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This perfume comes in a beautifully elegant little glass bottle which is rectangular in shape. It has a gold coloured metal lid which is reminiscent of roman pillars to me, those whole thing speaks of very classic architecture. The elegance of this square cut bottle is softened by a curved glass base inside the form which hold the perfume. The bottle feels heavy and this just adds to the feeling of luxury you get when you look at it or hold it. The whole things screams expensive which means it has real wow factor as a gift.
The perfume inside is a light almost pinky goldy colour which is really quite stunning. I alway worry with yellowy coloured perfumes that they begin to look a little like urine but this one has a really stunning light, ethereal colour to it which is enhanced by the pinky/gold tones of the bottle and the box. The whole thing is very pretty and feminine, without having to be pink all over.
The perfume has a strong smell initially and it is mostly florals and fruits that hit your right away. This is my favourite style of scent so I was very pleased when I first smelt it because it has a beautiful mix of my two favourite types of fragrances. The first notes you get are carnations, violets, raspberries, bergamot and orange blossom. These combine to give a heady mixture of fruity floral notes with and underbelly of citrus kick. I love this mixture as it is sexy, light, fresh and a little mysterious.
The heart notes for this fragrance are violets, jasmine, orris, heliotrope, rose, lily of the valley and green tea. These are just about all my favourite things so the centre of the perfume for me is the best bit because it has that beautiful powdery floral fragrance that is so elegant and timeless and so appropriate for day or night, or any event.
The fragrance then mellows out and towards the end you get a beautiful combination of woody and musky scents with an undertone of sweet vanilla. This deepens the scent and gives it a really rich body and spiciness which adds yet another level of interest. I love this undercurrent of spice because it makes the perfume really sensual and sexy, and matures it a little bit which is great because it makes it feel very classic.
The overall feel of the perfume is of luxury and sophistication. I tend to wear it out in the evening because it has such a lovely sensual nature to it which for me seems to suit the night. That said, the fresh and fruity notes do make it a nice one for day time and especially warmer weather. Though it is expensive and therefore strong I do find that it has a real softness and delicacy to it which is really lovely and makes it seem ultra feminine.
This perfume is available for around £25 for 30ml which isn't too bad considering how expensive perfumes can be these days. I would probably avoid paying this much ordinarily but this is a lovely scent and very versatile.
Overall, a very nice perfume but beware the price.
Bvlgari (BVL) is an Italian fashion and beauty brand. The current line up of BVL products includes leather goods, watches, perfume/skincare and accessories. The actual brand name is Bulgari but Bvlgari is the most common name used.
BVL offer a collection of luxurious fragrances for men and women aswell as unisex scents. The women have the choice of Omnia Crystaliine, Jasmine Noir and Rose Essentielle. There is a collection of Pour Femme Eau de toilettes and Eau de Parfum and this review concentrates of the EDP version.
Pour Femme is available in EDP, EDT and a matching body lotion for building the scent on the skin. It is described as being a contemporary scent that provides a harmony of floral and feminine scents. The EDP offers a strong floral bouquet in comparrison to the EDT which translates to a sweeter scent.
The bottle housing Pour Femme is sophisticated and offers an even balance of curves and straight edges for a contemporary yet feminine appearance. The glass is clear and thick with the base extending into an oval shape and strong, sharp shoulders encasing a shiny gold neck and click on gold lid.
Like other fine fragrances, Pour Femme is created using certain groups of fragrance notes.
*Top notes create the initial scent and are short lived - violet leaf, orange flower and bergamot
*Heart notes create the body of the scent lasting several hours - sambac jasmine, mimosa and rose
*Base notes create the final trace of the scent - musk, sandalwood and powdery iris
~~~Availability and Price~~~
BVL Pour Femme EDT is available in different sizes and from the following online retailers.
www.amazon.co.uk : 30ml - £23.45/50ml - £34.05/100ml - £40.85 (shipped from cheap smells)
www.fragrancedirect.co.uk : 30ml - £22.50
Perfumes are expensive and I usually try before I buy. If I see a bargain though, I usually snap it up and sometimes regret it! A recent purchase of a certain Harajuku Loves perfume left me unfufilled and my sister offered to swap it with one of hers. In return, I received a 3/4 full 50ml tester bottle (no lid). Bvlgari isn't a brand I am overly familiar with but I have sampled a few of their scents in the past.
The bottle is quite classy and is the same shape as many of the BVL fragrance bottles. It is a really heavy one and very chunky so not one I particularly like carrying about in my bag. The sprayer is quite firm and I have no fears of this spraying whilst in my bag as I don't have the gorgeous gold lid to protect it. As always, I like to spray some of this on my wrist and neck prior to going out. A sharp spray is released and its time to see how it smells.
Pour Femme is quite a strong scent name and with the male version being Pour Homme, I had high hopes that I was going to be treated to something ultra feminine. The initial scent is powerful and to be honest, disappointed me as it is very harsh and unappealing. I double checked to see if I had perhaps sprayed an aftershave but it was indeed Pour Femme. To me it appeared musky with a spicy undertone which isn't entirely pleasant to the senses. It certainly wouldn't be out of place on a strong minded man.
Thankfully within a few minutes, a softer scent begins to develop but still keeps a spicy notion running through it and doesn't really let go of that aftershave essence. I can pick up faint floral notes with a powedery violet leaf being most prominent and gently joined by a light, airy bergamot and orange flower. Despite the manly aroma rearing its head, the opening scent is quite nice if a bit too generous in strength.
Within an hour or so of initial application, the scent becomes more feminine and leaves any trace of masculine spice behind. The heart of Pour Femme blends together some classic floral notes. In practice, it fufills its floral nature and is a far cry from the harsh opening scent. It is delicate and light with a sense of leafiness about it making it very airy and pleasant. The jasmine isn't as sensual as it normally is and offers a slight sweet kick of a high profile rose scent.
The base of Pour Femme developes on my skin around 4-5hours after I apply this perfume. Sitting quite close to the skin, it offers an ideal blend of notes to be soft and pleasant to get up close and sniff. The sandalwood is the most prominent note here offering its scent in a smooth, creamy and slightly earthy aroma. The musk simply acts as a very light undertone whilst the iris is barely existant. The scent is noticeable on my skin for a further 2-3hours but seems to envelope itself onto my scarf and jacket and can still be detected the following day.
This being mainly floral based, would suit someone who likes that sort of scent and any age. If you want something sweet then this isn't for you. Spring wear during the day would be my recommendation as the initial scent is too heavy for hot weather.
~~~Conclusion and Recommendation~~~
Bvlgari Pour Femme isn't my favourite scent. I suppose I love sweet scents too much to perhaps appreciate its overall floral nature but it just doesn't encourage me to spray it on everyday. If I had took my impressions from the first blast of scent, I wouldn't have bothered with it but a scent needs time to develop on the skin. Its just not me but that is down to personal tastes. I feel the length of time it stays on my skin is good considering the price it can be bought for.
Pour Femme just isn't for me and as a result, it is going on ebay! It simply isn't feminine enough to live up to its name.
Thanks for reading x
After learning that one of my favourite fragrances, Bvlgari's Voile de Jasmin is a floral take on one of their original fragrances, Bvlgari Pour Femme, I hinted and hinted throughout the run up to Christmas that Santa would like to buy me a bottle of the original for Christmas. Well, Santa came through!
As with several other Bvlgari bottles, the appearance of this Pour Femme perfume is lovely. It's simple, elegant, classical and understated whilst looking like it cost a fortune, which depending on where you shop, it can do. The bottle is hard to describe, but basically it's square at the base and folds up inwards towards the top, where it's all topped off with a gold lid and spray. The bottle is quite heavy and sustantial, particularly with the larger 100ml size. The perfume is a light golden colour which you can see through the bottle easily, so you know when you're running out.
When first sprayed, the fragrance is pretty strong with it being an eau de parfum, and I only need a couple of squirts max to last most of the day. The first aspects to the scent are a mix of florals and fruit, with carnations, violets, raspberries, bergamot and orange blossom being featured in the top notes. The orange blossom is very nice and gives a delicate citrus aroma which is then balanced out by a slight spiciness of coriander.
The violets come through even more in the middle of the fragrance and have a slightly powdery aspect to them that reminds me of clean, baby powder, but in a nice way! One of the other main attractions in the centre of this scent is jasmine, and this is quite easy to pick up on in the heart. Other heart notes are officially orris, heliotrope, rose, lily of the valley and green tea, with tea being a note which runs throughout many of the Bvlgari fragrances, Au The Rouge for example.
Towards the end of the scent, the fragrance deepens into a lovely mix of soft woods, musk, a slight hint of vanilla which sweetens the end up nicely, and some more of the trademark fresh green tea aroma. The musky woodiness to the scent is very nice and subtle. This scent in general is very clasical and sophisticated, and on my skin has a great staying power, being with me from first spray in the morning until the evening. A spray on your clothes will make them smell for even longer.
It's a perfume which I wear when I feel like being sophisticated, more elegant and more mature in general - and by mature I don't mean it smells like old ladies, or is just for older people, I mean it's not sugary sweet and girly! Personally I think this is a daytime fragrance, as although it's lovely, soft and has classical appeal with it's powdery, floral and woody aromas, it's probably not 'in your face' enough for evening use, unless you want to blend in well in which case it's ideal.
Price-wise, it depends on if you shop around. I bought an 100ml tester for just £9 on ebay this morning which is the best buy ever! Normally you're looking at a 30ml bottle costing around £25 with 100ml bottles being around £40-45 if you can pick up a bargain online. In the stores they are much more than this, so do shop around, particularly if you're not bothered about packaging and a tester will do.
Another of my favourites
If this wasn't so expensive to buy I would wear it almost all of the time.
Its notes are listed as Jasmine, Rose, Bergamot, Citrus, Tuberose, Hesperidic, Musk.
jasmine and rose give it its floral scent but the bergamont and musk give it depth making it less of a floaty fragrance. The citrus adds a twist to it.
The frangrance, like most, needs to be left on the skin for at least 10 mins before smelling it. this gives time for all of the different notes to sink in creating a warming fresh but strangely deep scent.
as a parfum it lasts ages on the skin so there is no need to keep reaplying it, just one spray lasts all day/night.
Keep this one for special occations where it can be fully appreciated as the delicous exotic scent that it is.
Spray, sit back and enjoy.....
Launched: 1994, relaunched 2006
Olfactive group: Floral
The perfume house
Bvlgari - one of the most respected design houses of watches and jewellery - entered the world of perfumery in 1992 with the creation of Bvlgari Eau au The Vert (Green Tea) followed by amongst others Bvlgari Bvlgari Aqua Pour Homme (1997) Bvlgari Blv (2000), Bvlgari Blv for Men (2001), Omnia (2003) and Omnia Amethyste (2007).
Bvlgari use rare and expensive ingredients in their perfumes and pride on excellence and absolute quality. True, after 20 years in perfumery making and having produced about 20 fragrances their class and luxury has not failed.
The bottle and packaging
The unusual shape of the bottle is not different from the orginal 1994 bottle, only its colour changed from a milky iridescent white to a clearer, brighter yellow.
The shape of the bottle is a characteristic, hard-to-describe shape used for many of the Bvlgari fragrances. It is square at the bottom but narrows towards the top where it closes up like a shut rectangular handbag.
There is an envelope-shaped dent in the front and back, it serves as a grip on the bottle which is quite heavy and bulky compared to the amount of fragrance it contains. The stopper is golden with a 'tie' neck on the front and back with a round top. This fragrance comes in a square rectangular box in pale yellow.
Both the bottle and the box look discreet and the lettering is especially fade on the outer package. Though it does convey the message of the scent being soft and feminine, it's quite easy to miss this product on the shelves.
Top notes: carnation, violet, coriander, raspberry, peach, bergamot, orange blossom
This powerful, floral fragrance opens up with fresh, but subtle orange blossom and powdery violet. This is a powdery freshness not a green one, and only lasts a few minutes.
Middle notes: orris, heliotrope, lily-of-the-valley, rose, jasmine
The leafy top note quickly give way to a light tearose, creamy jasmine and woody green tea heart. The dominant notes in the heart I can smell are violet and jasmine and while the green tea gives this fragrance a subtle freshness, it is still a floral rather than a green one.
Base notes: amber, sandal, musk, benzoin, vanilla, green tea, cedar, stirax
Bvlgari is the first perfume house that used green tea aroma in their fragrances and included as a signature note in most of their fragrances.
For such an array of complex components, Bvlgari pour Femme is surprisingly unified, discreet, even monotone. The drydown is a slightly soapy, woody musk that further emphasizes the unobstrusiveness of the scent. It stays on but it stays unnoticed...
Overall, Bvlgari pour Femme is a delicate bouquet of flowers with a light woody base. Being an Eau de Parfum, the staying-power is good, the sillage is slightly woody, musky.
As a real classic, it will probably appeal to women in their thirties and onwards. It is suitable to wear in any season on any occasion, however I think this creamy floral is better suited for the colder seasons and in the daytime.
A nice perfume, though it doesn't have that 'something special' you would expect from a designer house of such reputation as Bvlgari. I've been hoping for more than a well-composed Guerlainade (a trio of jasmine, rose and lily-of-the-valley in the heart) or at least a slight improvement in the scent too not just the bottle and packaging.
Composition: 4 / 5
Originality: 1 / 5
Staying power: 4 / 5
Overall value: 4 / 5
Thanks for reading my review.
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A prestigious, contemporary fragrance, Bvlgari Pour Femme Eau de Parfum; interprets the intensity and refinement of a sensual and precious world / the world of fine jewellery / and translates it into a delicate harmony of floral and feminine scent / A profound exploration of the feminine universe, Bvlgari Pour Femme expresses and satisfies a womans desire for timeless and pure emotion. Bvlgari Pour Femme, Eau de Parfum is an enveloping floral bouquet with delicate top notes of bergamot, violet leaf and orange flower / At the heart of Pour Femme is luminous sambac jasmine, harvested at dawn, when its scent is at its most pristine, blended with sensual mimosa from Grasse and the timeless sophistication of prelude rose / With gracefully diminished base notes of powdery iris, musk and sandalwood, Bvlgari Pour Femme is a passionate feminine.