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Candies Candies Eau de Toilette

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Brand: Candies / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / Gender: for women

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      09.04.2011 21:12
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      It may be sold in identant stores, I strongly advise trying before buying.

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      The fragrance
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      CANDIES smelt nice on first application, I could really smell the peach. This is alongside hints of mandarin and the lemon raises up through from the heart notes too. I love peach and mandarin, so I did enjoy the top notes, despite everything being being flat thanks to the strong peach and it is a tad too sweet [and I like sweet normally].

      But the real trouble started when the heart notes started coming though and mixing with the top notes; the jasmine and gardenia are too strong for me and these notes overwhelm the musky ylang-ylang, which is a shame as the ylang-ylang would have given the fragrance more depth and a slightly spicy undertone if it had room to develop [Sometimes in colder weather I can pick up on a spicy undertone to it, but it comes and goes]. And in addition to the flat florals there are stronger notes of syrupy sugared lemon and some of the peach carries down as well.

      Then we get to the amber heavy [and what I think is] patchouli base. Sweet + heavy floral + more sweetness = migraine. I can't think of any other way to describe it, apart from saying that all of the individual notes used in CANDIES build up over two hours or so and violently collide in the base. Good luck with pulling any individual note out of the jumble after a few hours, because I certainly can't.

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      Official scent notes
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      Orange, peach, lemon, jasmine, ylang-ylang, gardenia and amber.

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      The bottle
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      The bottle is the ideal shape to hold and spray, even when you're fresh out of the shower. The colour combination used in the design is eye catching; the bottle has a yellow cap and the base is the same shade, but it graduates to orange by the bottle's neck. However I think that it is somewhat tacky in person and the cap didn't fit securely on my bottle - I lost it within a few weeks.

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      Other buying considerations
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      The staying power is (unluckily for me) very good, it lingers. I get up to six hours wear out of it, which is good for an EDT - so I'll give it a thumbs up for that.

      Ordinarily I'd wear something so fruity during the summer but as this is also very sweet I prefer to wear CANDIES in autumn/winter, as I find it sickly and cloying in the heat. I -f you're not headache prone this would make a good 'All Seasons' fragrance.

      I used my bottle for me time - on weekends and days off work; because I find it so full on I worry that if I wear it in the office it'll be too invasive to my colleagues. Ditto for intimate evenings, but if you're going somewhere where you want to make an impact this will work.

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      My opinion
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      When I was in my mid teens I was browsing the internet for fan sites for Charmed, which at the time was a cool new show. One site had the print ads Alyssa Milano had just shot for CANDIES EDT - a new fragrance, by a trendy new firm. [Later ads featured the likes of Carmen Electra and then husband Dennis Rodman - perfect when your product is primarily aimed at the under 20 crowd].

      I'm a marketer's dream and the images lodged themselves in my brain for eleven years, so when I came across a bottle whilst on holiday I bought a bottle untested [there were no testers and I was on one of those shopping trips where you only get so long at each stop] and braced myself for magically getting the looks and sex appeal of Alyssa with my first spray...

      Unsurprisingly that never happened and I instead wasted my money on something that was a total mismatch for me. Having said that, it's not a 'bad' product and does have some good points; it is long lasting and other people could happily wear it all year round. If the floral notes weren't so overwhelming I'd probably have kept wearing it, as it is I've since given my bottle away. If sweet and strong is your thing you could probably carry this off.

      CANDIES feels like a summer scent to me, but I find it too heavy to wear in the heat, plus it is similar to Escada summer fragrances and I can think of several other fragrances that remind me of this too, so there's nothing unique here. I even looked at some of the other fragrances that CANDIES 'nose' Thierry Wasser has produced and - sure enough - many of his other perfumes use at least one note that is found in CANDIES.

      His other fragrances include Calvin Klein Truth, Diesel Fuel For Life, Dior Addict, Emporio Armani Diamonds, Kylie Minogue Darling and Sweet Darling and Lancome Hypnose.

      As it's never been officially released in the UK you won't be able to test it, which makes buying it risky as you'd have to do it blind. As it does share similarities with all of Thierry Wasser's other perfumes and you like them and the official notes listed here you'll probably enjoy CANDIES.

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      There are 50 ml and 100ml bottles on various sites. The prices vary slightly, but the 50ml edition is usually only around the £15 mark, whilst the 100ml can set you back up to £30.


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