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I used to be all about the designer brand but during my time of being an Avon lady I got to like some of the perfumes and bought most of them as they certainly helped my commission and I often picked them up when they were on offer. I am still buying which i'm sure the Avon lady is happy about and I have been working my way through my cupboard of smelly things.
This Perfume is no longer available from the main Avon book. It didn't seem to last all that long in the book but it can at times be picked up from the sale book. I think it was just over 2 months ago I got this one. This comes in a 50ml bottle which looks colourful enough with the pink and lilac colouring. Doesn't look all that fancy but the price aint fancy either. I think it looks quite light and summery in my view. You can also get this scent in a body spray too. I think I paid £4 for it. Not sure exactly how much it was when it was in the book but that's irrelevant now.
When I heard the name of this scent and perhaps seem the colouring I thought it may be a sort of sandalwood scent mixed perhaps with Mango - don't ask as I often get scents totally wrong. The scents in here are listed as being exotic Fruits and woods. There is Frangipani, Watermelon (can't say I smell this), Mango and a sprinkling of Musk. The Musk smells quite rich against the lighter fruity scents and is nice enough as it breaks it up a bit. It is light and refreshing though.
The 1 complaint I often have about Avon scents is that they don't seem to last all that long. I sprayed 3 squirts on each area which was enough to smell this quite strongly, but after an hour I could hardly smell this anyway. Then again at the price should I be complaining so much?
A nice fresh scent that I would consider buying again in the future if I spot this in the sale book.
Bali Bliss is a fragrance range that was launched by Avon in 2010. It's no longer available from Avon but you can buy some products from the range from Amazon or E-bay. When I tried the eau de toilette I liked it so much that I bought another bottle which I kept unopened; now that the range has been discontinued I'm glad I did.
I'm not a great fan of Avon fragrances: I'd rather save the money and buy something a bit 'classier' with more longevity but occasionally I find one I really like, such as 'Bali Bliss' which seems to me to have a bit more depth and complexity than other Avon scents.
The scent comes in a glass bottle with a boring purple plastic lid. The bottle is decorated with a vaguely eastern design of scrolls and flowers in relief in a fuchsia pink. I was surprised that this hasn't been scratched off the bottle: in fact it looks as good as the day I opened it, despite being thrown in a bag with keys, loose change and endless amounts of junk. With the lid on the bottle measures approximately five and a half inches tall but it is slim and therefore takes up hardly any room in my liquids bag when flying with hand luggage. The bottle is made from clear glass but the liquid inside is a very pale clear purple.
Avon says that Bali Bliss is "inspired by the beauty of Bali and composed of harmoniously combined notes of exotic fruit, floral and woody notes. This composition is warm and luscious thanks to floral essence of passionate frangipani surrounded by exotic fruit and woods".
I bought this because frangipani is one of my favourite scents: although I've liked it for a long time I remember a holiday in Tunisia ten years ago when a persistent little boy nagged me at our dinner table until I bought a garland of frangipani flowers from him. It's not only that I associate frangipani with warm climates, I also find it's a scent that is well suited to being worn in warmer weather because it's a lighter floral that doesn't fade too quickly in the heat.
Bali Bliss opens with a hit of tropical fruit: I get passionfruit and pineapple at first, giving way to fresh watermelon, which I find has a slight floral hint that makes it one of my favourite fruit notes in a perfume. Unfortunately these fruity notes aren't natural smelling, they have quite an acidic, artificial edge. At the same time I get whiffs of dry spice which I wouldn't have expected to be noticeable at this stage; this is not unpleasant, however, and adds a much needed more natural element to the overall fragrance.
When the florals take over Bali Bliss moves into a more natural phase and comes into its own. The frangipani is there, sweet and gentle with just a hint of musk. Elements of the exotic fruits remain but they are much gentler now and less synthetic.
For me the base notes are just detectable; it's difficult to say exactly what fragrances are there but the overall effect makes me think of warm dry wood, perhaps driftwood on a beach on a summer's day.
The only gripe I have with Bali Bliss is not the synthetic edge that some of the elements have, but the longevity, or, more accurately, lack of it. However, this didn't come as a surprise; I often have this complaint with Avon fragrances and never expect to buy anything with real staying power. As a result I'm more likely to wear this on a warm summer evening when I'm only going to be out for a few hours, than I would wear it as a daytime fragrance. Occasionally I do wear it during the day and reapply once during a full working day; without re-application the scent is detectable for about four to four and a half hours. For a cheap eau de toilette this is not terrible but as I like the way the scent develops, I would be happier if I could enjoy it for longer. I haven't tried layering this with the body lotion which is also available in the Bali Bliss range but I guess it might help build up the fragrance to make it stronger and longer lasting.
Avon described this as a 'summer scent' and I can't imagine I'd wear it in either autumn or winter. It's just completely wrong for autumn because it combines notes that make me think of summer, and it's not strong enough for winter wear anyway.
You can pick up a bottle of Bali Bliss on E-bay. At the time of writing a 50ml bottle can be bought for £6.50 including postage when purchasing as a 'buy it now'. It might be possible to grab one more cheaply by bidding.