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I bought Perceive Dew, a fragrance by Avon for just £2.75 when it was on offer in the Avon representative’s catalogue.
The bottle is the same shape as the original Perceive fragrance. It is very angular with lots of irregular shaped flat sides.
It is made from clear glass and it has ‘Perceive Dew’ in purple lettering on the front with a pretty floral design in a lilac shade.
I like the bottle. It is very different and I often find myself trying to see how many different sides it will stand up on, on its own.
The fragrance is very light, fresh and floral.
Avon have described this scent as, “A fresh, spirited scent of citrus and marine mist, with sweet apricot and golden amber”.
The top notes are lemon, freesia and melon
The heart notes are honeysuckle, sea water and apricot.
The base notes are musk, sandalwood and amber.
The fragrance has a nice citrusy opening, which is obviously the lemon, but it doesn’t have that cheap lemon washing up liquid scent. It is very fresh and vibrant. I find that the citrusy scent disappears quite quickly, which is disappointing as I enjoy the citrusy notes in this. I’d say the floral notes are mainly what I can smell in the fragrance, but I wouldn’t have been able to pick the floral notes out individually. I find the florals quite sharp, but very fresh at the same time if that makes sense and the florals seem to soften as the fragrance wears on.
I think the scent does have a slight aquatic scent to it, but I cannot detect any of the base notes at all.
It is initially a very pleasant scent, but after about half an hour of wear I find that it smells quite different. I picture a mish mash of a mess of stale flowers on my skin. It smells harsh and offensive. It has a very cheap scent, which is nothing like how it smells when first sprayed. I am obviously not keen on the fragrance at this stage. It just smells messy and stale.
The fragrance does seem to wear off quite quickly and I can no longer detect it on my skin after 4 hours, which is quite poor compared to other Avon fragrances. I find that I do notice this fragrance on myself while it does last though.
I don’t think of it as a particularly summery scent so I think it is one I would consider wearing all year round.
I think it is probably best suited to more mature women as the floral notes are quite sharp and I think teens and younger women may find it too sharp for their tastes, but to be honest I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone due to how it smells after just 30 minutes on the skin.
Review of Avon Perceive Fragrance
The fragrance is part of the Avon range and complimentary products such as shower gel, body lotion and body sprays are also available. Perceive is described by Avon as an Oriental fragrance for women. Perceive was first launched in 2000 and was designed for Avon by Christopher Sheldrake.
I acquired this fragrance some time ago as a gift; I stored it away in the black hole otherwise known as the bathroom cupboard! This cupboard is huge and when I had a mammoth de-cluttering session a few months ago I unearthed lots of fragrances and toiletries that had been stored away and forgotten. Perceive was one of the fragrances I had overlooked.
Perceive is presented in an unusual bottle, it is sort of angular on one side, but straight on the other. The clear glass container fits neatly in your hand despite the angles and the spray mechanism is covered by a crystal effect pull off lid. The spray mechanism the push button type. The spray is released in a short sharp burst. I have found my bottle dribbles a little and this could be a problem if the damp bottle were to be placed on a polished surface.
The fragrance is light floral in type. The top notes are distinctly floral, freesia mixed with a peppery edge. The middle notes are a pleasing fruity, floral mixture of carnation, damask plum, pear and ylang-ylang; while the deeper base notes are more woody, sandalwood and cedar blended with a vanilla and musky fragrance.
Price wise this fragrance usually costs £11.00 for 100ml, however it is currently available on the Avon website (avonshop.co.uk) for £5.50, so perhaps now is a good time to try it!
My Thoughts and Conclusion
This may be classed as an Oriental fragrance but to my nose it is more of a fruity/floral. The scent is light, quite refreshing and very, very feminine. It would suit most age group in my opinion and is suitable for almost any occasion.
Unfortunately this fragrance does not last at all well on my skin. I can barely detect it within an hour or so of using it. I have had this problem with Avon fragrances in the past. Many years ago when my daughter was small I was an Avon representative, I made very little money, but I did enjoy trying out the products. I learned fairly soon that Avon fragrances were not really for me, they did not have the staying power of other fragrances, therefore I was unsurprised by my recent experiences with using Perceive by Avon.
Of course, fragrances react differently on everyone, so please do not let my experience deter you from trying the scent if it appeals.
I am awarding this fragrance a 3* rating due to the poor staying power I experienced.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 August 2014
N.B. My reviews may be found elsewhere under the same user name
Over the years I have tried many Avon perfumes (partly owing to my mother being an Avon lady) and my experience tells me that they can be very hit and miss. I rarely buy Avon perfume for myself, I receive most of it as gifts and one I recently received was Perceive Dew.
Perceive Dew is a sister perfume to another one Avon make which is simply called Perceive. Perceive has been around since 2000 which is a really long time for an Avon perfume, as I tend to find that like a lot of their other products, they only seem to be in the brochure for a short time before being discontinued. I have never tried the original Perceive fragrance, therefore I cannot make any comparisons between the two.
My bottle of Perceive Dew came housed in a lilac box with a teardrop shape on the front formed from flower shapes. The bottle is clear glass and has the same angular shape as the original Perceive scent. I have to say I do not really think much of the bottle, I think it looks a bit 80's for my tastes. Also on a practical note, I found the lid is really stiff and is difficult to remove.
Top notes of this perfume are lemon, freesia and melon. The lemon is very clear when this is sprayed and is incredibly sharp. There is also a spiciness which smells to me like black pepper, although this is not mentioned as one of the ingredients. I don't notice either freesia or melon in here. I think the spiciness of the pepper (or whatever it is!) makes this smell quite masculine when it is first sprayed onto the skin.
Middle notes of the perfume are supposedly honeysuckle, sea water and apricot. As the perfume settles on the skin I do notice it becoming more floral which I can only assume is the honeysuckle. I don't notice any apricot and to me this is not a fruity fragrance, I think of it as being woody and floral.
Base notes of Perceive Dew are musk, sandalwood and amber. I normally like amber in perfumes, it tends to give an exotic, sensual edge, but I can't really smell it here. The musk and sandalwood are quite evident and add to the slightly masculine feel of the fragrance.
Overall, I do like this scent, but it's not something I would have chosen myself and is very different from the fruity, light perfumes that I usually choose. The fragrance is pleasant and wearable, although I feel it is bordering on being masculine and it is certainly not a 'wow' fragrance and probably not a memorable one either.
I think this perfume is mostly suited to daytime wear. It's slightly on the heavy side, so although the name, Perceive Dew, sounds more suited to spring, I would tend to wear it through the Autumn/Winter months. The staying power is OK - I can get maybe five hours from it, before a top up is required.
This perfume is only available in a 50ml size and costs £11 from Avon, although it is currently reduced to just £8. If you don't have a local Avon rep you can buy online from www.avonshop.com. Whichever way you look at it, even the full price of £11 is pretty good for a perfume.
To sum up, I would say this is an OK perfume and would probably be suited to anyone who likes woody scents. It's not the nicest fragrance I've ever tried and as mentioned it verges on smelling masculine, but I do still like it and will continue to wear it. I'd give it an average rating of three out of five stars - nice but nothing special.
I don't often get items from Avon myself, but my mum bought me this for my birthday in September. It was a fragrance that she didn't like very much herself, but thought I would- we have very different tastes in perfumes.
It's quite a strong fragrance when first applied, but from the first spray it smells great. It's a very clean smell, not overpowered with flowers as are some of perfumes I've tried from Avon- but, as I said, I don't buy from them very often, so it's quite a limited selection that I've tried.
The scent lasts a long time- I applied it, then met my friend an hour and a half later and she commented on my perfume, so it's long lasting, unlike a lot of other perfumes I've tried.
I'd say that it was predominantly a spring/summer-type fragrance, as the smell reminds me of early mornings in the late spring (hence the name "Dew", presumably!), but I'd be quite happy to use this all year round. The bottle is very pretty and has a purple floral design on the front. I don't know how much this cost, because as I said, it was a present, but knowing that Avon perfumes are often priced between £8 and £15-ish, I'd say that this is very good value for money within that price bracket, as it is a 50ml bottle and I can see it lasting a long time, because even though I use it nearly every day, the bottle is still three-quarters full, after two months of use.
===Why I Bought This===
I like browsing through the Avon catalogues and ordering different items to try. This fragrance has been out since 2011 but it had never been one I had tried 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 brochures issued throughout the year - or their stock can be viewed online.
'Perceive Dew is a descendant of the fragrance Perceive, created by Christopher Sheldrake in 2000. New Perceive Dew is a fresh fruity floral marine fragrance. The bottle has the same shape as the original perfume, but the perfume composition differs a lot. Perceive Dew was launched in 2011.' (fragrantica.com)
Eau de toilette.
Comes in pale lilac graduated down to white coloured box.
On the front is a dewdrop shape made up of lots of purple flower heads.
50 mls and made in Poland.
Contains 69.9% ethanol and is flammable.
The box is lined in white card.
The bottle is made of clear glass and is a weird irregular sort of five sided bottle, but with very irregular sides.
The perfume itself is pale green and the cap is transparent plastic, also irregularly shaped.
The bottle has a dewdrop shape on its front.
Full price £11 or 2 for £13.
Avon's website states - 'A fresh, spirited scent of citrus and marine mist, with sweet apricot and golden amber'.
This perfume comes in exactly the same shaped bottle as the original Perceive.
This is a weird combination.
Firstly the box is pale lilac, but the perfume itself is pale green.
The name of the perfume is 'Dew' but it actually has marine aromas.
Personally buying a fragrance called 'Dew' which is green you would expect it to be more floral and grass like. Also I do not know where the lilac colour on the box is meant to come from.
Anyway the irregular bottle is quite nice and unusual. When first sprayed on this perfume is, for me, very strong and marine in quality. However it does tone down quickly and settles into a nice fragrance. This is definitely marine and ozone like to me and not really floral at all.
Quite nice if you want a fresh and oceany type of perfume and more suited to summer months in my opinion.
Lasts for a few hours but is not too strong.
An ok clean and fresh fragrance and much better than the original Perceive, but not one I am that bothered to buy again.
Worth a try as you can always return it under Avon's guarantee if you find its not for you.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes - if you like marine aromas.