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Today I will review the wonderful perfume "Harajuku Lovers".
There are five absolutely different versions of this scent - "Love", "Angel", "Music", "Baby" and "G". I'll concentrate on "Love", but I defenitely recommend the others as well.
The "Harajuku Lovers" line was introduced by Gwen Stefani and contains clothes, bags, shoes and perfumes. Gwen Stefani used to be in the band "No Doubt" and started a successful career on her own in the last few years.
Her music, as she stated herself, has been highly influenced by her first time visiting Japan and what she saw there sparked her creativity. As she saw the happy young people in their totally unique, individual clothes in Harajuku, Tokyo, she decided that the fabulous things she saw had to be worked into music and into her products - and so she created the Harajuku Lovers brand.
Stefani recuited for female hip hop dancers of japanese (and party American origin) to be her entourage for promotional events, but also to be her dancers in music videos and in concerts.
Those girls are here "Harajuku Girls", to support Gwen Stefani's new image and the marketing of her products. They were given the stage names Love, Angel, Music and Baby. Girly-like drawings of them that resemble the perfume bottles can be found on the Harajuku Lovers clothes and bags.
For the fragrance line, each perfume is dedicated to another Harajuku Girl. Every perfume smells different and every bottle is styled to resemble the girl it is named after. And, of course, Gwen Stefani has also one - simply called "G".
Although I own three of them by now, I want to write about "Love".
What made me buy it?
I bought this perfume on a P&O ship when travelling from Calais to Dover. As most of you know, there are always shops on board that sell perfumes and more expensive make up, sometimes for less than high street retail prices.
There I stumbled upon Harajuku Lovers - since it was brand new, it was promoted on it's own shelf and I instantly noticed the beautiful, sweet bottles. Eventhough
I was never a Gwen Stefani fan, the product just appealed to me!
And at £16 for 30ml, I couldn't go wrong!
The cardboard packaging is already a little piece of art!
The pack is about 15cm tall, mostly black and covered in pretty relief prints.
Printed onto the packaging, there is a pink ribbon and the white Harajuku Lovers logo. These two elements are also made in a special way - you can feel them when you stroke over the packaging. :)
On the front we can see "Love" as a chibi - that's what, in anime and japanese comics, you call it when a person is drawn very small and childlike, with the head being bigger than everything else.
Next to the drawing of Love, you can see japanese writing, and under it is the definition of the word "Love".
On the other side of the packaging "Harajuku Lovers Fragrance - Harajuku Lovers - Love" is written in big, pink letters. Under that, it says "eau de toilette spray / vaporisateur - 30ml" in smaller, white writing.
The bottle is probably the nicest thing about the wholem products and made me look at it in first place.
The perfume itself is in the see-through "stand" that the doll, that actually functions as the cap, is situated on. The stand also spells out "Harajuku Lovers LOVE".
But the most wicked thing is the doll. It looks like drawn girl on the packaging and makes the bottle so special! The doll measures about 12cm and is made of a very hard and not cheap looking plastic. She is rather shiny, very sweet and pretty.
This one wears a blue dress with ribbons, trainer and a sweet geisha-like hairstyle with heart-shaped ribbons.
The side of her dress spells out "Love".
With a bottle so pretty, the taste seems to become less important - which shouldn't happen, because it's fabulous too! Love smells sweet and posh at the same time. The fragrance has flowery, sensual nuances. According to the official homepage, Love's fragrance is "a sensual floral".
The top of the scent consists of pink pomelo, sparkling bergamot and bamboo leaf mist.The mid of the scent contains rose, watery peony and egyptian jasmine, and the base of the scent is built buy creamy vanilla orchid, sensual musk and blonde wood.
The scent is fresh and hearty at the same time.
I was absolutely well with this perfume, but then again I never get allergic reactions
to anything and pile on the make up like a clown.
Here are the ingredients:
Alcohol denat, Aqua/Water; Parfum/Fragrance, Acrylates / octylacrylamide, Copolymer, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl benzonate, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, geraniol, citral, farnesol, benzyl salicylate, benzyl alcohol
I paid £16 on the P&O ferry, which is a very good price - and also an even better one with the fabulous exchange raid from Euros to Pounds.
At Boots, you will pay
£19.58 for 30ml
£12.23 for 10ml
You can get the 10ml versions on Amazon too for exactly the same price as at Boot's - but I really recommend getting a 30ml one. I've been using it for a while now and it hasn't run out yet, so it's very good value, but I would also recommend the larger one because the doll looks so pretty - the small ones are not as cool.
I love this scent! It smells fabulous and looks awesome - I have already gone into a collecting frency and have bought two more. When I'm heading to London for some summer holidays, I will surely get another one!
So I can recommend the scents "Lil' Angel" and "Music" as well.
The perfums must have been created with a lot of care and dedication. The scent is unforgettable - the "Love" variation is perfekt for sensual, feminine people who love to mark their playful side with a good fragrance!
5 stars, without a doubt!
Gwen Stefani: Harajuku Lovers Love, Eau de Toilette
My niece is a teenager and for her last birthday I bought her a Gwen Stefani perfume, one of the cute little Japanese Harajuku girls perfume that have such fun little bottles and actually quite nice smelling perfume. Well, the present was a hit and so for Christmas I decided to buy her another one of the little girls. I think this is such a perfect range for kids as they definitely have the cute factor and the collectable factor, there are loads of these little perfumes for sale and they are quite cheap compared to other more grown up perfumes so I always know they will be a big hit.
Firstly, a little bit of history about the product. Gwen Stefani is the amazing lead singer of No Doubt and she has made 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. The perfume actually came about 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."
It was really hard which perfume to choose but I settled upon the Lovers Love bottle as I do love my little niece and thought it would be a nice thing to get for her. This little bottle has a funky hair style, black hair with three buns in it and little hearts featured in her hair. She wears a little blue bib type dress and sits on top of the perfume.
The fragrance is described as a sensuous floral concocted by Yves Cassar and Pascal Gaurin of International Flavors AND Fragrances, has top notes of sparkling bergamot, pink pomelo, peach and bamboo leaf mist; a heart of watery peony, living hydroponic lace rose, jasmine sambac, nectarine blossom, creamy paperwhites and Egyptian jasmine, and a drydown of petally ylang, creamy vanilla orchid, sensual musk and blond wood. I really like this, it's fun, fresh and young and definitely a perfect "first scent" for young girls in my opinion, not too heavy or overpowering.
As I've mentioned above the great thing about these perfumes 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 read an article about Gwen Stefani recently, and came to the conclusion that she is a woman to be admired. Not particularly for her private life, but as a business woman and celebrity she's definitely got her head screwed on. Gwen took a very hands-on approach with her Harajuku Lovers perfumes, and it shows as of the three I own from the range the fragrances all match the name and design of the character on the bottle perfectly.
This Love fragrance is beautiful, I'm surprised by how much I like it as it has quite a strong rose scent (which I usually dislike) and is very floral. It's a romantic smelling feminine perfume which isn't sweet at all, but is much more grown up than most Harajuku perfumes. As well as the floral tones it is also quite oriental, a musky aroma comes through after I've been wearing the perfume for a couple of hours and I find that quite sexy but to be honest by the time this comes around the fragrance has faded too much for it to be noticeable.
The different phases of Love are well defined and this lets the individual notes come through, the top notes of rose and ylang ylang are mixed with the juicier fragrance of fresh peach. That adds a fruity fragrance which breaks up the strong flowery scent but never threatens to overpower it. Then as these notes fade they are replaced by jasmine and other muskier scents, the rose is constant which is what gives the perfume its romantic edge but the jasmine slowely overpowers the other initial floral tones.
Then as the perfume is dying you'll begin to detect sweeter fragrances, I know I've already said this perfume isn't sweet but give me a minute to explain before you head off to write a sarky comment! The sweet notes come from vanilla and nectarine blossom, but although you can smell these they work nicely with the overall frangrance of Love to give the scents but without the candied aroma you would usually get with vanilla and fruity notes. So I stand by it, this perfume isn't sweet!
The problem with this perfume is that it's so short lived. You will only get a useful three hours before needing to reapply, making it completely unsuitable for night wear even though that is the time this romantic perfume should be aimed at. It can hold its own against other smells for a while but once it starts to fade you'll find yourself scentless very quickly, Mark mentioned this the first time I wore it as he loves the smell of this particular Lovers perfume and agreed that it doesn't last long enough. It must be bad for him to notice, which is the only reason I mention him!
Another thing is that all these Harajuku perfumes seem a bit of a rip off to me, the doll versions only contain 30ml of perfume but the bottles are designed to appear much bigger. They are taller than some of the 50ml bottles of perfume I own, but without the (gorgeous and very funky) doll I'm sure I wouldn't feel like the size of the bottle was such great value. 30ml of this will not last you long, to even get the perfume going you need at least two long sprays and with hardly any lasting power imagine how quickly this bottle will disappear when you are doing those two sprays five times a day.
£20.95 from Fragrance Net, or a 100ml tester bottle (plain with no doll design) can be bought for £22.80. That's more like it!
I just treated my self to the Harajuku lovers love perfume. I need a perfume that was small and light in weight to carry in my hand bag for when i needed a freshen up.
I did not plan on buying this perfume but when i seen it on display in Lloyds the chemist i knew i had to buy it. It was only £8 for 10mls. This is the cheapest price i have seen it at. You can also buy it from Next, Boots, Debenhams from£15-18 for the 10mls.
This perfume was designed by Gwen Stefani in 2008. They make a lovers range and a summer range.
The packaging- Came in a black and red box, with red embossed writing. Good quality strong box. The perfume bottle is amazing, it has a japan girl figure as the lid, she wears a cute dress and funky hair, looks very japanesse. The bottle is small circular shape and has the love logo displayed on it.
It looks very cute and appealing for girls and women of all ages, i am planing to collect the whole range and use them as ornaments for my bedroom as they are so unusual.
The fragrance- I love the fragrance i would say its good for day or night. I find the fragrance quite strong so a little goes along way and it will last longer. The sent is exotic and has bergamot, pink pomelo, bamboo leaf mist and vinilla orchid.
Over all- This fragrance and range was a big hit with me, i will be purchasing more from the range as i love the character dolls and smells amazing.
I really love the Harajuku dolls, so was delighted when I found this under the tree at christmas!
This is just one in the set of the Harajuku lovers collection. This one is called Love and the others have names thayt are as followed; Music, Lil' Angel, Baby and G.
They cost around £12.95 for the smaller size, though there is a larger size avaliable for the cost of around £30.
The places that I have seen them avaliable is in Next and Boots and Harrods, though there may be other online retailers.
This one has a beautiful musky scent to it, which although seemingly more wintery is very refeshing. It is also quite sweet and light to wear. I have worn some prefumes which seem clingy when they are musky and overpowering, however this is not like this at all, which may be why it seems refreshing.
I think this scent, due to it not being strong and the cute character on the bottle may also be suitable for younger girls who may just want a little spray of something instead of using up all Mummy's expensive perfume all the time!
Overally these are really great little perfumes and due to them being quite a small size can quite easily be slipped into your bag!
ALSO WRITTEN UNDER SAME USERNAME ON CIAO! :)
I recieved this item for christmas to complete my set! This perfume, to me has to be the most unique of the bunch as unlike the others who all seem to be quite fesh and summery, this is quite musky.
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 Love and the smell is very sweet, which when you first smell it makes you think of the Baby one. However then you can smell a softer, muskier smell which is really nice and it seems much more light to wear compared to the other ones.
This makes it one of my favourites, because it is so different from the rest, which makes it a nice change to wear as you can really notice the difference.
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 quite light and does not sit heavy. I think this is due to it being sweet and musky. You could easily but 2 or 3 squirts of this one on without feeling that it is overpowering.
The scent does not stay with you as long as some of the other ones, therefore it may need to reapplied sometime in the day.
Overall this is one of my favourites out of all the Harajuku dolls!
The first thing that attracted me to Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Range was how cute, or as Gwen would probably say, Kawaii the bottles were. Adorable Chibi-style cartoon characters of her well known L.A.M.B Range otherwise known as Love, Angel, Music and Baby. Smelling them all, they all have their good qualities. But this one in my opinion is the best.
First sprayed on this perfume has a slight tropical scent to it, its sweet enough to eat! and easily settles down on the skin to be a romantic floral scent, perfect for those nice romantic walk in the park dates I reckon, instead of smelling the flowers he'll be smelling you!
Further on as we get to the base notes, theres a slight woodyness to the perfume, but still remains as sweet as ever. This scent is perfect for girly girls, the romantic girls and I would say its sweet enough to dab on young teens without being too provocative. Its an innocent scent which can make you smell as scrummy as a french fancy.
Gwen stefani adds to her harajuka lovers range with love. The bottle features the signature girl who features a hairstyle of 3 buns and a pinstripe black dress-cute. When i heard this one was named love i thought it would be quite a floral and romantic scent but its completely the opposite. The fragrance has a real exotic feel to it, scents include peach,pink pomello, sparkiling bergamot and bamboo leaf mist. To me the fragrance is quite playful, and it has less of the signature fruitiness most of the other harajuka lover scents have. Also i believe with this one you could get away with wearing it on a fun night out due to that exotic feel. The fragrance comes in two sizes 10ml for £12 and 30ml for £18, so i would reccomend the 30ml. Being part of the Harajuka lovers range makes this a great gift because you can collect all 5 and the girl motif makes the bottles great ornamental features when the perfume runs out. So if your looking for an exotic and playful scent try Harajuka lovers love
Sweet, caring and free- spirited, love is always off in her own little world. Stepping out in a super sweet striped mini dress and street chic red kicks. Love wears her heart on her sleeve, or in her hair!