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My mum wears this fragrance, and because she is notoriously difficult to buy for, she ended up with more bottles than she had use for after receiving them as gifts on various occasions. Being worried that they might go off before she had chance to use them, she donated a bottle to me. Never being one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I gratefully accepted.
The packaging for this is cheap and cheerful, with the bottle being a very simple flat shape with a plain white lid. This is encased in a yellow box with a sunflower on it. There isn't anything particularly luxurious or glamorous about this fragrance, but this is reflected in the price, with a 100ml EDT spray currently costing £16.99 from The Perfume Shop.
I was surprised to see just how many different notes there were in this fragrance:
* Heart Notes - Cyclamen, rose, pure jasmine, osmanthus, iris root
* Top Notes - Lemon, rosewood, orange blossom, mandarin, bergamot, melon, peach
* Base Notes - Musk, cedar, amber, moss and sandal wood
In my opinion it's quite a simple one-dimensional fragrance, and I can't really detect any aspects other than the smell of artificially sweet smelling flowers. I think it's a fragrance which is suitable for wearing during the summer months, as there is also a hint of fruit in there somewhere, but I certainly can't detect the musk elements, and this isn't a fragrance which changes very much throughout the day. It's not as complex as the various note elements would suggest.
I find this fragrance quite overpowering, although it is uplifting and to be honest I would describe it as cheap and cheerful. Although I find the scent to be quite artificial, it's a fragrance I can't quite dislike because my mum wears it, so it reminds me of her. It seems to suit my mum more than me, so maybe this is a case of perfumes smelling differently on different people. It's not one I would buy myself, however, and I'll probably only wear it now and then for a change from my usual perfumes.
Being an Eau de Toilette rather than an EDP, this one doesn't last for an entire day, and I think it's one that if you were to top up throughout the day it would have the potential to become quite sickly and overwhelming. It's probably best suited to daytime wear during the summer months, and as a cheep and cheerful uplifting fragrance.
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Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers is a perfume, originally released in 1993. I first received a bottle of this perfume in my early teens as a gift from my grandmother. I have had several bottles, as gifts and possibly as rejects from those who did not like it, since!
~ Price and availability ~
Sunflowers is available everywhere - at your local chemist, Asda, Superdrug, Boots, Amazon.co.uk, Cheapsmells.com etc.
It is available in 15ml, 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles.
The 15ml bottle is available at Cheapsmells.com for £6.60 (recommended retail price £11.00).
The 30ml bottle is available at Cheapsmells.com for £6.00 (recommended retail price £20.00). Yes, the smaller bottle is more expensive.
The 50ml bottle is available at Cheapsmells.com for £8.45 (recommended retail price £24.00).
The 100ml bottle is available at Cheapsmells.com for £11.90 (recommended retail price £36.00).
I find the recommended retail prices rather high for this perfume. I do not agree that a 30ml bottle, like mine is worth as much as £20.00 and I think the amount that it sells for on Cheapsmells.com is far more accurate at just £6.00.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a white and orangey yellow box. The front of the box is white and has a picture of half of a sunflower cut out of the box with yellow card underneath. The word 'Sunflowers' is printed in the orangey yellow colour across the top of the box and 'Elizabeth Arden' is towards the bottom of the box with some details about the product.
The sides of the box have words going right around the box in a large rectangule shape. The text says, "And the sun was shining when he held me and I felt a deep flowering of pleasure. All at once. Like a sunflower. Opening up."
The back of the box is orangey yellow with a half sunflower picture cut out and white card behind it.
~ Bottle ~
I have the 30ml eau de toilette spray. In fact, I have two bottles for some reason! The bottle is tall and is quite flat and made from glass. Being flat, I think it looks bigger than a 30ml bottle. The lid is quite large and white. It is also quite flat, but rounded round the top and the word 'Sunflowers' is written in yellow and there is a small sunflower shaped logo above this. The perfume itself is a yellowy colour. The bottle is a very simple design. It is a reasonable design and is not offensive on my dressing table, but it is not the most beautiful of bottles either.
~ Scent ~
This is a very strong scent.
It offers top notes of lemon, rosewood, orange blossom, mandarin, bergamot, melon and peach, heart notes of cyclamen, rose, jasmine, osmanthus and iris root and base notes of musk, cedar, amber, moss and sandalwood.
I find it quite a harsh, floral scent. Although it is quite heavy, it still strikes me as a summer fragrance and it does remind me of sunflowers, but this is possibly something I have got into my head because of the name of this perfume!
I disliked this fragrance when I was a teenager, finding it far too harsh and flowery, but now I find it a lot more tolerable. I think the scent would suit anyone from teenagers (if unlike me, they don't find it too harsh) through to more mature women, but I think it is a perfume that many people associate with older women.
On the rare occasion that I do choose to wear this fragrance I try to apply it lightly, never applying more than one spray per wrist and neck as I still find it a bit strong and over-powering. I find the scent lasts all day, even when I apply it as lightly as possible.
~ Overall ~
Overall I think this perfume is alright, but I find it a bit strong and overpowering. The scent is a little on the harsh side. The bottle is nice enough, but nothing special. I have never bought this perfume for myself, but I would not replace this perfume if I ever used it all up. I would not recommend this perfume and would advise anyone who is looking to buy this perfume to try before they buy.
Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau de Toilette.
Sunflowers Eau de Toilette by Elizabeth Arden is one of the many scents I currently have in my perfume collection.
As with most of the scents in my collection Sunflowers was given to me as a gift one birthday a few years ago and due to the large number of perfumes I have in my collection the original bottle is still lasting well as I do like to vary my perfumes on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. Variety being the spice of life and all that!
My bottle of Sunflowers came packaged in a nice yellowy-orange box with a white sunflower on the front. Inside the box I found a relatively plain looking, tall and thin, clear glass bottle with a white plastic lid and a pump spray nozzle. The front of the bottle has the word "Sunflowers" in raised letters from the glass but not printed. In my opinion the bottle looks really basic and the white lid does make it look a little cheap. The liquid inside the bottle is nice yellowish-gold colour and there is a small label on the bottom of the bottle stating the size and manufacturer, Elizabeth Arden, London, made in USA.
How Does It Smell?
In my opinion Sunflowers has quite mild scent which I do like because it is nice and subtle and not too overpowering yet it is still strong enough to be noticed. I find this scent to be very fresh and light and it is the kind of scent which I particularly enjoy wearing in the summer and autumn months because of its freshness. The scent is quite floral although unlike the name suggests I wouldn't identify the floral scent as being Sunflowers but rather more that of fresh roses and kind of musky with a slight fruity hint.
As I mentioned earlier I tend to wear this perfume more during the summer and autumn months, so recently this has been quite often. I find that when I first spray the scent it isn't actually as strong as other scents I own and it settles very quickly. At first I was a little worried that this would mean that the lasting power would be virtually non-existent, however to my surprise this scent lasts really well and if I spray just a couple of squirts on my wrists and neck area in the morning, it can still be smelt in the afternoon. I think if I was to wear it and go out in the evening I would probably have to re-apply it just to make it a little more intense as I think this is more of a daytime scent than an evening one.
As this perfume was a gift I don't know how much was paid for it. However a quick search online tells me it is available on Amazon priced at £11.94 for a 100ml bottle.
Would I Recommend?
I would recommend Sunflowers to you if you like the more subtle yet still noticeable scents. The price is reasonable and I will be purchasing another bottle of this when my current one runs out.
Thanks for reading :)
Introduction about Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette
I have been using Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette for many years. I recently brought another 30ml bottle of Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette from Superdrugs for £6.99. In my opinion, Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette is for casual occasions and is good value for money. I would describe this perfume as heavy and spicy and overpowering if you use too much but if you use it sparingly, I would say that it is good for everyday use as well. The staying power is very good and seems to lasts for days when I spray it on my handbag, jacket and clothes. The design of the bottle is like flat slim and straight bottle and it fits easily in my handbag as the bottle is not oddly shaped like some other fragrances. The cap of the bottle is white and is very secure and keeps the smell of the perfume intact inside the bottle.
Other Information about Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette
A 30ml bottle of Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette costs £8 at Tesco Direct, £6.99 in Superdrugs and £6 in Asda. I didn't realise that Asda sold Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette for £6 and in future I will be buying it from Asda as it seems to be selling it for the cheapest price. Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette contains alcohol denat, water, fragrance, sunflower extract, propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl, methylpropianol, cinnamyl alcohol, farnesol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, blue 1(CI 42090), orange 4 (CI 15510), yellow 6 (CI 15985). The perfume is packaged in a yellow box which was sealed over in plastic covering before I opened it. On the packaging it indicates that the bottle of Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette must be discarded after 36 months from opening.
Conclusion about Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette
I have been pleased about using Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette.
I would definitely recommend that you purchase a bottle of Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette for your hand bag!
My sister and I regularly swap toiletries, which gives us the opportunity of trying out new products without needing to make a purchase. In my latest bundle was one of my sister's favourite fragrances, namely a 100ml bottle of Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Eau De Toilette and this review discusses my experience with using it.
I cannot admit to being very taken with the appearance of this fragrance, which is contained within a transparent glass bottle, as it is a burnt orange colour and I'm sorry to say, reminds me of urine! I've never been a fan of coloured fragrances, as I prefer them to be clear and I think this probably stems from my childhood, as I can vividly recall my late grandmother using many coloured perfumes, which could be described as utterly pongy!
I consider the large white coloured plastic lid to be a little obtrusive although it firmly attaches to the bottle with the lower section displaying an image of a tiny orange coloured sun together with its rays. I was a little apprehensive about trying out this fragrance as its appearance was so off-putting as well as its name. As a keen gardener I would regularly grow sunflowers solely for their looks and due to the fact that they attract bees to the garden, but I cannot recall an evident or favourable aroma.
However, not one to resist trying out something new I applied a small amount to the insides of my wrists, which was released in a fine mist and I immediately felt rather overwhelmed by the initial aroma that greeted me. The most obvious note is rosewood, which is accompanied by a delicate zesty aroma, which I was unable to identify and it was only through carrying out a little research that I discovered that the top notes also contains lemon, orange blossom, sweet peach, melon, bergamot and mandarin. Despite trying out this fragrance on a few further occasions I was still unable to recognise any notes other than for the rose.
The heart notes become apparent some five minutes or so later where rose is again present together with jasmine, cyclamen, osmanthus and iris root and whilst my sense of smell is normally very good at detecting specific aromas, I was still unable to witness anything other than a strong floral fragrance. The heart notes were soon accompanied by the base notes, which consist of sandalwood, cedar, amber, moss and one of my favourite fragrances, namely musk. Whilst the musk is evident it is far too delicate for my liking and it is the rose aroma that continually remains in the forefront making this perfume far too floral for me. I own very few floral fragrances, as I generally tend to opt for musky aromas and when I wore this during my initial few sprays I felt as if I was in a florists as it is very overpowering.
Eau de toilettes are generally known for their shorter staying power of a couple of hours, but why is it when I try out a new fragrance and dislike it, it tends to linger on my skin for ages, which was the case with Sunflowers. Consequently, the bottle was placed into a bag in readiness for my next toiletries swap with my sister. I find the name of this fragrance rather confusing, particularly as sunflowers are generally grown for their appearance as opposed to their scent.
Despite my negative review of this eau de toilette, my sister adores it and has been wearing it for years, particularly as it is such an affordable fragrance. Amazon are currently selling the 100 ml bottle for £9.20 with gift sets containing matching products starting at £14.99. Unfortunately, due to the reasons outlined above this is not an eau de toilette I can recommend and as a result it receives only 1 star from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
This was a perfume I bought for myself many years ago, I wanted something a bit different to my cheaper perfumes, and this was the cheapest of the 'designer' fragrances that I could find at the time. I soon realised I'd made a big mistake and stopped using it. Unfortunately my mother turned up fairly recently with a large bottle of the stuff, saying her sister had given it to her because she hated it and had been using it as bathroom freshener, and did my mam want it. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth she accepted, but soon realised it was too chemical and harsh for her too. Hence sadly I now have a big bottle of the glowing yellow stuff in my bin.
The bottle is quite minimalist, having an almost elliptical base which increases in size as the bottle stretches upwards. The lid is a slightly tacky cheap looking arch of white plastic. That's about it for the bottle, not one I'd clamour to have on display, but not unattractive either.
You can source this at many different price points, and I would recommend buying it online as it retails for around the £9 mark there. I've not been able to price it in Boots as it isn't on their (or Debenhams) online inventory, but it can at time of writing be purchased at 'The Perfume Shop' for about £14.50 for 100mls.
To me the overall effect of the fragrance is fairly simple, but on checking out the 'notes' which make it up I realised that a lot of olfactory twiddling has gone into this scent. It is crammed full of aromas most of which I love, but in combination for me they create at least initially something akin to a gel air freshener. The notes which I've taken direct from the Elizabeth Arden website are "Top Notes:Bergamot, Melon, Peach, Middle notes: Jasmine, Dewy Cyclamen, Osmanthus with Cool Tea Rose, Base Notes: Creamy Sandalwood, Velvety Moss, Soft Musk". I've noticed on many websites that Lemon is listed as a heart note. It's interesting to see that on the Elizabeth Arden website Lemon is not listed as a fragrance note at all, they should know best I assume. However I can't help but think that there is a strong lemony feel and scent to this fragrance.
I find it difficult to pick out any of the above individual notes from start to finish on my skin. The initial spritz to me smells slightly chemical, and quite citrusy. It has quite an effect on the back of my nose, it hits some receptors there like a spray of acid, and has been know to make me sneeze. As it dries down on my skin it loses the worst of the punch effect, but to my nose still smells artificial and a little bit like a cross between lemon drops sweets and furniture polish. I never do get the warmth of the musk, amber, moss and sandalwood. On wearing the scent just looses bite and fades away retaining most of the character of the first spritz. For an eau de toillette it does last quite well, despite retaining the character of the fragrance it does mellow a little as time goes on, and then find it wearable and almost pleasant. I feel I should add that this is one of the few fragrances that the other half has commented negatively about. I think "Eugh! What are you wearing?!" were the precise words.
Now I'm sure the way this fragrance smells on me could just be due to the way it reacts with the chemistry of my body, and on some I'm sure it does capture the joyous essence of lofty sunflowers blazing against a blue sky. For me and other members of my family though it is something that we just can't bring ourselves to wear. Even my girls who are always keen to rifle my toiletries and cosmetics have steadfastly refused this, and that is why sadly it is going in the bin. It's been cluttering up 3 houses for over a year now, I think it's time to admit defeat and put it behind us.
In these times of austerity it is nice to know that you can still find affordable fragrances that smell great.
Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden is a lovely fresh fragrance at a great price. The bottle is not the best design so it will not look great on your dressing table but that is not really that important to me. As the name suggests it is has a floral scent- I don't think I have ever smelled a sunflower so I cannot say whether or not it is an authentic smell. The scent itself is very light and summery and perfect for everyday use.
I had been using Issey Miyake as an everyday fragrance but at £40+ a bottle I felt I could not justify the expense. I had used Sunflowers when I was younger and skinter but had not smelt it for a while. I nipped into T Hughes where they always have good prices on lower end fragrances and picked up a bottle. I have to say I love the smell - it is very fresh, summery and not too over powering or sugary like many of the other cheaper fragrances on the market. For me it is very much a day time fragrance which is fine as I save my more expensive perfumes for nights out a special occasions.
If you are looking for a nice understated everyday perfume at a great price I would definitely recommend Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden.
My mum bought me a huge bottle of the Elizabeth Arden Eau de Toilette a few Christmas's ago. It was one of the many gifts in the stocking I got (you're never too old for a stocking hee hee). As I normally get smaller, less expensive gifts in the stocking, I was impressed by the size of the bottle- 100ml- which is quite large. After doing some research on the internet, I have found that a 100ml bottle costs around £10- I have also seen in stocked in places such as Wilkinsons and Superdrug where it may be able to be purchased a little cheaper?
The box the perfume comes in is very attractive- a bright cheerful yellow which immediately cheered me p when I saw it. The bottle is quite plain, a white top with the name of the perfume and a clear bottle showing you the bright yellow coloured perfume. I suppose for a reasonable price you can't expect fancy packaging/
I had a quick sniff of the perfume when I first got it and thought it was nice if a little strong. Then I began to wear it and my thoughts dramatically changed! With only a couple of sprays on each wrist, this perfume was far too overpowering and strong for me. It does smell like sunflowers but I have realised that I don't really like the smell of them. Perhaps a bonus for some people is that this perfume does last (linger!) all day...tbh by the end of the day I felt a bit sick with the smell. I would like to stress that I didn't use too much of the stuff.
I suppose not all perfume can be to everyones taste, I would say this is a fragrance for more mature people and too overpowering for everyday wear.
There's always been a bottle of Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers in my family home for as long as i can remember, it is an absolute classic and has a scent that i could recognise anywhere on anyone. It smells so sweet and beautiful i've always loved it and i know i will never get sick of it.
It might be cheap to buy, and come in a pretty plain bottle, but it is so worth it! it lasts so long on you and everyone who you are with can smell it on you. I actually think the fact that it is so cheap is brilliant, it just means that when you do run out it is so readily available to go out and buy another bottle.
It's a fragrance that i think was intended for perhaps slightly older people, not elderly, just not teenagers if you know what i mean. But i have actually worn it since i was young and it's always suited me and i'm sure it will others. It's the type of perfume that once people have smelled it on you, they will then associate you with that scent. I certainly don't mind being associated with this beautiful smell!
One of the most affordable and beautiful perfumes out there! I highly reccomend it.
I first used Elizabeth Arden's Sunflowers perfume when I was a teenager, having been given it as a gift and at the time not having enough money to buy anything more sophisticated or expensive. The main thing that I remember about it, is that out of all the fragrances I have ever worn, this is the one I had the most compliments on - I even had random people on busses say how much they liked it.
It seems not everyone shares that opinion however, as when I bought another bottle last summer, my sister was horrified! 'You would actually wear that?' I believe were her exact words, spat out in disgust! Well personally, I still like it as an occasional daytime fragrance, although I must admit I do think it has a reputation as being quite a cheap scent.
Sunflowers is packaged in quite a basic way, coming in a yellow box adorned with a white sunflower. The bottle itself is also very plain, being tall, clear glass through which you can see the bright yellow coloured fragrance, and is topped with a rounded white cap. I am someone who likes fancy bottles that look pretty and girly and can be put on display on my dresser, but unfortunately this is one that stays shut away in a drawer.
The fragrance is an eau de toilette rather than an eau de parfum, and I will try my best to describe the scent, although as I'm sure many of you know, it can sometimes be difficult describing perfumes and I'm certainly no expert when it comes to perfume notes.
When first sprayed, the perfume to me smells very fruity and zesty. It's quite a sharp fragrance at first, which I think is a lot like orange and lemon with some sort of floral undertone. I would love to say the floral is sunflower, but in total honesty I don't really know what they smell like! I think these initial top notes are very fresh and the zestyness makes them smell quite summery. It's also quite intense and strong when first applied and so I only ever apply one spray or I feel it can be too overpowering.
Once settled on the skin the fragrance takes on a slightly deeper tone, the sharpness disappears and a more floral heart is revealed. To me it smells slightly like a combination of an orange and rose scent mixed with a green floral. I find it to be really warm and as silly (and probably sickly!) as it sounds, I think it's quite a happy scent! It really does remind me of summer and is quite uplifting.
The scent has good staying power and it is quite some time before the base notes start to come through. I'd say that the base notes are not too different to the heart notes, however I think I can smell something slightly earthier, possibly sandalwood.
As mentioned already I do find that the scent lingers for several hours after application and this is not a product that needs frequent touch ups throughout the day. I'd definitely describe it as strong, but providing only one or two sprays are applied at any one time, then it's not overpowering or sickly.
I feel that because of the fruity, summery vibe the perfume has, it's more suited to daytime wear than for evenings. I think it's suited to women of all ages - I used to wear it as a teen and I've seen my auntie who's in her fifties apply it too.
I purchased my 30ml spray from www.fragrancedirect.com for just £5.95, which I think is very good value for a fragrance. Of course prices will vary depending on where you shop, the same sized bottle is just £4.99 in Superdrug, and there is also a huge 100ml size for £9.99.
Overall, although not my favourite perfume, I do still think this is a nice daytime scent - although one I'm more likely to wear in the summer than in the December cold! It might not be everyone's taste, but I like the fresh, zesty scent and it's good value for money too.
~No Sunflowers were harmed in the making of this fragrance!~
Having bought and worn a rather large number of fragrances over the years there are a good number of scents that I still enjoy wearing even though they have been around for some time. There are also a greater number of fragrances that I have bought or received as gifts, that I have worn and not enjoyed. Those are the fragrances that I feel certain I will never wear again once the bottle has been emptied and sadly the Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers fragrance does fall into the latter category.
The fragrance itself has been on sale since the early 1990's and its a scent that I have worn in the past and fallen rather out of like with. I recall that when I wore this I liked it only briefly and soon tired of its sour tone. I certainly never classed it as a true favorite fragrance as it grated on my senses over time. I feel that this is in part due to the rather sour and unattractive fragrance that I experienced when this was applied to my skin. It may perhaps not be suited to the oils in my skin I don't know, what I do know is that there is something about Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers that I find decidedly nasty and that for me makes it a no go fragrance, to wear now or anytime in the future.
The bottle that the fragrance comes in is very dated and has a cheap feel to it. I have found over recent years that the only stores to stock this seem to be the clearance and budget type stores that knock out discontinued and hard to sell fragrances by the bucket full. The clear glass bottle has a very boring and under styled look that is not very attractive. I feel that although the bottle works well enough to contain the fragrance within it, it lacks any finesse and finish and will not wow anyone with its amazing good looks or clever functionality. The box does have a more attractive look to it that is styled to be in keeping with the name of the fragrance. The large sunflower motif that is displayed on one side of the fragrance box is a simple design that works well enough yet cannot ever rescue the fragrance within enough for me to ever consider wearing it again
When I wore the Sunflowers fragrance it had a very distinct sour chemical note to it that was very unappealing, it also had a plasticy tone that I really didn't like. I found that no matter how I used the fragrance I always ended up feeling the same way about it and it put me off using the fragrance in the end. I know the fragrance is meant to portray a summer scent that is easy to wear and evokes thoughts of summer days, warm afternoons, wheat fields ready for the harvest, golden sunsets and well just about any thing that is remotely cliched and in keeping with the Sunflower theme. For me the fragrance does not and did not work, I didn't feel in the slightest that the fragrance made me feel good when I wore it and to be rather honest I feel that it is a little reminiscent of tom cats urine with a synthetic plastic note that is very, very unattractive.
~The highs and lows ( the fragrance notes)~
Within the Sunflowers fragrance such wonders as citrusy bergamot, melon and warm peach are used and these are meant to give a light fruity citrus air that lightens the soft spiced tone of the fragrance. They don't do that and I feel that I cannot smell any bergamot within this at all. As bergamot is a favorite fragrance oil for me I ought to be able to catch a glimpse of it, if its there in Sunflowers yet I smell nothing like it in the fragrance. As for the peach and melon, all I can say is that I do get a sourness in the fragrance which could be due to the melon scent yet cannot be fully attributed to it, as melon is normally a rather light and pleasant summer scent that I rather like. Cyclamen, jasmine and rose are the florals in the fragrance and again I cannot separate one from another to be really sure they are actually there. The base notes of sandalwood, moss and musk which are used in a great number of other fragrances with a great deal of success, only serve to prolong the rancid smell of the fragrance and make it a deeper sour scent when on the skin.
~Summary and Price~
I feel the Sunflowers fragrance is not ever going to be anything other than a cheap and badly composed fragrance that I don't enjoy wearing. I have tried to embrace it and failed miserably and I feel that is 100% down to how the fragrance smells and works with the oils in my skin. I know I am not the only person to dislike this fragrance yet it is still being sold and must still be in production, so someone somewhere must be buying it on a regular basis. I am unsure who would benefit from wearing the fragrance and as such, in this case I shall refrain from making any recommendations for it other than to say it is best tried on you skin prior to purchasing.
Bottle sizes vary and can be 30mls, 50mls and 100mls. Prices are on the cheap and cheerful side which is a bonus if you are a fan of the fragrance and you can expect to pay around £5 to £6 for the 30ml bottle, £7 to £9 for a 50ml bottle and £10 to £12 for the largest 100ml sized bottle. As far as rating the fragrance I feel it is something I don't enjoy wearing and as such I feel I can only give the Sunflowers fragrance a 1 star product rating.
*** Try it on the cheap ***
I picked this up very cheaply on a ferry a few years back. It is not normally the sort of perfume that would appeal to me, but I liked the tester so, for a few quid, I thought why not? And two years later I am only just coming to the end of the bottle.
*** Simple box, chunky bottle ***
This perfume has been around for years and I'm pretty sure my mum owned a bottle many years back. The product comes boxed - the box is white with a simple yellow sunflower design, although I have seen the colours in reverse - so a white flower design on a yellow box. I prefer the white box myself! It's a pretty box and not plain as you may expect. You can buy it online from many retailers for around £12 for 100ml.
The bottle itself is quite large and chunky and contains 100ml - it's a flat oval shape with a white lid. It's quite a plain design, but it looks nice and inoffensive. The design of the bottle is definitely a lot more subtle than many of the other perfumes I see reviewed on here! I think this lends itself to an older consumer - this is definitely the kind of perfume I can picture on my mum's dressing table! The perfume itself is a golden colour that you can see clearly through the glass bottle.
*** Dividing opinion ***
Now ... I realise there are some people out there who are not fans of this scent! I find this to be quite a strong smelling perfume - a few squirts is definitely enough. I am wearing the perfume as I type and I can still smell it - just about - around seven hours after application. Not bad! The perfume contains notes of bergamot, melon, peach, jasmine and sandalwood. I think the smell is quite floral and a little fruity - it is quite a strong smell and I guess this is what divides people into the love and hate camps!
*** My opinion ***
For me personally, I think this is a really nice perfume - especially if you can find it as cheaply as I did. I do think it is one for the older market - I definitely wouldn't buy it for a younger girl. I would give it 3.5 stars but as I can't, I'll be generous and round up!
I have been wondering if I should write this review for a while because I don't want to offend anyone who wears this regularly. Hopefully it will just be read as my honest opinion. Also it was bought as a gift for me. But, I will go ahead, as I don't think it's likely that this review will be read by my family.
This perfume has been bought for me as a gift by different family members on three separate occasions, and...I can't stand it!
I don't think I'm hard to please as far as fragrances go. I am always keen to try out new perfumes, and although, of course, I have my favourites, there aren't many scents that I dislike but I think this on eis aful.
I now have an opened 30 ml bottle which was part of a set which came with a body lotion and shower gel included. Th second is, I believe, (as I've put it out of the way somewhere) a 50 ml size and it remains unopened. The third is still in-its cellophane and is a 100 ml bottle.
This seems such a shame as someone must like it but I have to be careful about giving these away, as I don't want the well meaning giver of the gift to know that don't like it. But then again, I wouldn't want another bottle to turn up in my Christmas stocking!
I'm honestly not trying to be funny, but the smell of this generates very strange behaviour in my Westie dog. For the purpose of writing this review I sprayed a small amount on my wrist so that I could review it better. I have just let the dog in from the garden. Usually he would choose to walk pas me and choose a spot to snuggle up in. But this time he came straight up to me, nostrils working over time, and is trying to lick this perfume off while I type. He is never normally like this but I noticed (couldn't not!) this behaviour before when I wore it. The only other thing that brings about a similar response is E45 cream. Strange!
Well back to the perfume. It must be me as I have seen favourable reviews but I am struggling to find something good to say about this one. Indeed, the only thing I can think of is that it's cheap. But then it should be!
The aroma is strong from the start. It has a strange smell and I don't know if it is sunflowers or not. I find it positively overbearing and headache inducing. It isn't pretty. It isn't subtle. In fact I can't wait much longer until I wash it off. I can feel it starting to tighten and irritate on my skin.
Top Notes: Peach, bergamot and melon.
Heart Notes: Osmanthus, cyclamen and tea rose with jasmine.
Base Notes: Moss, musk and sandalwood.
Elizabeth Arden's Sunflowers was designed
'for the outgoing and bold attitude of a woman. '
The notes 'create a fragrance which is a delightful scent to be worn in the evening.'
I don't wish to offend anyone as perfume is very much a matter of different tastes and opinions but I honestly wouldn't recommend this smell to any one of any age to wear at any time.
Well, long life in a perfume is usually a good quality, and this one does last well. When I first wore this and I went to a shopping centre, I kept being able to smell it on myself and didn't like it. I kept it on for a while, hoping It would grow on me but, alas, it didn't. This is one of the very few scents that I have disliked so much that I've had to, while out, find toilets so that I could wash it off. After washing this off the smell still lingered so I can say that it's long lasting.
AFFECT ON SKIN
After about ten minutes of wearing my skin felt irritated, and stung slightly. I think with repeated wear this perfume would cause a reaction on my skin, which tends to be sensitive. However most perfumes do not affect me in this way.
There's nothing special about this bottle. The gold liquid shows through the bottle, which is long with a white dome shaped plastic lid. The lid has a tiny sunflower design printed on it in orange. Sunflowers is written on it in the same colour.
The set looked quite nice with the yellow and gold sunflower design.
30ml Eau de Toilette Spray £6.44
50ml Eau de Toilette Spray £8.35
100ml Eau de Toilette Spray £9.40
100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray £ 8.50
30 ml Eau de Toilette Spray £4.99
100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray £9.99
My Mum is a huge Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden fan, so I was intrigued to discover this perfume in her room, and decided to try it out. At first glance, the bottle isn't all that attractive compared to perfumes I own, as it's quite simplistic and has a white lid, which on a perfume makes it look a little cheap.
Given that the title is "sunflowers", one would imagine the smell of this perfume is sure fired to evoke nostalgia of past summers, walking through fresh fields of overgrown grass and sunflowers swaying in the breeze - unfortunately this perfume does not do this title any justice.
So what is the smell exactly? Well it's almost detergent smelling, and I don't mean fresh laundry smelling, more carpet cleaner ish with a twist of honey. It's odd to describe and odd to wear. However, I will give it credit for it's staying power, as this really does last a long time, perhaps longer than perfumes I would normally wear, however unfortunately it's a smell you wouldn't really want to carry around.
Admittedly, I am a 20 year old who prefers light, fruity fragrances so this perfume is definitely not aimed at like minded people such as myself, as you wouldn't really want to smell like this! My Nan on the other hand, would love it!
Surprisingly for an Elizabeth Arden fragrance, this can be purchased for as little as £8. However I would only recommend buying this, if it is for someone who has specified they like this perfume. Although Elizabeth Arden is normally a brand you can trust when it comes to make-up and fragrance, it isn't when it comes to this particular perfume. Unfortunately this is a pure let down!
The first memory I have of this fragrance, was several years ago, when it first came out. We were walking through Rackhams in Birmingham, when we were stopped by an enthusiastic looking assistant on the perfume counter, eager to spray every passer by with this perfume.
My initial impression of this perfume was that it was a youthful perfume, as it had a very sweet scent to it. Like many perfumes aimed at the younger market, I would describe it as smelling like "sweets", with a fruity, floral scent. Unlike many perfumes though, Sunflowers is not overpowering and is a very light fragrance, suitable for everyday wear, as opposed to a heavy scent that you would wear on special occasions. If you wear this perfume, you won't overpower people, and it has a "springtime" feel about it.
I don't like the bottle that the perfume comes in. It has a very cheap, tacky look about it. The bottle is tall and plain, with a cheap looking plastic lid. You can see the perfume inside, but it is a very deep yellow colour, which I also found a bit offputting, as it made the liquid look a bit "off", as if it had been in storage for a long time and was maybe losing it's potency.
This is misleading though, as I had no problems applying the fragrance or any problems with the length of time that the fragrance lasted. It did not fade quickly and you could still smell it several hours later.
This perfume is described as an "aquatic" fragrance, although I feel it is more floral and fruity. It is certainly VERY sweet smelling, and you have to like that sort of scent to enjoy this perfume. I don't think it would be to everyone's taste. The perfume has hints of melon, peach, jasmine, tea rose, sandalwood and moss, although it is the fruity scents that stand out, and you can't really detect the sandalwood and moss.
Prices really vary for a bottle of this perfume, from around the £15 mark from Amazon to a more reasonable £4.95 from specialist online retailers. You can also buy it relatively cheaply from high street stores such as T J Hughes, where you can also test it first to see whether it suits you.
I don't think this fragrance would appeal to older women, as it is a bit "young", and it may pass the younger market by, as there are so many new celebrity fragrances out there nowadays. I suppose it is therefore inevitable that this perfume may lose popularity, as it has no real target market, and does not really stand out on the shelf in the shops. It is a really nice, fresh perfume that is perfect to wear on hot summer days, and if you can find a cheap bottle of this on the high street it is worth buying if you like fruity floral scents.
A light fragrance for casual wear that combines melon, peach, rose and moss scents. A bright, light-hearted, happy celebration of the simplicity and joy of summer. Top notes of bergamot, melon and peach. Middle notes of jasmine and cyclamen and base notes of sandalwood and moss create this energizing fragrance. The sunflower represents strength, beauty, health and intuitive.