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~~~ It's [Another] Gift ~~~
An unexpected bonus of writing reviews has, for me, been the way it's made me look at some of the things in my possession as well as things that I routinely buy and think about just why do I have them? I was slightly taken aback to realise that there was only one perfume in my possession that I'd actually chosen for myself. I'm not sure that's a good thing. Amarige is certainly one I didn't choose and the fact that the one 100ml spray bottle of EDT has been in my possession for several years and is barely half-gone probably tells you a lot. It was a gift and as such appreciated - but liked?
~~~ Background ~~~
This Givenchy scent was released in 1991 and is still available, although there have been other versions released, such as Amarige Mariage. So that's a bit of a giveaway - Amarige is an anagram of Mariage. I hadn't even noticed so it was lost on me! The perfumer was Dominique Ropion and the bottle designer was Serge Mansau. It comes in a red box which I vaguely remember, though mine has long since been discarded. As it was a gift I have no idea what it cost then. The Perfume Shop website has the EDT available at £49.99 for this 100ml size, which seemed to be about the going rate from stores. I see it's available for much less on Ebay so worth looking around.
~~~ My Experience ~~~
The bottle is quite a neat heart shape, which I find makes it easy to hold when applying. There's a finial that's fashioned out of what looks like opaque glass, and it's rather more decorative - looking. The scent is quite noticeable to me the minute I take this off, and I notice it has transferred directly on to my fingers in doing so. I don't think this is ideal as I could easily transfer it to something else, e.g. if I was cooking.
The spray mechanism works well enough but it doesn't come out very finely. This means it's hard to just apply this scent sparingly. It wouldn't be an issue in a light scent, but that's not at all how I'd describe Amarige: it's one I want to apply sparingly.
It is described as a scent composed of a bouquet of white flowers. Am I alone in thinking some of these descriptions themselves are over flowery? It opens with the top notes of tangerine, violet and rosewood. I own a few citrus plants, one of which is currently in flower, and I would say that is the aroma that is most noticeable. I also think that the musk, which is one of the base notes, is noticeable throughout. The heart notes are gardenia, mimosa, red fruits and ylang ylang. Amarige finishes with ambergris, precious woods, musk and vanilla. I used the notes on the Boots website to obtain this information.
When I first spray it on I find it so strong it's almost overwhelming and actually rather unpleasant. It does calm down after a few minutes, but not to any great degree. I've seen it described as a loud scent, and it's hard to disagree. Some reviews say it performs more like an EDP than an EDT. I'm someone with limited knowledge in these matters, but it's certainly a lot stronger than any other EDT in my possession, in the early stages, at least.
After about an hour, when I smell it on my pulse points, it seems to have quietened down a fair bit, but it seems still to be powerfully present in the air around me. Unfortunately I can still smell it quite strongly on my hands. I don't want to make too much of this, as it's possible it's just an issue with this particular bottle.
And so it goes on. It seems to change slowly and subtly with time, and I would be stretching my limited ability to describe it to go much further. One thing's for sure - this is a perfume with longevity! I'm sure I can still smell it on my clothes after more than 24 hours.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
I'm giving this a three star rating because of my reservations. For me this is a strong, long lasting fragrance. I think the description 'loud' is quite apt. As such I'm not sure it's really me. Perfumes don't seem to be often analysed in terms of suitability for characters or personalities; most people would describe me as a quiet person who doesn't usually enjoy attention being drawn to herself. I think that's why I haven't used much of this - I've been reserving it for occasions when I'm feeling a bit bolder, perhaps. Some people have called this a summery fragrance. I'm not so sure. The muskiness detracts from that a bit for me. I prefer to wear this for an evening out - it's too heady for daytime wear in my opinion. I like it better as it quietens down.
Generally speaking I'm not keen on allocating perfumes to any particular age group, but I'd really struggle to see a young woman liking this. I think this one is another case of love it or hate it. In some moods I quite like it, but not every day. Definitely one to try before you buy and I can't recommend you buy it without doing this. And for myself - I don't think I'll be replacing it when I've finally used it up. I'm going to take my time and select something myself!
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I am the sort of person that buys perfume cautiously. I try them on in the store, walk around shopping all day, and wait for a compliment from random passers by or my friends and then I go buy the product if they can smell it on me strongly and it is pleasant.
After spraying within the Givenchy range, which is a perfume range that I trust and grew to love while working for them, I found that Amarige was the most attractive as also, there was only one bottle left on the shelf in Debenhams too, that must mean its good!
The smell attracts the noses of others as you waft on by, it has a strong musky undertone of vanilla but with a heady floral mix after the spraying.
The bottle is beautiful yet I do not feel it matches the box as such, the bottle looks mermaid-ish and the box looks more forest like. The bottle has a shell like misted glass top and a rounded curved petal body bottle.
In the Amarige range- especially at Christmas in Debenhams, in a box set, for the same price of a bottle £35ish for a 50ml bottle, you can get a body lotion or body cream or bath gel free.
I am more susceptible to Eau to Parfum as it is stronger and more expensive (you get what you pay for!) but due to Amarige's light nature that surprisingly stays on me, Eau de Toilette is very doable.
Having reviewed nearly all of the perfumes in the sets I was given at Christmas, it's finally the turn of Givenchy Amarige. I have to admit, this is the perfume I've left till last because it's only with the greatest reluctance that I can bring myself to wear it for the purposes of writing this review! Yep, I'm laying my cards on the table straight away with this one- I don't like it. Read on for my reasons!
At first glance, this perfume is innocuous enough, although its old-school yellow tint, clearly visible through the colourless glass bottle, does give it the look of a urine sample that all the other perfumes I own have managed to avoid. Still, the bottle itself is quite attractive. It has a simple curved shape, which gives it quite an elegant and classical appearance, while its striated cap adds interest and character to the bottle. Overall, it's definitely old fashioned but this adds to its appeal rather than detracting from it, and this is a bottle that I'm happy to see sitting on my dressing table.
When I received this set, the first thing I did was to smell each bottle in turn to see which of the scents, if any, would stand out to me. The first few bottles were nice enough, but didn't inspire any particularly strong feelings one way or the other. As soon as I lifted the lid on this, however, I was overcome by a strong wave of nostalgia- this scent was very familiar to me from some point in my childhood, and smelling it again took me right back to that time. It's frustrating that I can't remember who wore this perfume, or something very like it, but a quick look online revealed that Amarige was launched in 1991, when I'd have been about 7 years old, which is definitely the era of my childhood that this takes me back to. It's amazing how evocative a scent can be, and how ingrained in your mind it can become, without you even noticing.
The familiar safeness of this scent made it hard for me to tell whether I personally liked it or not- it's hard to be objective about something that gives you such a warm, comfortable feeling! It wasn't until I actually wore it that I made my mind up, and unfortunately my sentimentality quickly evaporated! I've heard that this perfume was designed to reflect romance (Amarige is an anagram of mariage, French for- you guessed it- marriage). If that's the case, I can only assume that love in the early 1990s was very different from love today!
Before I describe the scent as I see (or smell) it, here's a list of the different notes:
Heart notes: Gardenia , Mimosa
Top notes: Neroli
Base notes: Cashmerande
I have to admit, these don't mean very much to me- for one thing, I've never even heard of cashmerande! Apparently it's a synthetic compound with a musky scent, that's used as a base note in quite a lot of perfumes. There's definitely a musky side to this perfume that combines with the floral notes to make a scent that's sweet, rich and heavy at the same time. It's this heaviness that I really don't like about it- while I can see it working on a more mature lady with enough presence to wear this perfume without being overshadowed by it, it's just far too overpowering for me to wear in my twenties (and probably thirties and forties too!). When I do put it on, I feel like the perfume's wearing me, rather than the other way round!
This perfume's staying power is pretty good, which would usually be a plus point, but with this one I'd rather it vanished into oblivion as soon as possible! It does tone down a lot after the first couple of hours, and become much more subtle, but the unpleasant muskiness is definitely detectable for a few hours longer.
To me, this is an oppressive perfume that I'd feel very self-conscious about wearing out. I could just imagine people around me catching a whiff and looking around for some well turned out lady in her fifties! But while I'm not a fan, even I can't deny the distinctiveness of this scent- it stands out from any other I've tried and would, I think, be as memorable for someone today as it was for me 20 years ago. There's certainly something classic about it; while I wouldn't say it was ageless, it does have a certain old-fashioned charm that I'm sure would appeal to people looking for a more mature fragrance. However, as I can't see that being me any time in the near future, I definitely won't be buying this for myself, and probably won't even use up the rest of my little bottle! If you do think this would be a perfume that you could carry off, then it's available for around £40 for a 100ml bottle of EDT. It's definitely one to try before you buy though!
You might have noticed in a few of my perfume reviews recently that Ive been writing about small, sample bottles that I bought in a set just before Christmas. Ive never really liked Givenchy perfumes as a rule so I didnt really want any of the perfumes from that brand that were included in the set but I didnt get to chose all the ones I ended up with (me and my mom had half of the sets each) so I ended up getting this 'Givenchy Amarige' which is one of the few I really didnt want. Some perfumes you can just tell - before you even use them - that you wont like and sadly this one hasnt proven me wrong. I really dont like it - Im hoping my mom will take it off my hands as she seems to prefer it - its far too grown up for me!
Price: 30ml bottle - Around £30
Stockists: Amazon, CheapSmells, Boots, The Perfume Shop etc ...
Other Info: Also available in 50 & 100ml bottle sizes for different prices. Described as a joyful and tender scent that women can wear everyday for any occasion. They couldnt be more wrong in my opinion.
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The bottle design really lets you know what the perfume will smell like as the design is very grown up and classy but its still quite nice - a bit too plain for me for pleasant all the same. This comes in a small see-through teardrop shape bottle that although it is slightly yellow coloured it is totally transparent. Thats a good thing in my opinion as I like too see how much perfume I haveleft so thats an advantage for me. The bottle top is made from frosted plastic and is slightly groved which makes it easier to remove I think and then you pull that off and dab the bottle on your skin to apply it. However if you own the full sized bottle there may be a nozzle and a different style lid - Im not 100% sure on that. Now even though this is teardrop shaped mainly the bottom is totally flat which means this is very easy to display without it falling over and this is sturdy enough to be carried around in a handbag without the lid falling off or any leaking. The bottle is effective and quite nice looking I suppose but its a bit boring for me.
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Im pretty rubbish when it comes to noticing the individual notes in a perfume so I did do some digging around the net to find this list of ingredients:
Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Plum, Violet, Peach, Neroli & Rosewood.
Middle Notes: Red Berries, Carnation, Tuberose, Blackcurrant, Cassia, Orchid & Jasmine.
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Amber, Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla & Cedar.
That is a hell of a lot of notes for one perfume - in my experience anyway - and sadly I think that actually makes the perfume worse in this case rather than better. It seems like all of the notes are fighting over the other to become the strongest and that makes the scent overall a little overpowering and strong for me - which is odd as I normally like strong perfumes. Its a very mixed up scent - so much so that I cant really pick out any of the individual notes - they are just so mixed up.
This is a very floral scent which Im assuming comes from the - Rosewood, Carnations & Jasime as I assume those would be the strongest scents - although as I mentioned it is VERY difficult to pick certain ones out of this scent because there are so many. The musk although it is a base note is 100% the strongest note overall because this has a very musky odour to it which my nose just doesnt appreciate. It smells old musky rather than sweet musky like normal perfumes and it makes the fragrance smell 'old' - if you get what I mean. Its like something my grandma would wear rather than 20 year old me. Maybe I just dont appreciate the scent because its aimed at people older than me but I just really dont like this one!
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I have only worn this once or twice [at the most] and the staying power is actually pretty good. This lasted around 7 hours on my skin which is more than average length in my experience so if you like the scent you'll be happy because it does stick around!
This in my opinion is definitely a perfume aimed at older women. Id say about 30's and up would appreciate this perfume more - but definitely try before you buy as this one will not be for everyone.
Day or Night? Summer or Winter?
I would recommend wearing this in the daytime and probably better suited to winter in my opinion. Its too light for night wear for me and I want something a little sweeter and fruitier for summer wearing.
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I cant recommend this perfume because I honestly hate it. I recommend trying it out because some people will adore it, Im personally not one of them.
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Sorry Amarige fans but I really dislike this one.
I actually expected it to be a winner, looking at that enormous carnival of notes and the fact that it was formulated in the early 90's which is one of my favourite periods for perfumery. From the red and yellow ad campaign I was expecting something bright and energetic but I find it just a litle too musty and somehow melancholy. I just keep thinking of it as a dirty lilac colour.
The plum here is so dominant on me right from the word go and it just doesn't let up...I can barely discern any other notes. I don't actually find it that loud, some might adore the complex blend but to me it's just a big old mess, like a really rank cocktail you made as a teenager containing eleven different kinds of strange liquers that have been in your parents drinks cabinet since 1972. I would love for some of those florals to put their heads up over the parapet and give this a little sparkle and clarity but it just ain't happening.
It smells very familiar to me, somebody I know must wear this, or maybe I just encounter it a lot on random strangers.
Maybe this would blossom on me after a few hours but I don't think I can tolerate it long enough to find out. Sorry Givenchy, but for me, this one's a scrubber.
This perfume was given to my mum by her sister. My mum is in her 40s and although I do not think she is old at all, she thinks she is. Givenchy perfumes is not something that I have immediately thought of as I go for something light and airy and fresh as opposed to musky fragrances like this one. The Givenchy range seems to be aimed mainly at the more mature woman because I only know of 2 fragrances that are not very musky and a little lighter. I avoid musky fragrances and I don't think it suits younger women.
The design of the bottle is quite sophisticated and it looks rather expensive but even the bottle design screams mature women. I think it is also the colour of the liquid which is a really yellow/gold colour that also makes the perfume seem better for the more mature woman. The lid is a kind of spirally design and the perfume is sprayed as a pump action. As the bottle is clear this means that it can easily be seen how much liquid is left in the bottle.
Heart notes: Gardenia , Mimosa
Top notes: Neroli
Base notes: Cashmerande
White flowers, gardenia, mimosa and sandalwood combine to give a very feminine, warm floral scent. The scent lasts for 6-8 hours so is ideal for use at work. I would say that this is more of a work perfume rather than an evening perfume. I would have thought that it is more appealing to the over 40's.
This is a very floral and feminine fragrance and I don't suit that type of fragrance as it is too strong. I do like a fragrance that lasts for hours but this has a very strong floral smell. I think that if it was a little weaker then I would like it a bit more.
The perfume can be bought from boots, superdrug, some big supermarkets and department stores. A 30ml bottle costs about £25.00 so is reasonably priced.
I don't personally like the scent but my mum does, so its just personal taste.
Another perfume which I was blessed to have been given for Christmas is the Amarige by Givenchy one. I am pleased with this one as it has as much nicer scent than some of the others which I have been bought.
The bottle for this perfume is an oval type shape and it is made from clear glass, this allows us to see just how much perfume we have left in the bottle, the perfume name and brand is on the front of the bottle in black lettering. The lid of the bottle is white plastic and it forms a funny shape, under this is the spray top which allows you to use the perfume with ease. The perfume inside the bottle is a yellowy colour and does actually look a lot like wee! The overall appearance of the bottle is very nice and as it is very basic it has more of a classy look than some of the more pretty bottles. It would look good among any perfume collection.
The smell of the perfume is very nice and my first thought when smelling it was of the musky scent it has along with a deeper floral one. I am not cleaver enough to be able to smell the different notes from the perfume so I have looked on line and found that they are:-
Heart notes - Gardenia, Mimosa
Top notes - Neroli
Base notes - Cashmerande
The scent for me is much more suitable as an evening scent as there is the underlying sensual feel to this perfume. I think this would suit women of all ages right from early 20's to late 60's. I would recommend that this was more of an evening perfume than day one as it is not floral or light and it does have an air of romance to it.
~~USE AND RESULTS~~
It is easy to use the perfume and only a few sprays are needed, I tend to spray once on my neck and then once on each wrist, I have found that this is more than enough. The perfume does absorb into the skin well and does not leave any sticky patches. I have been advised in the past that the scent of a perfume can change during the month as a result of hormones but I am happy to say this one does not and I have not noticed, neither has hubby any changes from this one. I am pleased to say that there is a good amount of staying power in this perfume and it does stay noticeable for a good 4+ hours. Also when you no longer require the perfume it does easily wash off in the bath or shower and it completely removed allowing you to pop on something different if you wish. Only a small spray of this perfume is needed in the required places as it is a little strong when first applied, this just helps with the value for money side of the perfume.
~~PRICE AND RECOMMENDATION~~
I was bought my bottle as a present but I have been looking on line and found that the average price for the 30ml bottle is £30. I think that this is a fair price as the scent is very nice and it has good staying power. I am happy to give this perfume a good 4 stars, and a good recommendation. Suitable for all ages and especially for evening wear for those wanting a sensual smelling fragrance.
Having had a good look through my perfume collection recently, I came across a dinky little 5ml bottle of Amarige, that I picked up in the Boots sale as part of a fragrance collection.
The bottle itself is really cute - an exact replica of the full size version - an almost oval shaped glass bottle, with a tapered opaque glass stopper, supposed to represent a flame. Apparantly the bottle design was inspired by a blouse made by Hubert de Givenchy himself - can't see it myself, but it does look pretty anyway!
When opening the bottle, there is an immediate waft of warm spicy fragrance. It is definately an oriental rather than a floral fragrance, so is a bit of a change from my usual fragrance. When applied to my skin, all I can really detect is the musky notes to the fragrance, and I must admit the fragrance doesn't really develop on my skin - by that I mean that most fragrances really come into their own once they "settle" but this one seems just a bit one dimensional.
The full notes of the fragrance are:
Top notes: tangerine, violet and rosewood
Heart notes: gardenia, mimosa, ylang ylang
Base notes: ambergris, musk and vanilla
As you have probably guessed I am not a huge fan of this fragrance - maybe it is how it reacts with my skin, as I know fragrances do smell very different on different people, but to me I cannot detect any of the delicate florals, just the strong musk.
If warm spicy fragrances are your bag, then it may be worth a try - there are some cracking deals on this perfume at the moment - Boots have the 100ml bottle at half price at £31 pounds, so now is the time to buy if you like it. I won't be rushing to replace my little bottle though when mine runs out.
I love perfumes. But more than that I love Givenchy perfumes. Absolutely adore them. Givenchy Very Irresistible and Givenchy Ange ou Demon are easily two of the best perfumes that I have used. So I opted to try Givenchy Amarige to see if it lived up to the other brands scents.
Amarige Givenchy is a warm hearted, radiant and wonderfully feminine fragrance that is a celebration of love. Amarige is the universal expression of a woman radiating happiness, zest for life and generosity.
*About the Product (What the Brand Has To Say)*
Givenchy Amarige is a radiant perfume composed of a marvellous bouquet of white flowers. Amarige opens with top notes of Tangerine, Violet and Rosewood. The the heart notes bloom at the centre, creating a pure floral with sweet, delicate notes of Gardenia, the merest hint of a bouquet of fresh Mimosa, red fruits and the warm, heady flowers of Ylang Ylang. The bouquet finishes with the vibrant and muted, yet extremely sensual notes of Ambergris, precious woods, Musk and Vanilla.
*Price and Availability*
Givenchy Amarige Eau de Toilette can be bought from a variety of different shops including Debenhams, Boots, The Perfume Shop and House of Fraser. It is also available to buy online from www.boots.com if you prefer to buy perfume online but my advice is to smell it first in a shop.
You can buy this perfume in 2 different size bottles. The prices for these average at around:
- 30ml bottle: £32
- 100ml bottle: £60
I admit, these are pretty expensive prices. There's no way I can even deny that but as if it is a smell that you like and one which lasts quite a long time, it doesn't make you feel quite so guilty about having paid so much/
The packaging: The bottle shape is upright and shaped a bit like a petal although a little more rounded. It is also quite thick. The colour of the glass is a tinted orange colour and on the front is a frosted part but you can also see the amount of perfume in the bottle all of the time. On the simple bottle is a rather cute looking a shell-like in appearance, gold lid which pulls easily on and off of the bottle. The style of this packaging is elegant and sophisticated whilst also be rather simple.
The smell: Floral, woody and feminine are all words that describe this perfume perfectly. It is a very strong scent which after a while settles down and gives you a surprisingly pleasant smell. Givenchy Amarige has a slightly oriental and spicy scent initially however when the scent settles it is a warmer, floral aroma.
For me, the tangerine smell in the perfume is the most dominant followed by the violet which is why I describe the aroma as being floral. The brand states that there finish of vanilla and musk and this is evident to me however a lot more subtle.
Considering the fact that the fragrance is an Eau de Toliette, the lesser between Toilettes and Parfums, I was actually quite surprised at the potency and power of the smell with such a small amount of perfume sprayed. Is it a perfume best for day or night? Usually I find that perfume sits more in one category than another but this really isn't the case for Givenchy Amarige. I think that it is perfect for both day and night wear.
Staying power: As the perfume is quite strong its staying power is superb. When sprayed it lasts strongly for at least 7 or 8 hours but fades unavoidably towards the end of the day.
How many squirts of the perfume are required? Two squirts of Givenchy Amarige should last you the whole day. One on your neck and the other on your wrist. Towards the end of the day it inevitably does fade but if you carry the bottle with you another quick spray will have it smelling as though it has just had another few squirts applied. I would strong advise against spraying any more than 3 squirts as it is a very strong smell and you are running the danger of not only may it give you a slight headache but it will be overpowering for those around you also.
Longevity of the product: I have a 30ml bottle of this perfume. I am always alternating the perfumes that I have as I own quite a lot. I would guess that if used on a daily basis, this perfume would last about 5-6 months depending on the number of squirts. That's not so bad, I think you'll agree.
*Would I Recommend This Perfume?*
Givenchy Amarige Eau de Toilette is a perfume that I would definitely recommend however it certainly won't be to everyone's taste. I think it is perfect for the sophisticated and classy lady and unlike some perfumes which are better suited to older or younger women, this perfume is perfect for both. If you are a fan of floral, oriental or musky smells then this perfume will suit you certainly as it has a hint of each of these smells.
And if you like the smell of this perfume, there are also a number of different body lotions and bath veils that you can buy as well as Givenchy Amarige Eau de Parfum. The perfect, although slightly expensive perfume for that special lady in your life be it your girlfriend, sister or mum!
I had very high expectations for this perfume due to the brand and it lived up to them fully. Everything from the smell to the packaging is sophisticated and classy. Overall, I would say that I do like this product but it isn't quite as nice as the two other Givenchy perfumes that I have. It is a very distinct smelling perfume with its warm floral scent and one that I am quite taken with. I think this perfume is perfect for autumn and winter as it has a nice floral, affectionate aroma.
Amarige, by Givenchy is a deliciously sensual scent. Which manages to remain a fresh and exciting perfume, Despite being launched nearly 20 years ago.
I remember the first time I smelt this scent. I have explained to readers of dooyoo before, that my first job was in a perfume store and so, it was whilst working in this store that I first became into contact with this scent. I fell in love with it's beautiful feminine aroma instantly.
Now nearly 20 years later, I still occasionally use this scent. I love the way one whiff of it's deliciously floral aroma transports me back into my teenage years. There is no smell that transports my mind back in time as this scent does.
Amararige is a totally sophisticated perfume. From the packaging to the scent, everything screams elegance and sophistication. The red box is rich and sexy, with small specks of tropical yellow and green colours dotted around the edging of the box. Adding vibrance and exotic conotations.
When opening the outer box, I am always filled with excitement and awe when viewing the bottle. It is simplistic yet sophisticated. The simple clear glass bottle is perfectly complimented by the ornate and rather retro bottle top. The bottle is a great addition to any dressing table. It is ornamental and elegant.
When spraying the perfume, I love the instant sudden rush of the aroma of it's top notes of neroli. It is very floral which oozes femininty. But there is also a slight undertone of woodyness which really comes through. The woodyness compliments the white floral smell beautifully and adds a sexy sensuality to the perfume.
The perfume is quite strong and bold and so I am very sparing when applying this scent. There is a danger of the scent becoming a little overpowering if too much is used. I have used too much once or twice and I must admit I found it quite heavy and headache inducing. The saying less is more is certainly siginificant when using this perfume.
I always find that this perfume has fantastic staying power. It is also great in that it doesn't loose it's dominence. I find if I spray this scent in the morning I can still smell it quite evidently in the evening.
I would say this scent lends itself to both daytime and evening use. I have used it for both. Although I do tend to use this perfume more for daytime use as I personally think floral based perfumes better lend themselves for daytime.
I had my last bottle of amarige bought for me for Christmas. I still get a buzz of excitement when I have a new bottle of this scent. I just love it's serenity and radiance. For me it offers originality and warmth.
I think this scent can be used by both younger and older women. it is quite heavy though, and therefore may not appeal to youngsters. Although I wore this perfume when I was young, now i'm in my thirties I have to say I think this perfume is a little mature for a young girl to wear. This perfume does not scream fun and foxy, but serene and sensual. So I suppose it is up to the individual's tastes.
This perfume is quite expensive. A 30ml bottle will set you back approx £25. I will state though, that a little does go a long way and therefore I find that my bottles of this perfume tend to last me ages. A 100ml bottle will cost approx £46.00. I would suggest that you shop around though, as there are great bargains to be had on many fragrance sites.
In conclusion, I would say this perfume is very distinctive and I fully appreciate that it may not be to everyone's tastes. So it is best if you try before you buy. Hopefully though, you will fall in love with it's juicy, warm scent and enjoy wearing it as much as I do.
I received Amarige as a gift although I had smelt it before and knew that I would like it. The scent is quite heavy with floral tones and therefore suits a more mature woman.
It is quite strong but not overpowering and because of this you only need a small amount which lingers throughout the day. Therefore this makes it good value for money even though the 50ml bottle does retail at over £40.00, but you can expect to pay this for such a well known and reknowned designer fragrance. The bottle is 'chubby' and easy to hold, and the stopper is an unusual shape, although it is made of plastic, and as it is not a cheap perfume I was quite surprised by this fact.
To sum up, this would make a very good gift for the more mature woman who likes her fragrances slightly heavy with woody, floral notes.
A little bit of history about Givenchy:
Hubert De Givenchy was born in France in 1927.
He designed for many of the famous French fashion houses.
In 1952 he opened his own Fashion house,his designs for Audrey Hepburn popularised the sleeveless high bosomed dress.
Givenchy showed his last couture collection in 1995.
Product and packaging:
Amarige is beautifully and elegantly presented in a clear glass bottle with a `sculpted` glass stopper.
The outer box is a lavish red and gold.
A 50 ml spray is available at Beauty bay for £25.49.
Neroli,Mandarin,Violet,Gardenia,Mimosa,Ylang -Ylang,Ambergris musk and Vanilla.
My first spray said Gentle ,young and Fresh
The undertone said Vanilla ..a smell I just love.
The perfume lingered ,not strong,but im sure that both day and evening wear both would be fine.
Fruity,light and flirtacious.
Yes,I agree wholeheartedly that the perfume is a bit pricey,but the beauty far outweighs the cost,and im sure it will be on my Wishlist for many years to come.
Light but lasting the fragrance lingered for hours after on my skin.
What's the first thing you do when your parents go off on holiday? Ok I'm 33 but the first thing I do is jump on their bed making whooping noises and then I raid the cupboards. Now me and my Mum are like best friends but one thing she does (like my real best friend did when we lived together way back) is she nicks my stuff. All the time and nothing is safe.
She hasn't bought a shower gel or bath foam in years. My perfume vanishes and I'm constantly looking for my fav lippie and no I don't deny her deep down but it gets rather annoying so call it pay back when she goes away but I raid her supplies and I enjoy every moment of it!
The stuff she uses isn't as a rule my kind of thing at all. I'm 33 shes 62 and in the main on perfumes we're at the opposite ends of the spectrum but one perfume she loves is this, Givenchy Armarige. She always has a stand by bottle and myself and her friends etc all buy it for her as gifts. It's not her signature scent but she does like it alot.
So anyway after my bath today, in I snuck into her bedroom to do mission impossible stylie thieving! I don't know why I felt bad or why I was so sneaky bout it cos she knows when she comes back cos all her best hair conditioner and everything is gone lol
About The Fragrance....
Designed and on sale from 1991.
What The fragrance Says About Itself....
Amarige is a floral woody amber fragrance, where the delights of neroli and rosewood meet the tenderness of gardenia, and the warmth and intensity of cashmerande.
My mum hasn't got the box anymore but I am familiar with it cos I've bought it often enough for her. It's a bright red box with a multi coloured Mosaic style rim on it. Gold writing on the front telling me what it is and who it is by and the Givenchy square symbol is embossed on the front as well.
The bottle is see through glass and is an odd shape that's hard to explain! It's kind of flattish and a sort of tear drop shape. On the front there is a frosted white shape on it and in black writing I'm told again that it is Amarige De Givenchy, Paris and the lid is also white frosted and is plastic and has ridges on it. Underneath that is a gold push down sprayer to get out your squirts. Overall I'm not impressed with the ugly bottle. I don't like the ugly cheap looking lid at all.
Floral with a smell that if you inhale it straight away its harsh and hits the back of your throat and chokes you (well maybe not you but it does me lol). It's very sweet indeed in a very overpowering way. It has a deep vanilla smell to it with flowers over the top, mixed together to make this quite disgusting to be honest. It reminds me when you first spray it on like the fragrance Poison. It's quite intoxicated and unusual. Apparently after a bit of investigating this contains Honeysuckle fragrance along with the Gardenia and them fragrances are very identifiable in this fragrance. It's all to much though and a bit overwhelming.
Luckily this fragrance does calm down after an hour or so. To get scented you only need about 3 squirts, any more than that and I'm sure people would start holding their noses or keeling over!
To me this is a very, very mature fragrance. It make me think of the women in Dynasty wearing this as a power perfume. To me its very 80's and we've come on so much in the way of fragrances. I understand why a woman my Mothers age would choose this and to be fair it does smell alot better on her than on me as it settles on her and becomes very spicy and warm when it settles down on her skin. For me it stayed strong for hours (about 10) and then it vanished so you cant knock its longevity and value for money.
I would never choose to purchase this. Quite frankly it knocks me a bit sick. Fine on my Mum but not on me. I just sprayed some for the purpose of this review and it's actually given me a right headache!
Not for me at all this one, I haven't got anything good to say about it I'm afraid but it's old fashioned and stinky to my nasal passages lol
Prices I have found, Boot's....
30ml Eau De Toilette £29.50
50 ml Eau De Toilette£39.50
100ml Eau De Toilette £57.00
If you do want this please test it first and do shop around as my Mum pays no where near this price tag for it and I'm not sure how much her last bottle was but she got it for silly money in T.J Hughes.
I am not someone who usually buys perfume right away without going round asking for samples to see if I like the fragrance. Usually inside magazines you can find the scented strips while you either peel off or open up and then you can test the perfume. I was inside a big Department store, I think it was the House of Fraser when I stopped and came accross the perfume counters. I thought to myself that I hadn't bought perfume in a while so decided to go round the counters testing which one I preferred. After lots of sprays I finally stopped and when I took off the posh misty glass top which was in a lovely shape which reminded me of a sea shell but this was also what attracted my attention. Anyway carrying on from before "when I took off the posh misty glass top" I sprayed it into the air and I loved the smell it wasn't too strong but one that attracts noses. It oozed expensive and I love to have things that don't look cheap and affordable and there is always something that makes me feel special about buying perfumes in a nice department store. It is always difficult to describe the scent of a perfume but I suppose if I had to use any two words to describe this it would be vanilla and floral. They seem to be mixed to leave a pleasant smell that fades into the skin a little to give a nice smell but not one that is chokingly strong like most old woman prefer. This is probably a perfume for the younger women and even teenagers but also some 50's it really depends because perfume gives a different effect on different people. It is a well known fact that perfume never smells the same on two people on one person it might be nicer than on another. The shape of the bottle is beautiful it is a petal shape and it is glass but sea through so you can see the light gold clour of the perfume. I have already describe the lid. this bottle always looks elegant and it is nice. Before buying this I dd get a tester and the small bottl
e was just the same as the bigger one and it also persuaded me to buy so if you are wanting to buy a perfume check for testers you might be lucky and there might be some to give out. If it isn't the one you are looking for you could still get a new one coming out by the company. I usually spray this twice and it never goes away which is good because it has great staying power. Uusally perfumes are put into a daywear or evening wear category so I would probably say evening wear but it could be worn to work it depends on the type of person you are. I have been using this perfume for a while now and the bottle I bought has lasted me a while, this was a 50ml there are also 30ml and 15ml depending on what you want to pay and how much you want. Not only is it just eau de toilette spray you can buy but also perfumed body and bath poder, silk body beil (body lotion) and velvet body cream also bath gel. I notice when a perfume is popular that they usually have a whole range with it and not just a fragrance. I always like to buy a set but it can cost a lot of money sometimes there are offers on you just have to look around. This perfume is originally priced at £38 for the 50ml but you can buy it cheaper online on many websites go to kelkoo and it gives you a list.
I was fifteen years old when I got my first bottle of 'adult' fragrance and I'm a strong believer that there's a very good reason for it not coming into my possession any sooner. At fifteen the words 'less is more' are something of a foreign language and this has never been more true than when it comes to perfume. In true teenage tradition I trotted off to school that day proudly drenched with a few hefty squirts from my 50ml bottle of Amarige Eau de Toilette and I think everyone within a three mile radius must have known I was wearing it. At least they all seemed to like it! I don't suppose it would have really mattered what that first fragrance was, I would have loved it anyway. I mean, my mum chose it for me and in addition, psychologically I think it was a further step towards that longed for sense of adulthood. Thankfully my mum has good taste when it comes to these things (well I think so anyway) and she'd chosen something that I loved right from the start. In perfume speak Amarige is described as a floriental, that's floral and oriental to you and me. Every perfume is made up of top notes, middle notes and bottom notes. Top notes are more volatile aromas that only last a short time, middle notes last longer but are still volatile and bottom notes are the persistent part of the fragrance, the bit you're left with later and will probably come to associate most as 'being' that fragrance. In Amarige the top notes are neroli, mandarin and violet, middle notes are gardenia, mimosa and ylang-ylang and the beautiful bottom notes are ambergris, musk and vanilla. It's hard to imagine what each of those might smell like, never mind what they're like all together so I'll try and describe it a bit better. Basically Amarige is a deep, slightly spicy, floral fragrance, light enough for everyday wear, but sensual enough for evening too. Don't be put off if you're not fan
of musk because here it's used more as a balancer of the sweetness of the vanilla and I definitely wouldn't describe this as a musky fragrance. None of the individual notes overpowers the others and I find the blend of florals quite invigorating. It's nothing like the rosy fragrances the thought of florals usually conjures up. I also find that it lasts very well and if I put on a couple of squirts in the morning it's still evident in the evening, even though it's only an eau de toilette, rather than the full blooded perfume. You can get the perfume if you prefer that and there's also a deodorant, soap, bath and shower gel, velvet body crème and silk body veil that I know of, as well as the eau de toilette in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml sizes. So you're well covered, quite literally! Expect to pay around £21.50 for the 30ml EDT if you're lucky, although it varies hugely depending on where you shop. Amarige comes in a bright red box with the traditional Givenchy patterned edging in yellow, green and blue. I always keep my perfume boxes as it helps to keep the perfume from going off if it's kept in the dark. This one adds a daring splash of colour to my dressing table and the glossy finish reeks of luxury and pampering. The rounded, tear drop shaped bottle is a clear glass affair with a frosted panel on the front and feels lovely and chunky in your hand. The lid reminds me of the Sydney Opera House and fits fairly snugly over the gold coloured spray thingy. Ten years on I'm still a big fan of Amarige and obviously it holds special memories for me, being my first foray into the world of perfume counters and testers. My collection may be much bigger now but I still love to wear this enriching fragrance. I just don't put quite so much on now. Thanks for reading. A x
Launched by Givenchy in 1991, Amarige is feminine scent that possesses a blend of violet, mimosa, soft sweet spices, and orange flowers accompanied by fruity notes of fresh citrus, melons, peaches, and plums.