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As you are no doubt aware I absolutely adore beautiful toiletries and always allow my Boots Advantage Card points to accumulate to enable me to treat myself to something special. I can vividly recall watching my grandmother when I was a little girl, as she was an immaculately dressed lady who loved beautiful clothes, cosmetics and fragrances. Her favourite perfume was Estee Lauder's Youth Dew, a dark brown liquid and as a child I always associated Estee Lauder products with the more mature lady. However, my initial thoughts were totally incorrect when many years later I discovered Beautiful and my passion continued to grow when I then developed a liking for Pleasures. This review discusses my experience of using the newest product to the Estee Lauder range and its' name is Pleasures Bloom.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
If you are familiar with the original Pleasures fragrance you will be aware of the appearance of the transparent glass bottle, which is elegant, sophisticated and modern with its' very stylish curved edges. The familiar logo of Estee Lauder is situated on the upper section and located below is the word Pleasures with a swirl forming from the base of letter "P", which sweeps under the entire word. The only difference between this bottle and the standard Pleasures is that we are also presented with the word "Bloom".
The shiny chrome coloured ball shaped lid is very contemporary in appearance and is easily removed to reveal the matching chrome coloured push down dispenser. The clear liquid fragrance is provided to us with a large cerise coloured peony flower, which is attached to the neck of the bottle, which is intended to provide that finishing touch, although I have to saw that I found it somewhat tacky, so it was promptly placed in the bin.
THE NOTES CONTAINED WITHIN PLEASURES BLOOM
One press of the dispenser releases a beautiful and stunning mist of pink grapefruit, violet flower and raspberry, which are evident within seconds. To be honest, had I been aware of these notes prior to purchase I think I probably would have turned my nose up and not purchased the fragrance, as in my opinion they don't sound very inviting. However, they are simply delightful and after approximately ten minutes we are greeted with the heart notes of spicy green lily, pink peony, rose, jasmine and lychee. You would definitely be mistaken in thinking that this fragrance is heavy and overly floral, but in my opinion it is absolutely stunning and fairly light. The final notes of this stunning fragrance are a delightful and very appealing combination of vanilla, patchouli and musk, which remain with us the longest.
MY EXPERIENCE OF USING PLEASURES BLOOM
As previously stated, had I learned of the notes contained within Pleasures Bloom I really do not think I would have made a purchase, particularly as I am not a fan of heavy floral fragrances nor do I favour the aroma of vanilla. However, the only way I can describe this fragrance is fresh, fruity and floral with its' gorgeous blend of notes, which most definitely compliment one another perfectly. The violet is evident within the initial spray, but soon disperses to allow the distinct yet refreshing aroma of rose. I have to state that until I researched the notes contained within the fragrance I was totally unaware of its' vanilla content and would advise that it is not an aroma that I have been able to detect. The musk is most definitely evident, but it is fairly light and extremely pleasing to the senses.
The staying power of Pleasures Bloom is first class, as I apply one spray behind my ears in the morning together with a quick spray on each of my wrists, which will allow the fragrance to remain with me for my entire day. You may not be aware, but the longevity of a fragrance differs from one person to the next and is dependent upon the natural oil contained within their skin, as for those people with oily skin the fragrance will last much longer than for those with dry skin. Pleasures Bloom is an extremely feminine fragrance with its' very refreshing and uplifting aroma and my opinion is that it is suited to women of all ages and can be worn at any time of the day.
A little tip to enable your fragrance to become more evident is to apply it to the lower part of your body, as this will allow the scent to gently rise as you move. A huge positive with the bottle is that the dispensing spray reaches its' base and although I'm half way through my bottle I do not anticipate any problems in dispensing the very last drop. I have only one grumble with the bottle and that is the lid easily topples off if the fragrance is stored in my handbag. However, I feel that this one very small negative is far outweighed by the many positives that this fragrance has to offer. Consequently, this stunning and long lasting fragrance definitely receives 5 stars from me, together with my huge recommendation.
I have not suffered any adverse reactions when using and the glass bottle can be recycled once empty. A point I have mentioned in many of my fragrance reviews is that although the majority of fragrance bottles look absolutely stunning on display, constant exposure to both heat and sunlight will ruin their contents. Consequently, to prolong the life of your fragrance it is best to store them in a cool dark place, such as your dressing table drawer. A friend of mine proudly announced to me only yesterday that she displays all of her expensive perfumes on her bathroom window cill in direct sunlight and she would not believe me when I informed her that her fragrances will totally ruin over a short period of time!
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The RRP for a 30ml bottle of Pleasures Bloom is £32. However, I have checked on Amazon and would advise that at the time of writing (7 January 2011) you can purchase a bottle for £26.02 plus £1.70 P+P.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
This review also appears on Ciao under the same user name.
Estee Lauder introduced (July 2010) a new fruity floral version of their iconic fragrance Pleasures - Pleasures Bloom.The notes of this fragrance are grapefruit, raspberry, lychee, violet flower pink peony, rose, jasmine, green lily, musk, patchouli and creamy vanilla. Pleasures Bloom arrives in a reinterpretation of the original flacon with a metallic cap decorated with a pink fuchsia flower, while the outer carton has a floral pattern.