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I was bought this as a gift from a friend at Christmas and when I saw the box I was quite excited. I like the Harajuku style and thought the fragrance would be quite quirky; whilst the design wasn't really that appealing to me, it was definitely quirky and the scent itself was pretty and feminine.
The Harajuku Lovers range was 'designed', for lack of a better word, by Gwen Stefani, who has been inspired in her music and style by Japanese Harajuku teens. It's a style I actually really like, though it hadn't occurred to me to try a fragrance. The Lovers fragrance is a range of individual scents and styles that appeal, predominantly, to a younger consumer group. It has a sense of being fun and playful, girly yet quirky.
The fragrance comes in a light bluey green box with embossed lettering, so it looks presentable and makes for a well-received gift. On the back is a picture of the specific character, along with a 6 point definition of the word 'angel'. The writing style is quite gothicesque in a way and it looks quite funky, but unfortunately it's quite hard to decipher (not that it matters because I have my own dictionary!).
I was given the 'Sunshine Cuties' fragrance, which is a limited edition character dolled up in a bathing suit. The bottle itself is a smooth plastic with the top half dominating its size. This is the character, which in this case is a girl in a bikini, supposedly to be reminiscent of the fragrance name of 'sunshine cuties'. I can't say I'm too keen on the character, but it's definitely quite quirky and I've not known a perfume bottle like it before. The fragrance itself only takes up a tiny space in comparison, being housed underneath the character in clear plastic. I say plastic, even though it feels like it could be glass, but it's strange because I can't quite tell! Anyway, my ignorance aside, you just pull the character off to reveal the pump. You can pull straight off or twist off so it's not exactly locked on, but it's a snug fit so it shouldn't just drop off.
The product is an Eau de toilette spray and is 10ml, which is quite a small amount though for the price of the fragrance it's fairly reasonable. The scent is quite feminine, being a mix of floral and fruity, with the following tones: 'top notes of raspberry, cranberry, black currant, and pineapple. The heart is created from gourmand notes of candied violet, pear blossom, and sugared rose, while the base notes include lollipop aroma, Hinoki wood and crystal amber.' This has a distinctive smell that's very sweet, though not overpowering when sprayed in small amounts. I apply a small bit to my neck and wrists, and it's just enough to give the hints of fruit and flowers; it's feminine and sweet, but not sickly so, and it has a ring of summer about it which is quite refreshing and uplifting.
I'm giving it 4 stars on the basis that I would have preferred a different design when seeing the other options available, and considering how small the fragrance bottle itself actually is, it seems a tad on the pricey side. It does stay for a reasonable amount of time, but after a few hours you probably would want to top it up if you want people to notice it.
I would recommend checking out the range because it's quite original and playful. This particular one has a beautiful, sweet fragrance and although the bottle design is quirky, it's perhaps not the character I would have chosen for myself. There are various designs to choose from, each with their own fragrance I believe, so they'd make for a lovely gift or a sweet, scented treat for yourself.
Retails for around £10-13 and can be found on Amazon for £9.20
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]