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Firstly, how cute is this bottle?! I was a HUGE fan of Gwen and her band "No Doubt" when I was younger and when I saw this gorgeous bottle in Boots I just had to buy it! The top of the bottle (the bit that you pull off to reveal the perfume) is a plastic doll designed to be Gwen herself. She has curly blonde hair and fishnet tights and she's absolutely adorable. The perfume has since been discontinued in the UK but it can still be bought from online retailers. The bottle is strong and sturdy and you can keep "Gwen" after you have used the perfume up!
What's the smell like?
Mmm! This perfume is gorgeous. It's a tropical coconut scent...think paradise and beaches and you're on the right track! The perfume has the right balance of notes so it's not too strong but it's still easily detectable. It's one of my most recognised perfumes as nothing else smells quite like it, in a good way! As well as coconut notes the perfume also contains notes of raspberry, cranberry, blackcurrant and pineapple. These are the top notes and add to the tropical fruity scent the perfume gives off. It smells fruity as well as nutty and we all know fruit and nut is a good combination! It does actually smell very much like Malibu!
The heart notes consist of candied violet, pear blossom, and sugared rose. These notes add a little sweetness to an already sweet nutty scent without making it appear too sickly. Instead of settling into more of a musky scent (like most scents do) this perfume maintains its nutty aroma.
The base notes are lollipop aroma, Hinoki wood and crystal amber. As the perfume is a little lighter and sweeter compared to my usual celebrity scents I prefer to use this perfume during the day. It smells really fresh and "cool" and it just makes me feel happier whenever I wear it. It's perfect as a summer holiday scent and the scent takes me back to happy times on the beach when I've been sipping a nice cocktail. Yum! If only I was back in Tenerife right now...!
This is a lovely tropical nutty scent that's perfect for summer and the bottle is beyond cute!
Available from £15 on Amazon.co.uk.
WHAT IS IT?
A bottle of perfume called Harajuku Lovers. It is made by the singer Gwen Stefani and even though it is a beautiful perfume the thing that makes it most popular is the bottle because it is designed to look like Gwen Stefani with Japanese features because she is so obsessive with the Japanese musical culture.
My husband bought this for me because I am a fan of Gwen Stefani and he thought I would like the bottle but it is lucky that I like the perfume very much also. It is strong and has got a smell that is a very good likeness for coconut, I like that it smells so much like coconut because that is my favourite fragrance for perfume and this is so real and there is not very many other smells to take the coconut away.
It does not last for very long on my skin but I do not care about that because it is such a beautiful smell. I think it disappears after about two hours but for a long time before that I think other people could not smell it unless they was very close to me. It is a pity because it is so nice but I also like that I know it is my little personal secret for some time.
TOP NOTES: COCONUT, MANDARIN AND APPLE SKIN
I can smell only coconut for the first few minutes but after that the perfume does get a citrus mandarin smell. It does not take away the coconut but the mandarin makes the perfume smell a little bit more exotic. I cannot smell apple at all.
MIDDLE NOTES: JASMINE, FREESIA, MAGNOLIA VAPOUR
I can smell flowers in Harajuku Lovers but it is very weak and I did not think there would be 3 lots of flowers in the middle notes. Even the jasmine is weak and that surprises me but I am glad because where it should be flowery there is the strong coconut and I think that is better.
BASE NOTES: COTTON, COCONUT CREAM, WHITE SANDALWOOD
I think that the cotton makes the perfume smell fresh and the coconut goes sweeter at the end of the perfume. I like it very much but not as much as I like the fragrance when the smell is more like fresh coconut. I think it is very sweet at the end and I cannot smell sandalwood, Harajuku Lovers is not woody at all and has just got the coconut and faint flowery fragrance.
WHAT I THINK
I think this fragrance is fun and it is very feminine. It smells like a fragrance that any age ladies could wear because it smells beautiful but I do not think it is sexy enough to put people off wearing it because of their age. I have used 3 of the Gwen Stefani perfumes but this one is my favourite because of how it smells of coconut so strong.
I have one thing to complain about and that is the bottle being so very small. You only receive 10ml of perfume and that is not very much because it does not last for very long so you have to keep applying it very regular, a bottle does not last for very long and that is a pity because even though it is not expensive I cannot always find the time to go shopping to replace it when it runs out.
A bottle of Harajuku Lovers perfume costs about £9 and I think that is very good value because the perfume is of very high quality.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I must admit, I only bought one of these perfumes for the cute bottle, I love it!
This perfume reminds me of summer and holidays by the beach with a cocktail in my hand. It does smell very tropical, with hints of coconut and warmer floral scents. It does smell beautiful, although I think the tropical scent may be too overpowering for some. The perfume can smell quite strong at first but you need to give it time as it's better once it's been allowed time to settle.
Once the scent has had some time to settle it starts to smell a little like Malibu, which isn't a bad thing! The scent does have strong staying power. It hangs around for ages without fading. I don't need to top it up that often throughout the day, only if i've been to the gym. I decant some of the perfume into a small bullet shaped spray bottle and use it after i've been working out. The scent masks odour and it is really refreshing too. It certainly doesn't smell cheap. I would say that this smells more like a designer perfume, it is a bargain for the £19.99 that I paid (that was for the 30ml bottle).
The scent lasts you a good while as it's quite strong so you don't need a lot of it at a time. I think it would be more suited to the younger generation as it does smell quite youthful.
There's a lovely mix of notes here and they come together to deliver a fantastic summery scent. You can wear this all year round though, not just in the summer. It's also suitable for use during the daytime and during the evening too.
Gorgeous perfume, gorgeous bottle.
I'd seen these bottles around and they caught my imagination instantly, I thought it was a really clever idea to have a kitsch, 'doll' for a perfume bottle. They each come with their own little character and a description of their personality.
This one is 'G', I guess after Gwen herself. I asked for it as a present for Christmas one year when I was struggling to think of something, as I'm a sucker for aesthetics and I thought the bottle would look cute on my dressing table. Admittedly, at this point, I hadn't actually smelled the perfume.
Yeah, I know, silly mistake. The thing is, despite being a self confessed 'girly girl', like jewellery, I'm just not that big into perfume. I like to wear it on a night out but I've never been a perfume connoisseur and don't go around for ages trying to find just the right scent, and I have never once bought perfume for myself, as I tend to get a couple of bottles for birthdays and Christmas, which will then easily last me the whole year.
I therefore thought it wouldn't really matter exactly what the scent was like, as I'm not fussy, and it was sure to have a pleasant scent, after all, isn't that what perfume is for?
I guess the one good thing the scent of this perfume has done for me is that it's taught me that I'm more of a discerning perfume wearer than I thought. The best way I can describe it is that it somehow manages to be 'sweet' and 'bland' at the same time, it's sort of sickly without much depth to it. I'm sure it must appeal to some people, but it's definitely not for me. I've only worn it a couple of times over the last couple of years, so it's still sitting there, practically full, on my dressing table. It does look pretty though.
It's retailing now at around £17 a bottle which is fairly good value for a perfume, but it's not something I'd personally ever want to spend my money on.
While shopping in Boots recently I spotted Gwen Stefani's range of Harajuku perfumes all reduced from over £15 a bottle to £7.66. I've loved these sweet little bottles since they were first launched, but have been put off by the price. Oh, I know 15 quid is nothing for a bottle of perfume but when you consider the fact that this particular bottle (and the rest of the Harajuku range) only holds a paltry 10ml of perfume it does seem slightly over-priced. There are 30ml bottles available which are much more reasonably priced (in relation to their size) but these weren't on the shelf when I was in Boots so I ended up with this smaller size.
There are several Harajuku girls to choose from, no testers were available so I picked up the G variation. G is the bottle which is modelled on Gwen Stefani herself, the doll on top of the bottle has blonde hair and is more Western in style than the obviously Japanese inspired dolls on the other fragrances. If you don't know Gwen Stefani, she has a fab crew of Japanese dancers and it's these girls' who Gwen has designed her perfume bottles around. Sign of the times perhaps that I felt a bit racist picking up the 'white girl' bottle!
The perfume is lovely. Obviously designed for Gwen Stefani's young fans, the scent is extremely young and fun. It's hard to describe as there are no specific notes to gush about, the overall smell is a beautiful coconut aroma which is sweet and very natural. I say natural as in my experience a lot of coconut scented perfumes have a too-sweet fragrance which leaves them smelling like the creamy coconut conditioner that has been popular in hairdressers for years. While I love this smell, it's not really appropriate for a perfume.
The first think you'll smell when you spray this perfume is a 'real' coconut smell; it's underlined with a crisp fruity fragrance which draws attention away from the coconut slightly, but doesn't overpower it in the slightest. In my opinion G is not an oriental fragrance (which is how it is grouped) but fruity. There just isn't the spiciness for it to be a true oriental perfume, maybe the peeps who originally decide these things got confused by the oriental looking dolls on top of the bottles as they sure as hell didn't sample the perfume!
As G settles it does start getting a bit mixed up. The coconut is a constant, so please (in your mind) overlay each of my descriptions with the faint lingering tones of Bounty. Minus the chocolate, obviously. The mix-up comes from a floral note which appears out of nowhere but builds so quickly in intensity that it feels like the perfume is getting stronger, it tries to outshine all other scents - and then drops right back. It's really strange, and nothing I could put into words, but in a perverse (kinda clashing) way it works. There's a very brief period when I dislike the jumble of fruity and floral, but this doesn't last long and the delicious coconut keeps it bearable.
G is surprisingly long lasting. It's one of those perfumes which I (as the wearer) can't detect for long on myself, but my daughter wears it sometimes and then I (as the sniffer) can smell it for much longer. Even when I wear it myself I still get flashes of the scent hours after spraying it on, as you'd probably expect it's the coconut fragrance that lingers and it's this I'll get a waft of just when I think the perfume is long gone. For me it's a playful daytime perfume, I prefer something heavier and less girly when I'm on a night out as I don't think G would compete against other smells that assault you in the average pub or club.
One thing I have noticed is that the fragrance lingers best when sprayed on fabric. I sprayed myself while wearing my dressing gown yesterday morning; I must have missed because this morning I could still detect the yummy coconutiness of G, which is an infinitely nicer smell to wake up to than David's full nappy!
I'm definitely going to buy more perfumes from the Harajuku range, I wouldn't pay full price as in all honesty 10ml of perfume just doesn't last long enough to justify the spend. If I see a decent offer again though I'll be sure to try the other variations. Not only that, but the doll-bottles will look fab on my dressing table.
I have the 'G' perfume from this range. It's the only one i've used so I can't comment on the other perfumes in the range. This is my most used perfume ever. I wear it most days and I get loads of comments on the unique fragrance. It's coconutty, fruity and unlike anything else on the market. I really feel like the perfume makes me stand out from the crowd. It is probably priced a little bit lower than mid-range so I don't feel at all guilty splashing to on daily, like I sometimes do with other, more expensive fragrances!
The cute bottle looks really bright and fun on your dressing table, and always intrigues visitors. The fact the bottle is so decorative does make it a big deceptive though. HUGE box, tiny bottle of perfume. (although the doll is hollow so you get a little more than it might look like at first) The quality of the colouring on the doll is a very good quality. There are display stands available if you can show that you own every perfume in the collection.
There is so much more packing than there needs to be with this perfume. There are two layers of cardboard box, certainly not great for the eco-conscious among you, although it does add drama and excitement to the product!
The thing that really annoys me about this perfume is that the largest bottle it comes in is only about 30ml. As I mentioned, it isn't very expensive so I don't mind the fact I have to apply more a few times, but I find a bottle doesn't last me as long as I would like so I have to re-buy more than I would normally. I'd love to buy one of the big bottles they have as testers, but I don't think you can. If you don't wear perfume every day then a small bottle might be good because you won't have to worry about the perfume going stale because it's not been used up. The small 10ml bottles would probably be a really good size for a 'first perfume' for a young girl.
This perfume is probably not the highest quality on the market. It smells fresh and almost edible when you first apply it, but it certainly won't last all day. Unfortunately, due to the large decorative bottle it isn't really handbag friendly!!
Overall I do like this perfume a lot because of the unique fragrance and fun styling of the bottle but I do this there are improvements that could be made. I would like to see a plainer bottle option which is more portable and a more longer lasting fragrance.
Over the last couple of years I have tried all of the Gwen Stefani Perfumes and the Harajuku Lovers ones are my favourite. I would say this one is my favourite as well.
I wouldn't say the best thing, but one of the more nicer or cute things are the tiny little bottles. These are little Doll Figures just like the Dooyoo picture. The Doll stands on a flat platform. So this is certainly that bit different to other Bottles out there. This one is Called Gwen or G as it is known more. Looking at the little Doll face I would say it is based on Gwen Herself with the Blonde Hair. The box is nice enough as well. It is black with Turquoise writing. Nice enough but i don't know if it is the black colouring but it makes me think of Aftershave.
You can get this in a 30ml bottle which costs £12.99 and 50ml which costs £19.99. When these first launched they were a lot more expensive, but now they have been out for years they are still sold and at a cheaper price, which is always good.
So how does this smell? It is so nice. The notes in here are Coconut, Mandarin, Sandalwood, Magnolia, Freesia, Jasmine and Cotton Woods. I've saw this scent being described as smelling like Pina Colada, which I could agree with, but it isn't all that sickly I would say. It smells Tropical but with a deeper slightly heavy scent mixed through as well,
This lasts a good lenght of time as well. Not the longest lasting, but I was surprised when I went to reapply that I could still smell this lightly on my wrist. Not much, but still a faint smell there.
This is the ideal scent for me. Light, Fresh, Fruity and tropical. I keep buying this Perfume and I think if you wanted to try at least 1 in this range then this one should be one of them.
I fell in love with these perfumes when they first came out. I am a big Gwen Stefani fan, and I love her Japanese influenced fashion.
What initially drew me in was the super cute cartoon character doll that is the lid of the perfume. The "G" doll is a little blonde girl with a black headband with a white top and blue skirt. These perfumes come in a tiny, adorable 15ml version or the 30ml. I went for the bigger size, although either will stand out well on your dressing table!
I did not care whether these perfumes smelled good or not, but I can say they smell gorgeous. "G" is only an Eau de Toilette but the smell does linger a long time so I find myself not having to reapply too regularly throughout the day. It is a powerful scent as well which I love.
It is an ideal summer scent, it reminds me of being on holiday. The initial and most powerful scent is coconut but there are also undertones of mandarin and citrus scents. Quite often I find that coconut scents tend to smell quite cheap, but "G" does smell like a good quality perfume.
I would definitely buy "G" again. It looks good and smells even better. I wouldn't wear it in the winter though, I feel this is strictly a scent for holidays!
The young Japanese girls from an area called Harajuku in Japan who became dancers for Gwen Stefani were the inspiration for Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers perfume range. there are 5 perfumes in the range which are G, Love, Angel, Music and Baby (the last four names is also the name used for Gwen Stefani's first solo album). Each perfume is different and shaped like a little doll on a base, the base being the perfume.
I have always been a fan of Gwen Stefani and when the Harajuku Lovers range came out I had to have them so I ended up asking for them for Christmas. Luckily for me I got one of each and they live happily on a shelf in my bathroom on display. Gwen or "G" is my favourite and will be the first one I review.
The perfumes are available in 10ml or 30ml and they cost £12.99 or £19.99 respectively.
The box the perfume comes in is a black rectangle. On the front it has the words "Harajku Lovers" and inbetween the two words are two Japanese symbols. Towards the bottom of the box is the name of the particular perfume you have purchased. There is a printed ribbon running around the box which also states "Harajuku Lovers". Each of the Harajuku Lovers perfumes come packaged in the same way apart from the color of the writing on the box bein different and obviously the name of each one. On the "G" box, the writing is a aqua colour.
I love the Harajuku Lovers perfume bottles. I think they are fun and innovative and I have never seen anything like them before. The figures are part of the bottle but you can remove them and let them stand alone. The base of the doll is made of glass and is the perfume. "G" is supposed to represent Gwen Stefani and she is made from plastic. She has blonde hair which curls under like a 1950's pin up complete with an Alice In Wonderland style black hairband. She is earing a little white top with an aqua band around it and fishnet tights. You can see her legs and that she has little black shoes on.
To use the perfume you simply remove the doll figure off of the top (she can stand alone if you prefer her not to be on the base) and you reveal the silver spray nozzle. the perfume is in a glass base and you can see the liquid of the perfume inside. On the front of the base is "Harajuku Lovers" and "G".
Ther perfume is made up of the following scents: fresh coconut, mandarin, apple skin, jasmine sambac, soft freesia, magnolia, cotton woods, coconut cream and white sandalwood. For some reason, this perfume reminds me of pina coloda! It is fruity and and fresh. You can really smell the mixture of the coconut and mandarin. It is a really summery scent which smells lovely if you are on the beach with a light breeze as it really picks it up. It smells almost tropical. I love it.
The perfumes are very light and subtle. You do need a good few squirts of these ones to make them noticable but they are completely worth it even if is is just for the bottle! The scent doesn't last long and needs to be topped up. I think the scent lasts around 2-3 hours at the most.
These perfumes are fabulous and they are up there with my favourites. They are fun and different. Well worth the money.
* perfect summer scent *
When these came out I had to pick my self up one as the most amazing bottles I have seen. I'm so drawn to packaging.
This collection is by Gwen Stefani and there are 5 in the series. G, Love ,angel music and baby , just like one of her cds was called .they even come with a limited addition spring bottle.
The packaging is amazing it comes in a small glass bottle with a character on the top and the one I picked up is 'G' so it has a gwen stefanini character on the bottle , which comes of and acts as the lid , i'm so keeping this on a shelf even when it's finished. It also comes in a black box with blue writing.
The downside to these perfumes is that the product that you get isn't alot for £20 you get 1oz of perfume not that much at all but the smell does go along way.
This is the perfect scent for summer as it smells like coconut . it reminds me of the drink 'malibu ' and its such a lovely scent. It has notes of coconut , orange , apple skin, coconut cream jasmine and sandle wood.This is a day time perfume as it is a very sweet. I think this is ranged at a younger age group. I feel that it does linger on your skin for a good period. It has notes of coconut , orange , apple skin, coconut cream jasmine and sandle wood.
I would recommend buying but you don't get much product for your money.
I absolutely love the smell of coconut, it is basically my favourite smell in the world. I had been searching for a perfume that simply smelt of coconuts for a while when I came across this one.
Appearance, wow. The packaging is lovely! A dainty little perfume pottle with a Japanese doll on top as the lid. Each perfume in this range has a different character on top, which I think is a lovely idea. Also, on the back of the box, there is a poem/song written by Gwen Stefani to describe the perfume, another lovely idea.
Obviously very easy, no need to go into detail here. The doll comes off easily when you want it to, and simple push down the top to spray out the perfume as usual.
I found that at first this was a very nice smell, but it did lose my vote after a little while. The smell is very strong, which is quite off putting, and as I suffer from painful migraines, this set me off with a bad headache every time I used it. However, the smell does last all day, only a couple of squirts are needed. Overall, a good perfume, but the smell is not to my taste.
The funky young Japanese girls who dress in their own original style and hang out in the Harajuku area of Tokyo were the inspiration for the yummy fragrance G, which is one of Gwen Stefani's young and cool scents from the Harajuku Lovers range.
Gwen was so taken by the attitude and style of the Japanese youngsters that she embraced the concept fully, by having her own troop of Harajuki girls as her backing dancers.
Gwens own Harajuku girls each have a scent named after them. You can choose a scent to suit your mood from either Lil Angel, Baby, Music, Love and of course Gwen's own scent G.
I first caught a a whiff of the scent when a friend wore it and I liked it so much that I just had to know what it was. Its soft yet tangy coconut blend really caught my attention, so next time I was able to visit the perfume counter I had to go hunt down the scent for myself.
G is so tropical and gorgeous that its great for a warm summers day or a hot balmy summers evening. However I like it so much I even wear it in winter on cooler days when you need a pick me up.
The bottle for G is amazingly cute and would make a really lovely gift for a younger girl or a slightly older teen. Its so yummy that grand old ladies in their mid twenties like it too and legend has it that even sensible mature women in their 30's and 40's have this stashed away ready to spritz on when the mood takes them. Once you have experienced the scent you will understand why!
The lid of the bottle has a cute mini G figurine. G is dressed in a naughty white corset top and pale turquoise blue, uber mini skirt. She has a cute black headband with a bow holding back her super stylish honey blond locks. Her shoes are also in matching black and her red lips and black eyeliner give her a modern funky look.
Mini G is Gwen's take on a cute mini Alice in wonderland, but a naughtier more playful Alice. After all G has ditched Alice's cute white socks and wears instead a pair of black fishnet stockings. How very naughty!
The scent is encased at the bottom of the bottle in a small clear, simple glass bottle and once you spray it on its divine. To me its reminiscent of sunny beach holidays, Pina Colada or Malibu cocktails and coconut sun lotion. Its very different to the usual soft fruity scents or green fresh scents that many people turn to on a warm summers day. That sets it apart and makes it a scent that is very different from most.
The influences within the scent are fresh coconut, apple skin and mandarin and I think these are obvious when you first spritz on the scent. These do soon mellow as the day goes on and you begin to notice the other ingredients such as soft floral freesia, magnolia and jasmine sambac which is a native to south western and southern asia.
The base notes within the scent are even more gorgeous coconut cream, white sandalwood and soft warm vanilla. I think that the vanilla scent does come through as you wear the scent throughout the day and contributes to the longevity of the scent.
Price wise I was very lucky when I bought this and some of the other Harjuku scents, as they were reduced. I paid just £6 for the 10ml bottles. Prices for this size are usually closer to £15, with the larger 30ml size being around £20.
A good time to buy any of the scents from the Harajuku range is after the summer or xmas seasons. As there are often special limited edition variations of the figurines wearing different outfits, which tend to be reduced when the seasons change.
At the moment if you are thinking of buying a scent form the Harajuku range, Boots have a promotional freebie with each purchase. The gift is a pretty pale turquoise blue cooler bag, which has the Harjuku girls pictured on it. This would make the scent and cooler together a really nice set to give as a gift. The cooler could be used to take lunch to school or work or even store make up in to keep it cool.
As far as fragrance layering goes, I can recommend the Lush coconut deo powder as a good match. Some of the Boots Ingredients range of coconut based products go well with G too, such as the body wash, shampoo and conditioner. These when used together are a nice compliment for the scent that do not compete with it.
Harajuku Lovers G, is a different and long lasting scent with a very quirky bottle which would be a fantastic gift. Its a nice treat for yourself too.
I feel it is more than worthy of being a 5 star scent. Its not too girly and sweet and its totally different from the many green summer scents you can buy. G is a real head turner that people say is very nice. Its long lasting and not too pricey to buy, which to me is the perfect combination, unless you are not a coconut fan, in which case it may not be for you.
I wanted this perfume for ages, but couldn't find it anywhere until last Christmas when it became available on Amazon. It is an absolutely gorgeous fragrance and I have nothing but praise for it. The packaging is stunning, it comes in a cardboard box that is beautifully designed and very neatly presented. The simple design and use of two colours makes it look very elegant and the font on the back fits perfectly with the theme of this perfume. It has a cute little message inside from Gwen Stefani as well as the website address. The figure sits on top of the actual perfume acting as a lid, dressed up like a doll.
The bottles are so cute (or as the Japanese would say, kawaii) and dinky that you'd want to collect them all and try out all the various scents, as each character has their own personal odour. It's perfect for a lover of dolls. The Alice in wonderland type one I purchased has a very sweet scent to it, perfect for summer time. It smells like fruit, sugar and sunshine all wrapped up into one with a slightly floral after smell to it.
The availability was a bit of an issue as you couldn't get it a regular cosmetic store such as boots, but when they're in stock, Amazon is your best bet and cost me around £20 from there for a 30ml bottle that has lasted me so far since Christmas. This perfume, in my opinion is excellent value for money as it is cheap compared to others that don't smell as nice or last as long!
Harajuku Lovers are a range of perfumes by singer Gwen Stefani. There are 5 scents to choose from. Each one has a female representative which refer to Gwens Japanese back up dancers.
G or Gwen - this is Gwen herself
There are various different bottles in the Harajuku Lovers range. Each bottle has their female doll on top and the dolls design varies depending on range. The latest range is called Sunshine Cuties just in time for summer.
*Fragrance & Bottle*
I have the G fragrance. I personally own a large tester bottle which is simply a dumpy glass bottle with a black label and the Gwen logo. If buying from the shops, depending on the range you choose to purchase from, this fragrance will come in a small glass container with the Gwen doll on top. The original doll has blonde hair and wears a white top teamed with a blue mini skirt. The bottle is very original and quirky.
The fragrance contains :
Top notes which are a blend of fresh coconut, apple skin and mandarin.
Middle notes of jasmine sambac, soft freesia, magnolia vapor
Base notes are cotton woods, coconut cream, white sandalwood.
*Availability and Price*
This can be purchased in Boots or other fragrance stores (offline and online) in 10ml mini size and 30ml standard size. A 10ml will cost approx £15.00 and the 30ml comes in at approx £20.00.
I was first introduced to Gwen Stefanis Harajuku Lovers perfume range when I asked my sister what she would like for Christmas last year. At the time, the Snow Babies range was on the shelves in Boots and I thought they were really quirky and cute. I bought her a 30ml bottle and my Mum bought her a bottle. Now I will mention here that my sister doesn't actually use the perfume..oh no..these little bottles are for display only and sit proudly on her dresser away from childrens reach!
A few months ago, my sister phoned for our nightly blether and mentioned she has a little pressie for me. She goes to weekly carboot sales and had picked up a brand new 100ml tester bottle of the G fragrance. Not one to turn down free perfume, I jumped at the chance and gladly accepted my pressie! My bottle isn't as fancy as it doesn't have the doll on top but its what inside that counts.
The scent on spraying is very strong and overly sweet. It is cool when it hits the skin and a little really does spread along way. After a few minutes, the scent calms down on my skin and I am greeted with the top notes. I like sweet and fruity perfumes and this didn't disappoint.
The top notes being coconut, apple skin and mandarin ensured this was a perfect combination. The coconut was most prominent and extremely sweet. It soon softens to reveal the heart notes which are floral being jasmine and fressia with a touch of magnolia. The sweetness remains but is not as strong. Once the scent has completely settled on my skin, the coconut is creamy and the cotton is certainly evident. It reminds me of fresh linen which is pleasant.
The overall scent is a good blend of sweetness, fruitiness and is rather exotic. It is definently suited to daywear more than nightwear. I believe a more sensual perfume is required for nightwear but this is perfect and certainly gets you noticed.
I was waiting for my sister a few weeks ago and sprayed a tad on my wrist and neck. A few minutes later, an older lady walked past me and stopped. She turned around and asked what I was wearing and if it contained coconuts. I showed her my bottle and told her it could be bought in Boots. She was so impressed that she asked for a spray of it to see if it suited her. No doubt she got as far as the town centre and nipped in to treat herself.
The scent is fairly long lasting though not perhaps aslong as more expensive perfumes. It does require a top up during the day but only a small spray on the wrist and neck is all that is needed for optimum impact.
I would highly recommend this perfume.
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I am not really a big Gwen Stefani fan and did not rush out to buy this perfume. More so, I had previously smelled her Lamb perfume and I have to admit I was not impressed in the slightest with it. Therefore, I did not have high hopes when it came to her new Harajuku lovers perfume range. Being a sucker for presentation though, I was always drawn to these perfumes in my local Superdrug (they used to have them on display at the checkouts) due to the lovely design of each bottle.
It was only after visiting my nearest Debenhams, where a helpful assistant provided me with a little tester card that had the scents of all the perfumes from this line - this being Love, Lil' Angel, Music, Baby and G that I discovered that some of them were really rather nice to my surprise!
*~* The Fragrance Itself *~*
The fragrance that stood out for me was G (short for Gwen for those who may not be aware). I love the smell of coconut and have so many coconut scented beauty products at home. In my view, this perfume really smells like it and from that point on I knew that I just had to have it.
On closer inspection of the product description I found that the product does infact contain coconut in its top notes, along with apple skin and mandarin. Its softer notes capture magnolia, freesia and jasmine. Meanwhile, its base notes encapsulate cotton woods, white sandalwood and coconut cream (yum!)
After some shopping around, I managed to find the G fragrance instore at the perfume shop for only £19.99 (30ml bottle). At the time the perfume shop were also offering an exclusive Harajuku Lovers watch free when you purchased any fragrance from the range and with this offer on, who was I to refuse? The accompanying watch is plastic with all of the Harajuku characters pictured on it and it came in a lovely presentation tin. In my opinion, I got a bargain getting both of these items for under £20, as I would have paid about a tenner for the watch alone! Whether any retailers are still running this offer I do not know, but I would definitely shop around first to see, as it is a beautiful little watch.
*~* The Exquisite Little Bottle *~*
As I say, the bottle is what initially drew me to this product. It is lovely and people are forever positively commenting on mine when they catch a glimpse of it. In my view it almost looks ornamental like and it really spruces up my dressing table. The bottle features a plastic, cartoon version of Gwen herself kitted out in her Alice and Wonderland costume most famously recognisable from her 'What You Waiting For' video resting upon a small glass cylinder containing the fragrance.
*~* Pricing *~* (According to Boots)
A 30 ml bottle of this perfume will set you back around £20, but as I say look out for any deals, as you might receive some exclusive free Harajuku lovers merchandise like I did.
The 10 ml bottle of G from the new sunshine cuties range currently costs £15, but in my view this is poorer value for money considering the small volume of fragrance that you actually get with this. Especially, when taking into account that for £5 more you could have 20ml of more fragrance. If you are willing to sacrifice the brand new, different bottle design in favour of the old standard design, then stick with the 30ml I would recommend.
*~* My Thoughts on G *~*
After spritzing on a small amount of this scent, I find that it can be a little overpowering at first, but this soon dies down. Throughout the day I can still smell the perfume on me that I applied that morning and the fragrance will usually stay for around 12 hours, so it is very long lasting in my estimation.
As coconut features predominantly in this fragrance if you are not a fan of it or just sickeningly sweet fragrances in general, then Harajuku lovers G will probably not be the scent for you. Not meaning to sound rude or offensive in any way, I would say that this fragrance is aimed towards teenagers or those in their twenties/early thirties due to its very sweet scent and its rather 'young' bottle design.
I absolutely love this perfume and it is my favourite scent. As soon as I run out of my current supply, I will be sure to buy another as it is just an all round nice, summery scent
However, one point to note is that the bottle is rather bulky when compared with other perfumes, so maybe you should consider using a larger handbag if you are intending to take this out and about with you.
Overall though, a tropical smelling perfume in an ultra cool bottle. What more could you want?
*~* Further Information *~*
To find out more about G in particular or any of the other scents in the Harajuku lovers line, visit: http://www.hlfragrance.com/
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