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===Why I Bought This=== I always get Avon catalogues so that is where I tend to purchase most of my make up and perfumes. As Avon regularly has most items on offer of some sort I can usually pick items up at below their normal price. Also with Avon you can get samples to try out the perfume before you buy - and they have a money back guarantee if you buy anything and then do not like it - so it is a safe place to purchase anything. I also liked the first fragrance called 'Today' and as this one has orange blossom in its composition I thought it would also be one I would like. ===The Brand=== 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. ===The Product=== One in Avon's weird series of oddly named perfumes - beginning with 'Today', then 'Tomorrow', then 'Always' and now 'Forever'. But this also has 'Today, Tomorrow, Always and Forever' on its box - guaranteed to confuse people. This perfume is the newest of the lot being launched in Spring of 2012. Officially the perfume is 'constructed as a floral fragrance surrounded with insolent spices offering a passionate blend of pink pepper. It continues with luminous and sweet-tart notes of orange blossom blooming in the very heart of the composition. The subtle veil embracing the floral-spicy blend is composed of sensual skin musk leaving a fine trail on the skin.' Forever perfume comes in a pale pink matt metalic colour box with the name written down the front. It also comes wrapped in cellophane. 50 mls eau de parfum spray. Contains 69.6% ethanol (alcohol). Made in Poland. On the tab it cautions that it is flammable. The box is lined with pale pink card. The bottle is a heavy square and tall glass bottle, with a very thick base. The base of the bottle measures 1.75 x 1.75 inches - with the cap being another 1.5 inches. The bottle is 3.25 inches tall. It has a metalic pale pink colour spray button and the cap is transparent plastic irregular oval shape. The cap feels good quality plastic and the perfume itself is a pale pink colour. ===Cost=== £14 full price. ===My Opinion=== Positives - this pefume, coming in the same range as Avon's 'Today' has the same high quality packaging - wrapped in cellophane and with a lined box. The bottle is very similar - square and chunky with a heavy bottom, but this one is slightly smaller and taller - otherwise they would be exactly the same - and with the same transparent cap. The perfume is also quite strong - and also long lasting as I can still smell it on myself after showering. Negatives - it is amazing how you can think a perfume will be to your taste from the list of ingredients - but then find that it is not. To begin with the perfume was quite strong when applied, but they often are. I was not keen on the smell really from the beginning. It did have vague notes slightly similar to 'Today' - but not enough for me to like it. I am not sure what I did not like - I did not find it musky or detect any traces of orange blossom, and I am not sure what 'pink pepper' is supposed to smell like. This is not a smell I could get along with at all and to me smells much more 'cheap' than the 'Today' perfume. Not one for me I am afraid - but if you like the ohers in this range give them a try as Avon has a money-back guarantee or can get you samples to try. ===What Others Say=== Perhaps it is just me as many other people seem to like it. I have also seem it compared to Yves Rocher's 'Evidence', which I do not think it is as I really like the 'Evidence' perfume. ===Star Rating=== 2 stars. Long lasting but not to my taste. ===Would I Recommend?=== Not really - but worth trying it I suppose as you have a money-back guarantee with Avon. ===Website=== www.avonshop.co.uk
Launched: 2012 Group: Floral woody musk INTRODUCTION After a sniff from the catalogue, I acquired a miniature of Forever when placing some orders for my mom's birthday. THE PACKAGING I already own Always from Avon's Today, Tomorrow, Always fragrance line that all come in a heavy, tall, rectangular bottles with smooth edges. I like the substantial glass and packaging in a muted, soft peachy pink colour that suggest a subtle and dreamy fragrance. THE FRAGRANCE Top notes: pink pepper, green jasmine, pink peony Straight after application I'm instantly greeted with a soft but powerful note of musk that mingles with a floral facet which for the moment is unidentifiable for me. A few minutes later a light, greenish and woodsy element appears. This gives a slightly bitter air to the perfume as well as some freshness and cleanness to the otherwise heavy powdery feel and will last well into the heart Heart notes: orange blossom, rose, butterfly bush Luckily the musk subsides a bit after about half an hour and the clean, green-is floral nose becomes more apparent. I can definitely identify white florals, most particularly jasmine and a hint of neroli (orange blossom) and some light and sheer rose all blending into an increasingly powdery background. Overall, the fragrance is fresh, powdery, musky and floral and stays fairly linear up to a good 4 - 5 hours giving off a nice, clean and feminine sillage around me. Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, musk Avon creations, especially their modern fragrances, aren't known for their great longevity and indeed most are pretty thin on the drydown. The only detectable note for me here is a light, powdery skin musk that stays close to the skin and is barely noticeable beyond 6 - 7 hours. There isn't enough depth that could make the fragrance go longer despite the oriental description, which I guess is no more than marketing habit. CONCLUSION Forever largely lacks the traditional three layer pyramid style development as its main ingredients, the florals and the musk make their apparition straight at the start with the same intensity. I would have preferred a floral then musky fragrance and not a powdery jumble of both which is then gone after a few hours. Compared to other scents signed by Avon, Forever's longevity is standard, however for an eau de parfum that can last up to 24 hours, it leaves to be desired. In cooler, springtime weather it would probably stay on up to 7 - 8 hours, the problem is, you'd probably like to make use of a light, floral and sensual fragrance you bought in spring during summer and possibly all year round too. Due to its reasonable price and fairly nice composition I recommend Forever for all ages who like romatic, non-candy, naturally sweet floral fragrances entwined with a substantial, powdery musk. If worn in cooler weather, longevity might be better. It's fairly linear and inoffensive so might be an ideal, everday wear or to the office or for a simple date or summer night out. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY The full RRP is 14£ / 50ml Eau de Parfum however can be found for as little as 6.99£ + postage on eBay. Thank you for reading. ©powered by lillybee also posted on dooyoo.co.uk
* INTRODUCTION & PACKAGING * When it comes to perfumes and fragrances from the Avon brand, I find they can generally be a bit hit-and-miss. I have tried out most of the perfumes from the brand over the years, and have found that some of them weren't suited to my own tastes at all, whilst others have faired slightly better.... One fragrance from Avon that appealed to me was the "Today Tomorrow Always Forever Eau De Parfum Spray" which is admittedly a bit of a mouthful, but a very attractive and sentimental name for a perfume product in my opinion. For the purposes of this review, I will abbreviate this product name to TTAF. I have only recently tried out the fragrance for myself, and paid around £9 for the 50ml bottle which I thought was a reasonable price. As at the present time (March 2012) the perfume is available to purchase online, directly from Avon at www.avonshop.co.uk where the normal price is £14 for the 50ml bottle. The perfume is available at a discounted price of only £10, but this offer will run for a limited time only. The perfume can also be purchased from eBay, with prices starting at around £9 plus postage costs, or from amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) where it will cost you £10 plus postage costs, but you will need to wait for up to five weeks for delivery. You can obviously also purchase the perfume directly from your local Avon representative. The packaging is fairly simplistic, although it is not unattractive to be fair. Comprising of a pretty pale pink bottle that is a fairly sturdy 'oblong' shape, the image conveyed by the packaging is of course very feminine and quite girly. The bottle is surprisingly robust-feeling and is a lot heavier than I had first anticipated. I think the overall appearance of the packaging is extremely attractive and it struck me that the product would make a very nice gift for a friend or relative. * THE FRAGRANCE * This perfume is described by Avon in the following statement; "A passionate blend of bright effervescent pink pepper, orange blossom and the natural sensual warmth of skin musk" and I will admit to feeling quite concerned about the addition of orange blossom in the fragrance's composition, mainly due to a negative experience I have had with this particular scent in the past. It is true to say that I was feeling slightly cautious, and so for the first couple of times that I sprayed the fragrance, I chose to spritz a very small amount onto my skin and wanted to tread quite carefully...! First impressions were not very good, I must admit. The strong floral top notes were far too overpowering for my own taste, and instinct told me to wash the fragrance from my skin. I persevered, and I'm glad I did, because with this scent it is very much one that really calms down once it has settled on the skin, and it does so quite quickly too... Once the fragrance had developed a little, I found that there was quite a strong musk-like middle note within the core of this scent, and it came through the floral tones that were initially over-powering. Whilst musky scents are often too-overpowering for my own tastes, in the case of the Avon TTAF perfume I found that the musky core was much more delicate than other fragrances that I have encountered before. The musk is much softer and more subtle than I had expected, and it offered a lovely balance to the floral top notes that seemed much calmer and relaxed as a result. I thought that the base notes were more difficult to detect individually, except for the noticeable trace of vanilla, which I can usually pick out from a dozen paces... mainly because I don't like it very much! In the case of the Avon TTAF however, the vanilla tones are so understated that they don't overpower anything or add any sort of sickly 'edge' that would otherwise put me off from the fragrance overall. In actual fact, I find that the vanilla - and the rest of the sweet, fruity bottom notes - really compliment the floral notes in the fragrance and offer a little balance to these, so that instead of the end result becoming overly floral - and perhaps a little old-fashioned as a result - the perfume offers a fairly light, fresh fragrance that still has a floral tone, but with an understated 'sweetness' in its core that gives it a relatively contemporary feel. I would say that this perfume is suited to either day time or night time use, which makes it more versatile than other fragrances I own that are too musky for day time wear, in my opinion. The liquid perfume feels like a product of a fairly reasonable quality to me, and I have never experienced any sort of residue or sticky substance being left on my skin. Similarly, I have never experienced any discomfort or irritation to my sensitive skin or my eczema as a result of spraying this perfume. In terms of longevity, I tend to find that cheaper-end or more 'budget' perfumes don't fare as well as those that are more expensive, so my expectations were quite low and at first I would take my bottle of Perceive perfume with me when I was going out and about, so that I could 'top-up' the fragrance as required. I have found though, through experience, that this practice is not usually necessary, and the Avon TTAF scent lasts fairly well on my skin - usually around 6 hours or so. I find this time is quite average and compares with many other perfumes and scents that I wear regularly, some of which are three times the price of this one. For these reasons, I have come to the conclusion that the product is one of a fairly high quality and this makes the price feel like great value - to me, anyway. Overall, I think that the Avon Today Tomorrow Always Forever Eau De Parfum was a very nice perfume that was beautifully packaged and offered good value for money. I thought that the fragrance was very nice once it settled on my skin and developed entirely, making it a perfume that I would definitely repurchase in the future. It would make a lovely gift for somebody special and it felt like a good quality product in my opinion. This one definitely deserves full marks from me, and comes with a high recommendation from yours truly!