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A Classic among fragrances
Coty L'Aimant Eau de Parfum de Toilette
Member Name: brittle1906
Coty L'Aimant Eau de Parfum de Toilette
Advantages: Floral, light, suitable for any occasion
Disadvantages: non in my opinion
Review of L'Aimant Parfum De Toilette by Coty
L'Aimant is a classic female fragrance produced for many years by the Coty company.
The fragrance was first introduced as long ago as 1927 and has the acclaim of being one of the last fragrances created by perfumer Françoise Coty. The fragrance has undergone many revivals in it's history and seems as popular as ever today. It is interesting to note that this fragrance has had a rose named after it!
The fragrance is a light, floral scent with notes of bergamot, neroli, peach, strawberry, jasmine, rose and undertones of ylang-ylang, vanilla, vetiver and sandalwood. The perfume has a wonderfully feminine fragrance, the floral top notes are the first to hit you and these then fade to a distinctively green and woody base. It is a classic in my opinion and evokes a host of mixed reactions when I wear it. My other half loves it, my daughter says it reminds her of gardens and as for me, I always feel happy and summery when I smell L'Aimant!
The perfume is marketed as a 'Romantic' scent, personally I consider the light floral fragrance is acceptable in any situation.
The fragrance is long lasting for me, but as I will explain later in this review, that cannot be relied upon for every user!
The packaging and bottle
The fragrance is presented in a pretty pink and gold box with the Coty logo in gold and the fragrance name in pink within a white oblong flash. The box is attractive, functional and practical, without being over the top or gaudy. The actual Parfum De Toilette is contained in a beautiful clear glass atomizer, with an almost art deco feel about it. The lid is made of clear plastic, edged with a gold coloured band. The lid simply pulls off, revealing the gold spray fitting.
The actual fragrance is a translucent pale gold in colour. The overall effect is of understated elegance. Like all perfumes, L'Aimant is best stored in a cool, dark place, preferably in the box.
A little about fragrances
The first recorded use of perfumes was by the Egyptians as part of their religious rituals. At this time the main methods of use were as the application of balms and ointments or the burning of incense. Perfumed oils were applied to the skin for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes.
During the Middle Ages, perfumes were reserved exclusively for religious rituals such as cleansing ceremonies. As the time went on and perfumes became more widely used, they were no longer the sole province of the wealthy.
Nowadays fragrances are commonplace, every day items and we take for granted the availability of perfume and perfumed products.
Eau de Toilette v. Perfume
A perfume or eau de parfum consists of a 15-30% concentration of perfume essence and is the strongest fragrance available. This means that not only do you need to use less, but also that the fragrance lasts longer, typically for up to 6 hours, depending on skin type.
Eau de Parfums cost more than Eau de toilettes, but as less of the fragrance is needed this does not necessarily mean the parfum is an expensive option, quite the reverse in fact.
Eau de Toilette or Parfum De Toilette, is a lighter, more delicate fragrance, with a 4-8% concentration of the perfume essence, and is most suited to everyday use. It is generally less expensive than Eau de Parfum, and the fragrance should last for 2 to 4 hours.
Eau de Toilette is an excellent way to layer your fragrance, that is to say using several products in the same range, such as shower gel or body lotion in conjunction with the actual fragrance.
The subject of this review is a Parfum De Toilette, I find that the fragrance lasts well for around 3-4 hours on my skin.
Fragrances are best used on the so called 'warm spots' of the skin, the places where the blood flows near the skin's surface. They are situated on wrists, behind ears, in the inner part of elbows and knees, and on the neck near the collar-bone.
Another favourite way to use fragrance is to spray a generous amount in the air, then walk through it to scent your whole body.
Fragrances can be more intense when it is warm. Therefore, in the summertime you may find an Eau De Toilette more suitable than a parfum.
Naturally these figures I have quoted in this review are dependent on the skin type of the user. With all fragrances, the actual scent can vary widely from user to user. What smells lovely on you may not suit your friend and perfumes will last longer on oily rather then dry skin.
This particular perfume was admired by my mother, she tried it and quite frankly it was awful on her, it smelled completely different and if I hadn't seen her use it, I wouldn't have believed it was L'Aimant!
This is why it is so important to try out a fragrance tester before purchasing. Most High Street stores provide sample testers, however a word of warning:- many stores these days offer a paper strip to test the scent, do make sure you apply the fragrance to your skin to assess it, skin and paper are definitely not the same!!
All fragrances should be stored out of direct sunlight, or in the original box to help retain the scent. If you keep a bottle of fragrance unopened in a cool and dry condition, it will last a long time, however, once opened it may gradually change. Unopened perfumes have a long shelf life, once opened they can deteriorate.
Price, availability and company contact
Coty L'Aimant is not in my opinion an expensive fragrance. It can be purchased for around a modest £9 for 30ml from Boots the Chemist. Obviously it does pay to shop around as there are many fragrance websites offering cut price deals on many products. CheapSmells and MadaboutFragrance are always worth a look.
The fragrance spray is available in several sizes, 30ml, 50ml and 75ml. The are also other products in the range, ideal for layering your fragrance, these include dusting powder, body spray, shower gel, body lotion, cream perfume and gift sets.
Made by Coty UK
St Georges House,
5 St Georges Road
My Thoughts and Conclusion
As with all fragrances I cannot stress strongly enough that a written review is not an adequate reason to select a perfume, do try a tester before you buy. I find this particular fragrance lovely, it suits me and my pocket! If you want a light yet distinctive scent, do give L'Aimant a try, I cannot guarantee it will suit you but it is most definitely worth testing out.
Thank you for reading.
© Brittle1906 March 2009
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