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I really like this perfume range and I was instantly attracted to them by the adorable bottle tops shaped as cute Asian dolls. My mother said it reminded her of all the anime I watched and she decided to buy me a few of the editions. Been a fan of the range since testing them out in 2009. When I use up all the Harajuku perfume up I keep the bottles and use them as ornaments. I got Lil' Angel and "Wicked Style Love" for Christmas. The perfumes come in two sizes, small 10 ml for usually £12.99 or the 30ml for £19.99. They're quite easy to find in Debenhams or The Perfume Shop. I received the 30ml bottle of Lil' Angel for Christmas.
The perfume's ingredients are Alcohol Denat, Aqua, Parfum, Acrylates/Octyacrylamide Copolymer, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol Limonene so sadly this perfume is to be avoided if your skin reacts abnormal to any of these.
I think the packeting is spot on. It's protected in a black and yellow cardboard box. The outside has a black background with bold and bubbly yellow font and the inside is yellow with a bit of black font. At the back of the front there is a cute picture of the doll, some kanji and in smaller white font, some definitions of the world angel. When I opened the box I saw the website for the perfumes and a quote from Gwen Stefani's song, Harajuku girls and a signature below.
"You got that wicked style
I like the way that you are
I am your biggest fan."
The bottle is very well presented. The highlight of the bottle is the bottle top. Lil' Angel is dressed in a school uniform with attitude, along with a bandanna and stars in her hair and ribbons on the bottom of her skirt. It sticks to the yellow and black theme. The eyes are in the shape of two tadpoles far apart and looking at each other. And the lips shaped as a heart. Very simple facial features that brings all the cuteness in the bottle all together.
The perfume range themselves belong to No Doubt's front-woman, Gwen Stefani. The fragrance is inspired by the electric street scene of the Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo, and I think it's rather sweet how she names her debut album, fashion range and perfume range after the nicknames of her backstage dancers known as the Harajuku girls. I think it goes to show that she's a nice person as well as eccentric that will make people be tempted by the product even more.
The liquid is a traditional transparent colour with a hint of yellow. I think a threw sprays will do, anymore and it will start to smell like overpowering deodorant. First few sniffs aren't that much to talk about but once it settles on the skin there's a pleasant citrus smell and quite fruity. It is described, and people have notes it smells like pineapple, candied violet, and lollipop accord, raspberry,cranberry, blackberry, pear blossom, rose, hinoki wood and crystal amber. I can agree with the pineapple, berries and rose, but not too sure about the rest.
I've squirted some on my hand and when the I stopped noticing the fruitiness, I began to smell honey and it was the sweet honey smell that became dominant. Compared to other Harajuku fragrances I've had, this one doesn't last as long, but it's still as lovely. Overall it's quite a nice perfume with a fabulous design. To me it's totally original. I would recommend this perfume to Gwen Stefani fans, younger girls, for summer and for people who like to be eccentric.
I promise this is my final Harajuku Lovers review!
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 fell in love with this range when it came out. I thought it was a little bit different and definately on the quirky side. I also have an unhealthy perfume obsession and I like Gwen Stefani so the perfumes became a bit of a need!
This review is for Lil' Angel.
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 being different and obviously the name of each one. On the "Lil' Angel" box, the writing is bright yellow which probably looks the best out of all the boxes as it stands out really well. The name of the perfume - "Lil' Angel" is written in the same colour yellow at the bottom.
Lil' Angel is the last in the range (though I guess this depends on how you review them and in which order as they were all available to buy at once when they were released). The Lil' Angel figure is made out of hard plastic which is quite shiny. Lil' Angel is very similar to music in that she looks tough. She doesn't look like someone you would want to mess around with. She gives the impression that she is rebellious as she is wearing a school uniform which has finishing touches of yellow but yet she wears a yellow headband wrapped around her head. She has a little plaid skirt, white knee high socks and black Mary Jane style shoes. Lil' Angel's hair is let out and it looks as though it is in little dreads with little yellow stars embedded in it. Lil' Angel has her name across her back and a little "A" eteched on to her top too.
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 "Lil' Angel".
Ther perfume is made up of the following scents: pineapple, raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, candied violet, pear blossom, sugared rose, lollipop accord, hinoki wood and crystal amber. Sadly Lil' Angel has the same alcohol smell as Music does. I am not sure why they both have this sort of smell. You can smell a little bit of the pineapple and lollipop but it is overtaken by that strange alcohol smell again.
This perfume is very strong, though a little less strong than Music and this easily became friends with Music in terms of my dislike It lasts a considerable amount of time again about 4 hours which is great if you like it but the scent is just too much like an alcoholic beverage for me to wear so sadly this one is still nearly full. The only good thing is that I have a whole set and they all look really nice on display.
Sadly disappointing but at least the bottle is nice.
Gwen Stefani: Harajuku Lovers Lil' Angel, Eau de Toilette
My niece just turned 13 and so I was on the hunt for a perfect present for a fashion conscious, cool little girl (well big girl now) when I came across the Gwen Stefani perfume range. My niece had mentioned that she wanted a perfume but I think most of them nowadays are quite grown up and aimed at adults rather than girls so the Gwen Stefani Harajuku range was just perfect.
Gwen Stefani is the amazing lead singer from No Doubt who has gone on to make a name for herself with a solo music career as well as a cool fashion line L.A.M.B. (Love, Angel, Music, Baby) and a perfume range. She has always had quite a weird and wonderful fashion sense and I think this perfume range is no different. She created it as a tribute to the fashion crazed teens living in the Harajuku district of Japan. According to an article I read this is how she came about to be influenced by these girls, "The release of Stefani's first solo album brought attention to her entourage of four Harajuku Girls, named for the area around the Harajuku Station of Tokyo, Japan. Stefani treats the back-up dancers, who appear in outfits influenced by Gothic Lolita fashion, as a figment of her imagination. Stefani's clothing also took influence from Japanese fashion, in a style described as a combination between Christian Diorand Japan. The dancers are featured in her music videos, press coverage, and on the album cover for Love. Angel. Music. Baby., with a song named for and dedicated to them on the album. They were also featured in, and the namesake for, Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005."
I decided upon the Lil' Angel scent because my niece is really cute and somewhat of a little angel so the perfume name was a bit of a joke for her too as they say the perfume is for you if you are nice but a little bit naughty too which she and probably just about every teenage girl can be! All the perfume bottles are great because they are a cute little Japanese doll and so for any teenager they look great in their bedroom. In fact, the tagline for the line of perfumes is "a fatal attraction to cuteness," taken straight from her song entitled "Harajuku Girls" and this bottle is very cute!! This bottle has a girl with a yellow head band on.
The smell is very sweet and girly and definitely fits with its image. It's a perfect "first scent" for young girls in my opinion and not too heavy or overpowering. The smell is said to have notes of juicy Raspberry, lush Pear Blossom, and warm Hinoki Woods and has a bit of a citrus tint which is nice too.
The great thing about these perfumes too is that they are fairly inexpensive and great if girls want to collect all the dolls in the range. A 30ml bottle costs £20
I recieved this item for christmas to complete my set and although I really like it, I have to say it is one of my least favourites as personally I find the scent a little too overpowering.
There are 5 Harajuku dolls avaliable and in winter and summer there are limited edition ones with limited editions scents, however this one is just the normal one that is avaliable througout the year.
You can buy from BOOTS AND NEXT and for 30ml cost around £12.95, however they are sometime on offer with 1/3 off or even half price!
This one is called Lil angel and the smell is very sweet, but in a fruity, summery, girly kind of way and nothing like the was that Baby is sweet. The smell is definitley unique as I could not class it as fruity, yet neither could I class it as musky and the smell isn't that indifferent to the likes of Music.
It is one of the more fresher perfumes, maybe a bit more like a body spray than a perfume, as although I find the smell a little overpowering it is not heavy to wear and does feel quite light.
It is a much more liquidy perfume, by this I mean when it is sprayed on it is very runny and is not a fine mist like others.
The scent of this is very strong and is a little overpowering for me. I find that one spray is enough of this one for me and any more it does start to feel a little heavier and does get up my nose.
I would say that this one may be more likely aimed at older girls due to the scent being that much more older than Baby and the fact that it does feel a little heavier.
The scent stays with you all day and there is definitley no need to reapply!
Saying all of this though I would definitley still use it, but just not on a daily basis.
Overall this is one of my least favourite out of all the Harajuku dolls, though I would probably still reccomend it!
I bought this from Boots as it was on clearance at half price. I bought the 10ml bottle of Lil Angel for £6.50. I had wanted to try one of these perfumes for ages purely because of the adorable little figures on top!
I think the scent is nice, quite sweet but it lasts only for a very short time (less than an hour I find) which is disappointing. A male friend also made a comment that it smelt 'cheap and tacky' but I suppose that's matter of opinion.
When I bought this I didn't realise just how little 10ml is! The box is a good size but when you open it you realise that's due to the little figure on the lid, the actual vial of perfume is tiny. I've only worn this 5/6 times now and mine's already half empty. I'd expect 10ml as a free sample of something, not having a RRP of £12 or £13.
I think this perfume is more aimed at a young teen demographic due to it's packaging and light smell, it is very girly, cute and personally I find it appealing being a girly girl at heart. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be buying this again or any of the others on the basis that, although the price isn't bad for the bigger bottles, I'd rather splash out on a more expensive perfume that's going to linger for longer.
This is a review of Lil' Angel perfume from Gwen Stefani's 2008 Harajuku lovers range.
I must admit, I felt a bit like this was a perfume range for little girls due to the packaging of it but at the same time, it is totally adorable.
I spent ages trying to decide which was my favourite before taking the plunge for the yellow one called Lil' Angel. I got the 10ml bottle (it is tiny) and paid approximately £14 for it at Superdrug.
The main part of the bottle is a plastic doll which forms the lid. You pull this off to reveal the spray.
I think it smells gorgeous, with hints of of raspberry, cranberry, black currant, and pineapple. I'm told it also has candied violet, pear blossom, and sugared rose, while the base introduces lollipop aroma, Hinoki wood and crystal amber.
Some people find it a bit sickly (as could be said of all the range I think). I wouldn't wear a lot of it in one go, but I also think it wears off pretty quickly so it's not a long lasting perfume.
I am just coming to the end of the bottle (and it's hard getting the last few sprays out but I won't give up!) so would I buy it again? Probably not, although I might have a free spritz of it as I'm passing in a department store. It was a nice change but I wouldn't say I can't live without it.
On reflection, this may be more of a summer fragrance so maybe I will drift back to it next year some time.
I've never been overly girly, but just recently I've had the urge to invest in a perfume, not really because I'm bothered about catching anyone's attention in particular, but mainly for my own little burst of self esteem when I start the day.
So I wasn't really shopping for perfume when I came across this in my local Debenhams, and it immediately caught my eye. The bottle comes with a cute little doll as the lid, depending on the perfume you get you get a different character. The boxes themselves are beautiful, glossy black w ith oriental patterning and stark yellow text, the accent colour for the 'lil' angel' character, a theme carried out in the dolls little uniform inside.
The doll does look rather sweet, transforming what could be a rather bog standard bottle into a little accessory that sits nicely on a shelf next to other ornaments. But, although it's a unique little extra, don't be fooled into thinking that the large box size to accommodate the doll means you'll be getting a large bottle of perfume, the biggest size on sale that I got was still only 30mls of actual perfume itself.
Still, the perfume is amazing. It has a light, citrus and floral scent that's not too heavy to wear in the day time, and last all day if you spray it on the key pressure points. It's nice and summery, perfect for when the weather's getting warmer and you need to start slipping on dresses, this is the sort of fragrance that implies a delicate femininity that most cheaper body sprays just can't capture.
At nearly 20 quid for a bottle its not bad value considering how much more luxury brands would charge, plus the fact that the little doll will stick around as a decoration long after the perfume has run out adds a little more value for money. I can see myself wearing this all summer long.
I adore anything to do with the Japanese Harajuku style, so of course I couldn't wait to buy all five of these Gwen Stefani fragrances when they came out in Spring.
I bought them in Superdrug, they had a display by the cash register with sample bottles to try and I should have tried before I bought. I was so smitten with the look of the bottles I wasn't even really thinking about the perfumes! They cost £19.99 each, but you can buy smaller cheaper versions now too. When I bought mine, they were also giving away free charm bracelets with every purchase. This is just a metal chain bracelet with the heads of each Harajuku Lovers character attached. Its cute but just for children really.
I love the look of Lil' Angel (she has a little school uniform outfit with a yellow scarf tied round her braided, and star-dotted hair), but I was disappointed with the scent.
It is described as a citrus floral with notes of pineapple, candied violet, and lollipop accord(whatever that may be!), raspberry,cranberry, blackberry, pear blossom, rose, hinoki wood and crystal amber.
That sounds lovely on paper, but if I had actually tried the perfume in the shop before buying I would not have bought it. The fragrance is strongly reminiscent of a boozy pineapple drink. I like boozy pineapple drinks, but only to drink! I don't want to smell like I have been sitting in a cocktail bar all day. I can't detect any of the other notes mentioned, to me it is overwhelmingly pineapple.
Well, at least I can console myself with the fact that the bottle looks nice on my dressing table with the others!
Harajuka lovers adds lil angel to its range. The bottle features the signature doll motif, this one has a schoolgirl look with a yellow ribbon through her hair-cute. The fragrance is really fruity with a touch of floral to it, scents include juciy rasberry, lush pear blossom and warm hinoki woods. For me this perfume has a sweetness to it so sweet you could say flirty. Also the combination of scents is great and out of the harajuka range i have to say lil angel is my favourite. The fragrance comes in two sizes in most stores 10ml for £12 and 30ml for £18, i would say the range is quite new and so most smaller stores wont stock it but big retail chains such as boots have it has well as online places icluding FragranceX.com. Also this is a great gift because you can enjoy the perfume and then afterwards use the unique bottle for ornamantal purposes-and if you collect all 5 even better. Looking for a sweet and fruity perfume try lil angel.
I bought this yesterday and it smelt so gorgeous. I purchased it from boots at a reasonabe price of £12.93 for 10ml which is not very much, almost sample size, but it smells delicious. There are five in the collection and they have dolls on the top which are Gwen Stefani's chinese backing dancers. The perfumes all smell different, but I preferred this one out of all of them. For 30ml it costs around £19.99 at boots and for 100ml around £122.98 at boots. I think these are very good for gifts and they are so beautifully presented in their little boxes. They are relatively new in shops but already are very popular in the larger stores. If you want to smell sweet without the harsh sting of the price tag and a gaping hole in your pocket then I believe this is the product for you out of all the perfumes I have smelt...believe me thats a lot.
Lil Angel is constantly looking out for others because she knows there are two sides to every story. In keeping with her angelic nature, Lil Angel sports a classy yet sexy schoolgirl outfit complete with plaid pleated miniskirt, with knee- highs and shiny black Mary Janes. To top off her look, she mixes it all up with a bright orange and yellow polka dotted bandana...SUPER KAWAII!