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I love the Estée Lauder make up and received a sample of their perfume with my recent order. It's called Pleasures Exotic.
I don't know about anyone else, but I do not choose perfume online. Yes, it is helpful to read reviews and see what people say about it, but you really have to smell it first and see how YOU like it.
That said, I'll do my best to describe the scent of the perfume and give my best opinion on its value for money.
Despite being highly sensitive to perfume and prone to migraines, Pleasures Exotic does not irritate me in any way. Yes, it is strong. The fragrance certainly covers the smell of baby sick or any other not-so-delightful aromas that come with motherhood. One or two squirts is more than enough and the scent lasts all day. This means that the perfume will last a long time- hence making it incredibly good value for money.
I'd describe the smell as more spicy than fruity. It has a warm, enticing flavour to it that would suit any woman in her later years.
I can't see teenagers or young adults choosing Pleasures Exotic, it is too mature- id go as far as to say that it would only really suit older women going to an upper class party. It's not one to wear for a night out on the town.
I absolutely adore this perfume, it is my favourite scent and has been my staple fragrance for about 4 years now. I first tried it when I was looking for a new perfume in the duty free whilst on holiday, and I fell in love with it immediately.
Pleasures exotic is a fantastically delicate fragrance, with a beautiful light floral scent, which also has a slight zesty, fresh undertone to it. I cannot stand floral perfumes which are too over-whelming and they actually give me something akin to hayfeaver so the fact that this perfume is so lovely and light makes it a delight on my senses. There is almost something a bit citrussy about the scent which cuts through the flowers which makes for a really refreshing smell which is not too over the top. This makes it perfect for teenagers and young ladies aswell who might be looking for a first scent and don't want anything too overpowering.
You do not need to use too much of the fragrance, one spray is ample and therefore the perfume lasts you for absolutely ages, as long as you take care of it properly and store it in the dark as you would with any other perfume. The spray is lovely and refreshing and is not too greasy as some perfumes can be. The scent lasts for a long time on your skin and at the end of the day, there are still traces of it lingering there. It is not too strong when you first spray it on and doesn't overpower your natural scent.
The perfume comes in two sizes, 30ml or 100ml and it usually works out cheaper in the long run to buy the 100ml size. Either size should last you an absolute age. I have a 30ml bottle which I have had since christmas which is still about a third full and on average I use it about 2-3 times a week (although sometimes less). You hardly need to use any of it to get a good scent.
The packging that the perfume comes in is very attractive, it being a pretty yellow box with exotic pink flowers over it. The bottle is a lovely design aswell with white flowers decorating it. The bottle is easy to use and there is a certain amount of control over the amount you spray onto your skin as long as you use it carefully. The bottle is see-through so must be stored in the dark to stop the perfume from going off.
Pricewise, as perfumes go it is not too bad. On average it works out at about £25.00-£30.00 for the 30ml and £60.00-65.00 for the 100ml depending on where you buy it. I don't see as you can really say whether it is good value for money with a perfume, because all perfumes are really expensive non-essensials, that we buy because we like them rather then needing them, however what I can say is that this perfume is fantastic quality, the scent doesn't fade and the fragrance is just beautiful, and it is comparitively cheaper then some other perfumes.
All in all I would give Estee Lauder's pleasures exotic a 10/10. It is a most beautiful delicate fragrance with a floral but delightfully fresh citrussy scent, perfect for any time of the year.
I was recently on a search for a new summer perfume, last year's was lovely but I am always looking for a new fragrance. I hunted high and low (but no sign of Morten Hackett! oh dear sorry). I read about all of the jazzy new "summer" fragrances, the marketing people have definitely tapped into the (female) consumer desire to have something new in the summer to spritz, something lighter perhaps than their cold weather months fragrance.
I sniffed quite a few, most of them ponging. "Fruity, young, fresh!", they promised but more often delivered cheap, nasty, sugary sweet hits of malodour. I found myself drifting over to old loves, sweet but musky, heady, deep -but No, I told myself, you are not yet old enough to walk around year round knocking people out with your scent. Why does nearly everything described as summery smell like what I imagine a Blackpool nightclub in August at 2a.m. to be?
Maybe I am not a summer person, well I suspected this anyway, but this only confirmed my suspicions. No doubt part of the problem was I was looking for cheap, I did not want to spend £50+ on something I wasn't sure I would like in a few months time. I wandered over from the Guerlain to the Givenchy, slowly getting wooed back by the expensive but at least inoffensive scents. Finally I came upon Estee Lauder, that old classic. I trusted Ms. Lauder, having worn Pleasures quite happily a few years ago. I knew if nothing else I would not come away smelling like a slapper, this was a place of class and refinement. "Smell this new Tom Ford limited edition!" chirped the saleslady. It was...nice, light and coconutty, but not feminine enough for me. I walked over to the main perfume section, determined to find something. Pleasures...mmm it's so light and nice, but I am fickle, I want something new. Pleasures Intense...hm nooo too intense! Pleasures Exotic - Exotic? Uh oh we could be entering Jordan territory here!
Only no. It's fruity, yes, no question. And quite sweet. But those things fade into something more subtle rather quickly, crisply floral, a hint of Pleasures, but with more bite. Nicely feminine, this fruity floral settles into a rather fizzy bouquet of light aroma. I was tired of looking, this hit all the right notes, enough so for me to purchase the large bottle as for £10 more you get almost twice as much. A good thing, too, as I have realized this doesn't have great staying power on me. I've had worse (Jo Malone fragrances, while divine, just disappear on me), and I'd rather reapply this than have a scent I didn't like lingering too long.
This is not a brand new fragrance, it was launched by Estee Lauder in 2004. It has the same simple yet pretty clear glass bottle as Pleasures, only with pink lettering and packaging to distinguish it. I had smelled it in the past and passed it by as I am not normally drawn to fruity florals. This is such a sheer one though and I had not accounted for the top notes settling so well into something rather nice. Reading the various scents involved in this it is a right cacophony of ingredients, but it smells cleanly zingy and sleek to me.
It is decribed as a tropical floral, with top notes of Mango, Passion Fruit Cocktail, Green Leaves, Pink Grapefruit, Orange and Lemongrass, middle notes of Island Bamboo Flowers, Hibiscus Flower and Orangeblossom with Lychee and Cassis, Bougainvillea Vine, Peony, Green Leaves, Rose Petals and the spice Baie Rose. Finally, the dry down is Indian Sandalwood, Amber and Violet Woods. Well, there had to be some sandalwood in there for me to like it!
As I said those multiple ingredients create confusion (for me), if I had not already sniffed it, and I really don't think it's a very busy scent. The dry down is barely perceptible so it's definitely not earthy. The violet is undetectable, which for me is a good thing as I find all of these new violet scents cloying; here it must combine well with something or other. The middle and top notes are the most noticeable. It is a green floral, with a hint of a tropical breeze. The sweeter fruits don't overpower it the way they do some other fruity florals, there is clearly a lot of greenery in the composition to alleviate this.
Because of the staying power I would say this has less of an impact than it might otherwise, that said it's not the lightest fragrance I've ever smelled. The fragrance is distinctive enough to leave an impression, it could be worn day or night due to its sheerness. It is sexy in a lazy sunset, swirly tangerine, beachy day kind of way - the tropical notes do lend it this allure. That said it's not overpowering in the slightest. I am still getting to know this fragrance so can't say for sure if we'll end up together long term, but our initial infatuation is pretty strong, much like a holiday romance I suppose!
It's not cheap at £30 for the smallest size, 30ml, £40 for 50ml, but if you want to treat yourself you could do far worse than this fun yet polished perfume. It is available in eau de parfum and also as a scented lotion.
30, 50, 100mL