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This is a review of Amarige Marriage, by Givenchy, an eau de parfum my sister received this Christmas. She let me have a few goes on it for me to establish whether I wanted to swap with my Irresistible Givenchy perfume (I didn't!).
A heads up
I am always wary of perfumes that contain patchouli as they remind me of those new age shops with incense burning (not that there is anything wrong with it, I just don't want to smell like that!).
What's in it?
A scent to represent the most beautiful day of life, the wedding day. Containing a hint of violet, mimosa, soft sweet spices and orange flowers with fruity fresh scents of citrus, melons, peaches and plums. A feminine bouquet with chypre oriental note of Patchouli. I don't mind the citrus and fruits but not sure about the violet or Patchouli.
The perfume is packaged in a green box, and inside it's a roundish shaped bottle with grooved edge so you really won't drop it. It is a traditional Amarige shape as I remember from years ago and the lid echoes the shape and grooves on the bottle so you will get a good grip on that too when you want to remove it.
I just spritzed a little on my wrist at first to get a whiff and then on the second and third tries (over Christmas) I did a cloud to walk into (not sure my sister realised the full testing her bottle was getting!) so I could get an overall impression. It is quite a sweet smelling perfume and very strong smelling. I probably wouldn't use it as an everyday perfume but at Christmas every day is special and we were having lots of visitors over so it was a good excuse to smell all perfumey.
Again, with gifts it is the thought that counts and you should not really look up what things cost as my mum says that is rude. But hopefully she won't be reading this review! Online, £18.19 gets you 30ml and £25.76 gets you 50ml. I don't think this is a best selling perfume so definitely best to try some before you buy it.
I really didn't mind this perfume, but didn't love it too. I would wear it if I forgot to put some perfume on and it was available to me at my sister's house. I wouldn't buy my own bottle but I do like the idea of a special wedding fragrance as a gift for a bride to be but I just don't think this one is it for me. The fact that my sister wanted to swap it for my bottle at Christmas speaks volumes for her too. I don't think it'll go to waste as between me, my mum and sister we will use it up as it's still quite an expensive perfume to buy.
I think perfume is a pretty personal thing and you should definitely try before you buy. This one is a little sickly sweet on and you certainly don't need a lot of it as it is very strong eau de parfum. So a small bottle will last a long time. Whilst I said above it is a nice idea to buy for a bride, perhaps let her smell it first as you would be offended if you bought her a perfume she refused to wear.
This is not a young scent and it's probably not a good blind purchase but I am sure it will appeal to some people and it is not a terrible fragrance. It isn't cheap to buy but it is going to last ages. I am glad I didn't swap my Christmas perfume for this (my sister's) bottle!
A smell that lingers on and on and...........
Givenchy : Amaridge Mariage, Eau de Parfum
I am a great perfume lover (I know, what women isn't)?.
My daughter bought me a bottle of Givenchy Amaridge Mariage last October for my birthday, she likes to buy me new things that i haven't tried before, so she is always aware that her tastes may be different to mine and never gets offended if i don't like something, we thankfully have that understanding!
First impressions were that the box was very "Givenchy", nothing special but colourful. the bottle itself was pleasing to the eye and as it was a new perfume, received front place on my dressing table.
That evening i was off out to celebrate so obviously decided to try out my new perfume. The first spray came out very fast and i was, just for a moment, overwhelmed with the strong, woody scent that came out, too late now i thought, so continued to spray on my wrists. I could smell a slightly sickly sweet, floraly smell which i hoped would die down in a few minutes as a lot of perfumes do, but No! this smell was still there several hours later.
It says that this perfume has Orange, Bergamot, Magnolia, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Sandalwood and Patchouli in the ingredients....That all sounds divine, but this was definately NOT for me, all i could smell hours later was a very sweet, overwhelmingly, sickly fragrance which smelt like a perfume that had been on for days and not washed off!
I know everyone has different likes and dislikes and obviously as it's Givenchy it should be a very good product? But i am just giving you my experienc with it.
Sad to say, but it is still on my dressing table 8 months on, i think i will give it back to my daughter., after all, she had spent a fair bit of money on it ....Lol