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I absolutely love the Christian Dior range of perfume and this is another one of my collection. I had a selection from this range as a Christmas present a few years ago and I now use it as my evening perfume. It may just be me but I love the smell of this but think it may be a little over powering to wear in the daytime but is great for a night on the town.
As with all Christian Dior perfumes, the bottle looks professional and stylish (it's only simple but with a few in the range looks great on your dresser). It is an expensive perfume ranging between £40-£50 for a 100 ml bottle but as I only use it as an evening perfume the bottle will last me about a year. You can also get a 50ml bottle which is easier to carry around if your on the go.
Personally I love this perfume as an evening perfume and then I would suggest using the J'adore as a day perfume as it has a softer more elegant fragrance. These will be the only two fragrances you'll ever need in your collection of perfumes.
A review by a male for this perfume. I got my girlfriend this perfume for her birthday and must say it is a sweet smelling perfume for her to wear. One spray is normally enough to get a gentle waft of this smell when sitting about, but if going out on a night out she prefers to have two or three. The design of the bottle is simple and easy to store, she can often place it in her bag. For a Dior perfume it is quite cheap as well if you look about on the internet most sellers have 50ml at around 35 quid. However DKNY is a preference of mine and would much prefer to have her wear that but still a great smell
In close I believe this is a great smell for a night out and if only a little applied perfect for use all the time and it will drive fellow men wild at a sniff.
I have added this new fragrance to my ever-growing collection of Dior perfumes after I received it as a gift for my birthday. After "Addict" becoming something of a sensation, it was going to be hard to top, yet this perfume does well to keep up with the infamous scent. Although I do prefer the gorgeous "J'adore", and prefer the original "Addict", this perfume is lovely, although I find it to be a bit too much to wear during the day, as if you get too much on it is pretty strong! However, I would definitley recomment any Dior lover to buy this perfume, as unlike the "Poison" perfume, this scent is not too strong or overpowering, and just a subtle, sexy scent perfect for nights out! Personally I wouldn't buy this for myself, as it's a bit strong for everyday wear, and being a penniless student I'd prefer to spend my money on a signature scent.
Now is it just me, or have Dior done incredibly well with their perfume range of late? First of all we had the delicious "J'adore", which was at the same time classy and wearable; then they introduced the out-of-this-world "Addict", whose unusual dramatic and sexy scent became nothing short of a national obsession - to the extent that I'm not sure I know any female who doesn't own a bottle; and recently they've made us fall in love with the brand all over again by releasing "Pure Poison", which is sitting firmly on my "please darling, please" list for my birthday.
The one they didn't promote to the same extent as the others over the last few years was "Addict Eau Fraiche". Obviously it's a diffusion line from the original Addict, but Dior put relatively little effort into advertising their new creation. So little, in fact, I only encountered it on a chance stroll round Harvey Nicks (No, I never buy anything in there - but I like to pretend I can!).
"Addict Eau Fraiche" comes in a very similar bottle and box to the original perfume. The box is highly reflective silver and the bottle is a square pillar shape with a gold twist top to it - an excellent design that prevents cap-losing and perfume spilling. The bottle is a transparent lilac in colour, with a mirrored bit at the top.
Intrigued, I had a little squirt of the stuff and, in my usual over-enthusiastic manner, took in a great nostril full of it and started sneezing violently. After that I thought I'd give it a bit of a wide berth (Although I know of relatively few perfumes that won't make you sneeze when inhaled directly...).
It was only on a trip to Cologne with one of my girly mates that I gave it a second chance. I'm a nightmare friend, really, and spent the entire weekend trying out all the exciting products she'd taken with her - a bit of Benefit Dandelion here, a squirt of Pure Poison there - I'm sure you know how it is! In amongst her stash of beautifying equipment lay a bottle of "Addict Eau Fraiche". It would have been rude not to, so one day I made this my tester of choice.
On application, the similarities between this and the original "Addict" are startling. There's the same distinctive spiciness mingled with delicious fruity florals which got me hooked on "Addict" in the first place. It does instantly feel more wearable, however - "Addict" is the kind of perfume that screams "sex", rips its clothes off and ravishes you on the spot - ideal for wearing on an evening out with the girls (or in with the boys!). "Addict Eau Fraiche", on the other hand, whispers naughty things in your ear and makes you feel a bit more playful all day.
What I'm trying to get at is that the "Eau Fraiche" is a hell of a lot lighter than the original "Addict". I have worn this to the office without feeling like a tramp. I could quite happliy wear this on a summer's day, walking through the countryside. Wearing the original would make me feel more like I should be locked up and dominating men in a dungeon than walking the dog.
Now for the Science bit - Concentrate!
The top notes of "Addict Eau Fraiche" are:
- Jasmine Petals
- Mandarin Tree Leaves
The only one of these that is shared by "Addict" original is the Mandarin Tree Leaf - which implies to me that the similarities noticed on application are due to this. The addition of Bergamot and Jasmine petals brings a whole new freshness to the scent and compliments the Mandarin perfectly.
The heart notes of "Addict Eau Fraiche" are:
- Queen of the Night
- Bulgarian Rose
Queen of the Night and Bulgarian Rose are both to be found in "Addict", with the Queen of the Night adding a lot of that distinctive "Addict" flavour. This plant flowers for only one night a year, making the extract very rare and desirable - Dior is one of the only perfume makers in the world to use the extract in their scents, which added to the hype surrounding the release of "Addict" a couple of years ago. The addition of lighter, fresher scents such as Gardenia and Tuberose again make the perfume more suitable for everyday use whilst combining perfectly with the other notes of the perfume.
The base notes are:
- Bourbon Vanilla Absolut
- Mysore Sandalwood
- White Musk
The only difference in the base notes between the "Eau Fraiche" and the original "Addict" is the White Musk, which replaces the heavier scent of the Tonka Bean that can be found in "Addict". Now I don't have a great deal of experience in the field of White Musk outside of the Body Shop's range, but I know it to be a much more playful scent than the at times overpowering Tonka Bean. The Sandalwood and Vanilla scents ensure that the perfume has fantastic staying power without becoming too much by the end of the day.
In case you hadn't gathered, I love this perfume. Although I still have a soft spot for "Addict" in its original guise, this is a fantastic way for people like me, who are in love with the original, to wear the scent during the day without feeling like you're a little overdressed. I'd also wear it on a low-key night out, when I'm not dressed up to the nines and happy to just hang out with friends for the evening.
Another plus point is that the "Eau Fraiche" seems to scare men a little less - when I'm wearing "Addict" it tends to bring out my inner ball-breaker, and the strong scent combined with my outlandish behaviour does tend to scare men a little. "Addict Eau Fraiche", on the other hand, is much less offensive to the male pallette and still makes me feel that little bit sexier... and how can that be a bad thing?!
A 50ml bottle will cost about £30 in most shops and can be found cheaper online.