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A few months ago I tracked down a 50ml 'bottle' of Jean Paul Gaultier's Fragile. It is not really a bottle, more of a snow globe and to be honest it was the interesting and unusual design that attracted me to this fragrance. The snow globe has yellow coloured fragrance inside along with some glitter. The glitter has never come out when I have sprayed the perfume. There is a small figure of a woman wearing a long black dress standing in the middle of the snow globe. I think the bottle would be too plain without the figure and it is a nice touch. ~ Design problems? ~ The base of the bottle is gold and has a black hole at the front where the spray is released from. I thought the idea was to push the glass globe down and the spray would be released, but I have since heard that you are supposed to pick it up and push the base up into the bottle. The base is made from black plastic with details of the product imprinted into it, but there are four small rubber 'legs' in each corner of the base. Time after time when I try to spray this I can't get it to release any spray. The base does push up towards the snow globe, but it feels like the base is more pushed down at one side than the other, so the only way I can get this to spray is to use two hands and push on both sides of the base, which is obviously not ideal as it is not easy to apply to your wrists when you're using two hands to release the spray. I have read that other people have had this problem with this design so it is not just a faulty bottle that I have. ~ Scent ~ This fragrance was released in 1999 and is becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of. I don't know of any retailers that sell it, but I have seen it new and sealed on ebay for around £30.00 for the 50ml bottle. The top notes are tuberose, raspberry leaves and sweet orange blossom. The heart notes are pink pepper and spices. The base notes are woody notes and musk. I can detect the tuberose and the orange blossom, which gives the fragrance a sweet delicate floral scent. The spices are very subtle and although I usually find spicy scents harsh and overpowering I can barely detect them in this fragrance. There is no harshness to the scent at all. The woody notes are gentle and warming in the base. It is a lovely fragrance with delicate florals and light spicy and woody elements. It is long lasting on my skin. I can still detect it 8 hours after application. ~ Conclusion ~ I like this scent. It is really pleasant, but it isn't my favourite and although the 'bottle' is a big selling point for this fragrance, it also lets the fragrance down with the poor design, making it difficult to use. It has been discontinued, which is inconvenient when trying to purchase, but the fragrance is long lasting on your skin. I also think as the fragrance gets used up it will not look very nice and the snow globe idea will lose its effect. I would give this a 4/5 if the bottle design had worked well.
First things first, the packaging for this perfume is genius. Whoever was responsible for the marketing of this deserves an award of some kind. It's a shame in some ways that it's not as well known as it should be; also a blessing as I get to smell wonderfully individual when I wear it. The outer packaging is in the style of a miniture, carboard, crate-type box (like big deliveries come in), complete with strapping to supposedly hold it closed and FRAGILE stamped in red all over it. Very, very clever packaging that had me not wanting to ruin it by opening it up when I first bought the perfume. The perfume bottle itself is also amazingly original and is worth buying to sit on your dressing table even if you don't like the scent itself. It's in the style of a snow-globe with a gold-rimmed base and gold glitter instead of snow. Inside the fluid is the perfume itself and a little lady in a strapless black evening gown stands in the centre. The glass globe is depressed in order to dispense the perfume. Very quirky, very clever! I was initially a little worried that the glitter would squirt out with the perfume but this doesn't happen. The scent is a heavy, musky, sensual eau de parfum. I'm useless at knowing exactly what it comprises of without reading the blurb but I can definitely smell cedarwood. It's a lovely, spicy almost orientalish scent that makes you feel instantly glamourous and sophisticated. Because it's a relatively heavy scent I don't generally wear it during the day unless I've got a very special occassion to attend. It's definitely a warm scent and I love it for the winter months but wear it equally as much for summer evenings out. As an eau de parfum a little goes a long way and I have no qualms about paying full price for this one. A definite must for those of you who like a more sophisticated scent.
Fragile by the loveable nutter Jean Paul Gaultier was one of my first purchases from directcosmetics.com. I bought it on the strength of a test squirt in Debenhams as I loved the feminine scent which lingered well on my skin, and as it cost a fraction of what the high street were charging (about £20 at the time) I thought I'd go for it (for a selection of up to date price details see end of review). I feel I should mention that the dooyoo picture is of the eau de parfum not the eau de toilette which is what the text claims. So this review is primarily about the parfum which I have more experience of. However I have used the EDT, and it is simply 'lighter' and not as long lasting as the parfum, so the review is mostly relevant for both. I seem to have a bit of a thing for pretty and unusual bottles and this is no exception, having the striking form of a snow globe with gold flecks in place of snow. Inside stands a little model of a glamorous voluptuous woman in a long black dress. The spray is activated by pressing the base up in to the globe; the outlet is situated centrally in the gold rim at the base of the globe. Underneath the 'snow globe' there is sometimes a little 'switch' (I say sometimes as it was present on my small size bottle but not the 50ml) so you can lock the bottle. which I think is a nice feature as your family and friends are then not able to accidentally squirt themselves in the eye whilst 'playing' with your perfume. The box itself was very sturdy and looked like a little packaging crate with fragile stamped on it in red, I don't normally care about the box something comes in but I loved this and have kept it Whilst I liked the unusual container for me it did have a down side. The spray fairly quickly stopped working properly. I don't know if it somehow got a little of the 'glitter' into the mechanism or if it is something to do with the mechanism itself. I have owned two bottles of this perfume in different sizes and this problem occurred with both. With the larger one the action required to spray eventually needed two hands to push up the base, and this only provided a dribble of perfume which had to be expertly deposited on any handy skin and dabbed around from there. Despite my battle to actually get any scent out of the bottle I really liked this perfume. Fragile contains an obvious note of tuberose (which the blurb claims is harvested at night when the scent is at its peak), top notes also include raspberry leaves (whatever they smell like) and sweet orange blossom, which I love. The mid notes are spicier and the base note is more of a deep sensual woody fragrance of sandalwood and musk, which I also like. I find that on my skin it develops a very slight feminine powdery undertone (which reminded me vaguely of channel no 5). I feel that this perfume is more suited to evening wear; as it could be considered a little heavy for day time wear. Perhaps particularly in the summer when people are often inclined to go for lighter citrusy, green scents. Fragile has also been described as a more 'mature' perfume, perhaps not suited to the young; however I think it all depends on personal taste. I have always gone for slightly more 'heady' perfumes as the lighter ones (which I do like very much) just dissipate on my skin leaving me scent free and feeling as if I've wasted my money. Fragile doesn't seem to form that pungent cloud of scent around me that some of the woody florals can, but settles into something more intimate and sensual. It has a lovely smooth velvety feel that almost makes me want to purr. I think the fact that you do not billow this scent behind you can be considered good as you are not choking passers by and friends with heavy wafts of strong perfume which they may not like. This fragrance can be bought in a variety of forms, such as deodorant and body lotion. I would not hesitate to layer these products with the perfume, as although the scent is heady it is not overpowering, and I feel that other products would just give it more depth and staying power. The staying power of the perfume is not the longest that I have had, but is perfectly respectable, being able to smell the base notes very subtly on my skin the following day (without having degenerated into an unpleasant scent which some perfumes can do). I probably won't be replacing this perfume as I like to try new things, and I can't say I would stick with this as a 'signature' scent as it isn't really 'different' enough for that. It is however a very pleasant perfume that I would recommend to anyone who likes a heady floral with woody undertones, but doesn't like to be swamped by their perfume. The price of the 50ml of eau de parfum is now £70.50 on Strawberry net, blimey! If I'd know it cost that much I'd have been swanking about in it more than I have. It is showing available at fragrancenet.com at £38.98. It is available at Amazon as Eau de toilette for £29.82 for 50mls.
The Jean Paul Gaultier website describes the scent as velvety. This is simply the best way of describing how smooth, soft, warm and sexy this fragrance is. I normally wear it for special evenings and anniversaries, valentines etc. It's very alluring in my opinion. It's not a straight forward aroma at all - there's a gorgeous mix of fruity smells sweet orange that I can smell easily (and raspberry leaves according to the blurb, which in all honesty I wouldn't know what they smelt like) when you first spritz. There's also mid lasting 'notes' of tuberose (which is a divine smell), pimento berries, and pink peppercorns (I can't smell pepper in the fragrance). The longest lasting notes are of cedar wood (you can smell this strongly), violet wood and crystalline musks (you can smell it's musky and there's a lovely hint of violet throughout the day) which last through the night. When reviewing this perfume, it's impossible not to mention the bottle! It's actually a snowglobe, with gold glitter which swirls about the little figurine of a woman in a black evening gown. I like to think the evening gown is significant in backing up my point about this being an evening perfume!!
This is a great, light fragrance that you can transform from a day fragrance into a sultry night fragrance. The perfume is a floral blend and contains pink peppercorns, orange, raspberry leaves, berries among many other things. This is a beautiful, sensual, floral fragrance and is great if you are going out on a romantic date. This fragrance comes in a beautiful box, it looks like a wooden crate and obviously has Fragile written on it. The sides of the box open outwards, as if it is a travelling crate from an aircraft. The bottle is fantastic. It is shaped like a snowglobe and is golden in colour. Inside the bottle is the figure of a woman and instead of snow there is gold glitter, so when you turn the bottle upside down the glitter swirls around the bottle. This is a very feminine fragrance and it smells absolutely gorgeous!!
The first thing that strikes you about this perfume is the beautiful bottle which was one of the main reasons I purchased it. It is a snowglobe effect with glitter than flutters around the image of a women when shaken. The perfume is dispensed by pressing the bottom of the snow globe which produces a fine spray. The bottom can be locked to ensure it is not accidentially dispensed when inside your bag. As the perfume is used the level of liquid drops. The smell of the perfume is very strong so only a small amount needs to be used at any one time. It has a very grown up smell, very musky with little floral or sweet undertones. It last quite well although does need to be reapplied once in the day. Overall a good perfume. My one gripe is that when there was still an inch or so of perfume left the dispensing mechanism stopped working.
I was given this perfume, so I was rather worried as I usually prefer to choose my own scent, however I was pleasantly surprised. At the first smell, I was not sure as it is a very different smell to what I would use normally, but after a few more sniffs it grew on me. It is not a light perfume despite being an Eau De Toilette, but it still has a slight freshness to it. I definitely have to b in the right mood to wear it, I don't find it an everyday perfume, more a perfume for certain occasions, when you want to smell strongly. The bottle for starters is gorgeous, it's just so cute with sparkles globe for the lid; it would look good on any girls' shelf! The smell at first reminds me of pears, but if you wait a while you get the scents of sweet orange, raspberry leaves and tuberose. It is a lovely smell and is perfect for any age really, only the bottle is quite a young design. The smell is fruity and musky with a hint of floral. I am very pleased I was given this perfume as I would never have chosen it myself, but I have actually learned to love it.
The perfume for the elegant, modern woman of today that blends sweet orange, tuberose, raspberry leaves, berries, pimento, pink peppercorns, cedar wood, violet wood, and crystalline musks /