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As I have said in quite a few of my reviews, my mother in law is an Avon Representative, because of this I seem to get quite a lot of Avon goodies when it comes to my birthday or Christmas time. I received the Christian Lacroix's Absynthe Perfume from her for my 21st birthday a few years ago and must say it was a really good perfume.
This perfume comes in a lovely green bottle, it has a lacey kind of print on it and Christian Lacroix's Absynthe wrote on it as well. I really like this bottle and think that it looks well in my room alongside my other ones.
Freesia, wormwood, star anise
Orchid, saffran, narcissus
Myrrh, ebony wood, musk, amber
What I Thought
This perfume has a lovely scent to it that reminds me other, more expensive perfumes, I think that it is great value for money and because this perfume smells really expensive, I like to keep it for special occasions.
This perfume has a lovely floral scent to it, however it isn't overly sweet. I think that it has a nice oriental scent to it and it smells really sophisticated in my opinion.
This perfume smells really nice when it has been first applied, but I find that it wears off quite quickly and usually have to reapply it after work for the evening.
Since receiving this perfume, my mum and a few of the girls in my work have ordered it and they love wearing it too, it is quite popular in my circle of friends at the moment and I have went through 2 bottles since receiving it for my birthday two years ago.
I really like wearing this fragrance as it is not like any other perfume I have owned in the past and it has quite a unique scent to it. I is a really special scent to own and is also quite cheap to but, making it much more appealing.
Price and Availability
You can buy this perfume through the Avon either online or through your representative for about £15-£20 depending on which brochure you buy it from. I think that this is quite a good price, but if you are unsure of the scent you can ask your representative for a sample or sometimes the pages are scratch and sniff.
I really like this perfume and would definitely recommend it, it smells great, is quite versatile and although it doesn't have great staying power, is reasonably priced so you can be as liberal with it as you like and not feel like you are spending a ton. Overall I would give this perfume 4 out of 5 stars.
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Christian Lacroix s a French fashion designer who teamed up with Avon in 2007 to create the fragrance 'Rouge'. Absynthe followed in 2009.
Cellophane wrapped bright lime green box with a vague pattern resembling paisley in shiny green and beige. The box is lined with green card.
'A mysterious potion of sexy florals, rich woods, inspired by the magic of absynthe'.
Flammable, containing 73.8% alcohol denat.
Made in Poland.
50 ml heavy tear drop shaped glass bottle with 1 inch thick glass base.
Glass is a sort of lime green with a plastic green transparent pull off lid.
Spray section is also coloured green.
Name is written on bottle in a beige gold colour.
Contains oak moss extract.
Full price is £20 but was on offer for £12. Now not in the catalogues but you can still pick it up on ebay.
Fragrantica.com state - 'Its composition incorporates anise and artemisia, as well as intoxicating aromas of orchid and freesia, with intensive woody accords, myrrh and musk.
Avon state - 'Christian Lacroix Absynthe for him and for her is a captivating, mysterious potion of sexy florals and rich woods inspired by the magic of absynthe'.
This fragrance comes in the same shaped bottle as the Rouge but in a different colour.
I really like the Rouge and this one sounded intriguing, though it is currently not on sale by Avon - but was back in the catalogues just before Christmas - it tends to pop up in the brochures occasionally.
This comes in a lovely heavy glass bottle with a very heavy and thick base which makes it feel very expensive.
I also like the strange shade of green that the bottle and top come in - a sort of mix between sage and lime - quite unusual, a sort of pistachio shade.
As with the other Christian Lacroix perfumes it is long lasting and reasonably strong - but this is a very odd one.
Definitely not one to buy as a gift for someone as it is not the sort of thing you can guess whether someone will like or not.
This has a very masculine and woody aroma to it and I would say it tends much more towards an aftershave smell than a perfume. I am not sure really what I can detect with this perfume, not really any of the florals mentioned - but if you do not like feminine perfumes then this might be for you.
I do not dislike it really but neither do I love it enough to want to buy more. This is a really odd one and is quite heavy as well - so even if you do like it I would say it is more of an evening perfume and definitely not a fresh summery smell.
This is sort of warm and heavy - some people on the Avon website rave about it and were begging for it not to be discontinued - personally it is not really for me so it just goes to show how personal a perfume choice is.
===Would I Recommend?===
No not really.
I asked for Christian Lacroix's Absynthe perfume for Christmas as I remember really liking it when I tried a sample of it ages ago when it first came out and it comes in the same bottle (only a different colour) as the Christian Lacroix Rouge perfume, which I found too spicy, but I adored the bottle design.
~ Price and availability ~
The perfume is by Christian Lacroix for Avon so it is not available in the shops.
You can order a bottle from the Avon brochure or from their website, www.avonshop.co.uk. It usually costs £20.00 for a 50ml bottle, but can often be found on offer for £12.00.
£12.00 is the cheapest I have seen it for.
You can also buy it in a miniature gift set along with Christian Lacroix Rouge (red bottle) and Christian Lacroix Nuit (purple bottle), which costs £15.00 for 3 miniature 4ml bottles. Absynthe comes in a green/yellow coloured bottle.
~ Packaging and bottle ~
The bottle comes in a green metallic card box decorated with a shiny gold floral design and shiny green embossed vines.
The green/yellow coloured glass bottle is almost teardrop shaped, only with a flat bottom and it has 'Christian Lacroix ABSYNTHE' in small gold lettering on the front of the bottle with a gold floral vine pattern around it, the same as the design on the box.
The design and lettering are really small on the bottle and like I said in my review of the Rouge perfume it looks mega cute.
The lid of the perfume is about an inch wide, wider than the spray button. It is just over a centimetre tall and it is oval shaped, when looking at it from above. The lid is made from transparent green/yellow plastic to match the colour of the bottle.
Something I have just noticed about the bottle is that just under an inch of the bottom is just solid glass, when I had originally thought it was all perfume. This is a clever trick as I didn't notice this at first and I bet if I had a good look at my Rouge bottle (which has dark glass so it would be more difficult to see) it will be the same.
If you look at Dooyoo's picture you can see the thick glass at the bottom of the bottle, but this is an inaccurate picture. The glass bottom actually comes up to the pattern on the bottle - half way up the pattern below the wording. I swear I am not exaggerating here.
It makes it look like you are getting more perfume than you actually are, but I do like the size of the bottle so I don't mind too much, but it could make you feel like you have more perfume left than you actually do.
Another thing I should say about Dooyoo's picture is it looks like the bottle is full to the top, but my bottle was only taken out of the cellophane yesterday and I have sprayed it no more than 4 times and there is almost a centimetre without perfume at the top of the bottle. I did notice that it wasn't totally full when I first opened it, which doesn't bother me, but it seems unfair of Avon to promote the perfume using this picture when it is inaccurate.
~ Scent ~
This perfume contains top notes of anise and Artemisia, heart notes of orchid and freesia and base notes of myrrh and musk.
It is quite a warming fragrance. It is quite a woody scent with a light spicy element. I don't usually like spicy perfumes, but the spice in this is does not dominate the fragrance and it isn't too harsh.
The floral notes are evident once it has settled on my skin, but I would not describe this perfume as particularly feminine.
The scent is very strong and I find the perfume quite heavy.
I have found it to be very long lasting. I have worn it for about 12 hours today and it was still evident before I started spraying more on to help me to write this review.
I think this perfume would be suitable for day time or night time wear. It is quite dark and mysterious and I could easily imagine wearing it for a night out.
I think the scent is pretty versatile and would appeal to women in their 20's (like myself) as well as more mature women. I think it smells like it would be quite expensive.
I really like this scent and I am really pleased with it.
~ Conclusion ~
I like this scent and I would definitely consider buying this scent again once I have used my bottle up.
It is a nice floral, woody scent, which is lightly spiced, but it is not too harsh.
It is long lasting and I absolutely love the bottle. Although it is not the nicest of colours (I think a deeper, less yellow green would have been nice), I think the design is really nice. The gold lettering and pattern on the front are really small and cute. It is a nice shape and the lid is a nice shape and finishes the bottle off nicely.
Review of Christian Lacroix and Avon Absynthe Eau de Parfum
Earlier this year I went to a fashion and beauty swapping party organised by my friend in aid of the Irlen's Syndrome charity which helps children with learning difficulties. Having never before attended an event of this nature, I was unsure what to expect but duly followed the guidelines and took along some bits and pieces I no longer wanted. The basic process of the event is rather like an old fashioned 'bring and buy' sale, and to cut a long story short, I came home clutching a bunch of goodies, including this fragrance.
Absynthe is from the house of Avon and Christian Lacroix. It was produced following the success of their perfumes Rouge and Noir in 2007. Absynthe arrived on the market in 2009.
The packaging is rather classier than the average Avon offering. The pear shaped bottle is a green/yellow colour and it contains 50ml of Eau de Parfum. This is classified as a green fragrance.
The top notes are freesia, wormwood and star anise. These give the fragrance a fresh, yet sweet initial scent. I found on my skin that this faded fairly quickly, leaving feint traces of freesia, but very little else.
The middle notes are orchid, saffron and narcissus. These give a fairly 'bright' powdery, floral depth to the fragrance which lingered well.
The fragrance matures as the base notes of Myrrh, ebony wood, musk and amber come through, leaving an intensely green, woody scent. The musk and amber are not as predominant as I would like, however this fragrance lasted very well indeed. I generally find Avon fragrances are pretty short lived on my skin, but Absynthe was still detectable after around 8 or 9 hours.
I generally get on well with musk/amber combinations, but this particular fragrance seemed a little too green for my taste. Obviously, fragrances vary according to the skin type of the wearer, so perhaps on someone else this would be muskier.
I believe this originally sold for around £20-£25 and although I cannot find it on the Avon web site at the moment, it can be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk for around £13.00.
My Thoughts and Conclusion
Absynthe is a fairly unusual fragrance. It is a scent that changes quite drastically as the different notes come through. At first sniff it is most definitely a green/woody fragrance and the following middle and base notes add a subtle, earthy depth to the perfume. In my opinion this is a rather masculine scent.
I have noticed that some fragrances alter according to the climate and I feel this could do well as a summer evening scent rather than a daytime fragrance for a younger woman than me.
To be perfectly honest, Absynthe doesn't really do much for me. As I have already mentioned I generally love fragrances with musk/amber notes, but I found them to be virtually unnoticeable in this fragrance. The staying power of Absynthe is very good, but sadly I just do not like it. I'm actually glad that I didn't buy it from an Avon catalogue at full price as I would have been sorely disappointed!
Of course, as we all know fragrances can smell quite different from person to person and even though I didn't like this, don't let that put you off trying it if you get the chance. Who knows, it could be a match made in heaven!
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 October 2012
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
With a username like mine, it's hardly surprising that I wanted to try Absynthe, the eau de parfum that was a result of the collaboration between Avon and Christian Lacroix. It sounded like an unusual scent and one that would suit me, so I took the plunge and purchased it online despite having never smelled it before.
Absynthe comes in a bottle and cardboard box with the same shape and basic design as the other Avon-Christian Lacroix collaborations, including Rouge and Nuit. The box is a lovely green colour with a sophisticated embossed pattern. The glass bottle is also green and is rounded, tapering towards the top. I really like the bottle and am happy to display it in my room.
Naturally enough, Absynthe is inspired by the absinthe drink which smells and tastes of anise and wormwood. The top notes of the perfume are freesia, wormwood and star anise, while the middle notes are orchid, saffron and narcissus. The base notes are myrrh, ebony wood, musk and amber.
I'm not always very good with scents and I don't recognise many of the individual scents which make up this perfume, but I'll try my best! I am familiar with absinthe the drink, its taste and smell, and I was slightly concerned that the perfume would smell exactly the same - I don't want to go around smelling of booze! My first impression, however, was that while the fragrance was clearly inspired by absinthe, it was much more fragrant, complex and 'perfume-like' than this would suggest. On first wearing the perfume, I found it smelled green, fresh and fragrant, slightly sharp but not unpleasantly so. I could certainly make out the star anise, with its unique aniseed quality, and the wormwood, which adds a deeper and slightly 'magical' quality to the fragrance.
After an hour or so the perfume deepens in scent slightly, and a few hours later smells more woody and musky than it did on first application. The initial notes - those which give the perfume its 'absinthe' quality - are still present, however. I was impressed with the perfume's longevity - it was fairly strong, and lasted around 6-8 hours on me, longer on my clothes.
My mam, who told me in no uncertain terms that she hated Avon perfumes, smelled me when I was wearing this and said "That's actually quite nice". Similarly, one of my friends who said she thought Avon fragrances were a bit rubbish told me she liked this one.
***When to Wear the Fragrance***
To me this is definitely an evening fragrance. You could possibly wear it during the day on a REALLY special occasion, but night time suits it more. I think it's best in the summer - not that you couldn't wear it during the winter, but it makes me think of nineteenth-century French absinthe drinkers discussing literature and politics outside Parisian cafes in the height of summer - an intriguing, slightly magical scent.
***Price and Availability***
I bought Absynthe eau de parfum 50ml for £20 from the Avon website, a good price. I've noticed it is no longer available on the Avon website - I guess it was limited edition - but it is widely available on eBay, at much lower prices. I might buy another bottle before it vanishes completely.
I really liked this perfume and I'm glad I took the plunge and bought it. It manages to successfully evoke the scent and quality of absinthe without smelling too boozy and maintaining its complexity. It's very unusual and different and is one of my favourite fragrances.
Before I even start writing about this perfume I better tell you the story behind why I bought it. When my mom was pregnant - before she found out obviously, she wasnt deliberatly drinking whilst expecting!! - we were given a bottle of Absynthe as a present. We spent the night playing various drinking games with the bottle and then the very next day my mom found out that she was to have a baby. So we always associate the drink with getting pregnant so when I saw that Avon had released this 'Christian Lacroix Absynthe' perfume I knew she would get a laugh out of it so I decided to buy a bottle for us to use. I have to admit I bought this for the reason above alone and not because I assumed it would be nice - Ive been very shocked by this because its actually a really nice scent!!
Price: Around £20 - 50ml bottle.
Stockists: Avon, eBay & Amazon stock this perfume even though it was designed exclusively for Avon in the first place.
Other Info: Also available in 30 & 100ml bottle sizes for different prices. This scent is described as a captivating, mysterious and oriental fragrance that is perfect for any time of day and any season.
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Fits in with the overall theme and name of this perfume very well in my opinion - the colours and design are just spot on! The bottle is a teardrop kind of shape in design and is a bright green shade just like the actual drink Absynthe. The front of the bottle has an embossed gold pattern around the name of the perfume which again fits in very well with the brands theme. Normally green isnt the type of colour Id go for as usually I find its quite a masculine colour but with the pattern and the gold that makes this one much more feminine than I expected and its quite different to any other perfume bottles I own so I can display it among them and it stands out really well - it would certainly catch you eye if they sold this in stores. At the top of the bottle is a gold plastic lid which is simply pulled off to reveal the push down spray nozzle you would expect to find on a perfume. As far as I can tell the lid is very secure as it has never leaked and the bottle is stunning and effective - definitely one to add to any collection design wise I reckon.
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Im pretty rubbish at picking out the individual notes in a perfume so I did some digging around the net and found the main ingredients that make up this scent are -
Top Notes: Star Anise, Wormwood, Absynthe [obviously!!] & Freesia.
Middle Notes: Orchid & Saffron.
Base Notes: Myrhh, Musk, Amber & Ebony Wood.
I have to be honest I didnt think Id like the smell of this - I thought it would smell like the Absynthe drink tastes but this one really shocked me because its actually a really stunning scent - that smells way more expensive than it actually is I think. First off this seemed to me like a normal floral scent as the Orchid & Freesia were the only scents I could smell which was pleasant enough but not what I was expecting - luckily after just a few seconds this perfume starts to really heat up and that brings the other notes into play. The Star Anise & Absynthe get stronger after a few seconds and give the floral notes a quite spicy yet sweet edge to it - which normally I wouldnt like because spicy scents arent my thing but in this case they give the perfume a nice edge rather than make me feel like Im wearing curry sauce. I like that this perfume has many different levels to it - floral, sweet, heavy, hot, spicy and somehow all the different scents manage to work well and mix together well rather than overpower one another so its actually a really amazing fragrance.
This scent is a very heavy one and its very warm so at times this is quite a masculine fragrance I think. Thats perfect for me though because I like heavy scents that can be worn at nightime but if your looking for a light, normal and everyday scent this wont be it however if your looking for something really different that has a really unique scent then this one will be perfect!!
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Is pretty amazing Ive found. This lasts at least 8-9 hours on my skin - probably because its so heavy - and thats way better than average in my experience so staying power is amazing and you wont need to keep reapplying this while your out and about.
Id say this one is probably for 20's and upwards because it is so heavy and smells really expensive I assume younger women and teens would prefer something a little lighter and less complicated. However everyones different so if you can test this out (might be hard!!) do before you buy it!
Day Or Night? Summer Or Winter?
I dont think there is a season more appropriate for wearing this perfume but it is 100% a night perfume. I think this would be far too heavy to wear in the day but it is perfect for the evening and it will last all night long.
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I will definitely be buying this again because it has really surprised me by how nice it is ad how brilliant the staying power is. The only reason Im knocking a * off is because you wont be able to test this out before you buy as its not available in store - that will mean a few people will buy this on name alone and hate it as its not a scent for everyone! I do recommend it though its amazing!!
Thanks For Reading.
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I'm a big fan of Christian Lacroix Rouge Perfume, and would probably say it is one of my favourites out there. The Rouge one has been out for over 3 years and this one hasn't been out all that long, perhaps about 6 months or slightly more. This is sold through Avon and can be bought online or through an Avon Rep if you have one. So there is 2 Perfumes in this range and 1 Aftershave.
I had never tried this until a couple of weeks ago. I smelt this when it first came out but it was only the scented bit on the page in the Avon book which I don't feel you ever get that great a smell from.
This costs £20 for the 50ml bottle. Probably a pretty average price for the size of bottle and a designer make, but I think since this is in Avon then you aren't used to paying all that amount in Avon since the things are usually that much cheaper. However this Perfume was on offer for £12 and when you spent £12 on Perfumes, Aftershaves and/or make up you got a free Gift of a Designer Shower Gel, a Nail Varnish and a Mascara. The free gift was worth £18, and since I needed a new mascara and the 1 in the gift is the 1 that I use then I thought why not buy when it's at this price. I usually pay £5 for the Mascara so essentially the Perfume cost me £7.
The box and bottle are alright. The bottle is a thick glass and a sort of Tear Drop shape. It is a medium green colour. Not the nicest looking shade in the world i'd say. The writing on the bottle is a really dark brown and I would say the design on this looks a bit Henna like. The box is the same shade of green with the same coloured writing and design on it.
So how does this smell? It isn't the same as Rouge. Rouge is a heavy perhaps floral scent and this is nice, but different. The notes in her are Absinthe (funny enough!), Green Anise, Saffron, Narcissus Nectar, Golden Freesia and Myrrh. Although this is also a heavy scent, it does smell a bit more Smoked Wood kind of Sandalwood sort of scent. It has a sparkling scent to it as well, and the odd lighter fruity dash to it too. I would say this Perfume would be good if you like a heavy scent that isn't too heavy.
This lasted a good lenght of time after me spraying this as well. Although I sprayed this in the morining and reapplied it early afternoon I would still smell a hint of this later on as well.
Although I wouldn't buy it again as there is so many more Perfumes I like more than this one, I will use all the bottle up as it is nice enough. Worth a try and especially when it is on a good offer.
I bought Christian Lacroix's Absynthe when it first came out in the Avon catalogue, for around £20 with a make-up bag and mascara as 'free' gifts.
The colours are green and gold, mimicking the green of the drink, absinthe, and has a vine-like embossed (raised) decoration with golden starry flowers in the curls of the vines. The box is very appealing looks-wise but is rather large and doesn't sit easily on a shelf with other perfume boxes, as its simply very big. The bottle itself is sort of in the shape of a pear, with a wide ovoid cap, all in green, with the same vine pattern in gold on the front of the bottle. The cap is unfortunately very loose, and wobbles about if you move the bottle. As for the nozzle, it is just the normal spray-type, and is in a metallic green.
The scent is quite strong and spicy, almost masculine-smelling, but with a few sweet top-notes, which add an air of femininity. As the perfumes wears off, which takes quite a while due to the strength of the perfume, it becomes sweeter, but the warm, spicy element also shows through more. Luckily this scent should last for a long time because you don't have to spray a lot of it to get a good covering of the perfume! This is a really nice luxurious going-out scent, and I tend to use it exclusively as such, but it might suit day-wear if you felt like wearing something stronger than usual. It doesn't mix particularly well with other scents because its own scent is quite unique.
well where to start with this product.... my sister brought me this perfume for christmas last year and the fact i still have a basically full bottle says it all really.
its a very strong over powering smell that really is not my cup of tea. i much preferre i nice fruity smell where this one is a strong smell that lingers and not in a good way.
my sister loves this perfume so clearly its one of those perfumes you either love it or you hate it, and personally i hate it!! i call it my emergancy perfume for when you run out of the perfume you wear on a daily basis and something is better then nothing i suppose, but it really is only used on emergancies.
i dont recommend this perfume to anyone to be honest, i would like to say try it and see but its really not worth the money! this perfume is the reason for the phrase "lingers like a bad smell".
Another perfume I have in my collection is Absynthe by Christian Lacroix. I received this perfume as a present from my parents one Christmas, I had tried the other perfume in this range in the past and loved it so when they saw Absynthe for sale in Avon they decided to buy it. I have to say that this is one of my favourite perfumes and just as good as the original.
Absynthe comes in an attractive pear shaped bottle made of thick green glass, it is totally different to the bottles of my other perfumes and is quite eye catching, it has a small green lid which easily pulls off to reveal the silver spray button underneath. The bottle has the words Absynthe Christian Laxcroix written in gold lettering in the centre of it, this is surrounded by a gold swirly pattern, all adding to the attractiveness of the bottle. The bottle came in a green box with the same lettering nad pattern on the front, again it is the same green colour as the bottle, I am not sure of the exact details given on the box as this was thrown out almost immediately as I have the bottle standing out in my bedroom.
This is quite a difficult fragrance to describe, sometimes when I wear this perfume I think it has quite a musky smell, but then on other occasions the fragrance is less musky and more of a sweet smell. The description of this perfume is that it has notes of absinthe, fressia, green ansie, orchid, saffron, narcissus, ancient woods, ebony, musk, myrrh and amber. To be honest I cannot pick one of these ingredients which stands out the most, as I said the fragrance of the perfume seems to change between a musky fragrance and a sweet one. When first applied this perfume is quite strong, I would call it over powering but you do not need to apply loads, the spray button dispenses the perfume in a fine mist meaning you can apply just the right amount. After a while the fragrance does mellow a little and becomes a little bit more subtle. Absynthe is a very long lasting perfume, I can apply it in the morning and still smell it (although a little fainter) several hours later. I would say that is a perfume that can be worn for any occasion, I quite happily wear it for work or an evening out, it is also a perfume that would suite anybody. It is a nice long lasting perfume that has quite a summery fragrance to it, it is very feminine and certainly one that I would recommend.
I am not sure of the exact price as it was a present but I think it was only about £20 it was not an expensive perfume, and when I got mine it came with a green and white make up bag. The bottle was a 50ml bottle so you do get quite a lot for your money.
Overall I am very impressed with this perfume, it is very girly, long lasting and is not very expensive. It certainly is a perfume that would suit anyone. I cannot criticise it in any way.
Long lasting fragrance
Do not need much at once so economical
Would suit anyone
Suitable for any occasion
None from me
Avon produces a wide range of perfumes, many becoming sought-after classics. There are some that fall short of the mark and just smell cheap and strongly chemical. It's hard to know what you will end up with when you are buying from Avon as you are relying on the book or website to give a good impression of the product. This particular perfume costs RRP £20 for a 50ml bottle, and I was lucky enough to find this on eBay for a lower price and it also came with a free Lacroix/Avon gift.
I was intrigued by the name of this perfume, and wanted to see what Avon's premium fragrances are like. This is created by Christian Lacroix, a renowned designer of couture fashions. Lacroix has teamed up with Avon to produce four exclusive fragrances; Rouge, Noir, Absynthe for her and Absynthe for him. Lacroix says "Absynthe, a mysteriously mesmerizing 19th century potion known as the green fairy, is still one of the world's most seductive mysteries. Irresistibly inviting, dangerously captivating - a great inspiration to my fashion and newest fragrance." Absynthe for her has a brief simple description of "A mysterious potion of sexy florals and rich woods inspired by the magic of absynthe."
The bottle is very pretty in a simplistic way. It has a rounded glass base and is a vibrant green shade. I think it looks quite sophisticated and classy even though it is a bit on the plain side. The perfume itself shows through the bottle clearly which is good for allowing you to see how much you have left.
The smell is strong and intoxicating from the moment you put it on. It's heavy and dramatic, with a sparkling bright fresh and green smell. It has a hint of citrus fruit and green anise. I went with my usual application, which is to spritz two sprays over my body, and then another spray over my wrists which I also rub onto my neck. This gives a full and rounded level of fragrance that is very noticeable. The perfume does develop and change as you're wearing it, and I usually get about 5 hours wear before it becomes too faded to be noticeable without lifting my wrist right up to my face to smell it. This is one that I prefer to top up frequently to keep it smelling strong.
The sharp and fresh tones come through first, and it has a very sexy and classy aroma. As the fragrance settles and develops on your skin, it becomes sweeter and you get a hint of a musky, powdery scent coming through. It finally becomes a bit darker and has a woody exotic tone to it, with rich amber leaving a soft scent on your skin. This perfume really does go through transitions to various different stages, and the changes are very distinct, it smells like a completely different perfume by the time the base notes have become prominent. It settles in and becomes much softer compared to the initial strong and heavy impact that is made when you first apply it.
The top notes fade off fairly quickly, within an hour or two depending on the temperature of my skin. The lower notes are don't give enough of an impact as I would have liked, so this is not something I would wear on a night out as I would have to be constantly topping it up. The sexy amber and woody tones are very seductive and work well for intimate moments. It is a sexy perfume, but in a different way than sweet and floral perfumes, it is unique and the way it develops gives you varying stages of fragrance. I usually wear this in the evening when I get home from work and have dinner with my partner. He loves this perfume and often wears it himself as he's a bit of a fragrance addict! Perfect for a romantic dinner or going on a date, would also work during the day but is a bit strong for in the office. I'd say this would best suit confident women who are looking for a perfume that's a bit different from the usual offerings. This definitely makes you stand out and is a wonderful blend of exotic ingredients.
I have had plenty of good experiences with Avon's fragrance range, and this is another lovely perfume. It is grown-up and sophisticated as well as being sensual and feminine. It travels through many stages of scents and the perfume evolves as you are wearing it. Another great job from Avon, and I'd be tempted to track down the previous Lacroix for Avon perfumes as well.
I am a big fan of Avon, but i had never tried any of their perfumes, i decided to treat myself and as this one was on offer at the time i thought i would give it a try. within the brochure the page advertising this perfume was smelly, i love the way Avon do this, you can rub your wrist over the page (they include several pages of this for different fragrances each brochure) and the smell is transfered to your wrist so you get to see what the fragrance smells like on your skin.
I tried this and after an hour or so the fragrance seemed what i was looking for, something i could wear as a daytime perfume but could also get away with wearing on a night out.
The bottle is green in colour and has a decorative lid, it has a spray button beneath the lid for ease of application. the bottle in my opinion is pretty and would look good on your dressing table but i always store perfume in the original boxes, perfume should not be exposed to light as this can change the aroma and make the perfume 'go off'.
All perfumes suit different people, perfumes smell different on different people so what is suitable for one will not be for another.
I would recommend that anyone looking to buy this should try before you buy, although i feel it suits me you should ask your avon rep for a free sample (which they can obtain for a matter of pence and a small sample of the perfume will come in a minute clear bottle). This will give you the chance of seeing what the perfume smells like on your skin.
Ifeel this could make a good gift for anyone as it looks good, it is not too heady and has a good all round fragrance which would suit women of all ages.
Absynthe is a new addition to my dressing table, This fragrance is not for the fainthearted. It is Sexy combination of green floral and woody scents, Perfect for evening wear. Of course this sort of smell is not for everybody, The advert has a young woman on it, But I would call this a power fragrance myself, something for a businesswomen at an important meeting and 30 somethings and above on a night out. I say that because mostly younger ladies tend not to appreciate woody fragrances as much but you would have to try it to find out if you like it.
Available exclusively thorugh Avon cosmetics, prices vary from brochure to brochure, but it was introduced in November 2009 at £20 for a 50ml Eau De Parfum spray. Personally I think that is GREAT value for money as an eau de parfum lasts alot longer than an eau de toilette so you should not have tyo use as much and your lovely fragrance shoudl last you alot longer (in theory!)
this is what Christian Lacroix had to say about it:
"A mysterious potion of sexy florals and rich woods inspired by the magic of absynthe. 1.7 fl. oz. "Absynthe, a mysteriously mesmerizing 19th century potion known as the green fairy, is still one of the world's most seductive mysteries. Irresistibly inviting, dangerously captivating, a great inspiration to my fashion and newest fragrance"
So as this is exclusive to avon and a bargain aswell-why not order a bottle of this and try it for yourself.
I bought Avon's Absynthe, Eau de Perfume on the recommendation of my Avon representative,who I have known for many years.
It was on offer at the time(Autumn 2009)twenty pounds for 50ml,and a green cosmetic bag with the gift of a lip gloss and mascara worth £15.
Having just received some spare money for my birthday,and having no sent,I decided to treat myself to the perfume.
The packaging and bottle are quite lovely.The perfume comes in a pear shaped glass bottle with an easy to operate spray mechanism.
The perfume itself is quite over powering at first and pungent,and I recommend it is used sparingly.
Green anise and saffron,floral,rich smoky woods and liquid amber are all promised on the advertisement.
After the initial shock of the first spray,this has quite a nice after sent.
I,in my amateur perfume connoisseur role,smelt a mixture of very sweet floras mixed with a citrus smell.
As that subsides I smelt a strong and distinct smell of aniseed,which I found to be quite unpleasant.
That being said,the aniseed sent gradually wears off to be replaced by quite a pleasant and refreshing sent of woodland flowers.
I found the perfume to linger on my skin for at least six hours,gradually fading as the day wore on.On a side note,I found the perfume lingered for more then a day on the sleeves of my coat.
I give Avon's Absynthe Eau de Perfume 3 stars.A pleasant perfume,ideal as a gift or treat.
I do believe thought the that twenty pound is rather too much to part with,and that they are similar products available which such an amount of money would be better spent.
I bought Avon's Absynthe Eau de Parfum at the same time as Yves Rocher's Neblina Eau de Toilette as not being able to sniff them in shops I couldn't make my mind up which one I liked better based on the descriptions. During the hot, summer months here in the south of France I wanted a fresh, green yet feminine and powdery soft fragrance. Absynthe also attracted me by its name and reference to the famous drink 'Absinthe', affectionately called 'the green fairy'.
The outer packaging and the colour of the bottle are equally the easily recognisable 'absinthe' colour, a sort of yellow-green, a mixture of natural colorants that have been used to colour the alcoholic drink 'Ansinthe'. The shape of the bottle is similar to Rouge Eau de Parfum which was the product of Christian Lacroix and Avons's previous fragrance collaboration launched in 2007.
Top notes: freesia, wormwood, star anise
The fresh and green opening of Absynthe can be overpowering at first as the notes are somewhat sharp and acidic, though thankfully in an aromatic and not in a chemical kind of way. I should be smelling anise and wormwood, but no, I cannot smell either of them here... A few seconds later the underlying sweetness emerges and quickly sweeps away that acidic feel. The sweetness isn't sugary at all, it's equally aromatic and green just like the fresher, greener notes. A fairly green, but equally sweet, aromatic and invigorating start and will last up to 30 minutes depending on temperature and skin pH.
Middle notes: orchid, saffran, narcissus
As the fragrance's second phase develops and the fresh, sharp notes subside, I detect a somewhat sweeter and woody accord that reminds me of the woody sweetness wild flowers tend to have. There's also a characteristic powdery feel, similar to the powdery florals in Neblina, without the excess sweetness. A pleasant aura that envelops the skin with a natural and aromatic bitter-sweetness. To my surprise, there is no notable sillage here that floral essences tend to have; the fragrance stays close to the skin for about 4 - 5 hours.
Base notes: Myrrh, ebony wood, musk, amber
Absynthe's has a nice, balanced green and woody base wrapped up in musky amber, a fairly watery and subtle amber though. Even after 8 - 9 hours of wear, I could still detect some aromatic greeness that is basically present in all stages of the fragrance. I also noticed that the intensity of the base notes depended a lot on weather. When it was colder, the drydown felt slightly greener too, in hotter weather, the amber came out more. Altogether, the staying power was a good 8 - 10 hours on me.
I hesitated to buy Absynthe because of the price - more expensive than the average Avon perfume - but in terms of quality and composition, it turned out to be a good investment. It's somewhat different from other fragrances, though this aspect isn't fully accomplished and unlike Neblina, Absynthe feels a bit safe to me. The name is also bit of a disappointment, being that the drink Absynthe smells dominantly of anise and herbs, I didn't detect any of it in the top notes.
I recommend it if you're looking for an aromatic but sweet and feminine alternative to today's fruity florals. I only give it four stars though - Absynthe just isn't mindblowingly original nor does it have that 'something special' the similar aromatic - green Neblina Eau de Toilette has.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Absynthe Eau de Parfum 50ml currently sells at £20 on Avon's website. I suggest shopping around on Ebay, you may find it for half price.
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