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Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy Eau de Parfum
Member Name: angelboouk
Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy Eau de Parfum
Advantages: light, sweet scent, price, some may prefer this to the sweeter Fantasy scents
Disadvantages: not very fitting in the Fantasy range, longevity
In the run up to Mothers Day, my four year old son informed me that he would be buying me some perfume as a gift with the help of Daddy. Knowing that neither of the boys had much spare cash to spend, I pointed them in the direction of our local Wilko store and told my fiance that I liked any Britney Spears perfume except for Curious. On Mothers Day, I awoke to find a lovely bottle of Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy - good choice boys!
~Hidden Fantasy EDP~
Released : 2008
Fragrance family : floral/fruity
'A sweet nectar of sparkling citrus blossoms, succulent florals and mysterious musks'.
This Eau de parfum as available as a stand alone perfume or as part of a gift set which includes a body souffle in the same scent. Hidden Fantasy is one of five perfumes in the Fantasy collection. It was created by Rodrigo Flores-Roux and released by Elizabeth Arden.
*Top notes (the initial scent) - tangarine, sweet orange, grapefruit blossoms and French flowering verbena
*Heart notes (the main body of the scent) - Napolitano cake, sambac jasmine, clove and stargazer lily
*Base notes (the finishing scent) - Jacaranda wood, sandalwood, amber and Mexican vanilla bean
As with the other Fantasy perfumes, the bottle design for Hidden Fantasy is identical in shape - a heavy, round glass bottle with a textured neck design and round lid. The Hidden Fantasy bottle is a deep red colour with baby pink gems on it. A red, beautifully designed outer box holds the bottle in place. I do find the Fantasy bottles to look a little on the cheap side but they are nicely designed.
~Where To Buy~
Hidden Fantasy is a very cheap and readily available perfume to buy. It is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes and also as part of a gift set which includes a 100ml EDP and 100ml body souffle. The current prices are below :
*Wilko - £10.00 (30ml)
*Amazon - £11.59 (30ml), £16.35 (50ml), £20.26 (100ml) and £17.98 (gift set)
*Fragrance Direct - £12.50 (30ml) and £19.99 (100ml)
I am a big fan of the Fantasy range of perfumes. I do like to try celebrity endorsed perfumes and whilst some aren't all that nice, the Fantasy range has been produced by a well known brand (Elizabeth Arden) and is an affordable range of perfumes. I currently have a bottle of Midnight Fantasy and Hidden Fantasy in my perfume collection but have tried the original Fantasy and Circus Fantasy too. There is a new addition to this range called Island Fantasy and I look forward to trying that one too!
Hidden Fantasy is said to have a dessert theme and this appeals to me as I love sweet scents. Despite how cheap this perfume actually is, the first spray doesn't reek of alcohol like some other cheap perfumes. It smells absolutely gorgeous from the moment the fine mist makes contact with my skin. I find a few sprays on my neck and on each of my wrists to be more than plenitiful. Anymore than this, the scent can become an overpowering cloud of sweetness and in turn, can come across as being a tad sickly.
Hidden Fantasy, despite being classed as a 'gourmand' scent, isn't quite as sweet as the other Fantasy scents. This may suit others as the sweetness isn't as heavy in the top notes. It opens with a fresh and zingy citrus blend with sweet undertones. It is bright, sparkling opening with the sweet orange and tangarine being evident but toned down by the verbena. After a short while, the orange aroma changes as the freshness disappears and a softer, orange sweetie type scent which is lovely if a bit synthetic smelling.
After 45mins or so, the heart of Hidden Fantasy becomes evident and is very appealing. The tangarine from the top notes is still noticeable and is enhanced by the cloves to give off a slightly spicy, warm and addictive sweetness. It is a gorgeous combination and whilst my nose picks up on hints of the sambac jasmine, the main focus is on a sweet and spicy, candy type aroma. It is really a delicious scent but not too heavy or sickly.
The base of Hidden Fantasy comes into play after a short 3 hours of wear. Here, there is a delightful dry down of heavenly sweetness. I found that whilst the scent sat very close to my skin, I was able to witness an authentic vanilla scent complimented by warm and woody notes from the sandalwood and vanilla. This is a common blend of fragrance notes and not unheard of any many perfumes but it smells lovely on my skin despite being very light. I would have expected the scent to have better longevity considering that it is an EDP but I could barely detect it on my skin after 5hours of wear.
Many may avoid Hidden Fantasy EDP as they may consider it to be highly sweet like the other Fantasy scents. I would urge you to try it as it is quite different. It is lighter and less sweet than you may imagine. I find it to be more of a grown up, evening version of the original Fantasy - one which will appeal to women of all ages rather than just the teenage market. Because of how warm the scent is, it is more suited for wearing during the colder months. It would be ideal as a light, evening scent.
I do like Hidden Fantasy as it smells lovely on my skin. I don't really feel that it fits in very well within the Fantasy range as it lacks the intense sweetness of the other perfumes. It is a really nice scent though and has a nice strength on my skin for a few hours before fading quickly. It is very affordable and I don't mind topping it up whilst wearing it but I do favour the sweeter Fantasy scents as this one didn't have such an impact on me and isn't one which I would consider to be a special scent.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: not my favourite Fantasy scent but still lovely
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