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I wont be staying too 'Far Away' from this in future!
Avon Far Away Exotic Eau de Parfum
Member Name: supersonic75
Avon Far Away Exotic Eau de Parfum
Date: 18/12/12, updated on 18/12/12 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Smells beautiful
Disadvantages: None at all for me
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
I've always had a love/ hate relationship with Avon products over the years and it's not that I don't like the brand, it's merely the brand doesn't always like me - particularly where skin care is concerned and I've had more than one or two issues with facial products in particular over the years. One section which I've never been able to fault however is the fragrance category, which I've always deemed 'cheap and cheerful' (in a good way) and economical enough to splash on every day without worrying too much about the cost.
I've had favourites over the years, but in particular 'Far Away' has consistently been a fragrance that I've always had a bottle of in my cupboard, and whenever a new variety comes out in this scent then I'm normally the first to want to try it. I've ran Avon myself in the past and up until a few months ago my best friend was a Rep before deciding she'd had enough. Luckily a school mum friend has taken her place and I've been as happy as a pig rolling in mud ordering some of my old favourites, so I was very excited to see Far Away Exotic, the newest in the line of Far Away fragrances, in the last brochure. Priced at just £6 at the time I eagerly ordered it and have now been using it for just under 2 weeks.
My review will now focus on the fragrance Far Away Exotic..
**What Avon have to say**
"...Far Away Exotic takes your senses on an exotic journey. Launched in 2012 it is available in a 50 ml EDP format and RRP's at £13.."
**The composition of the fragrance**
**Price, packaging & availability**
Far Away Exotic is in the same distinctive packaging as the other Far Away fragrances which is in the form of a 50 ml rounded glass bottle. The bottle has a flat area at the base so stands with ease, despite it being a circular disc shape from the front view and far narrower at the side it is sturdy enough when placed on my dressing table and if knocked doesn't fall over easily.
The bottle has a transparency to it though the clearness is 'muted' slightly by the glass being opaque. I like how the warm peachy coloured liquid is still visible despite the glass not being clear, and the opaqueness actually adds a soft feminine touch which makes the bottle seem far more attractive for some reason. As with all Far Away fragrances the bottle is fairly stark apart from a slightly embossed area on the front which is in a 'wave' pattern though the spherical lid in peach and plum adds a splash of colour as does the trademark Far Away tassel which hangs almost provocatively around the neck of the bottle in a teasing manner. All this is encased in an equally attractive looking cardboard box which is a deep purple colour and looks too pretty to discard.
Available from Avon this can be ordered for free through a local Rep or bought online via the Avon shop @www.avonshop.co.uk though there is usually a charge for p&p so it's worth checking before ordering.
**My thoughts on wearing this EDP**
I've been a fan of the Far Away fragrances for as long as I can remember and the original in particular is a scent that's always stayed a firm favourite to me as it's beautiful to wear as well as offering that 'comfort' fragrance as it always conjures up warm memories of the past. I've liked all the Far Away EDP's that have since been launched so was eagerly looking forward to wearing Exotic despite buying it blindly as unusually there wasn't a scented sample page in the brochure I ordered it from.
On removing the attractive lid from the nozzle encased tightly underneath I was instantly greeted with the sweet familiar scent of Far Away and at first I couldn't distinguish between the two. On lightly spritzing onto my skin I became aware of the differences within seconds and I have to say my first impressions were very positive. The opening notes of mango and mandarin were instantly noticeable and started off the fragrance with soft fruity notes, though I'm not overly positive what spiced chai is so couldn't tell you if it was there or not so obviously it didn't make too much impact.
The fragrance is very warm and has an oriental zing to it which is my ideal choice of fragrance if I'm being honest. Far Away Exotic is quite strong on application at first, but does start to fade gradually over a short period of time (I find around 15 to 20 minutes on me) and doesn't come across as too overpowering to the point the scent catches at the back of your throat or makes you sneeze like some can.
Once the initial dry down begins properly the and the fragrance becomes softer and less obvious the heart notes begin to shine through and these in particularly for me as my favourites. Firstly the the floral element in the form of saffron rose is very evident and gives the fragrance a very feminine and almost powdery feel which is stunning enough on it's own. Combine this note with the coconut milk and for me it's a match made in heaven as the coconut is sweet and counteracts the floral notes perfectly before second bout of floral - jasmine - is slowly introduced. Despite there being two quite strong flora notes with each respectively holding their own in terms of strength, Far Away Exotic refuses to become just another 'floral perfume' as the fruit based notes from the opening mingle delicately and once the fragrance fully settles and the deeper muskier notes are introduced then it becomes a sultry and heady scent and a real pleasure to wear.
I love how the fragrance changes slowly over time from first testing whilst still in the bottle to liberally spritzing onto my skin. It seems to become accustomed to being worn over time and goes from being strong and quite domineering to soft, powdery and dewy and for a 'cheap perfume' it literally drips in sophistication. There's something about this EDP that marks it out from the usual Avon fragrances and even the other Far Away perfumes as it's simply stunning once worn and it's a scent that I simply can't seem to get enough of wearing.
Longevity wise this is fantastic as once sprayed onto my pulse points it lingers for hours afterwards and I can still clearly detect it around 6 hours later. As this is an EDP it's more concentrated than an EDT anyway but for the money this is such a good product - it's not expensive even when purchased full price, it's economical as one or two spritzes suffice, the bottle is extremely attractive (I always think if a bottle is attractive then the likelihood is I'll like the scent ensconced within though that's just my thoughts!) but most importantly this smells simply divine and far more designer and premium than you would think.
Recommended? I think judging by the way this review has gone then it's a big yes from me. I simply adore this fragrance and hope it stays around for a while without being retired or simply forgotten about like so many other wonderful perfumes from Avon over the years. The only thing I will say though is if you are not a fan of coconut then you should steer well clear as it makes itself noticeable from the offing, and whilst it doesn't take over as such, it's certainly prominent. As I am a fan of all things 'coconutty' I find this EDP a pleasure to wear but my friend who hates coconut scented products thinks it's quite a nauseating scent but it's a case of each to their own really.
I have found that this fragrance is suitable to wear on any occasion which makes it very versatile and once again well worth the money. I have worn it during the daytime when it seems lighter and at night when it seems to adapt and comes across as heavier and stronger so is perfect for all occasions.
Top marks from me without a doubt.
Summary: A beautiful offering from Avon