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I love citrus scents, so when I discovered this perfume, I had to buy it. It is also a scent that I wore a lot in my early 20's, so when I smell it now it has that nostalgic effect as well.
The packaging is very simple, a clear glass bottle with a silver lid. It has Clinique Happy written on the glass bottle, but that is all there is, apart from a small sticker on the bottom of the glass bottle.
The only problem that I have found with this perfume is that the design and colour of the bottle means that it does tend to go off after a few months if you leave it out on your dressing table or bathroom.
This isn't the strongest presume I've ever used. It is a very light fragrance and only lasts for a few hours,. It's more a summer fragrance in my opinion, although I do wear it in winter to remind me of the summer! It is a multi-layered fresh fragrance with Ruby Red Grapefruit and Boysenberry making up the citrus element of the fragrance and Rose of Bulgaria, Patchouli, Iris, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver and Camomile providing the heart notes of this fragrance. Ylang Ylang and Camomile are scents usually associated with relaxation and happiness, so the idea behind this fragrance is that it is happiness in a bottle.
While I wouldn't say this fragrance makes me happy, it is a gorgeous fresh fragrance and one of my favourites. It's a very summery, light fragrance and one I always love to have on my dressing table.
This fragrance can be bought from Clinique counters, the Perfume Shop or online. Prices are around £36 - £38 for 50ml (I did notice that it's cheaper to buy from Boots or Perfume shop than through Clinique directly?)
The ingredients are as follows:
Alcohol Denat. , Clinique Happy Perfume (Parfum), Water, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Tromethamine, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Citronellol,
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol
I first came across Clinique Happy Eau de Parfum in a department store years ago. I purchased a bottle after walking around the shops for a few hours deciding it was the perfume for me.
It's been around a while now, the design of the bottle is simplistic, a long glass tube with a silver cap. The perfume smells fresh and crisp in my opinion, I think the design fits in well with this. The shape of the bottle fits well in my handbag, unlike some other strangely shaped perfume bottles I've had in the past.
The 100ml EPD comes in a spray version, it dispenses nicely as an all over spray. Only one or perhaps two sprays are needed, they last half the day quite sufficiently without anyone wilting that's standing in close proximity.
The smell is quite fresh and crisp, it also has some sweeter notes. It's quite a light summery smell, quite nice for a day to day perfume, in the office it's a clean smell that works perfectly for day wear.
After a few hours wear the more floral side comes out, still with the freshness lingering.
As I say it could do with re-applying after half the day has past. That said, if I've been wearing a coat or jacket that I leave for a week or so, it can still be smelt faintly on there. It stays fresh too, unlike some other perfume smells that can smell gone off.
Taken from Amazon:
Top Notes; bergamot, boysenberry and honeysuckle.
Middle notes; bushflower, grapefruit and moss
Base Notes; freesia, lemon and Hawaiian wedding flower
This is widely available in department stores with a Clinique Counter, Amazon and some branches of Boots that have a Clinique section. The EDP (Eau de Perfume) is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml.
RRP for 30ml is £25.00 but is currently on Amazon for £21.95.
Taken from Amazon:
Clinique Happy Perfume (Parfum)
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
A lovely light perfume for day to day wear, I'd certainly recommend it as I love fresh smelling perfumes. Smells are a very personal thing though and it won't be to everyone's' taste, it's not an expensive perfume but it's not cheap either. I'd highly recommend trying it on first. I've had a lot of nice compliments when wearing it. Well worth the money, you only need one squirt for half a day, very little goes a long way so the bottle lasts for ages.
I love trying out new perfumes and with a name like happy it did make me want to try it and see if it did indeed make me happy.
This perfume is one of my favorites, it always seems to remind me of summer which is great and naturally makes you feel 'happy'.
I first came across this perfume when it was on offer in superdrug and though I would give it a try it certainly did not disappoint, I tried it when I was on my lunch break and when I went back into work quite a few people commented how nice my perfume smelt.
The bottle comes in a 3.4fl oz it is a stylish yet simple looking bottle it is quite big but can still easily fit in your handbag. The packaging it comes in is a bright orange color, it has Clinique written on the front the color does make it seem bright and happy in color.
The perfume itself is a kind of flowery/citrus fragrance. It is a very fresh and invigorating smell. It is a light fragrance which is perfect for the day it has a very casual feel to it. It definitely has a feel good smell about it. Once you have sprayed the perfume it does seem to linger on you for a long time it is not like some perfumes that you are constantly re-applying, a couple of sprays in the morning will easily see you through the day.
In addition to the perfume I have also got the shower gel and the moisturizer as well, These are also good quality. If you use the shower gel you will find that it is the same gorgeous smell as the perfume, when I am in the shower I have felt that it lathers up really well and applies easily to the skin. The cream is a really nice consistency it also melts into the skin and keeps you smelling gorgeous for hours afterwards. The happy range it's also available for men
When I buy this product I normally buy the gift pack which has everything in and it costs around £35. Sometimes you can get it cheaper if it is on offer, it is just best to shop around for the best deal.
I would say this perfume and other products are definitely a good investment; they make you feel good and smell even better.
"Clinique Happy" is a perfume from the well known "Clinique" brand.
Clinique products are widely available from department stores, and some branches of Boots. You can also purchase directly from the company at www.clinique.co.uk, although I am unsure of postage costs here.
Current prices for the Clinique Happy Perfume are: £36.00 for the 50ml bottle, or £51.00 for the 100ml bottle. (Info from www.clinique.co.uk.)
Clinique say: "Clinique Happy. A hint of citrus. A wealth of flowers. A mix of emotions. A chic, modern, multi-layered floral fragrance with sparking Ruby Red Grapefruit, Boysenberry Bush Flower, and Hawaiian Wedding Flower. Fresh, bright, soft and sensual. These exotic notes have never been used before in a fragrance."
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I received a gift box of assorted Clinique Happy toiletries at Christmas time. Among the items was a 30ml bottle of the "Perfume Spray", with this review outlining my experiences of using the product.
The packaging for the product is rather simplistic, in keeping with the rest of the items in the Clinique Happy range. I do think it is fair to say that there is something of a crisp, contemporary image to be found from the range overall, and the Clinique Happy Perfume Spray is no exception to this rule, with it looking quite modern and minimalist. True, it is perhaps not the prettiest of perfume bottles to display on your dressing table, but it is far from being cumbersome or ugly.
The signature colour for the Happy range overall is a bright orange shade, and the word 'Happy' appears on the front of the bottle in this colour. The glass bottle is rather flat and slim, making it easy to hold, and subsequently spray the perfume from the bottle. There is a 'chrome' effect cap on top of the bottle that is slim, and slightly oval in its shape. Removing this from the top of the bottle reveals a good quality 'pump' dispenser that enables me to quickly and easily 'spritz' some of the perfume from the bottle. I have never encountered any issues with using the product or dispensing the perfume, even though I suffer with limited mobility and weakness in my hands.
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I was looking forward to trying the range of Happy toiletries out, and I do have a bit of a love of Clinique products overall, finding them to be very good quality. From the description I found on the internet, describing the perfume's scent (as detailed above), I had high hopes for the perfume, and was particularly looking forward to experiencing the citrus notes in the Happy fragrance, having a love of citrus-type scents.
I have found that the Clinique Happy perfume really 'changes' as it is being worn, so I'd warn fellow consumers of this, and suggest giving the perfume a fair trial, i.e., actually WEARING it on your skin, before you decide to go ahead and purchase it. The scent that is present from sniffing the bottle, or indeed, present on the skin for the first while after application is not the scent that is present at later points during the day afterwards.
In addition, I do find that the Clinique Happy scent really feels very layered, with different scents coming to the front during the course of the day. That is to say that the initial scent experienced for the first while following application gives way and 'blossoms' into something else entirely, so I do feel the manufacturers' statement/claim about the scent being layered is rather spot-on, as a result.
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When it is first applied, I find the main scent I can detect is something very floral, although it is very delicate in its perfume, allowing for a slightly less 'heady' effect than perhaps first anticipated. The floral tones in this initial scent feel very pleasant, but I do find they have a sweet edge that I don't particularly like. At first, this sweetness feels quite delicate, but I soon feel it gaining strength and depth until it feels rather like it is swamping the delicate, floral notes that are already present. This is a bit of a shame, as the floral notes felt quite sweet enough in the initial stages. I find that because the overall scent gains so much 'depth' - and it does so, so early on - that a little really goes a long way with this particular perfume. During the first few trials, I sprayed my wrists and neck quite liberally with the perfume, only to discover it felt quite overwhelming once it had dried on the skin. I'd definitely advise spraying only one spritz from the bottle, two at the most, at first, until you are sure that the strong notes in the perfume are not too strong for your own tastes.
I'd assume that the amount of sweetness in the perfume is present as the manufacturers have attempted to make it feel contemporary and fresh, but alas, for me, it just really feels sickly and rather 'false', with a sort of 'saccharine effect' being present among the delicate floral notes. The florals are not strong enough to ward off or counterbalance the sweetness, so they become easily swamped instead.
On the plus side, I find there is a definite hint of citrus in the Clinique Happy scent which feels very fresh and gives a lovely crispness to the perfume's overall fragrance. Once the spray has dried on my skin, I find that the citrus scent feels very subtle, perhaps too subtle for my own tastes, but I can still detect it, nevertheless. This citrus note feels as though it is contained right at the heart or core of the overall scent, so I am able to detect it, whispering its presence throughout the other notes, even those that are strongly-scented, or more 'robust' in their tones. Again, however, this citrus scent feels rather too swamped by the sweetness that lies elsewhere in the perfume's layers, which is a pity, as I find the citrus note feels rather uplifting, with a definite contemporary 'edge' being evident through this element of the perfume's overall scent. I feel that it is the citrus 'infusion' contained within the overall scent that allows this perfume to feel contemporary, and be marketed as such. Without it, the scent would just feel sickly and too floral, so it's presence is a rather crucial one, I feel.
I find that in terms of longevity, the Clinique Happy scent performs very well, with it lasting for several hours before I feel the need to apply a 'top up' spray. In all honesty, I have only ever felt the need to reapply the Happy perfume once or twice, as it is really so strong in its 'body' that it feels more than ample for my own tastes. There have been a couple of occasions where I've spritzed the perfume lightly in a reapplication, but for the most part, I find that the perfume lingers on my skin with quite enough depth to still be noticeable enough throughout the course of the day or night. This is evidence to me of how strong the perfume is, as I will usually always take my perfume in my handbag when I am going out. This has never felt necessary when the Clinique Happy has been worn. The plus side of this, of course, is that the bottle is lasting very well, as much less perfume is required than with other brands, so the Happy's price tag feels wholly justified, as a result.
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In conclusion, I can't say that I am a huge fan of the Clinique Happy Perfume. It feels rather too floral and sickly for my own tastes, with the strong infusion of citrus in the scent really being its only saving grace, as far as I am concerned. This citrus 'layer' in the scent is really the only reason that I can bear to wear it, as it provides a pleasantly refreshing 'crispness' in the scent that I really like. Otherwise, I feel the perfume is too sickly and rather over-bearing, and I can't say that I would buy it again in the future.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that only three stars in the Dooyoo product rating score are appropriate on this occasion.
When it comes to perfume, I like to have one for work, and another for the weekends/going out. Although at Christmas, I tend to ask for new brands, one of my old favourite work perfumes is Happy by Clinique.
The fragrance is described as follows:
Top notes: Orange, Indian mandarin, plum, blood grapefruit, apple and bergamot
Middle notes: Rose of Bulgaria, patchouli, iris, ylang-ylang, vetiver and camomile
Base notes: Mimose, lily, magnolia, amber and musk
From reading this, it does sound like quite a mixed bag of fragrances however to me, I can smell and mixture of fruit with a hint of flowers, the fresh aroma reminds me of summer. The fragrance is quite subtle yet it does seem to last throughout the day. I also get quite a few surprised faces when people ask me what I am wearing - as well as compliments.
The bottle is quite simple in design, it comes in a glass bottle and has a silver lid, at the top of the bottle, it says Clinique Happy. The packaging is a nice warm orange colour, to look at, it isn't as fancy as some other brands on the market but I think it sells due to the brand, the name and the quality.
I have found this available from most department stores, Amazon, Boots and fragrance shops. The fragrance is available in to different sizes, a 50ml bottle which is priced around £35 and a 100ml bottle which is priced around £50. As well as the perfume, you can also buy Happy Body Cream, Body Wash, Shower Gel and Body Smoother. Throughout the year, there doesn't seem to be many offers on the range but at Christmas time, Clinique do gift sets which are quite reasonably priced and offer a decent saving. I tend to stock up in the January sales, last year I got a 50ml bottle, 200ml Body Cream and a Happy Scented small candle for less than £25 (it was half price). When I buy a perfume, I like to buy the matching cream, I find that by applying this, I don't use as much perfume so it lasts longer.
Although £50 may seem a little expensive for a 100ml bottle, I use it every day for work, I also keep it in my handbag incase I feel the need to freshen up and it tends to last me all year.
Overall, I would recommend this product, despite it first being launched in 1997, it in no way smells 'old or dated' the packaging and design of the bottle has stood the test of time and I would give the product 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Some product specifics taken from Amazon.
This perfume is a warm blend of citrus and florals. I love the name, Clinique Happy, as it refers to perfume affecting the mood.
At first squirt, it seems quite strong, but settles on the skin and smells delicate and subtle, without being overpowering. Gorgeous fruity scent which lingers on the skin without being too strong.
--When to use--
It is suitable for everyday use or for going out you could add a little more for extra scent.
--Affordability and value for money--
I like to wear this when I can afford a bottle! It is a luxury product, and it is fairly pricey at around £35 for 330ml.
However, I would say it is good value for money if you are buying a perfume as perfumes are often expensive for a good quality one. This bottle lasts for ages once you have it, I would say if you used it everyday it would probably last 6 months or more!
--What I think--
The scent is subtle enough to be worn on an everyday basis and is a versatile scent so could be worn to go out or in the office.
I really like wearing perfume though don't get the chance to at the moment as I don't have the spare cash, but if I did I would highly recommend this product for an extra added something in your daily routine! A quick spritz in the morning, and it is very to use.
The bottle looks attractive and is a clear bottle with a shiny silver lid. It is quite understated which reflects the scent of the perfume. I like that it is understated and subtle unlike some of these flashy overpowering godawful floral scents where you can smell the lady from the other side of the room and are drowning in a smothering cloud of lilies and roses. Obviously its quite hard to tell how overpowering a scent will or won't be until you have it on, but you can squirt this on the side of your neck and on your wrists (which is how I apply it) and it will be just the right amount of scent.
The scent stays on all day, if you wanted to refresh halfway through the day you could (if you wanted to carry an extra weight around - as I know some ladies carry half their beauty cupboard around in their handbag.) but I personally find this is not necessary as it stays on throughout the day and fades to a nice gentle whiff. You can get travel sized ones when Clinique have promotions on. I find that their perfume is actually better value than some of their cosmetics as it lasts for so long! This one also comes in a lovely body butter which is a great complementary product should you receive the gift set.
I am a big fan of fresh floral and citrus fragrances. They make me feel young, hopeful and carefree - always a good thing. Clinique Happy was recommended to me by my mum a few years ago, after she had tried it at a friend's house. Knowing my perfume preferences she thought I would like this.
Initially I really loved this perfume, wearing it daily. It is a pretty distinctive scent, and is very citrusy indeed. I found the scent lasted a good five or six hours on my skin, so I never really needed to top it up at work. I would say this is suitable for everyday wear, so I never wore it if I was going out of an evening. After decimating my first couple of bottles I was getting a little bored of the scent and winter was coming in so I changed to something more suitable for the season.
I never started wearing Clinique Happy again after my brief love affair with it four years ago. However on impulse I picked up a bottle of it on offer recently - if I remember correctly it cost about £35 for 50ml. I was really looking forward to getting home and using it, but my anticipation was wasted. I was really disappointed with this perfume. Instead of finding it fresh, I found it cloying and overly sweet. The overarching scent on my skin was orange and not much else. I will say though the staying power was good...much to my dismay. Even when I tried to wash it off it stuck to my skin! It definitely did not make me feel carefree and I was rather embarrassed to be walking around with this perfume lingering on my skin.
There's nothing clever about this perfume. On my skin it has absolutely no depth and no differing notes depending on how long it's been on my skin. It's just a constant smell of sweet oranges. However I know that many, many people love this perfume. I guess it's all down to your own body chemistry. If you're wavering on this perfume try to get a tester spray first, just to see how it works on you.
I don't know whether I'm just getting too old to enjoy this fragrance, but the scent for me is altogether too sickening. The one time I wore it recently I got a headache. I don't know if I can put it down to this perfume or not, but I will definitely be trying to pawn this off on a younger relative who might enjoy it as much as I did when I was young(er) and more impressionable!
I am quite a loyal Clinique customer and use a lot of their skincare and makeup products, as you will probably know if you have read a lot of my reviews, so it shouldn't be a surprise that I also use Clinique perfume on occasion!
I bought a 30 ml bottle of Clinique Happy perfume spray before Christmas (during a Bonus Time, of course!) which came in a gift set with a matching "body smoother", which is basically a moisturising body lotion. This review will just focus on the perfume spray.
=== Bottle ===
Happy comes in a very simple, sleek bottle. I think the simplicity of it is very appealing. It is a tall, smooth and rounded glass on an oval shaped base. The bottle bears the name Clinique in white with Happy in orange. The lid is plain silver. As it does not look too gimmicky it suits everyone and would not look out of place on anyone's dressing table, from teenager to older lady. I really like this packaging.
=== Scent ===
Clinique describes it as "A hint of citrus. A wealth of flowers. A mix of emotions."
It really is true that Happy contains quite a mix, and it creates quite a unique fragrance unlike any other perfume I have tried.
BaseNotes.com states the notes as follows, so you can see just how many different scents you might be able to pick up on:
Ruby Red Grapefruit, Bergamot, West Indian Mandarin Tree Blossom, High Altitude Laurel
Boysenberry Bush Flower, Morning Dew Orchid, Melati Blossom
Hawaiian Wedding Flower, White Crinium Lily, Chinese Golden Magnolia, Spring Mimosa Blossoms
To be honest, I could not begin to pick out most of these when I spray it. Clinique Happy is such a unique classic scent that I would just say it smells of Clinique Happy! The citrus elements are the most noticeable for me on first spray and as it develops I can detect more floral, but it is not a pink girly sort of floral. Happy smells crisper than most other florals I use. It seems to have a lightness and freshness to it. I think it is a clean smell. However, the sillage and lasting power of Happy is strong. I can smell it around throughout the day and it really lasts if I spray it onto a scarf.
As Happy is so different to most of my other perfumes, it is definitely not an every day scent for me and I really have to be in the mood to use it. If I am not in the mood for it, it can occasionally give me a headache. Most days I would feel more drawn towards more of a typical girly floral (like Ralph Lauren Romance, Marc Jacobs Oh Lola to name a few). That is not to say that this perfume is not suited to every day! I definitely think it is fine and suitable for daytime wear, whether to meet friends or go to work, or any occasion. Bear in mind that even though it is a clean, fresh scent, it is definitely possible to over do it and a couple of sprays is plenty as it does last well and is quite noticeable. I think it would also be nice on an evening event.
Although Happy is unique in that I don't know another perfume which smells like this, it is not unique in terms of popularity. It is really well known and I often catch a hint of it on other people, so maybe not the one to choose if you want to be really individual with your own signature scent.
Clinique also occasionally brings out limited edition versions of the Happy fragrance, such as Happy in Bloom and Happy Heart, which focus on certain notes of the original fragrance, but I have not bought any of these.
I was at my friends house some years ago - we were all getting ready to go out for dinner or something like that, and she had this perfume on her dressing table. I remember another friend commenting on how nice this perfume was, so I went ahead, spraying a bit on myself and ended up really liking it after that occasion. Soon after I placed an order on Boots...
(Boots.com) Clinique happy. A hint of citrus. A wealth of flowers. A mix of emotions. A chic, modern, multi-layered sparkling floral. Discover Clinique Happy, with sparking, lingering fragrance of Ruby Red Grapefruit, Boysenberry Bush Flower, and Hawaiian Wedding Flower. These exotic notes have never been used before in a fragrance.
~~Current Price & Additional Information~~
One 100ml bottle of this perfume is selling at £50 on Boots.com. First created in 1997, this is Clinique's bestselling perfume.
The perfume is packaged in a medium-deep orange and is fairly simple with the brand on the front. On the back there are safety instructions, an ingredient list and a little bit about the perfume itself in French and English. The bottle is pretty tall for a perfume with the body being see-through to reveal the clear coloured perfume and the cap being large and silver. There is only 'clinique happy' written on the bottle. The size does not make it very portable - I feel fine putting my Vera Wang Princess perfume in one of the small pouches of my bag, especially since the bottle feels very sturdy. The bottle for Happy is too tall for me to do the same at around 14.5cm, with the lid taking up almost 4cm by my measurements (100ml bottle). The glass is not that thick and makes me feel that one knock would be the end of it!
I paid £46 for my perfume originally and despite really loving it when I smelled it for the first time, it's not been a perfume I've worn often if I'm truthful. I really think that they got the name perfect since it does strike me as a rather 'Happy' scent, but it's very musky with the bergamot and ruby red grapefruit top notes definitely being noticeable. (The other top notes being West Indian Mandarin Tree Blossom and High Altitude Laurel.) The scent smells very strongly of flowers with the middle notes and bottom notes being Boysenberry Bush Flower, Morning Dew Orchid, Melati Blossom and Hawaiian Wedding Flower, White Crinium Lily, Chinese Golden Magnolia, Spring Mimosa Blossoms respectively.
When I bought this perfume, I wanted to have it as my everyday scent, but quickly realised that it was a little bit too overpowering for constant wear - the smell is heavy and does remind me somewhat of liquorice! I think this scent is quite sophisticated and I like wearing it when I go out for a meal for example. Having sprayed it over an hour ago on my wrists and neck, it feels like all I can smell is Happy... and not necessarily in a good way.
(NB* I've heard that the shelf life of this perfume isn't long. I've had mine for a long time now but the smell hasn't changed - I store mine upright and in a dark cupboard. In fact, all of my perfumes are stored this way...pretty as some of them are...my only exception is Vera Wang Princess which I use so often that I can't be bothered going into the cupboard!)
I think it's a nice perfume; the smell is original and feminine in my opinion. Less is more though, and for me, one spray is more than enough. Two sprays and I don't think I can enjoy my food properly since it is strong! I would probably give it 4 stars and don't think it's to everyone's taste.
Clinique was founded in 1968 and is owned by Estee Lauder. It offers a range of fragrances, skin care products and cosmetics.
Happy was introduced in 1997, and is Clinique's best selling fragrance. It comes in a fairly plain orange box (the Clinique colour) with 'cliniquehappy' written as all one word about quarter of the way down, and then at the bottom 'perfume spray' and the volume.
The bottle itself is also plain, a nice smooth, I suppose squashed cylindrical shape! It has a plain silver lid, and again just has cliniquehappy, the clinique in white and the happy in orange.
Happy is a delicate, light fragrance. It is soft and flowery and perfect for the summer. It is lovely as a day time perfume throughout the year, but I do prefer something slightly heavier for the evenings. Clinique say it should have a hint of citrus and a wealth of flowers, including Ruby Red Grapefruit, Boysenberry Bush Flower and Hawaiian Wedding flower. I definitely get the citrus and flowers, but would definitely not be able to identify any of those three! It is a very feminine and refreshing scent, and seems to suit both younger and older people. It is one of my favourites and I usually get a bottle for Christmas from my Mother-in-Law. It is also long lasting, which is great.
The only downside is that it is so popular, you often end up with other people wearing it too!
A 100ml bottle will set you back £50 at Boots. They often do it as part of a gift set, so I also have the shower gel and body butter which have the same long lasting floral smell, but I think may be a bit too overpowering if you use all three together!
Clinique often do limited editions such as Clinique Happy Heart which is on sale now but I haven't tried this yet to compare it, but I like the original so much, I don't feel the need to change it!
Also on Ciao as MrsW2011.
My boyfriend bought me this as a gift, which came with purfumed body lotion too. I love it. I think it is fresh and not too over powering and can be used during the day or in the evening.
Purfumes usually last me quite a long time and this one is no exception, I have had it ages and it's still going strong. The fragrance lasts well on your skin too and is subtle but noticeable. It is nice that there are other products you can buy to compliment it, and the body lotion was lovely too.
I do not think it is too expensive either, comparable to other similar products on the market.
The bottle is quite bog standard, perhaps Clinique could put a little more creativity in to that, but sometimes simple is all that is required. Overall, lovely prodcut, will buy again and recommend to my friends.
From what I believe this was the first Fragrance offered by Clinique and it has been out for some time now. I use Clinique Sincare products most time, and I tend to buy them to stock up when they have one of their buy 2 products and get loads of samples from our range offers. As a result of this I have had numerous mini bottles of this scent, and they are generous sizes as well.
Since it was just a sample sized bottle that I have had then I can't really comment on the bottle, as mine was a simple thick glass vial. I have seen the bottle at the counter and it does look like the Dooyoo picture. Just a simple glass bottle with the lettering near the neck in orange writing, and a shiny silver lid.
So how does this smell? It is a nice smell. It is clean, crisp and fruity with a slightly warm kind of scent as well. After looking online for the exact notes I see that this has in it. Boysenberry Bush Flower, Ruby red Grapefruit and Hawaiian Wedding Flower. Don' know what these smell like apart from the Grapefruit, but it's nice whatever it is. Haven't seen these notes elsewhere in other Perfumes, so this makes it that bit different. When I first used this the scent was pretty strong when first applied. It smelt a nice Floral scent, but not in the usual Bouquet of Flowers scent. It it a bit heady, and I would say the Floral scent is slightly like Oriental Lillies, but with a fruity mix through. There seemed to be a slight sweet scent in this, not vanilla but the same kind of sweetness. This was only a little dash though. The scent lasted a good enough lenght of time as well. After it warmed onto your skin then the notes settled down more and this became a nice fresh and warm scent.
The Perfume is quite expensive in my view. I know it is a designer scent, but I looked online and a 50ml bottle can sell for around £32 and the 100ml for around £46.
I would buy a bottle of this as I like the scent, but just wished it was that bit cheaper.
Clinique is a high end beauty company which is owned by Estee Lauder. They offer an extensive range of products around the globe including skin and body care, make up and fragrances.
Clinique offers only a few different fragrances and the majority are aimed at women. Some fragrances have been discontinued over the years,. The current range for women includes :
***Are You Happy?***
Happy is Cliniques best selling fragrance and variations including Happy Heart and Happy to Be are or were for sale. The original Happy is described as being a chic and modern fragrance which combines exotic notes that have never previously been used in a fragrance.
The Happy scent is also present in a body wash, body cream and body smoother.
Happy comes in a simple and very basic bottle. The glass bottle is tall, narrow and rounded. The full size bottle is clear with a shiny, silver lid. The miniature bottle adopts the same shape but is completed by an orange lid.
Happy has been created using a limited and unusual combination of ingredients which blend together to produce the continuous scent as you wear it. We are treated to an exotic combination of :
~Ruby red grapefruit
~Boysenberry Bush Flower
~Hawaiian Wedding Flower
Clinique specify that this concoction offers us a hint of citrus, a wealth of flowers and a mix of emotions. It is intended to create a sense of vibrancy and happiness hence the title.
***Availability and Price***
The perfume is available in different sizes and sets. Here are the current prices for Boots though online may be a bit cheaper.
~50ml - £32.50
~100ml - £47.00
~200ml body smoother - £22.50
~200ml body wash - £19.50
~200ml body cream - £24.50
Clinique is one of my favourite high end brands as I feel they offer high quality items and are generally a bit cheaper than Lancome or Dior. The makeup and skincare is aimed at my age group and the packaging is funky and young. Clinique is also my best seller on ebay as the gift with purchase sizes are an excellent way to try before purchasing the full sizes.
As I often buy bulk Clinique, I get to sample some of the products myself. This is how I became the owner of a 4ml bottle of Clinique Happy. I can't say that I pay much attention to the Clinique perfumes as I was put off after trying Aromatic Elixir. It is certainly a desired scent though as they ones sell like hotcakes on ebay! Anyway the Happy bottle is boring as with others from Clinique but its whats inside that really counts (I'm a softy hehe).
My bottle is the spray type and the once click of the spray releases an impressive blast of perfume which covers quite an area. I spray on my wrists and on my neck and get on with my day. The initial blast of Happy took me by surprise as it is extremely powerful and at first, I was convinced I wouldn't like it..I was right!
Happy offers a first notion of citrus mixed with something that I can't quite decipher. The notes don't give much away but I doubt that there is only one note up at the top. The scent is quite tangy and cloying. It gives me a claustrophobic feeling like I can't escape something that has been inflicted on me. I expected a flash of freshness but the daunting scent that my nose was forced to endevour was utterly disgusting. In my opinion, the perfume smelt off.
Happy redeems itself a little as it sits on my skin. The awful opening accord died down within minutes and in came a strong and slightly fresh combination of florals. I could detect a floral that I was not familiar with..certainly not the usual offering of jasmine or magnolia. No, this was something leafy and bearable. It wasn't entirely pleasant but it wasn't the worse floral note I had ever had the displeasure of having on my skin.
The floral note remained strong on my skin for around 3hours and the opening citrus noted remained in the background adding an unwelcomed tinge to the scent. Thankfully, the base notes came through and I was glad to be rid of the other notes. The base of the scent was close to the skin and offered a subtle and slightly powdery scent with a light, floral kick added in for good measure. It wasn't fresh nor warming and it certainly wasn't musky nor sweet. It was definently something different that my nose isn't used to.
The overall scent of Happy remained on my skin for around 4hours which is pretty poor but I was happy to see it go! Unfortuantely the cloying scent remained apparent on my scarf and I had to wash it with plenty of conditioner to get rid of it as it was giving me a headache.
I assumed that Happy would be the ideal scent for everyday wear during the Spring and Summer months but it really isn't a scent I would say is suited to anything other than as possibly an air freshener!
I cannot recommend Happy as I think it is disgusting and smells really weird. It doesn't last long on the skin which is a blessing considering I don't actually like it but others may see this as an issue. I thought my bottle was off but I had a sniff at one in my local Boots and it smells exactly the same.
===Clinique in General===
Should you wish to purchase Clinique, I strongly advise you to either wait for the bonus times in stores such as Boots or Debenhams. During this time, you can receive a good bag with around 7 items with 2 purchases from the brand. The bonus time bags contain a great selection of skincare, makeup and often perfume in trial sizes allowing you to try before you buy. You can also pick these sets up on ebay.
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It says on the Clinique website that Happy is their best selling fragrance. Whilst buying a torch or kitchen knife 'best-selling' may be what I am looking for, in choosing perfumes I am not impressed by the thought of wearing a best-seller. The reason for this is that a best-seller is never going to be distinctive or different, and I like to think that I can sometimes stand out and I want this to be reflected in the fragrance I wear (most of the time anyway).
This perfume is on the pricier side of what I would expect to pay for a perfume, though for an eau de parfum I think that the £32.50 for 50ml that I paid is not too bad at all, especially when you consider that the rest of Clinique's products are rather pricey.
The perfume comes in an orange cardboard box; not a gift box, just a box. The glass bottle inside is strikingly plain. It is clear glass with the words 'Clinique' (in white) and 'happy' (in orange) printed simply onto the glass at the top. The lid is silver and lifts on and off easily. The shape of the bottle is a compressed cylinder i.e. if you took a cross-section of it, it would be an eye shape. The perfume inside is clear. The overall impression of the bottle is that it is simple and it wouldn't be one that you are rushing to display on your dressing table, but nor would you be trying to hide it.
The simple design and feel of the packaging really sets the tone for what is inside. The fragrance really is pleasant enough; it is light and airy, floral but not too sweet. It is quite modern, but still smells familiar- probably because so many people wear it. When I first apply it to my wrists I like the smell. It's simple and clean and ideal for putting on in the mornings. It is described on the Clinique website as a 'sensual' fragrance but I'd have to disagree with this as I think it's just too plain and everyday. I actually would describe it as an ideal work fragrance.
The people at Clinique also tell us that the exotic notes of Ruby Red Grapefruit, Boysenberry Bush Flower, and Hawaiian Wedding Flower have never been used before in a fragrance. I'm sure this must be the case but I do not find the smell of the perfume so distinctive to be praising its originality. Maybe this is because so many people wear it though.
I like to wear this fragrance to work. It is inoffensive but pleasant. It is light, fresh, clean and modern. It does generally wear off by lunchtime but sometimes I catch little wafts of it in the afternoon.
I think this is a perfume that most people would like but not love. I don't think it is distinctive enough to have strong feelings about either way really, but I do think it makes a good everyday fragrance, and so I'd recommend it if you're looking for a plain scent you can wear easily everyday but for going out or evening wear.
Happy used to be one of my favourite perfumes. I think with hindsight that my liking for the perfume probably stemmed as much from the fact it was made by Clinique (who at the time I thought made the best make up, and I would have stocked up my whole make up bag from them given the chance) as how the perfume actually smelled.
The perfume is packaged in a bright orange box which really shouts out from the Clinique shelves, and really Happy is the main perfume that Clinique make. Although they do make Aromatics Elixir (which is all a bit odd in my view) the rest of their range are derivatives from the main Happy brand - Happy Heart etc. They used to make Simply which I also liked, but sadly no more.
The bottle itself is sleek and elegant - a simple cylinder with a shiny silver top. It does look nice in a minamilistic way, but isn't anything special if I am honest.
Onto the fragrance itself. First impressions are that it is one that is really floral, in an overly sweet way. Once it settles on the skin, the citrus undertones comes through and it does tone the sweetness down slightly and make the fragrance more crisp and fresh.
Although I have done a lot of searching online I am afraid I haven't been able to find a full list of the different notes of the fragrance, the only ones I can find that Clinique say are included are ruby red grapefruit, boysenberry bush flower and hawaiian wedding flower. I am guessing it must be the grapefruit that cuts through the floral notes, and makes this a multi-layered rather than just a one dimensional sweet floral fragrance.
The fragrance is a modern twist on a floral fragrance, and in theory I should love it, but even I don't know why it is no longer one of my favourites. I find that the sweetness perhaps is just a bit too much, and I like more of a warmer floral fragrance. Somehow, it just doesn't feel a special enough perfume to brighten up a gloomy day.
If Happy is your type of fragrance, Clinique are offering the 50ml for £32 at the moment, although there are lots of gift sets available at the moment. My advice, if you are thinking of buying it for a gift, check the wearer still likes it - tastes change!
A hint of citrus / A wealth of flowers / A mix of emotions / A chic, modern, multi-layered floral with sparking, lingering fragrance of Ruby Red Grapefruit, Boysenberry Bush Flower, and Hawaiian Wedding Flower / These exotic notes have never been used before