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===Why I Bought This===
I am currenty working my way through various Avon fragrances thatI have not tried out before. This fragrance has been out for eleven years but was one I have never been inspired to try before.
Avon is a long established direct selling network which used to sell just door-to-door but you can order directly from their website these days if you do not have a local representative handy.
Avon has 18 different brouchures issued throughout the year - or their stock can be viewed online.
'Incandessence by Avon is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women. The fragrance features orchid, peony and wild tulip.' www.fragrantica.com
Cream textured square box with inner white card lining.
50 mls eau de parfum, made in Poland.
Instructions state to twist off lid.
Inside is a round bottle, glass bottom section and the top half is semi clear plastic.
Glass base has markings to represent flames.
Perfume is orangy liquid in frosted semi opaque glass.
Creamy coloured twist off lid with a domed pastic top.
£11 - currently £8 on offer.
This perfume has been around on and off since 2001 and now Avon has brought it back due to demand.
From the Avon webiste - 'Brought back again because you love it! Brillant, luminous and utterly radiant. A mysterious blend of dewy florals. Lily of the valley, sun-warmed wild yellow tulips and pure white peony blend with notes of diamond orchid and exotic okoume wood'.
Neither I nore my friends had ever tried this perfume before so it was one we wanted to try out.
It had never inspired me to order it before which I suppose speaks volumes.
The box is ok but the bottle and lid are very disappointing. Only the bottom half contains perfume and the top half is made up of the cheap plastic domed lid which is fiddly to get off.
I am amazed that this holds 50 mls of perfume as the bottom bottle is quite small and the bright orangy liqud does not look inviting - to say it is something you would see on a market stall is not far off the mark.
The first spray or two reveals a very strong and flowery perfume - but that soon dissipates and you are left with virtually nothing. To say this is a disappointing experience is an understatment. How some people can give this reasonable reviews I cannot understand - it just does not stay on my skin at all and after the first flourish just after it is sprayed on it does absolutely nothing.
The aroma when it first comes out fo the bottle is a reasonable flowery smell, which would not be too bad if it lasted better.
So my opinion is:
*Cheap and tacky bottle and top.
*Perfume that disappears within minutes.
===Would I Recommend?===
The bottle is very attractive looking, it has been designed well. I was an Avon representative some time ago and while working with them this fragrance was introduced. I remembered it from before when I and my mother would order from the Avon catalogue. It is a strong secent and therefore personally I don't like it. It does however last a fair amount of time, it doesn't fade away as do a lot of Avon fragrances because this is and eau de parfum rather than an eau de toilette. I think it's a very affordable gift to give to someone and even to keep for ones self if you like strong smells. Don't get me wrong, it's not over-powering as it is a floral and fruity fragrance. At the moment an Incandessence (50ml EDP and 75ml body spray) can be purchased on eBay for £7.20p including postage and packaging on a buy in now listing. Brilliant gift idea!
A friend of mine recently became an avon rep and wishing to be a supportive friend I decided to place an order for a number of different Avon products. Having never tried Avon before, the first thing I noticed was how cheap some of the products were and felt a little unsure if this reflected their quality in any way. I first tried this fragrance by rubbing my wrist across a specially scented page in the Avon catalogue and at the time I couldn't decide if I liked it or not but at just £11 for 50ml I decided to give it a whirl.
Just seven days later my perfume arrived. The packaging very simple to say the least, a plain cream box with an equally plain bottle inside. The bottle is a sort of spherical shape and the top half is removed to reveal the dispenser. Unfortunately when removed the cap feels like thin plastic but I suppose I couldn't expect more for this price.
After spraying the perfume the first thing I noticed is that it is very heavily floral, not something I noticed when trying the sample in the brochure. Not one to go for heavily floral scents this put me off slightly. However, there is also a slightly fruity edge to this fragrance which I liked but unfortunately seemed to wear off a little too quickly.
One thing I found a little odd about this perfume is that no where on the packaging does it say what the product is made up of and just refers to the phrase 'mix of flowers' rather than being more specific. After smelling this perfume before writing this review I am unable to pinpoint any specific aromas within it. Perhaps this vagueness of ingredients is reflected in the price of the perfume.
After using this twice, I decided this perfume wasn't for me. It may be suited to a more mature lady or possibly someone who goes for more heavily floral scents.
This has also quite a strong scent which makes me think it is more suitable for evening use rather than an everyday perfume as it really is quite heavy. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who may be prone to 'perfume headaches' as this will certainly stay in your nose for a long time to come.
On a positive note though, this perfume certainly has staying power and I could smell it on my wrist 6 hours after applying it. I only wish my favourite perfume would last this long.
Unfortunately only 2 stars from me.
Posted on Ciao with the username of Supersweep.
I was given a bottle of Incandescence for Chrimbo in a gift set, I liked the bottle straight away even though it's quite bland but wasn't too keen on the fragrance. Then one day my stock pile of shower gel had run completely out so I started dismantling all these sets I've received (and bought myself!) to extract all the shower products, after showering I noticed how pretty the Incandescence gel smelt so decided to give the perfume another try.
It's a floral perfume, there's no arguing about that. It has quite a heady scent when you first spray it, which I presume is down to the orchid notes although I can't actually pick that particular fragrance out myself. I admit I'm having to work from the Incandescence web page here as I can't pick *any* individual tones out within this perfume - but it's one of those weird ones, as soon as I know what I'm supposed to be smelling (thank god for t'internet) I get a full-on whack of it up the nostrils. Or at least get where Avon are coming from with it's inclusion!
There's a subtle citrus undertone to the perfume, this is constant through the life of the fragrance which is great but this does mean there isn't much depth to the perfume. There's no base or heart, the orchid inspired fragrance you get when you first spray the perfume is pretty much how it stays until it dies. It took a few days but I've trained myself to like Incandescence, I wasn't happy with the one dimensional scent as it seemed so flat compared to the lively Ghost I'd been wearing a lot at the time.
Now though I really like it. Maybe it's because summer is finally here, the perfume seems to suit this warmer weather much better than when I initially tried it in snowy January. It's a warm fragrance but surprisingly refreshing, a bonus point there to the citrus layer which adds a sweet but slightly tangy tone. I'm gushing here about citrus, which to me is definitely apparent through the stronger flowery tone - but Mark or Charlotte can't detect anything other than the flowers. For this reason I'd recommend you get hold of a sample before you buy, if you are hoping for a citrusy fragrance and end up not being able to smell it I think you'd be a bit disappointed.
Mark really likes it, I think he mainly likes the fact that it's so much cheaper than what I'd usually buy but he always comments when I wear it. And with perfect timing he's just this second walked through the door and said 'you smell nice' (like I usually smell like dog poo or something) - men, so bloody predictable!
The perfume lasts really well. I can smell it in the air around me for a good couple of hours after spraying and I'm confident that other people can smell it for a while after that. I've just sniffed my wrist and there's still a fairly strong remnant of the fragrance there from when I last applied the perfume at 3pm - that's a seven or eight hour lifespan, which I'm sure you'll agree is fab for an £11 perfume! And if you buy it now on the Avon website it's only £5.50, which makes it an absolute bargain.
Every year without fail my mother buys me an Avon perfume for Christmas and my Birthday... and any other occasion that comes along for that matter! It's worsened since she became an Avon representative and this year I ended up with two bottles of Avon perfume for Christmas, one of which was Incandessence.
This was not a fragrance I had come across before, but having looked on the Avon website it appears that it was an old fragrance that Avon have recently brought back due to its popularity.
The box this is packaged in is cream with gold lettering, and despite the slightly textured feel to the box, it doesn't look particularly special. Open the box and you are presented with a spherical bottle, which again is not particularly amazing, but then again, I have seen worse!
The base of the bottle is frosted glass and the base has a sun imprint, which adds a bit of interest and goes well with the striking orange colour of the perfume itself which can be seen through the bottle. Unfortunately the plastic lid they have chosen to go with the bottle lets it down a bit, as up close it really does look cheap. It is made so that it also looks like frosted glass, and has the 'Incandessence' name printed onto it in gold.
Avon don't seem to mention what their perfume notes are on the website, the only description of this, is the rather vague line 'A mysterious blend of dewy florals'.
When the scent is first sprayed it seems to have quite a sharp, citrus type kick to it, but this only lasts about 10 seconds, before wearing away. The scent that is left on the skin is gorgeous, it reminds me of when you get up early in the morning and go into the garden after it has rained. It's a sort of fresh scent, but at the same time there is a strong green floral fragrance that comes through.
As the scent settled on my skin, I found that it got softer and some of the initial 'floweriness' wore off and the scent became much fresher. I'd say it's quite a 'green' scent and smells quite leafy once it's been on the skin a while, and it's one of those scents that smells like it could be quite expensive!
Often I find floral scents can be really heady and overpowering, but although this is certainly a strong fragrance, I didn't find it too sickly or choking. As it is a little on the heavy side, I prefer this scent for evening wear as I like something lighter during the day.
If I had to pick an age group that would suit this fragrance, I personally would say that it's more suited to the more mature lady. Of course fragrance is personal and each to their own, but I don't imagine this is the sort of scent that would be first choice amongst teenagers, just because it's rather heavy and quite a classic fragrance, rather than being particularly modern.
The staying power of this perfume is very good, once it's been applied I find that it will last 6-8 hours, of course it fades a little, but not so much that you can't smell it.
A 50ml bottle of this fragrance is a snip at just £11. At the moment you can also buy a gift set containing a full sized bottle of the perfume alongside a full sized matching body spray for just £8, so of course it makes sense to buy that as not only do you save yourself £3 you get a body spray thrown in too! Buy from your local Avon rep or online at www.avonshop.co.uk.
Incandessence is a fragrance I like and definitely one of the better fragrances from Avon where the scents in my experience are rather hit and miss. I think this is a classic scent, and probably suited to an age group a little older than me (I'm 26), but it's one I still wear now and then, and if you're looking for a green floral scent that's not too overpowering, then I would recommend this one.
As my friend is an Avon rep, I get to sample lots of her Avon products before deciding whether to buy them, and one of the ones I tested and later treated myself to was a 50ml bottle of Avon's Incandessence eau de parfum. I paid £10 for a bottle, but depending on the catalogue issue, you can pay up to £12 I believe, and as low as £6-8 depending on special offers.
The perfume bottle is simple, unobtrusive but effective, being a squat ovoid in shape and a lid that takes up half of the overall shape of the bottle. In the lower hemisphere sits the golden coloured perfume in the glass bottle, and the top hemisphere is a frosted creamy white coloured lid with the word 'Incandessence' written in a script-like font across the top. The bottle isn't gorgeous by any means, but it's not ugly either, and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb on my dressing table.
When I first sprayed this fragrance, the first thing I noticed was that the perfume is strong! You only need a little bit with it being an Eau de Parfum. The first wave of smells come across as being very floral, although I found it hard to pick out individual scents, and just got a general floral scent which is very soft and feminine. Apparently the notes are meant to include orchid, peony and wild tulip - even though I couldn't pick them out though, I did really like the overall scent of this fragrance, particularly during the heart notes where there is a very delicate fruitiness to the aroma.
The scent smells sophisticated, refreshing and very feminine without being sickly sweet. Towards the end of the scent, the fruity hint faded completely on my skin, and I was left with a deeper, slightly woodier scent in the end notes. I'm not sure what the official notes are for the end of the scent, I couldn't find any details, but the woody aspect could be cedar or sandalwood. Either way, it's a pleasant way to finish off a fragrance.
Staying power is also good for this fragrance on my skin, with it lasting around 4 hours. For Avon this is pretty rare, so I'm pleased with how long it can be on before needing a top up.
Overall I can recommend Incandessence as a floral, slightly oriental eau de parfum, just go easy on how much you apply as it can be quite powerful!