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Firstly I would like to say it's been a long time since writing a review about perfume and I know certain members on here can write outstanding reviews about perfumes, so I do apologise if I don't review this perfume as well as they might. When looking through the Avon book I receive every month I like to smell the perfume's as it's been a long time since I purchased a nice perfume for myself. Although I don't really think you can get a good smell from rubbing the page in the book and smelling this perfume smelt quite nice when I rubbed it do I decided to take the chance and purchase it.
The perfume is fairly new and has been introduced for Valentines. According to the information the scent has an addictive leather vanilla accord with fresh gardenia petals and spicy black pepper. The scent of the product is a floral, oriental type. The perfume comes in a cardboard box which is red in colour but the colour darkens as it gets to the bottom. The name of the perfume is on the front of the box. On the back of the box it tells you a little bit about the perfume and gives you a list of ingredients. This information is in different languages. The bottle to the perfume isn't really anything special but the colour is nice. The bottle is quite flat and holds 50ml of perfume. The bottle is almost clear at the top and then as it reaches the bottoms goes into a nice deep red colour. The name of the perfume is on the front of the bottle in thin silver writing. The lid to the bottle has a slight neck to it which is a very light pink colour, but this looks slightly metallic from the silver pump you press to release the perfume. The rest of the lid is flat and is a rectangle shape which makes it easy to get a grip on the lid to take it off. This is a slightly darker pinkish/red colour.
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I purchased this through the Avon catalogue but you may also be also to purchase it online as well. The perfume comes in one size which is 50ml and it cost me just £13.00 which I think is very reasonable for a nice perfume and much cheaper than other perfumes available on the High street.
Using the Perfume
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I only ever really wear perfume when going out or on my days off. I never wear perfume for work as I don't see the point in it as I work in a warehouse anyway. Perhaps if I worked in a shop I may consider wearing perfume to work. When first spraying the perfume I could smell the sweet smell of the vanilla which was very pleasant but wasn't too sweet. Very shortly after spraying it the vanilla scent turned slightly spicy with the hint of black pepper and then the floral smell to the perfume came out. Once the perfume has settled fully the scent was very pleasant and smelt very oriental and not very florally like I expected. The vanilla smell now wasn't that obvious but the sweet smell of the vanilla could be smelt very slightly in amongst the smell of the gardenia petals and a small hint of spicy black pepper. I think the smell of the perfume is really nice and is suitable for both day and night. The perfume isn't too strong so isn't overpowering. When spraying the perfume onto my clothes I can smell the scent through the majority of the day which is quite nice. I don't think the smell of the perfume lasts as long as others I have tried in the past as by the afternoon/early evening the smell has turned very light and I can almost smell no trace of the perfume I had sprayed in the morning. If you do apply the perfume in the morning before going to work I think you would need to apply some more during the afternoon to continue to get the scent of the perfume for the rest of the day.
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I think the scent of this perfume is really nice and although the bottle is quite plain and simple I think the packaging that the perfume comes in is also nice and I don't mind having this bottle on show in the bathroom with my other perfumes. I did find that the scent wasn't as long lasting as some other perfumes so when going out for a night out on the town if I have room in my bag I slip the bottle in the bag so I can re-apply the perfume during the night. If you like oriental smells then you will definitely like the smell of this perfume. Although you can smell the different scents in the perfume when spraying it, I like the way this calms down and all the scents go into one creating a lovely oriental and slightly floral scent that smells fresh and pleasant. In terms of value I think the perfume is great value and considerably a lot cheaper than other perfumes. I would definitely purchase this perfume again as its fresh and very pleasant. I would definitely recommend this product to others but I am going to take a star off due to the scent not lasting as long as I hope it would.
(review also on ciao)