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I recently went to a church fete and won a bottle of this Gloria Vanderbilt perfume from a raffle stall. I am somewhat familiar with the brand of perfume as my mum used it during my childhood in the 1980's. However, I have not heard much about it since then. After winning it I seriously was just going to re-donate it to the next raffle as I thought it would just be too old fashioned for me. However, after reading an online review here on Dooyoo praising the perfume I thought I would give it a chance.
I was actually surprised to find out that this perfume is still being sold today. It was one of those classic 1980 brands that I just figured had died out. The perfume was actually launched way back in 1982 and the fact that it is still around now must be testament to it's appeal. It was launched by L'oreal for the American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.
The perfume I have is a 100ml ( or 3.4 Fl. Oz) sized bottle. This comes boxed and wrapped in cellophane. The packaging design is very memorable and has a classic, age-defying appearance. The box is a very feminine pale pink whilst the name of the perfume is picked out in white font. An elegant swan adorns the box and beneath this a gold etched version of Vanderbilt's signature. The back of the box is printed with full ingredients and warnings. The brand make one statement too: "Reveal your inner beauty".
Inside the bottle of perfume is protected by a cardboard sleeve. The bottle is much larger than I expected it to be. The bottle design is again something I remember from my youth as it is so beautiful. The bottle is flat and penny shaped and etched deeply into the glass is the swan logo. It is an exquisite and graceful design that looks so classy. The top of the bottle is also etched with the Vanderbilt name. The top is easy to remove but also sits securely over the dispensing button once replaced. The dispensing pad is basic in design. Press it once and the perfume is ejected as a fine mist. You need to hold it about four inches away from where you want to apply it.
After sampling the perfume for the first time I was very surprised and pleased to rediscover this perfume as an adult. It actually brings back a lot of memories about how my mother used to wear the scent. However, I can now appreciate and enjoy the fragrance myself. I wouldn't call this 'old fashioned' at all and believe that women of any age might like this, although I do think it's tailored towards certain personality types.
The perfume is described online as a "floral oriental" fragrance. I can definitely appreciate that it conjures up dreams of tranquil oriental gardens. It has a heady, floral power that is almost intoxicating. The character of the fragrance is refined, elegant and it suggests opulence, intelligence and sophistication.
I am not an expert at picking out specific notes of perfume but I can certainly detect smoky sandalwood and sweet spikes of orange. According to experts the 'heart notes' comprise of carnation flowers, tuberose, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose" whilst among the top notes are "pineapple, orange blossom, lavender and bergamot". The base notes that ground the fragrance and make it feel warm and mature include "sandalwood, cinnamon, musk and vanilla". The composition of the perfume is undoubtedly complex and the blend of a high quality design.
The perfume is one that once you are wearing it you notice it quite a lot and this makes me feel very special. It is a long lasting perfume too so no need to keep reapplying. I do feel a bit more classy when wearing this perfume and I tend to use it when I have official things to do rather than just when I'm relaxing or playing! I feel like the perfume makes a clear statement about who I am, my tastes and abilities.
I am taken aback that I like the perfume so much as I really thought this was one ladies much older than me who might have first discovered the perfume after it was just launched. However, I feel this perfume has stood the test of time and is just as pleasant to wear now as it was back in the 80's! I would recommend it to any woman looking for something very elegant or something that makes you feel affluent and self-assured.
This review also appears on Ciao!
~x~x~x~ Hi Gloria, Nice To Finally Meet You ~x~x~x~
Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt was originally released back in 1982, and I'm quite surprised that it was only 31 years later that I became aware of it. My mother-in-law keeps her perfumes in their boxes and when she was having a sort out recently I spotted a pretty dusky pink box and asked what perfume that was - as I said, I didn't know of it even when she told me the name but when I had a sample squirt I found myself falling a little bit in love with the unusualness of the fragrance. I didn't think of it again until a few weeks later when she presented me with my own bottle, after seeing it reduced in price in one of her (bizarrely early) Christmas catalogues.
~x~x~x~ The Vanderbilt Experience ~x~x~x~
I've already admitted being a relative newcomer to this reasonably iconic perfume, ma-in-law tells me that everyone she worked with throughout the 80s was a fan of it - she's never understood the downturn in its popularity and couldn't believe it when I told her I'd never heard of it, and now I've smelled it myself I don't really understand why more women don't wear it. It's a dated fragrance but in a 'doesn't matter' kind of way, the perfume is certainly evocative of other 80s fragrances but I personally feel the down to earth nature of the overall scent keeps it wholly relevant even now in these days of a million perfumes to choose from.
There are at least twenty notes within Vanderbilt, which I've discovered only while researching the perfume - they're blended amazingly well so I couldn't pick them out until I knew what was in there, and even now I have an idea of the individual notes I'm still struggling to find some of them! It's categorised as being an Oriental Floral and I agree completely with that, I'm not usually impressed with oriental fragrances but Vanderbilt has strengthened it with a rich and strong floral which I personally find really appealing.
The first burst of fragrance is a gorgeous mix of floral and fruity notes which come through together with a scent that I can only label as 'baby powder'. It's beautiful, striking and amazingly addictive. I can pick out pineapple to a degree and also a layer of citrus which isn't as strong as you'd expect from a citrus top note and injects no acidity into the perfume whatsoever; it actually works extremely well with the powdery tone of Vanderbilt, these two very different smells complimenting one another to perfection in my opinion.
Threaded throughout the perfume are various floral notes, most of which are blended to form a wonderful bouquet rather than being notes I can pick out as individual fragrances. Rose is a dominant one and probably the most easily identifiable of all the floral notes, but I can also smell freesia, carnation and jasmine - albeit a very muted jasmine which I probably wouldn't have recognised if I hadn't noticed it on the Vanderbilt notes list. The florals are all very sweet, not in a sugary way but they have that sweetness you sometimes experience from specific floral arrangements and bouquets from the florist - again this mingles beautifully with the ever-present baby powder fragrance, sweetening it at points and making it even more cloudy at other times.
I can't say I can pick a time out when the top notes die off and the middle notes begin to make themselves plain, but I can detect the very definite and precise switch when the base takes over. Here the powdery fragrance starts to die away, it never quite disappears but a slightly woody tone starts to build - this is sandalwood but a relatively weak sandalwood, a cinnamon addition gives a spicy finish to the perfume with this being blended with detectable vanilla, vetiver and a smooth muskiness. The vetiver in particular impressed me as it's so soft and has been mixed in so beautifully with the other scents, not an ounce of masculinity is present in Vanderbilt despite these less feminine base notes - I think this is helped by the fact that although it's listed as a base note the vanilla is in fact apparent pretty much from the get-go with this perfume, helping to create the sweetness I mentioned earlier and also being one of the key notes to bring together the fragrance as a whole.
~x~x~x~ Standing The Test Of Time ~x~x~x~
I'm surprised by the longevity of Vanderbilt considering it's an EDT, and this is true each and every time I wear it. I'd guesstimate I get a good six hours useful fragrance from a generous spraying of the perfume, and after this another couple of hours where the perfume is still there but in a watered down version of the base. It's one that works better when sprayed and then reapplied a few minutes later for layering effect, the difference in the longevity of the fragrance can be as much as an hour if I forget or simply don't have time to apply again twenty minutes or so later.
An example is today, I applied my perfume at exactly 3pm and now (at 9pm) the base is just beginning to fade into a very vague spicy~floral mish mash which usually indicates that the perfume is on its way out. Yesterday while I was out in freakishly hot weather I noticed the fragrance reacted with the heat to strengthen in all aspects - it actually started to become annoying being followed around by such an intense cloud of baby powder and I resolved not to wear this particular perfume on a hot summers day again, today was a little cooler and the perfume behaved much more normally so I'm convinced it was something to do with the extreme sunniness we experienced on Saturday.
~x~x~x~ Not Just For Children Of The 80s! ~x~x~x~
Despite the fact of Vanderbilt, as I've already mentioned, being dated in it's fragrance I can't see any reason for women of any age not to love it. I myself tend to favour fragrances which are probably intended for women younger than me, and one of my mums favourite perfumes is Fantasy by Britney Spears - which just goes to show you can't put an age on most perfumes, obviously some are designed with young girls or more mature ladies in mind but personally I think Vanderbilt is one that has universal appeal with the only caveat being whether you like the scent or not!
I'd say anyone who isn't completely enamoured with floral fragrances should keep away as it's undoubtedly a highly floral perfume; likewise anyone who can't stand to be enveloped in a dense powdery perfume, this one does have the power to choke if sprayed at an inopportune moment and I'm pretty sure the reason for this is due to the baby powder aspect which is so well done that sometimes I can feel myself breathing in this powder even though it exists as a sensation only! I have to say here that this perfume smells COMPLETELY different on me and my mother-in-law, on her it's a richer overall fragrance which dies off into a much more floral base than happens when I wear it - there's also a markedly more basic bouquet when Anne wears Vanderbilt, in fact it smells like we're wearing completely different perfumes!
~x~x~x~ Pricing Perfection ~x~x~x~
I'm absolutely astounded by the bargainous price of Vanderbilt, my mother-in-law paid only £14 for this 100ml bottle which she bought for me and has told me she never pays a penny more than £20 for the same large size bottle regardless of where she buys it from. There are other size bottles available including a small 20ml handbag size bottle, as well as the more usual 30ml and 50ml bottles - each simple flat round bottle is decorated with a swan, the logo of Gloria Vanderbilt, and looks understatedly stylish on my dressing table surrounded by perfumes which cost more but don't smell half so good!
I love perfumes that make a statement and so coming across Vondrbilt was impossible not to love it. Initially I owned small bottle but I quickly moved up to a full size as it's intoxicating addictive scent charmed me quickly.
First launched in the 80s time has not forgotten this gem and it still can be bought till the present day. For as little as £10-£20 is an absolute bargain for a classic that can't be missed. Forget about investing in an designer fragrance, this is the real luxurious smell.
To begin with this is definitely an oriental fragrance heavily floral. It it's sweet composition I can detect vividly notes of freesia, vanilla and neroli predominately. It strength of character might delight some while others will find it a complete bomb. I find it to be an amazing evening scent also I love wearing it in the winter or to brighten up the dull days.
I think is many way this is an typical 80's fragrance, experimental, strong and powerful but also with a soft gentle warm dry-down. Nowdays I can spend all day at the drug store and not coming across anything like it. I this this fragrance could appeal to Chanel No 5 fans, however bear in mind this is not a copy. I usually wear a lot of perfumes but if I had to choose one signature scent for the evening this would be it I am sure I won't come across another person who wears the same thing.
The bottle is really pretty also, I always get the sensation that is rather boring however on a closer inspection it has an beautiful big elegant swan logo that makes it look interesting
In 1982 a new perfume was launched which was called Vanderbilt and I seem to remember that we were all wearing it at work as we used to joke - you have your Van Der Valk on again! For those of you too young to remember Van Der Valk was a Dutch detective series starring Barry Foster which was on the TV at the time.
Anyway I have always liked the fragrance and, when mom died a couple of years ago she left some perfumes that had never been opened amongst which was a bottle of Vanderbilt Eau de Toilette. I have recently opened it and begun to use it and it has brought back lots of good memories and I am pleased to say that I still like the fragrance just as much as I ever did.
Vanderbilt is made by Gloria Vanderbilt and like most fragrances has a wide range of perfumes, eau de toilette, deodorant, talcum powder etc.
I must admit that I had no idea how much it would cost these days so I have taken a look on the Amazon website where I found the following information.
A 30ml eau de toilette spray is £5.06
A 50ml eau de toilette spray is £11.33
A 100ml eau de toilette spray is currently reduced from £24 to £8.99!
A 165ml light mist spray is £12.87
The perfume comes in a round, flat, clear glass bottle with a gold coloured lid. Moulded into the front of the bottle there is a raised swan motif which makes the bottle look simple but very classy. None of these new strange shapes and colours for this bottle!
The bottle is then packaged in a pale lavender coloured box which in turn is sealed with cellophane to prevent tampering. On the front of the box there is the word Vanderbilt in white with the swan motif repeated below it and then the words Gloria Vanderbilt in gold lettering beneath that. Again the box looks classy and as such would make a lovely present.
The fragrance itself is a soft oriental floral fragrance with essences of freesia, bergamot and jasmine blended with notes of amber vanilla and cedar.
It is recommended for evening wear as it is quite a spicy fragrance although, as I say, we all used to wear it sparingly during the day and it smelled lovely!
As I said at the start I have had this from when mom died a couple of years ago and as it was unopened and still sealed the fragrance was as good as new when I came to wear it.
As with all fragrances it is all a matter of personal choice but I do like this one and would be happy to recommend it!
Gloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt, was born in New York City, on February 20, 1924, she is a child of the wealthy American family. She is best known as an artist, designer, and because of her perfume line. Perfume by Gloria Vanderbilt is for sale in the famous perfume shops but also in the famous drugstore chains.
Gloria Vanderbilt Eau de Toilette
This eau de toilette comes in a 15ml bottle; there are bottles with more content available. This eau de toilette is one of the brands that was about 15 years ago was very popular at that time, this eau de toilette is very expensive and was often given as gifts. The last 8 years this perfume has been more in the background, partly because of the expanding supply of different brands and scents on the market. Right now I notice that this eau de toilette, Gloria Vanderbilt, is brought back into the spotlight, through advertising. Also, I hear more and more from friends about this product. The advertising did not escaped my notice and when I saw the eau de toilette I wanted to have it. I like the smell (spices, vanilla and wood) of this eau de toilette. I've got one 15 ml bottle purchased and am very happy. This eau de toilette has, I think, a very strong sweet herbal scent, which I find totally amazing. The smell does last some about 4 hours. It is also very attractive price, you pay for a bottle of 15 ml up to 10 pounds, sometimes even cheaper. You need very little of this perfume to achieve a pleasant smell.
I like the smell of this eau de toilette of Gloria Vanderbilt, because he is a sweet yet strong pleasant vanilla, spices and nuts smell. This fragrance is comparable to other brands of fragrances, I think this is because here the combined use of herbs, flowers and woods, these ingredients are usually not combined with other scents. This scent remains after spraying for a long time on the skin, about 4 hours, then the scent fades very slowly.
I haven't used this eau de toilette for a long time, but am now very happy that I bought it again. In particular, the smell is strong and pleasant. The combination of various ingredients gives me a nice feeling. Also this eau de toilette a good price / quality, very cheap right now, and that is a bonus.
I think that this deodorant is quite good in its own kind of way because it is cheap and it lasts for quite some time as well.
HOW LONG SPRAYS STAYS ON FOR
I am going to start off with how long the sprays stays on for because i feel that this is the most important part in any deodorant.
This deodorant does not stay on for long because........
After a short while approximately 1hr later after i have put the spray on i realise that the effect of the spray has gone because the white pale part on my body of which where i put it has gone and also the smell has gone upon which of where i put it at the time (keep in mind that i put a lot underneath my armpits).
This deodorant is definantly not recommended by to be used as a spray for a long duration of time for it can not stay that long without evaporating in to the air.
I am going to give this a 5/10 on long duration of the spray because on the back it says long lasting deodorant protection and i have clearly proved that it does not last for that long.
HOW LONG SPRAYS STAYS ON FOR=5/10
I personally never liked the Gloria Vanderbilt company because they never satisfied my needs when it came to a good deodorant.
One of my reasons is that their is not enough spray in one canister that i pay for is worth the price they charge because i found my self paying 4.00 for this spray which is unusually expensive and which made it worser was the fact that their was not enough spray for my liking.
You can buy this deodorant at places like morrisons,boots,hms,asdas,etc.....
some of the super markets have it on sale now days.
This review should tell Gloria Vanderbilt ltd company that they should increase the amount of the spray in each canister or they should possibly lower the price of some of their deodorant.
I am going to rate this a 3/10 for price because that is way too much and is not worth the amount of spray you receive with the amount of money you pay.
You may not actually believe it but the spray actually smells kind of good and has a nice after effect as well.
The smell is good and in fact quite pleasant to put on also because my friend and family have both given positive comments towards my smell and the only thing i put on ever out of the whole time i talked to them was this deodorant.
That proves that what this deodorant lacks in other attributes makes up with some of it in this potentially good spray, i would definantly buy this only because of the smell of the spray again.
I am going to give this a 10/10 on the smell of the spray because it has had a positive effect on me and has a quite pleasant aura coming from within the smell of the spray.
The only major positive thing about this is the packaging is what my personal opinion is.
The packaging is also very impressive, the only reason i did this whole review was because of the packaging you see it is very eye catching and it is hard to say no to the spray once you have tried it out for your self.
The packaging is definantly a positive for the packaging of this deodorant helps to make this product much better than it actually is.
I like the whole design of the packaging because the right colours are there and the right logo has been used to match those colours and every thing has just been used in the right place.
I am going to give this 10/10 on design because i think that they deserve that rating after all the harsh criticism i have given them and also the design was just spot on.
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Launched in 1982, this is a soft, oriental, floral fragrance that explores essences of freesia, bergamot and jasmine blended with notes of amber, vanilla and cedar. Vanderbilt for Women is recommended for evening wear.