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Why did I get this product?
I first had this product as a sample, which my mum gave to me as she'd picked up a couple when buying other products from a Clarins counter. I then went on to put this on my Christmas list (and received it =) ). I think the fact that I had the sample and then wanted the full size product says a lot. When I just smell something in the shop on one of those strips of paper I can be quite quick to say I like a fragrance, but then discover it's not that great on later. However, the sample bottle had enough product in to use every day for a couple of weeks, and I still really liked it after using it like that.
The perfume comes in a fairly plain coloured glass bottle with a white cap. The spray mechanism is good, it delivers about the right amount of perfume (for me, I realise this will vary for different people). The cap seems to fit well, although I have not tried taking this bottle away with me, it just sits on my shelf at home. Whilst it is not as fancy as a lot of perfume bottles, it is straightforward and elegant.
This is definitely a summer scent in my opinion. It is both fruity and floral, but not too much of either (understandable as it has notes of both wild rose and blackcurrant). The name Eau des Jardins (Water of the gardens) seems slightly strange but when you smell it you can understand it - it smells like a garden but in the best possible way - just a gentle, refreshing scent, nothing is too overpowering.
Lasting power is pretty good. I have heard people complain about the staying power of this product, but personally I can still smell it on my wrists several hours after I have applied it.
Price and availability
This product is available from Clarins counters, as well as some online retailers, at the time of writing this review the product costs £32 for 100ml on the Boots website. I think this is pretty good value. To put it in perspective, my favourite brand of perfume (Armani) currently costs that much for a 30ml bottle. In terms of scent this is on an equal with those products, the only real difference is that it is not as strong a scent, so if you like to really be able to smell you perfume strongly this one is probably not for you.
Would I recommend this product?
Absolutely. As far as I am concerned this is the perfect summer scent. It is light and refreshing, with the perfect balance of fruity and floral notes. I have been really impressed and I hope Clarins continue to make it.
I've always tried to be financially savvy about my beauty and cosmetic products. Not long ago I introduced myself, for example, to the MUA range of make up and was blown away by how good they were for a matter of a couple of your English pounds.
But then I tried Sanctuary Spa, knowing that the Boots in the town my mother lives in is pretty expansive and they stocked a good range. So I popped in to see what offers they had recently, and I walked past the concession stands...and I don't know what it was but something made me stop.
It wasn't a particularly clever or flashy or even noticable display but it held three bottles of Eau fragrances by Clarins. I'd never used Clarins before in my life and I have been loyal to the Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman Eau de Parfum since longer than I can recall.
It wasn't a particularly seductive bottle that did it - all three, in different colours, were faily simple, oval-shaped, slin bottles with plain white plastic caps - not normally something I'd want on my dressing table. The point-of-sale display was boring red plastic and the sales assistant was nowhere to be seen. But I was enticed perhaps by the colouring of the glass of the Eau des Jardins bottle, a reddish-orange that blends to yellow and even green. I tried a squirt of it and was instantly walloped by a fresh, zesty fragrance that was light and suitable for the then-hot summer but also was refreshing and distinctive, bold with a nod to seduction but not overpowering in the heat like my usual EDP.
Then I saw that it was Clarins, therefore stupidly expensive, and I walked off and forgot about it.
Except that I didn't. That initial hedonistic wallop of zesty, full-bodied scent, which had a similar core strength glamorous enough to be reminiscent of my dear Provocative but more suitable for summer, didn't leave my memories as much as my purse wishes it could. I visit my mother for a stay-over whenever work allows, and when I did again she told me to stop denying myself some nice things in life; whilst overall money could be better, that I work hard and deserve, in my late 20s, the occasional treat should I really want one, and that this had clearly been on my mind for a few weeks.
I allowed myself to be persuaded, and instead of tracking it down through the cheapest avenue, I ordered directly from Clarins.co.uk; the Eau des Jardins "Value Pack" which has 100ml of the product for £30, plus postage of about £3.95. On top of this you get a 10ml tube in graduated red-green glass for free, three free samples of Clarins products which you can choose from, and a gift bag - as well as a presentation bag.
I could have got this from other websites for about £24, but I am glad I ordered through Clarins. To have a box of pure indulgence be delivered by courier, unwrapping little treats of free samples and two high-quality make up bags, was a real feeling of enjoyment and luxury. I am glad Mother Rarr talked me into a treat, and it really felt like one - so full marks for the company's delivery policy.
On to the scent.
***WHAT'S THE DEAL?***
Right, this is an Eau, not an Eau de Parfum, therefore it boasts less longevity. It claims to be Eau des Jardins Natural Spray, the idea behind that being that it also contains natural extracts that help condition the skin that carries it.
I do find the bottle inviting, white plastic cap aside - the range also has two different scents in single-colour glass bottles. It feels high quality to hold and is easy to hold, the cap comes away easily enough without being loose and the spray is generous. The tall glass 10ml treat version that I received is a joy - but probably prone to break in heavy, full handbags. But if you can keep to travelling lightly, it is a great way to boost the staying power of this scent - because it does need it.
It is meant to be reminiscent of a dream-like garden and I can see that has carried through from concept to final scent, although it is a very lively scent rather than a gentle, peaceful dream - think Midsummer Nights Dream with its slight hint of heady chaos and madness.
The range has shower gels etc so you have other layering options; again if you want this to last you the whole day, you're going to need back up of some form.
The top notes here are Bergamot, Grapefruit and Lemon, Rose Bay Leaf and Mint are the middle and the base are Vetiver, Musk and Patchouli. These are taken from essential oils, amongst which are also listed Orange and Cedarwood, whilst the mint must come from the listed Spearmint Laurel Leaf.
It also boasts Blackcurrant bud extracts to sooth, Beech bud extract for moisture, Sorbier bud extract to illiminate.
***HOW DOES IT FEEL TO WEAR?***
With just one spray on the pulse-points of the neck you instantly get a heady, bold smack of fruitiness - grapefruit being the leading point here. I don't like it to eat but I love it in this scent. It is so energising, and so bold and so attention-grabbing initially. If I wanted to really catch someone's attention, I would make sure I top this scent up just before they see me - they couldn't miss it. Yes, the Cedarwood and Patchouli, the Musk (which catches slightly at the back of the throat until this scent calms down) provide a provocative and seductive body, but the citrus is the key note and they, with a hint of Musk, are what you can detect in tiny fragments just an hour later. That is both the positive and the let-down with this scent - an immediate attention-grabbing blast of sensory inspiration which soon dies down...on one hand you wouldn't want it to be so strong as it is initially for long, as you'd be sure to have a headache, but on the other hand, in comparison to those first moments you then just have gentle, whispering notes of citrusy, well-bodied fragrance occasionally drifting from your skin, flirting gently with your senses and carrying the hints of the essential oils that carry them, reminding you that it is just, ever so slightly, still there. The only downside is how quickly it goes from one to the other - within an hour on my skin, and within three, gone altogether.
It has never caused me any irritation and I find using it to be pleasurable, but for a long day commuting and working it would be a case of carrying the bottle with me to have a full day's use, so I tend to use it after a shower when I get in on summer evenings, to lift my mood for the evening at home, or on my days off, when I know I won't be rushing around.
Would I return to this in winter? It is by far a summer choice over my EDP, which I love in winter, but I think the strength of the base of this means that it could be a lovely autumn scent and I wouldn't rule out wearing it on a night out in winter, but I personally just have another love for winter. However, I do love this scent, and I think that it almost benefits from its short-lived full personality as it would be too overbearing. As it is, I think that it can attract both younger and more mature women and has a great, distinctive scent which you can't help but notice on first application if you want attention - and which if layered, could have a gorgeous scent which will suit anyone's summer.
So do I remove a star for the short-lived nature of the full scent of enjoy it for what it is - I think I will remove one star. For all the lingering tendrils of teasing scent are so very pleasant, overall the scent fades to nothing too soon. I will consider trying the skin products to layer this scent in the future - the scent itself deserves the full compliment of stars, but the overall longevity on my skin at least, is a little shy of what I would like. So just the four, but its a close-run thing.
Thanks for reading.
Usually when I buy perfumes I go on reviews or simply reading what the notes are and deciding whether or not they appeal. I hardly ever go on actually smelling them, mainly because that means running the gauntlet of the terrifyingly orangey made-up ladies that stalk the halls of department stores hoping to peddle perfume (or else suck out your very soul). However, I received a sample of this one in a magazine and the moment I smelled it, I loved it. After hinting strongly to my boyfriend, I got a bottle as a present.
It's a bit of a disappointment really as it's plain and very similar to Clarins' other perfume bottles. In fairness, it errs more on the side of 'classic' than 'boring', but I'm one of those people that wishes manufacturers would go back to the days of beautiful, Lalique-style bottles and this just doesn't cut the mustard. Still, what matters most is the fragrance inside and this bottle is at least practical for keeping the perfume safe in your handbag as it's very solid and the lid affixes firmly. On the 100ml bottle the spray works fine and dispenses a decent amount without saturating you. The smaller, 30ml bottle which I also own is a screw top, though, which is fiddly and annoying.
===The Top Notes===
Upon first spray the thing I immediately notice is what a lush, green and fruity scent this is. The whoosh of harsh alcohol that is immediately apparent on spraying almost all fragrances isn't present here and so the first scent I get is strong tones of grapefruit. I love this smell but, as mad as it sound, I suspect it might share a compound with stale perspiration as often I find that grapefruit scented products are horribly reminiscent of unwashed gym kits. Thankfully, this doesn't have that problem and the tart, fruity essence of grapefruit comes through with harmonising orange and lemon and a pleasantly sweet note that reminds me of watermelon but which is probably the blackcurrant.
===The Middle Notes===
Quite quickly - within 5 minutes or so - the initial citrussy blast has died down a little and I get notes coming through which reminds me very much of The Body Shop's 'Fuzzy Peach' range. This was a scent I always quite liked and it blends with the citrus top notes very well to give a nice background warmth to the fragrance. After half an hour I get a refreshing hit of mint and cucumber which I love as it reminds me of one of my favourite scents, Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca. At this stage the lemon and grapefruit are still playing starring roles although the orange has disappeared from my skin. According to the published notes lime is also present, but this doesn't seem to be terribly evident on me.
This stage lasts for around 3 to 4 hours with the perfume having enough of a presence to make sure that I regularly get compliments on it, but it isn't so strong that it overwhelms a room or makes people sitting beside me cough.
===The Base Notes===
I find that an hour or two after application the strength of the perfume fades quite sharply. I can still smell it on myself but it wouldn't be terribly evident to anyone else in the same room as me. The citrus notes that have been present from the start are still there but there's also a white floral element in the background along with a clean, grassy smell and a green herb smell that I can't quite place. Overall, I'd say that if I apply this fragrance just before leaving for work at 7am, I need to start topping it up by lunchtime.
This is an eau, rather than a parfum so it is alcohol-free and many of the harsher chemicals have been removed. On the plus side, this means it's safe to be worn in the sun and won't irritate or stain skin. On the minus side, it has nothing of the sillage and longevity you'd expect from an eau de parfum or even an eau de toilette. The marketing spiel posits it as an aromatherapy blend rather than a traditional perfume and proclaim that it will moisturise the skin. I can't say I've noticed this as I only ever apply it to my wrists and neck.
I love this perfume and never grow tired of how fresh and summery it is. It sounds horribly cheesy, but Clarins market this as 'uplifting, refreshing, captivating' and when I spray it on first thing in the morning I genuinely find that it perks me up and improves my mood. The longevity isn't great but at £30 for 100ml it's reasonably enough priced that I don't mind reapplying it throughout the day.
I love this perfume and it's actually the only one I am using at the moment - it's amazing! It is available from shops such as Debenhams, John Lewis, Boots etc. I bought mine from Boots as I had a voucher for £5 off. The RRP of this perfume is £28.50 but as I had my voucher I was lucky enough to get it for £23.50 which is still quite expensive but the quality (and brand!) of the perfume really is worth the price. For the price I paid I got 100ml of the perfume in a lovely sturdy little glass bottle which is a warm orangey yellow colour with a tint of red. It's a nice simple bottle that looks nice without looking OTT and you can tell by looking at it that it is an expensive bottle of perfume in my opinion.
The perfume contains essential oils of many fruits including grapefruit, lemon, orange, blackcurrant and also has spearmint, laurel leaf, rose, patchouli, vetiver and cedarwood in there. The perfume smells absolutely amazing. It's such a sweet, summery smell which has a very fresh, lightweight sort of scent. It has so many different smells in it and the rose, blackcurrant, spearmint, lemon and grapefruit are the ones most prominant in my opinion - it smells nice and fruity and natural. I thought the smell would be quite bitter because of the grapefruit but it isn't. It is not a citrussy kind of smell and the patchouli and cedarwood that it contains create a more musky and subtle sort of smell. It's definetly a more mature scent - this is not an overlly sweet, bubblegum tyle smelling perfume.
The staying power of this perfume is good - if I apply it in the morning it usually lingers on my skin until around 2pm so it's a good idea to put it in your handbag if your day's going to be a long one so that you can top up when needed. The smell makes me feel really fresh and people have commented countless times that I smell nice. I usually focus on putting it on my neck as that way when i'm sat next to people when i'm at uni etc as I think it is more noticeable and I like smelling nice. No one has ever complained that I smell horrible or anything when wearing this and no one has had a bad reaction to it such as coughing/sneezing etc and I myself am fine with the perfume - it doesn't make me itch or sneeze at all and it's gentle on my skin - it has never caused my skin to itch. I would definetly reccomend this fragrance - I am suprised at the price to be honest as it is such high quality product and it smells devine. Obviously for anyone who is not a fan of the fruity, scet kind of smells this will not be ideal (although the fruity scent is very subtle) and it is definetly a very feminine scent.
I first tried this when I got a couple of Clarins products for a present and got a little bag of small sized products as well. I think sometimes Clarins do what Clinique do and give you little trial sized products.
This just came in a little glass vial but was a 10ml bottle. I have since went on and bought the larger bottle as it is a scent that I think is quite nice. Not the nicest smell i've smelt certainly, but this is a nice summery kind of smell.
I got this online for £25 for the 100ml bottle. This had a couple of pounds off it at the time, but a not bad price for a 100ml bottle of scent.
The bottle looks the same as the picture on Dooyoo. It's not the nicest looking bottle in the whole world, but it's what's inside that counts anyway. The glass is quite thick and it's just simple looking with the lettering on the front and the different colours on the front. The lid looks a bit bland as well, but perhaps if the bottle was more glitzy then the price may be more expensive.
So how does this smell? It is a light, fresh kind of scent. The notes in here are Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Spearmint, Blackcurrant Bud, Rose, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Vetiver. With the Lemon and Grapefruit you may think this would be all Sour smelling and zesty, but it is not as Citrussy as what you would think. The Blackcurrant adds a nice different Fruity scent, and the Patchouli and Cedarwood add a more musky and heavier dash to it I would say. It's just a nice scent more so for the warmer months in my view.
This lasts a good enough lenght of time as well. After applying this in the morning and having a strong enough layer of this I could still smell this about 6 hours later alright when I went to reapply this again. It was pretty faint though, and I couldn't smell this much. But due to the price of this then I didn't mind so much to apply this more.
This is a nice fresh and fruity scent from a good brand and although I tend to use this now and again I would still recommend this as a good light scent.
My wonderful boyfriend bought me this for Xmas as he remembered me dousing myself with it in Debenhams at one time or another and saying how much I loved it. Clarins fragrances are very different to what you would normally buy as a perfume as they smell very like essential oils and plant extracts. Eau des Jardins is the newest offering from Clarins and is priced around £27.50 for a 100ml bottle which is very reasonable considering most perfumes cost this for a 50ml size.
The bottle is made of glass which is tinted red and yellowish in colour. It looks very clean and classic with no gimmicky designs or anything on it. The lid is a white plastic rimmed with gold which pops off to reveal a standard spray top. It comes in a nice box and as mine was a gift it came neatly wrapped in red Clarins gift paper which made it look expensive.
Eau des Jardins is a very light, fresh and summery scent. It has a slight floral smell to it with almost a hint of cut grass and a summer fruitiness. I normally don't like floral scents as they can put me in mind of something my Gran would wear but this is just lovely and is very modern and fresh. It contains the essential oils of grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, orange, blackcurrant bud, spearmint, laurel leaf, rose, patchouli, vetiver and cedarwood. I can really pick up the grapefruit and it's one of the first things you smell but it's very sweet and not sour or bitter. Along with smelling divine these essential oils and plant extracts also are great for your skin and help to soothe, moisturise and illuminate the skin. Perfumes can be quite drying to the skin because of the alcohol so it's nice that this spray doubles up as a treatment for your skin.
I find that the smell really does help life your mood and it makes you feel calm, happy and clean. The fragrance lasts for several hours - much the same as other perfumes but even after several hours wear you can smell a trace of it on your skin. It does have a slight oily texture to it and it does feel soothing on the skin and has never caused me any irritation or redness.
I cannot recommend the Clarins fragrances enough and I will definately be buying a few more so I can have the whole collection. Not a lot of people know about them and most will tend to buy a designer brand perfume so it's nice to have something a bit different. If you're not a fan of fruity or floral aromas then you would perhaps be better with one of the other 2 scents available - one of which is a calming relaxing scent and the other is a sweet and slightly peppery scent - but for me I really love this.
I brought this fragrance from a duty free for around £20 in the summer of 2010. I had previously tried a sample in a shop and loved it, and I thought for £20 for such a large bottle it was a total bargain. The Clarins brand has always been known for quality and their range includes fragrances, body products such as lotions and moisturisers, skincare and makeup.
First impressions were very good. The box is mainly white with a watercolour effect of orange and green colours, it is very simple and is a good addition to any dressing table. The bottle is of a thick dark orange glass with curved edges again very simple but perfect.
The fragrance unfortunately is only available in a 100ml size, so its not great if you want to pop it in your handbag if you need a top up during the day. On the plus side it is a spray bottle which is a bonus as a few of the other Clarins fragrances have a dab bottle which I find makes things messy and a lot goes to waste (maybe its just me being clumsy!)
The actual scent includes notes of grapefruit, citrus, bergamot, rose, blackcurrant bud, cedarwood, patchouli and musk. It sounds as if it would be quite a heavy fragrance but in fact it is quite a light and fresh smell. With the citrus blend some people may think it could be too sweet but it mixes in well with the other scents and delivers something that really is quite summery and excellent for every day wear (providing you don't want to cart it around with you) It is also great as it contains some essential oils in which softens the skin and doesn't leave skin dry which some perfume can do. The oils that are contained in the perfume don't make it greasy and until I wrote this review and did a bit more research I wasn't even aware! Staying power on my skin is around 5/6 hours but on my mum who also loves this perfume it lasts the best part of the day.
All in all I think it is a great everyday perfume that is zesty and fresh smelling and I would definitely buy again.
Clarins is a premium beauty brand founded by Jacques Courtin-Clarins. The first Clarins boutique was opened in Paris in 1954 and has expanded til now. The Clarins range includes skincare, makeup and pampering body products. There is also a selection of fragrances available.
===Product and Range===
Clarins have a perfume range which includes six different scents as listed below :
Eau Dynamisante - This is the range designed to Invigorate. It includes a scent, shower mousse, shower gel, body lotion and deodorant.
Eau Ressourcante - This is the Calm range. It includes a scent, bath and shower milk and a body cream.
Eau Ensoleillante - The Sunshine range. This was a limited edition release and is no longer available on the Clarins website.
Par Amour & Par Amour Toujours - the Mother and Daughter set which etches away from the normal Clarins scents. Both have now been discontinued but can still be purchased on ebay.
And finally..Clarins Eau des Jardins. This is a new release from Clarins and is a scent in the form of a Natural Spray.
Eau de Jardins is a scent designed to uplift, refresh and captivate the mind and body. This scent is offers a combination of essential oils and plant extracts which is inkeeping with 3 of the above scents mentioned. It is described as having a sparkling, zesty freshness. It offers a main note of wild rose and comforting wood. It also has a unique blend of beech, sorbier and blackcurrant bud which combine together to produce a captivating garden scent.
Not only is this scent designed to give a gorgeous aroma, it has properties within that moisturise and soothe skin to allow it to be perfectly soft.
I have had the pleasure of sample several 2ml sample vials of this scent so cannot go into lots of detail on the bottle. My sister has the bottle at home and I have had a look at it.
Like with the other Eau scents by Clarins, Eau des Jardins is housed in a curvy bottle with a pull off lid which keeps the spray top in place and safe. The bottle is made of thick glass and is a distinct orange colour. It isn't quite as bright as the Sunshine fragrance but certainly a bold colour and noticeable.
The writing on the bottle is in a darker orange shade and is simple. The Clarins logo and scent name can be found on the front in both English and French. The address for Clarins can be found on the back and other than this information, the bottle is bare.
===Availability and Price===
Eau des Jardins can only be purchased in a 100ml size. It is available from Clarins stockists such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis. It can also be purchase online at www.clarins.com.
The cost is £27.00.
Clarins is a brand I have become familiar with over the past few years. Although I may opt for cheaper end makeup and skincare, I have a few select items in my boxes which constitute a higher value. I run an ebay small business selling premium skincare and other beauty bits. Clarins is one of the most popular sellers due to the quality of their products.
A few weeks ago, my sister mentioned that she had purchased the new Clarins scent. I admit that my favourite scent is Clarins Par Amour Toujours. This has now been discontinued so I am always wary at trying new Clarins scents in the event I become attached to them and then they are snatched away! So..yes as I said, my sister bought the bottle and had managed to acquire 5x2ml size vials and gave them to me as a treat. I have been using them over the past 2weeks whilst alternating with my other scents and decided and I would tell you all my thoughts.
The bottle is simply plain but considering it is 100ml, it isn't one which would be advisable to cart around. For this reason, a 100ml can sit on a dressing table and you don't need to worry about anyone seeing that it isn't as fancy as Dior for example. The spray top is a welcomed addition as a few of the Clarins scents are dab bottles and this can become awkward.
So what does this scent smell like?
Well, spraying onto my wrist and neck, this scent is cooling and refreshing from the outset. The fragrance bursts into life with a strong and zingy scent. I normally go for sweet and lightly fruity scents but was impressed by the citrusy blend that hit my skin. The scent soon dies down and becomes adorably sweet. The scent develops and the wild rose becomes apparent. It isn't in your face floral which is perfect for me as I don't like overly floral scents. I could detect a faint, woody scent which was only noticeable up close. It was subtle and the citrusy blend lurked in the background offering a distinct aroma.
The scent is blended with sorbier, blackcurrant bud extract and beech which allow the scent to soften the skin. I found this to be true. Often do I apply a scent and find it is sticky on my skin and leaves it feeling dried out. After applying Eau des Jardins, my skin was perfectly soft and even after the scent wore off, the area I applied it to, remained supple which is an added bonus for a scent.
When I apply this scent, I feel like my senses are uplifting and this lifts my mood. It certainly goes for the soul and circles around it allowing me to feel more confident and happy which I have never felt in such strong measures with any other scent. It is a positive scent and one which I believe would suit being worn for long summer evenings or to summer parties.
The scent when first applied to the skin and is strong and I have had comments from friends and family saying how gorgeous it smells. As it dies down, it becomes less distinctive unless you are up close. For example, after around two hours, if anyone other than my fiance could smell it..they are too close! A squirt on each wrist and two on the neck was sufficient and although the scent doesn't last all day, if I applied anymore than this at any one time, I could feel a headache coming on due to the intensity of the citrus aroma.
My 2ml samples have lasted well as I use them sparingly and I would consider the 100ml version if I could get it cheaper. Although £27.00 is a cheap price for a premium brand, as the scent isn't longlasting and the 100ml bottle isn't ideal for carting around in my bag, I think this may put me off a bit at full price. It is a stunning scent and I feel it is certainly more a refreshing spray than a perfume.
Not every perfume will suit each person and where possible, you should try a sample before you buy. My samples were from Debenhams so pop in and you may get lucky!
Thanks for reading!
Clarins Eau Des Jardins awakens your summer senses to a new, crisp, zesty treatment fragrance / This fresh seasonal scent presents you with all the feelings of well being with a fusion of aromatic essential oils and plant extracts / '