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I recently inherited a collection of unwanted make-up, perfume and cosmetics from my mum, who had received the items from a combination of gift sets and free gifts when she purchased other cosmetics. Never one to refuse a free gift, I happily took the unwanted items off her hands, and this review will focus on one of the perfumes I received, namely the "Sasha - See & Be Seen" which is a perfume from the "Benefit" range of cosmetics.
I didn't pay for this particular item as I already mentioned, but a quick search online tells me that my bottle of Eau De Toilette, which is a generous 30ml in size, can be purchased (@ December 2013) from the following retailers:
www.feelunique.com - £29.50
www.debenhams.com - £29.50
There are also occasionally some listings on www.ebay.co.uk, where prices start at around £10 - £15.
The packaging is quite unique, I think, comprising of an upright, oblong box that is brightly coloured in shades of red and black. There is the image of some open doors and images of windows on each of the box's sides, so we have the impression of looking into a building from the attractive box, and these images are also on the inside of the box itself, offering a unique design. There is a lid on the box that is hinged, so lifting this will not remove it, but will allow the front of the box to drop down to reveal the bottle inside. I do really like the packaging and find it is rather unique and distinctive.
The bottle too, has a unique appearance, although I confess that I do find this to be verging on the garish side, mainly because the top of the bottle and its lid are coloured in gold which does not really match the rest of the bottle in my view, which is coloured in red and black to co-ordinate with its box. The two styles don't really seem to match each other, but again, the product's image is undeniably unique.
Benefit's Sasha Eau De Toilette can be sprayed quite easily, thanks to the high quality nozzle on top of the bottle; this is very easy to press and even though I suffer with limited strength in my hands as a result of several health complaints, I have never encountered any difficulty with dispensing the perfume from the bottle. The only little niggle I have when reporting on the product's image and design is the fact that the bottle's nozzle spray dispenses a very small amount at a time, so I've found I need to spritz the perfume over my wrists two or three times to get a little more of the product onto my skin.
The Benefit Sasha perfume itself is described as being: "a bold burst of floral energy....unforgettably daring & modern. Sasha will seduce and mesmerize you from across the room." ( Taken from the Debenhams website.) I thought this statement was rather confident, but this is something I have found with the Benefit range overall... it could never be described as being understated.
I find that when the Sasha fragrance is first spritzed onto the skin, it feels rather floral in its initial fragrance, and this quickly threatens to become too 'heady' for my own tastes before sharply taking on a pleasant 'crispness' in the fragrance that allows it to feel more balanced. This transformation seems to happen quite early on, thankfully, as the initial scent feels rather old-fashioned and considerably too 'floral' for my own tastes to begin with.
As the scent dries, I find that it becomes rather more contemporary than I had first anticipated; there is something rather 'chic' about the refreshing edge that the Sasha fragrance reveals, and it reminds me slightly of the DKNY scents that all have a pleasant 'freshness' about them.
When the scent has 'settled' on my skin, I find that it feels quite feminine, with an alluring edge to it that feels quite grown-up and sophisticated; it's quite girly, but not in an immature way, nor does it feel 'too young' for my thirty-something self. Instead, I am pleased at the chic-yet-contemporary type 'air' that the fragrance gives, and I am pleasantly surprised at the way it feels considerably less understated than I had first imagined.
The scent performs exceptionally well in terms of its longevity, and I am able to obtain several hours' wear from it following application, with perhaps only a quick 'touch-up' spray being required on longer outings or occasions, although this requirement is probably down to your own taste. Certainly, for my needs, I have found that I seldom need to re-apply the scent as it lasts so well. I can still easily detect the aroma's sweetness and floral scent some hours after application, which is generally enough for my own tastes. On the rare occasion that I have been out a little later/longer than usual, I do find that a little 'refresher' spritz of the scent injects a little more life into its lingering scent, but there are other times where I've not felt this necessary; I guess that it depends on the occasion... and probably my mood too.
As with all other cosmetics that I've tried from the Benefit range in the past, I have suffered no irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin following the use of this product. I do therefore feel that the product carries a rather mild and gentle formulation, and I do recommend it as being completely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do recommend the Benefit Sasha Eau De Toilette perfume spray, and am pleased to have been given the opportunity to try it out for free. I think it would make a nice gift for somebody special, particularly as its packaging is so unique, and as I have nothing negative to report within this review, I feel that top marks in the rating score are appropriate on this occasion.
See & be seen Sasha / Meet see & be seen Sasha on Crescent Row! Sasha's a gallery of delights / a bold burst of floral energy / unforgettably daring and modern / This gal's a vision, she takes centre stage / Sasha will seduce and mesmerise you from across the room / A poem to describe Sasha: Modern, still life, florals a gallery of delights / Classic urban luxury her expression excites / A work of art, Sasha transcends age / A vision, a show piece she takes centre stage / Top notes: Orange flower absolute, apricot, pink freesia / Middle notes: Ylang ylang, tiare flower, white peony, jasmine sambac / Bottom notes: Crystal amber, liquid musk, vanilla / Please note that Benefit is available to customers in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden only /