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Elizabeth Arden: Splendour, Eau de Parfum I have never really bought any make up, skin care or perfume products from Elizabeth Arden before but do recall having a bottle of sunflower when I was a teenager as it was quite cheap on teenager's pocket money and sweet enough for daywear! I was given a bottle of Elizabeth Arden Splendour perfume as guess what a Christmas present from my sister the other year. I think she either has early Alzheimer's and forgets she keeps buying me PJs and Perfume for birthdays and Christmases or she thinks I smell!!!! **Elizabeth Arden** My impressions of Elizabeth Arden as a Fragrance and Cosmetic company have always been that it is a traditional brand. I always felt it was aimed at the older lady in fragrances and make up. Elizabeth Arden is a partnership that was forged between two ladies, Arden and Elizabeth Hubbard back in 1909. Arden learned the techniques and skills of beauty in France and first ventured into the beauty makeup in creating creams and powders in the early twentieth century. Elizabeth Arden is therefore a long established and well respected brand. Arden died in 1966 and in 1971 Eli Lilly and company bought Elizabeth Arden. It has been resold to Faberge in 1987 and is still a big company today. It uses high profile models and celebrities for campaigns and most recently used Catherine Zeta Jones. **Splendour or Splendid** Splendour is a good name for a perfume and sounds quite splendid, elegant and classic to me and therefore gives me high hopes. It is described by Elizabeth Arden as a joyous fragrance that has femininity and romance and should captures the spirit and sparkle of falling in love. That is a very romantic notion and good advertising for a bottle of perfume to get someone to purchase it as a present. It was created by Elizabeth Arden in 1998 and others in the range include: Sunflowers, Red Door, Green Tea, True Love, 5th Avenue and countless more (quite the perfume maker is our Elizabeth!!) **Bottled up** The bottle is glass but feels a little bit like thickened plastic. It is not a pretty or imaginative bottle but reminds me of a miniature wine bottle. It has a series of indented lines up a third of the bottle and goes into a bottle neck. It does have a nice silver plated topping on the neck rim with some writing initials of Elizabeth Arden as a logo. The top is a glass ball and reminds me of a decanter top. The top included this silver rim bit and all pops off. There is then a silver nozzle to use for the perfume. You can clearly see into the bottle and it is a yellowish colour and you can see the plastic straw like tube that is used to allow the perfume to spray up through the nozzle. **Does it smell splendid?** This perfume is meant to be a refined oriental and floral fragrance. Top notes in the fragrance are sweet pea, water lilly and freesia and middle notes in the perfume are magnolia, champagne and musk. The base notes are amber, rosewood and sandlewood. The scent is meant to be romantic and light and suitable for an evening out. I find it interesting that a lot of my scents contain sandlewood and are all described as oriental and floral yet they do not always come across as floral to me. I find this perfume quite heavy for me and when you sniff it I get reminded of scented soap or hand cream. I think the musk and amber come through quite strongly in this and it is very woody and musky in smell. Although once you spray it on it starts to smell a little lighter and the floral scents come out. You can then smell the magnolia and sweeter parts of the fragrance. Personally I do not like the smell of this perfume but I do not detest it as much as Versace Red Jeans. With this perfume as I always thought of Elizabeth Arden as an older and traditional brand. I therefore expected that I might not like the perfume. I think it does smell better the longer it is on but is too much like a heavily scented skin care cream. I would not repurchase this product and have barely used it but my mum likes it so she now has it. **Prices** I have the 125ml bottle which is meant to rrp at £44.50 yet you can purchase this for as little as £10 from the discount online perfume shops. I personally am not keen but think this may appeal to others as a light inexpensive day wear perfume that is a little woody and musky in scent.
On yet another shopping trip I couldn't find anything to buy. You know one of them days when everything you try on is wrong and anything you see is over priced or something! So I thought I know what I'll get, I'll get me a bottle of perfume! (Like I need more!) I was in Asda following an argument with the boyfriend and couldn't be bothered to look round the store so I picked this up as it was on offer for £4.99 for a 30ml bottle without even smelling it, paid and left the store. I thought well if I don't like it I'll give it to my mum . I was dubious I wouldn't like it as it's a fragrance that was launched in 1998 and therefore to me probably a little old fashioned but I was still hopeful as I adore Cote L'aimant and that's as old fashioned as they come!.. The Packaging.... Light blue box with dark blue writing on the front telling me it is indeed by Elizabeth Arden and is called Splendor. On the back tells me it is Eau De Parfum, 30ml spray also in dark blue. The bottle is made of glass, long in shape with engraved lines running into it, a silver sprayer that you push and it gives an even squirt of the pale yellow coloured liquid each time. The push on top sits on very securely and has a silver band and then glass on the top like a marble shape. The glass itself isn't that elegant looking as its rather chunky but the design itself is quite pretty. I'm not keen on Elizabeth Arden perfume bottles, they are rather clumsy looking and basic but at end of day the perfumes now have they've been around for a long time and tend to be a cheaper brand in general. The Fragrance.... Water Lily, Magnolia and White Musk. To me.... The fragrance is incredibly strong on application. It's very sweet and you can really smell the white flowers more than the musk but you can smell a musky undertone running through it. Its very deep and fresh and if you know flowers in general you'd identify this fragrance. Its very simple and lasts about 6 hours on the skin. It fades after a couple of hours but does leave a nice sexy smell on the skin. I really like the smell of it but I would say I think this is for someone older than I (I'm 33). I would also say that although this fragrance is deemed fit for elegant wear I disagree. It's light enough and long lasting enough to use as a day time smell but to me not classy enough to wear at night. I like it for a fresh smell all day long! It doesn't knock you out and its not one that people will comment on in a positive or a negative way. It does leave a smell behind you but like I said earlier, only for a couple hours then its down to being sniffed when your up close and personal with someone! Can be found in most department stores and chemist's. I bought mine in Asda for £4.99 for a 30ml bottle.
I?ve used a good few perfumes in my time and for more years than I?d care to count. Standing by the perfume counter, slowly perusing the bottles on display, I wondered whether it was time to try something new. Not having time for the spray-wait-sniff test I?d almost decided to stick with what I already knew when another Elizabeth Arden fragrance caught my eye. ?Splendor? was on special offer for? wait for it? £4.99!! Surely a decent perfume couldn?t be that cheap? I looked away, looked back, looked at the label again and sure enough, it was still showing the same price on a sign you couldn?t fail to notice. Now I know ?Red Door? can often be found on offer for around £8 but a fiver just seemed more like a joke than anything else. I asked the assistant if the price was correct and yes, it most certainly was. That did it. There was only one thing to do. A bottle was procured and securely stowed in my handbag. I had no idea what to expect. At that price, it could?ve been complete and utter rubbish but having had several Elizabeth Arden scents before, I knew that while they weren?t necessarily top of the range, they certainly weren?t your usual pound shop junk either. ~~+~~ THE BOTTLE Inside a rather boring looking pale blue box was a rather appealing little bottle. Not the prettiest perfume bottle I?ve ever seen but certainly one that would look good on a dressing table or cosmetics shelf. Just look at the picture at the top. Don?t you think it?s nice? Mind you, it isn?t quite as gold as it appears in the picture. My bottle?s clear and has a silver band below the ball on top. I actually prefer it this way; it?s trendy without losing its classic elegance. Elizabeth Arden aren?t known for being particularly creative with their bottle de signs so in that respect, I was really quite impressed. In case there are any males reading that are wondering why I?m giving the bottle so much importance, let me just tell you that perfume bottles are funny things. I don?t know what it?s like with after-shave but for us girls, a lovely perfume in a pretty bottle somehow makes you feel pampered. Not to mention its decorative value. Can you imagine putting a milk bottle on a vanity table? I think not. Bottle: 3/5 ~~+~~ THE SCENT Now that we have the bottle out of the way, let?s move on to the really important part. What did it smell like? I?m no authority on perfume and have no idea about key notes, top notes, middle notes and the rest. I just know what I like and what I don?t. I can?t really separate the various floral notes from one another but this one, to me, smells very light and sweet, almost like springtime or early summer. Not balmy enough to be a hot summer?s day and a little too colourful for winter. Do you understand what I?m saying? There?s sweet pea in there and maybe some magnolia and musk but that isn?t all. There?s more that I can?t identify. A quick look on the web told me that the actual fragrance is: top note - sweet pea, water lily and freesia; middle note - magnolia, champagne and musk and base note - amber, rosewood and sandlewood. Give it half an hour after spraying before making a final decision because it isn?t until then that its true colours shine through. I found it changed quite drastically during that time. There?s something youthful about the scent. I can?t imagine a very mature woman wearing this but it isn?t so youthful that only the very young can use it. It?s light hearted and says ?lets have fun?. Sexy? No, not really. Gosh, scents are difficult to des cribe, aren?t they? Scent: 3/5 ~~+~~ WHAT?S IT SUITABLE FOR? It?s certainly fresh and although not a particularly romantic fragrance, is still suitable for evening wear as well as every day use. I?m quite happy to use ?Splendor? at all times of the day because while it has enough depth for casual evening use, it?s also light enough for work and pushing a trolley around Tesco. I wouldn?t choose this as my ?best? perfume; it doesn?t evoke enough passion in me for that. There are others out there that would make far more of an impact when you?re really trying to impress, especially if elegance is on the menu. Although described as being suitable for romantic occasions, if you?re hoping to get a certain temperature rising, I doubt this is the perfume to choose. The musk may have some effect but other than that, it just isn?t seductive enough for any real ooh-la-la! Usability: 3/5 ~~+~~ HOW?S ITS STAYING POWER? Hmm, difficult question. Our noses become accustomed to a new smell very quickly so while we sometime think our perfume has worn off, others can still smell it. This can lead to unnecessary reapplication and women who absolutely reek of the whore?s parlour syndrome. My mum, bless her, falls into this category. When she goes out, Estee Lauder?s Youth Dew can be smelt for about a mile around her! I do try to tell her? Anyway, back to Splendor. This one isn?t by any means overpowering (unless, according to my better half, you apply it whilst sat in a closed car) so I decided to do a test. I was all alone last night so I sprayed some on my wrist before going to bed. I figured my nose would forget the smell during the night and I?d be able to tell how well it?d stuck around easier than with a day-time test. By the time I woke, the perfume had been on for 9 hours and could definitely be smelt. Not strong but a lovely wafting fragrance. Do bear in mind that I wasn't active during the night (I said I was alone, didn't I?) so the sweating associated with normal daytime activity may well effect its staying power somewhat. I?d say the strength of this is just right for day time use but evening wear might demand something more powerful depending on the occasion. However, as with the way scents develop, their staying power also tends to vary from person to person so any definite answer to this question?s impossible. Staying power: 4/5 ~~+~~ AND THE PRICE? As I said, I got my bottle on special offer but having looked on the ?net, I found a price of £7.99 for 30ml bottle eau de perfum. This carries a RRP of £20 (this is the price Ciao?s sponsors are currently selling it for). I wouldn?t pay £20 for this perfume. £7.99, yes. Maybe even a tenner. I think that?s as far as I?d go, though. £4.99 makes me even happier! Price: 3/5 (because it?s often on offer but is too expensive otherwise) ~~+~~ WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? Another difficult question. Perfumes smell different on different people so unless you have the same chemical reactions as me, it may well smell awful or even better on you. If you?ve tried Red Door, Sunflowers or White Diamonds and got along with them then you?ll probably like this. Cerruti 1881 smells dreadful on me as does Ysatis so if either is one of your favourites, you?d probably do well to steer clear of thi s one. I?m just guessing, though. It?s a decent, all-purpose sort of scent but I wouldn?t recommend paying full price. For those who like this fragrance, it?s excellent value for money if you can find it on offer and the offers also make it easier to try without losing too much should you decide that it isn?t for you. Overall judgement: 3/5 ~~+~~ I?ve been having little sniffs whilst writing this, both on my wrist and from the bottle and am starting to feel a bit woozy now. Too much perfume does that to me. I think I?ll grab a bath and go au naturelle for the rest of the day. No, not naked! I?m painting the shed and somehow I think a naked Sharon wielding a paint brush might be a little too shocking for my neighbours.
To be honest, I cannot make my mind up about this fragrance. I had a little sampler in a gift set recently, but I really don't know whether to get a full-sized bottle. I mean, it's pleasant enough and smells really fresh but, I really do not think it is the same quality as some of the other EA fragrances, like Red Door. To start with, the packaging and bottle are nothing special. The fragrance itself, is very classically floral. there's a sweetness hidden under a sharp topcoat. I cannot quite make out what the floral notes are. Don't get me wrong, this fragrance is okay, but it does not shout out "you have got to buy me"...