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Many years ago, and I'm not saying exactly how many, I had a party for my eighteenth birthday. It was a great party and I can still remember parts of it now, especially those happening in the early stages! The next day I opened my presents. Many of the gifts I received were perfumes. I was pleased, as I didn't own that many fragrances and, following this party, my dressing table certainly became filled with many lovely perfumes that were new to me. Among these was one called 'Fidj'i by Guy Laroche.
I seem to recall that at that age I was wearing perfumes such as 'Blasé' and 'Charlie' so Fidji was one of the 'grown up' scents that I became introduced to. After some of my usual scents this seemed sophisticated and subtle and I loved it. After all, it was given for my, 'coming of age.'
About a year or two ago something, I'm not sure what, made me recall having this perfume in my long ago collection. I hadn't seen or heard of it for years and didn't know if it was still available. I looked around and was happy to find that it was. I hinted to hubby so it must have been around the time of my birthday or Christmas, and he took the hint and bought me my current bottle of Fidji. I shall have to let him see that it's almost all used up!
Fidji was launched by Guy Laroche in 1966. That will make it seem old to many of you but it's younger than me! As I wore this at the tender age of eighteen and still love it now, then obviously I consider it suitable for all ages. I notice that it is recommended for office wear but I feel it is a versatile fragrance suitable for all times of day or evening and for many occasions. I would say though that it is a lovely day time smell and this is the best time to wear it.
Fidji is supposed to last for six to ten hours but I personally feel you would want to top it up a little after a few hours of wearing.
It is classed as floral but I would add that it's sophisticated as well as being pretty. It's elegant yet light. And it's soft, feminine, soft and original.
Although floral it doesn't smell of the usual type of flowery offerings. I feel that the woods are very important in this scent, although I couldn't pick out a particular note. I believe everything used in it's making, blends perfectly.
Fidji has notes of Notes of iris, galbanum, bergamot, lemon, violet, orris root, jasmine, cloves, ylang ylang, rose. With Base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, amber and musk.
The packaging probably suits the product in being that it is simple and unpretentious. The bottle is quite plain and is topped by a black, unusually shaped lid. It looks good on a modern dressing table but it isn't especially, 'girly' in design. However, personally, I do find the packaging pleasing to the eye. I definitely would be delighted to receive Fidji as a gift.
I think that this fragrance is best bought online and have found some outlets:
50 ml Eau de toilette spray
£33.22 - Perfume Emporium
50 ml Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml
£19.50 new - Fragrance Direct
50 ml Eau de toilette-£26.51 - The Fragrance Counter
These prices vary a lot but hopefully will give you an idea as to whether you feel this perfume is worth trying. I believe it is.
Launched in 1966 this feminine scent possesses a blend of hyacinth, lemon, bergamot, carnation, jasmine, and rose.