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Fan di Fendi is not a perfume I would have chosen for myself. It comes in a square bottle with a striking gold frame. For some reason I am hardly ever drawn towards gold fragrances as I seem to have some preconceptions about gold ones being very strong and a bit old for me. I usually go for softer, girly florals. However, I am open to trying anything and when I received a sample bottle of Fan di Fendi eau de parfum in a Sephora perfume sampler set I did my best to keep an open mind.
Initially, I was very pleasantly surprised by this scent. I expected something heavy and overly sexy, but the top notes when the perfume is first sprayed are very fresh and citrussy. A pleasant orange is the main thing that I noticed to begin with. It also has a little bit of spiciness to it, making it more mature than a straight fruity scent, but as a 25 year old I don't find it too mature.
I looked up this perfume's information on BaseNotes.com and found that the top notes are: Tangerine, Pear, Blackcurrant, Pink peppercorns. I was surprised to see blackcurrant, as I did not detect that at all. The other top notes didn't surprise me and I could smell these.
The top notes disappear quite quickly, and when it starts to dry down the scent already fades quite a lot and becomes even lighter. According to BaseNotes, the middle notes are: Rose, Jasmine, Tuberose. The rose is very subtle, and I would never have described it as a rose fragrance. The jasmine is more apparent.
The base notes are leather, patchouli and suede. This sounds a little bit masculine and personally I thought it sounded quite strange, but by the time the base notes come through the fragrance has almost entirely disappeared on my skin, so there is definitely not a strong leathery smell!
I had to respray this perfume after two to three hours, as I just couldn't smell it anymore at all, even if I sniffed my wrist and really tried! I was quite disappointed by the poor lasting power, as I expected more from a big name like Fendi.
It disproved my prejudice about gold perfumes being too strong, but unfortunately it went too far in the other direction as this one has weak staying power! It has a nice freshness and would be great for a sumer day, but be prepared to have to top it up a couple of times.
Overall I was glad to have sampled this and I do really enjoy the top notes, but I won't be going out to purchase a full bottle.
Group: Floral fruity
I have a sample of Fan di Fendi in my perfume collection and I was eager to test the new addition to the banckrupt Fendi house that's been bought by Lacoste. Consequently all previous additions have been discontinued, many of them a legend on their own (Theorema, Fendi).
Fendi is a luxury house so presentation is a must. The bottle actually reminds me of a cross between two Fendi fragrances, Palazzo and the original Fendi. The square-shaped flacon is shaped in the two epitomous F plated with gold and decorated with a small, square lid. Elegant, classy and golden, the Fendi image is kept in its entirety.
Top notes: tangerine, blackcurrant, pear
Fan di Fendi starts out fresh, tart and orange-y with a hint of sweetness that comes from the citrus rather than the other fruits. The blackcurrant isn't fruity but bitter and woody. A juicy but tart pear completes the top accord that lasts for almost an hour before the huge, sharp projection softens up and the first florals start to appear.
Heart notes: jasmine, tuberose, rose
During the next few hours the theme was centred on a clean, watered-down and slightly bitter jasmine that left the other players in the dark. Yes, no big and fleshy tuberose or peaking rose hit my nose as they either blended in too much or were in short supply to be noticeable.
What was present though, it a sort of sharpness combined with the ever present bitter overtone that basically ran through the entire composition from start to finish. The floral accord was soft and pre-sent but still couldn't offset the bitterness the whole fragrance seemed to be focussing on.
Base notes: patchouli, leather
About 3 - 4 hours later the florals disappeared and I caught sniff off the beginning of the base notes. First to come was patchouli, a clean and dry one and isn't at all dirty or earthy. I felt it clearly lacked warmth as I really like patchouli in orientals (Le Baiser du Dragon, Grain de Soleil) where they are amazingly grassy, warm and fragrant.
The cold, flat and pretty lifeless watery and sharp patchouli was eventually saved by a savoury, dark and resinous note, the leather. This modern leather didn't recall its predecessors in classics such as Habanita (Molinard) or Toujours Moi (Corday) where leather tends to be animalistic, musky and even milky.
Overall, the final accord of Fan di Fendi was a quite thin, lightly spiced, resinous patchouli that un-fortunately only lasted for a couple of hours.
Considering this fragrance was launched in October and meant to be worn as an evening, partying autumn - winter scent, I didn't find anything complex or warm about it. I'm afraid I wouldn't be wearing it even for the summer, so sharp and bitter it was most of the time. The off-balance and long-winded start, the underdeveloped and muddled floral heart or the base notes that were too short-lasting and boring were it not for the interesting accord with the leather are the main reasons for that.
The ingredients were well-worked and high-quality and definitely miles away from the cheap in-gredients many fashion houses use. The bitter orange-jasmine theme was a close nod to recently discontinued Fendi Palazzo I got gifted once but it wasn't a hit with me. Fan di Fendi is a less lumi-nous, less floral and rounded, so ultimately a sharper, fizzier, more casual and less luxurious version of Palazzo. I wouldn't be surprised if Fan di Fendi got discontinued just like its sister Palazzo that failed to bring in the sales.
Recommended for fans of the discontinued Palazzo or for those whose skin chemistry works well with sharp florals all year round and preferably as an office scent.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Fendi fragrances don't come cheap, except to pay £40 for a mere 30ml, £69 / 75ml Eau de Parfum or slightly less online.
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©powered by lillybee also posted on ciao.co.uk
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