring and summer. This makes this perfume not very versatile which is a little bit annoying, but it does mean it really feels right when you do choose to wear it. I think the scents that are chosen are pretty unique and combined in a way that feel very different from most other perfumes I use. This can be exciting, but I wouldn't want to wear it all the time.
You can buy this perfume for around £30 for a 30ml bottle. It is an eau de toilette so it isn't as strong as a traditional parfum and therefore does wear off more easily. This again makes it better suited to younger market, but it is still a nice summery scent.
Overall, this is a nice perfume for the summer but perhaps it is a little better suited to teen girls than the older woman.
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 Secret Wish fragrance.
The bottle for this fragrance is very attractive. It has a curved shape with a fairy sitting on top. The perfume inside is pale green, to match the box which is green with a picture of a fairy and some butterflies and flowers. The fragrance is very girly and spring-like and, like many Anna Sui fragrance, seems inspired by fairy tales.
Anna Sui Secret Wish is described as "a magical fragrance busting with the scent of fresh lemon, melon and apricot, melted with the mysterious undertones of blackcurrant, cedar wood and sensual amber".
I find that many Anna Sui fragrances are light, fruity and fresh and Secret Wish is no exception. The top note blend of lemon, melon and apricot is unique and is a very different fruity scent from any I've smelled before. It is very light and suitable for day wear, particularly in the summer. I really like it as it is so fresh and natural.
I can't really detect the base notes of this perfume as it wears off within about three to four hours. The fragrance does darken slightly during this time and becomes slightly more woody, but not dramatically so.
***Price and Availability***
Secret Wish is one of the more widely available Anna Sui fragrances. It is possible to obtain a 30ml bottle of eau de toilette from Debenhams for around £30.
This is one of my favourite Anna Sui fragrances. It is light, fruity and fresh and would suit younger women and teenagers, but I'm happy to wear it as an adult and would consider buying a full-size bottle. Unfortunately, like all other Anna Sui perfumes I've tried, the lack of longevity means that I have to deduct a star.
When I was about 17 I went through a phase of collecting Anna Sui perfumes. I loved the creative and feminine design of the bottles such as a peacock, hand bag, butterfly and doll head. One day in Boots I spotted a gift set for the newest fragrance (at the time) in the range called Secret Wish. The set contained a 30ml bottle of the fragrance, a 30ml bottle of shower gel and a 30ml bottle of body lotion and was around £25. I could even afford it on my student budget so I snapped it up. The body lotion and shower gel are long gone but I actually still have a dribble left in the perfume bottle.
Although my fragrance came in a gift set the normal box for Secret Wish is a very pretty turquoise shade with the brand name and name of the perfume written in black and pink and surrounded by tiny, delicate pink and white flowers. A top the flowers a beautiful fairy is sitting. It is a very pretty, feminine and whimsical design and would definitely appeal to young girls, or even older women who might also appreciate the sweet, magical appearance. The bottle is made of clear glass and is tall slim and triangular. There are pretty floral details on the glass. The lid is a clear plastic ball with a fairy sat on top. In between the bottle and lid there is a silver coloured metal band that has Anna Sui engraved on it. The perfume inside is a light turquoise colour. The overall look is very pretty and feminine. It is like something out of a fairy tale and would definitely suit a girly girl. I think this bottle looks really nice among my collection of perfumes on my dressing table; this is why I haven't rushed to finish the perfume and bin the bottle.
The top notes of the fragrance are lemon and melon. This is very sweet, light and fruity. The scent changes with the heart notes of blackcurrant and pineapple which remains sweet and fruity but adds a warmth to the scent. Finally the base notes are Amber, Cedar wood and musk. This is my favourite stage of the perfume. The musk is quite subtle but really adds warmth and richness to the fragrance. These days this is probably not a perfume I would pick out as I prefer a scent that isn't quite so sweet and something a bit more classic and sophisticated. However, I do still think this is a lovely perfume and I would certainly recommend it to younger girls or anyone that likes a very sweet, girly fragrance. Unfortunately I don't think this perfume has amazing staying power and I would probably want to reapply at some point during the day but it doesn't disappear too quickly. I think this fragrance is suited to day or evening.
The standard prices for this perfume are £26 for 30ml, £36 for 50ml or £45 for 75ml. This is quite a reasonably priced perfume and as it was released in 2005 you can probably pick it up on offer too. I have certainly seen it in Boots, Debenhams and The Perfume Shop at around half price. It would make a lovely gift.
Over all a very pretty box, bottle and fragrance. Ideal for a girly girl who would appreciate the whimsical fairy design and sweet scent.
Today I braved the crowds in Merry Hill to do a last minute spot of Crimbo shopping, with my main objective being to buy a bottle of perfume for my sister. After being handed a small bottle of Versace fragrance within seconds of entering Boots my freebie radar went off and I decided to grab a few samples while I was there, I actually came back with an excellent haul of both perfume and skincare (Clarins, Elizabeth Arden etc.) samples so it made the trip worth it on a personal level! While being refused by the woman guarding the Hugo Boss fragrances, my eye was drawn to a display of Anna Sui fragrances which were being promoted by a lady handing out perfume cards as samples of the new Forbidden Affair fragrance. I cut the Hugo woman dead and wandered over to visit Anna.
It turned out she was also pregnant so (with my 8 1/2 month belly) we ended up having a chat, and for once being up the duff worked for me as we struck up a nice rapport that ended with me being given not only 14 Forbidden Affair perfume cards but also two small 2ml bottles of Anna Sui's Secret Wish. These are the plain sample vials I was given, but I've seen the full sized bottle which is gorgeous and feminine with a very girly fairy perched on the lid. One of those you may fall in love with and buy based on the cute bottle and not the perfume!
So it's a good job it smells so good! Secret Wish has a very feminine scent, it's a fragrance which would suit young girls and also older women due to the fact that it is so light and fresh. It definitely falls within the boundaries of being a fruity perfume, but over time it tones itself down with subtle woody notes. The initial burst of fragrance will leave you with a sweet citrus fragrance, lemon and peach work nicely together to provide this but they are accompanied by melon notes which adds a refreshing and very light fruitiness to the perfume. That's not to say the melon fragrance itself is light, it's a lot more robust than I'd ever imagine melon could be and it can definitely hold its own above the other notes to give the perfume an actual melon smell for a while.
These three notes are blended perfectly. I admit the perfume does smell quite synthetic when I first spray it and the notes take a few minutes to show themselves but as soon as my nose finds them, the different fragrances will mingle in together to create this very distinctive perfume. The lemon isn't strong, but this is the note which lingers the longest in Secret Wish and still very lightly remains even after all the fruit tones have disappeared. It blends with pineapple and blackcurrant once the peach note has worn off, this changes the whole fragrance of the perfume and makes it much warmer on the nose as well as giving it a more grown up tone. I actually love this section of the perfume, unfortunately it doesn't last long and within the hour the woody notes are making themselves more apparent and killing off all hints of fruitiness.
The base notes are decidedly musky, not in a particularly sensual way but taking a more playful white musk-like way. I'd never say this is a sexy perfume, it's more for when you're trying to get across your girl next door persona, but that's not to say it won't be appreciated by the man in your life. Mark (he of the most-stupid-when-it-comes-to-perfume award) said it smelled nice after I'd been wearing it for a couple of hours, but when I gave myself a fresh spray he said he wasn't so keen. Which is fair enough, and arguably the most sensible comment you're likely to get from Mark regarding perfume. I do like the woodiness of Secret Wish as I personally find it especially refreshing after the sweet fruity burst the perfume begins with, the musky fragrance itself lingers nicely for quite a while but I have noticed that once it begins to fade then it will be gone within minutes. This is a shame as it cuts the lifespan of the perfume off in it's prime, and I would expect even a light fragrance like this to last for longer than the four hours wear I got out of it.
I'd recommend it 100% for casual wear, during the daytime it's so light and refreshing that you're never going to feel OTT for the school run. It has such a pretty fragrance that a girly teen would wear it, but also has a certain sophistication which women in their thirties (such as me, I'm sad to say!) can also appreciate. Not so much for a night out, not at all for a night out actually! It hasn't the strength to fight against other perfumes at all, a horrible (horrible, horrible) effect of my current pregnancy is a flare of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affecting one wrist. I've never had it before and it's so ridiculously painful that I've been having to use the vile smelling Deep Heat and Cold as Ice sprays, using one of those with Secret Wish and you might as well save your perfume as the strong chemical smell not only covers it but obliterates every trace of Anna Sui! And I think a woman walking in wearing Opium would have the same effect.
£34.50 (50ml bottle) from The Perfume Shop. And I might just treat myself!
I bought Secret Wish around a year ago; I always have a bottle or two of perfume and when they run out I usually like to try something new.
As there are so many lovely scents out there, I don't want to limit myself to the same one each time; sometimes this goes well and I'm happy with my purchase, sometimes it doesn't and I end up very disappointed. Unfortunately Anna Sui Secret Wish was the latter type of purchase.
Secret Wish, like all of Sui's perfumes, comes in a truly beautiful bottle. It has intricate floral patterns etched into the glass and has a 'magical woodland fairy' perched on the lid.
The perfume itself is a lovely, summery green shade and is available in 30, 50 and 75 ml bottles. As I wasn't completely sure about the perfume, I went for the 30 ml bottle. I did really like the smell of the perfume, but you can never get a clear idea of what a perfume is like from one spray in a shop.
Secret Wish is a light, sweet, and summery perfume. It has hints of Lemon, Melon, Apricot, Pineapple and Blackcurrant. The scent then mellows, giving tones of White Cedar, Sandalwood, Amber and Musk; this gives the scent a woody undertone and ties in with the 'magical woodland' theme. To me, Secret Wish is a young, fresh scent that is ideal for daytime use.
Spraying the perfume, it has a lovely sweet smell but it is not a strong scent; you could spray an entire bottle on yourself and it still wouldn't be 'too much'. The scent also has little staying power, I could smell it initially, but after as little as an hour I could only smell it if I held my wrist up close to my nose; and this was only a slight scent.
I thus had to spray quite often to keep the smell; this meant that the perfume didn't last very long. At £14 for 30 ml (I believe that this was a sale price as well), it wasn't cheap. In the past I've bought perfumes that cost more than three times this price, and although it is a large initial outlay, I believe that they are much better value for money than Secret Wish as they will last a lot longer. They will also be a lot less hassle as you can spray then just forget about it, rather than having to constantly reapply as you do with this one.
Overall, Secret Wish is a nice perfume. It comes in a beautiful bottle that looks lovely on display, and the smell is divine. Unfortunately, the lack of staying power means that I will not buy it again as I consider it poor value for money.
The playful nature of the box design suggests this is a perfume designed for younger women, and this matches the scent; a quirky cocktail of fruity notes that immediately catch your attention. However the scent is not overpowering. Although you do not need more than one or two sprays of the perfume at a time, the scent does disappear reasonably quickly (a few hours). This is the only major disadvantage of the perfume.
The bottle is beautiful - a pyramid with curved sides and the lid has a fairy sat on top, continuing the theme from the box. The bottle is clear so allows you to see the pretty, light turquoise shade of the perfume. It looks fantastic on display, although due to the delicate lid, it is not great for portability.
The perfume is available in 30ml (around £20) and 50ml (around £30) bottles. This is a reasonable price for the quality of the scent and bottle, however I have found it gets used up more quickly that my other perfumes because it requires some re-application. I do still have half a 50ml bottle left after three years of semi-regular use though, so it's acceptable.
Anna Sui is a widely available perfume brand that can be found in most department stores, perfume shops and, of course, online. The Secret Wish perfume is not the latest in the Anna Sui range, however it is by far the nicest scent of the collection I have come across.
It was my first 'grown up' perfume and I would recommend it to all lively young women; this perfume is designed to suit your personality!
One Christmas, a family member requested which perfume I would like. After having a quick sniff in Boots, I decided to go for this parrticular one, which is Anna Sui: Secret Wish. At this point, I had never before tried an Anna Suit perfume, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it. One thing I did pick up on her range of fragrances is that they are all aesthetically pleasing, with beautiful, intricate bottles.
The image shows the bottle, which is a peculiar, pretty shape. The colour of the perfume is a baby blue, which I feel really matches the concept of the perfume. The most striking thing about the perfume is the lid, which shows an angel sitting on top of it. It is very beautiful, and would look great to put up in your bedroom. Unfortunately, its' lovely design isn't completely practical. I always feel the need to carry perfume around with me if I am going out in the day; just so that I can have a spritz whenever the scent has disappeared. After throwing this into my bag with all my other bits and bobs, the lid has somehow broke, as it no longer clicks back on to the perfume correctly. This is just something that you should watch out for if you own or are intending to own this perfume.
Admittedly, it was the bottle which attracted me in the first place, but the scent still lived up to expectations. Being a fan of a light, fresh scents is shown throughout this perfume. The heart notes are pineapple and blackcurrant. The top notes are lemon, melon, tagette and peach. Finally, the base notes are white cedar, sandalwood, amber and musk. Don't be put off by these 'notes', as if I had read these I would have thought it to be far too fruity. Yes, this is a fruity scent, but it doesn't pay off strongly. It is instead very fresh and light, and perfect for day time wear. I would also particularly recommend this for wearing within the Summer months.
The staying power of this fragrance is not so good, and is something that I have noticed with a number of Anna Sui perfumes. Usually, I am able to hack the staying power, if I only need to re-spray the perfume once or twice. However, this perfume seems to disappear merely within a couple of hours, therefore I am not entirely sure that I will repurchase it. I would however recommend this for younger girls and teenagers who are trying out new perfumes, as this is quite a youthful scent, and not to overpowering for them.
Secret Wish is available to buy from a number of different places. You can look in specialist perfume stores such as The Perfume Shop, drugstores such as Boots (where mine was purchased) or Superdrug. You can try out department stores such as House of Fraser, and finally, if you shop around online, you will definately be able to find Secret Wish for a cheaper price.
Anna Sui's perfumes are generally very affordable, and if you are purchasing this within stores, you will be looking to pay between £25 and £35, dependant upon which sized bottle you are looking to buy.
As far as I am away, this spray is only available in two sizes - 30ml and 50ml. The 30ml bottle costs around £25, and the 50ml bottle costs around £35. As you can see, these are very affordable. I personally own the 30ml and would say that it does go quite quickly.
Overall, I am not completely pleased with this perfume. It does smell and look lovely, however it just simply does not last on your skin long enough. I think this deserves three stars as it is a good perfume, but will go quickly if you have to continue to spray it throughout the day. Thanks for reading.
This is a very sweet smelling perfume and does tend to drift away fairly quickly. The bottle is fantastic but it really is the name and packaging your paying for. I was left fairly disappointed by this perfume as it lacked maturity and was really a younger teenage smell i wouldn't really recommend this to anyone over the age of 18 even though it is aimed at the women market.
This perfume really didn't suit me or my personality which all perfumes should do, when i tested it in the shop in smelt very fun but lady like at the same time. When i put it on at home it had the same smell but this lasted for around two minutes then smelt even sweeter with a woody hint and this really didn't suit my nose. I couldn't stop sneezing! and absolutely no one wants to have a perfume that makes you sneeze, thats possibly the worst thing to put up with.
I was bought Anna Sui Secret Wish two about two or three years ago as a Christmas present, and fell in love with it, so must have it all the time.
It prices between £23.50 - £35 at the most.
I've found it for £23.50 on amazon which is the cheapest I can find.
You can get it in a set with body lotion but I cannot find a set anywhere, but it can also be bought on amazon for £7.40.
It has lemon, melon and apricot with a blend of pineapple, cedarwood, black currant and amber. So it smells sweet, but not over powering sweet.
The scent lasts quite a few hours which is good.
It's recommended for day wear, but I say it could be worn for formal things too, which I tend to wear for instead of during the day.
It comes in a green box with a fairy on it, the perfume bottle itself is clear so its see through so you can see the green inside it, and then the lid has a plastic fairy sitting on the top of it, which they call the woodland fairy. So the appearance is nice and cute.
Anna Sui - Secret Wish Eau De Toilette....
Anna Sui makes a lot of different perfumes and her Sweet Dreams has always been one of my favourites however my partner got it wrong and instead of Sweet Dreams bought me this, Secret Wish for the Christmas just gone. This particular one came in a gift set with a body moisturiser and I guess was around the £15 to £20 like most of these sets usually retail for in Boots at that time of year.
The bottle of perfume is the smallest one available (cheers hubbie!) and bought on its own instead of a gift set I have seen it sell for as cheap as £12. It does come in bigger sizes and the bigger the bottle you do actually save a few pennies the larger you buy.
The bottle the perfume comes in looks pretty nice although I would say it looks more like a teen girl's perfume. The bottle is clear glass which allows you to see the aquamarine colour of the fragrance held within. The lid to the bottle is what is so different because there is a clear plastic model of a fairy. This does look quite sweet and magical but not really perhaps something you would see on a classy perfume bottle. Like I say this style of bottle is more suited to teenagers.
However the smell of the perfume is rather nice. It is not as nice as Anna Sui Sweet Dreams but nonetheless I have used it all up and was fairly happy with it as a gift. The smell as well as the bottle design is probably well suited to young girls because it has a very sweet almost over sweet aroma to it. With Lemon, Amber and Pineapple all being held within this fragrance it is no wonder it smells as sweet as it does.
The scent is what I would say "fun" and not something I would actually buy for myself as I feel for me there are far more enjoyable fragrances on the market. This would however be a perfect gift for a young girl as a starter perfume. It is a good price for young people and the actually perfume does last all day.
I would have to give it a 2 star rating purely because I don't think that the fragrance was for me. It is nice and I did use the whole bottle up but as I have said it would have been far more suited to a young teenage girl.
RECOMMENDED FOR TEENAGERS (but not one for me!)
Anna Sui Secret Wish was created for woman who love to explore different worlds, faraway places, other times and cultures. it has the yearning to believe in childhood fairy tales and seeks to see things that the rest of the world cannot, it is set alive by the delight of the thought of that nature holds more in its woodland bowers than we will ever know. it is made in the belif of the power of magic and is captivated by fairytales, charms and potions.this perfume has products in it such as Lemon, Marigold & Melon. and heart notes of Blackcurrant & Pineapple. and base notes of White Cedarwood, Amber & Skin Musk, this perfume is totaly amazing as its a really delightful scent to wear, it has a very pretty bottle and is defenatly a perfume for the belivers out there, it is very girly and for the younger generation and is a very fresh scent, so go out and get yourself a bottle it is tottaly worth it!!!!
This fragrance is fun and bubbly. The top notes are fruity while the middle and base notes are slightly woodier and more mature. The scent is very light and doesnt last very long but the bottle looks great! The scent is a bit sickly sweet and takes a bit of getting used to, but wait a while after trying it and smell it then. It doesnt diffuse through the air much and stays on your skin until it wears out. Not one of Anna Sui's best fragrances.
Light, translucent fragrance /