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I have a younger relative who is a bit spoilt and who was ordered by her parents to clean out some of her things (before they bought her some more new stuff!) Consequently, with me being the poor relative I was brought a box full of things she no longer wanter. As I was rifling through these hand-me-downs I saw what looked like a doll. I thought this might have been an early childhood cast-out but when I picked it up I realised the 'doll' was actually the lid of a bottle of perfume called Harajuku Lovers 'Music' by Gwen Stefani the singer.
The product originally comes boxed and is available in either a 10ml or 30ml bottle (I have the 10ml size). This is certainly the most unusual looking perfume bottle I have ever seen in my life. The bottom is like a mini stage that is scone shaped (the glass has fluted edges). The lid is a 3 ½ inch plastic doll that is Eastern in appearance. The whole design looks geared toward young kids or older students who enjoy quirky or cult things. The perfume bottle would certainly be a talking point should you pull it out of your handbag. The bottle and lid (despite being quite large) is certainly lightweight enough to be able to transport. Unfortunately at the age of thirty something I really don't have the courage to actually use this when I'm out and about! I'm just too embarrassed by the childish bottle.
I am somewhat familiar with Gwen Stefani and the last time I saw her on a television performance she was surrounded by a group of dancing Japanese girls (called 'The Harajuku Girls') who she bizarrely referred to as her "imaginary friends". This perfume is apparently based on one of these girls whose name is Rino Nakasone Razalan but who uses the stage name 'Music'. The doll wears music note hair clips and is dressed like a sailor.
The glass bottle has a small pump button dispenser. When this is pressed the perfume comes out as a very small cloud of fine mist. You need to hold the bottle very close to be able to apply it to your skin. I mostly apply my perfumes to my wrists, neck, sometimes behind the neck and knees too.
The perfume is described as having notes including sweet pea, clementine, vanilla, pear and honeysuckle. I would describe the fragrance as being light and fizzy with a fine, dominant note of peaches and white grape or pear. There is also a delicious musky base which develops as the perfume warms on the skin. The 'mood' of the fragrance is fun and carefree. It's a warm and fruity blend that is mood lifting.
I would not describe the fragrance as being predominantly suitable for children or young people. The scent is spirited and joyful rather than being sensual or complicated but I think it's fine for any age woman to use. I definitely would call this a 'day perfume' because of the sense of carefree innocence the fragrance seems to invoke. It's not a sexy perfume and it's not an opulent perfume. It's also not something I'd expect a professional woman to be wearing.
The perfume is reasonably long lasting although the musky base seems to become more prominent than the dancing fruit and floral notes over time. I feel really confident wearing it as I feel it's a perfume that has a noticeable presence. It's also a unique perfume that can make a statement about how you feel or about your personality.
I have seen a few different prices for the 10ml bottle of this but it's RRP. is £15 with prices lower than this at sites like Amazon. I would buy this in the future and would recommend to friends. I would also be happy to gift this to younger relatives purely based on the youthful bottle design rather than the loveliness of the perfume. I think all women would love the fragrance but I'm personally a bit embarrassed about owning up to using a perfume that has a dolly as it's lid. I think people even older than me would just have a giggle at it and dismiss it as a perfume for kids.
I was first attracted to these cute bottles a couple of years ago while looking for a new everyday perfume for myself. The perfumes are from the Gwen Stefani Harajuku range and have 5 different fragrances which are Love, Lil' Angel, Music, Baby and G (Gwen). They are available in small 30ml bottles and all have the doll attached to the bottle. Some people do actually collect the dolls as well and they have become collectors items. Also there are different winter/summer dolls so keep your eyes peeled for when the new ones come in the shops. The music fragrance is my favourite a very sweet, vanilla smell which is a must for me. You can also pick up the jasmine and honeysuckle scents as well. I actually started buying the tester perfumes as they are 100ml and work out the same price as the 30ml. There is a small downfall the perfume doesn't last as long as some I have used. So i find myself spraying it a couple of times during the day. Which is okay if you have the large bottle of 100ml but not if you only have the 30ml.
Whilst I was going through a phase of adoring gwen stefani's style and music I was obviously more than eager to find out what her new range of perfumes were going to be like and as soon as they were released I headed to debenham's perfume counter and tried each of them and decided that 'music' was the fragrance I enjoyed the most and purchased it there and then as it had a special introductory offer that not many stores were offering.
I wore it day in and day out and sprayed it every couple of hours because of how much I enjoyed the sweet aroma and liked to show the bottle design to my friends and family. Eventually it occured to me that if I had to apply the perfume this regularly to be able to smell it clearly; then was it really that much of a great quality product?
I went through sequences of spraying the perfume on at longer and shorter intervals and often just once a day to test the durability of the scent and see just how long it actually lasts or whether it was just me! Obviously to a degree perfumes begin to fade after a couple of hours and it's nice to put it on again and experience that gorgeous smell again - however you obviously expect a good fragrance to last a good amount of time during the day without having to cake it on every angle of yourself for people to smell it. I have a sensitive sense of smell and find things over powering but this was far from it - even when I sprayed it on a number of times.
I was a little disappointed considering I paid £15 for it, I expected it to be a little higher quality than my other cheap perfume "so kiss me" that is only a fiver and lasts all day! In my personal opinion it feels like the perfume is more of a novelty item because of the bottle design which in theory is what attracts you to purchase it in the first place. Don't get me wrong; the fragrance itself is thoroughly enjoyable and is sweet and fruity but simply does not have any power and doesn't last as long as most items on the market.
I probably would recommend this if someone asked me what my favourite scents were, however I'd let them know that there are cheaper and also more expensive alternatives with a richer and sweeter fragrance that has triple the staying power. I have switched to katy perry's "purr" as it lasts much longer and also has a sweet aroma and a unique bottle design.
This would probably be ideal for those who have a large perfume collection or would like to give someone a gift or wear this on special occasions etc although unless you completely fall in love with the fragrance, I wouldn't recommend it as your daily perfume.
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. One of the reasons was because I do like Gwen Stefani, another was because of my massive perfume obsession which appears to be getting worse rather than better (!) and the last reason was because I really fell in love with the collectable bottles the perfumes come in.
This review is for Music.
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 "Music" box, the writing is a royal blue colour which I feel is much too dark given that the box is black. The name of the perfume - "Music" is written in the same colour blue at the bottom.
Music continues the range and she is just as cute and fun as the rest of them. The Music figure is made out of hard plastic which is quite shiny. Looks wise she looks alot tougher than the others. She has brownish black hair which is slicked back with one little whisp on her face and the rest piled into two circular buns on the top of her head which look like records. On the two records in the middle of them there are what appear to be drumsticks pieced together to form an "M" shape for Music and they have little music notes hanging off of them. She is wearing a white and blue sailor dress with tie up boots. She looks cool. On the back of her sailor dress is the word "Music".
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 "Music".
Ther perfume is made up of the following scents: sparkling pear, clementine, sweetpea, jasmine sambac, honeysuckle, sleek woods, vanilla and skin musk. Music sadly is my least favourite scent as whenever I smell I can never smell anything else apart for alcohol. It has a spirit sort of smell, just a little bit sweeter. I can smell a little bit of the pear in there but nothing much else. It is just too alcohol like for me which is a shame. It has a very sharp kick which just stays very sharp. It isn't a pleasant scent.
This perfume is very strong, probably the strongest out of the range disappointingly enough seeing as it is my least favourite! It lasts a considerable amount of time about 4 hours which is great if you like it but my husband asked me if I had been near a pub when I was wearing it which wasn't the desired effect!
Sadly disappointing but at least the bottle is nice.
These perfumes are fabulous and they are up there with my favourites. They are fun and different. Well worth the money
My parents bought my sister and I a Harajuku Lovers perfume each and they chose 'Music' for me. It quickly became one of my favourite perfumes and the doll on the lid makes it a cute addition to my perfume collection.
There are 5 Harajuku Lovers eau de toilettes to collect that are available all year round and limited edition summer collection with another 5 new designs. Each bottle comes packaged in a stylish black box with the picture of the doll and a little statement about which girl it is.
The perfume itself is available from Boots in 10ml and 30ml sizes. It is far more economically viable to buy the larger 30ml bottle as it costs around £20 whereas the 10ml is £12.
The perfume itself is called 'Music' and the style of the doll reflects this with the hair being made up of little LP records. It has a fresh, fruity scent that lasts for a long time and is strong enough to only need one or two sprays at a time yet is not too in your face.
It's a brilliant perfume for the price and I'll be quite happy to go out and buy another one at that price but I would recommend buying at duty free if possible!
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 favourites as the scent is strong and will last all day, though it is not 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 Music and the smell is very sweet, but in a more fruity kind of way and although it is not overpowering I would say the scent is quite harsh. By this I mean that it has kind of a monotone and there is no over or underlying smells and that way is quite flat. The smell isn't indifferent from that of Lil' Angle and is in fact quite similar.
It is one of the more fresher perfumes, and does not have a musk scent to it.
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. 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!
Overall this is one of my favourites out of all the Harajuku dolls!
I was first attracted to the Gwen Stefani's Harajuku lovers fragrances because of the cute bottles. Each bottle has a little Japanese doll perched atop it which will look cute on any dressing table. I needed to pick a third item in Boots to take advantage of their three for two offer and so I chose the Music fragrance simply because my daughter plays the bass guitar so I thought it would appeal to her.
I thought that the plastic Japanese figures were simply quirky decorations but it seems that they are based on the Harajuku girls that acted as backing singers on Stefani's shows. Harajuku itself is an area in Tokyo and the fragrance cashes in on the fact that us Westerners seem to love all things Japanese.
The fragrance itself is described as a delicate floral which is sparkling, yummy and juicy. The perfume has top notes of sparkling pear and clementine, mid notes of honeysuckle, sweet pea and jasmine with a base of skin musk, vanilla and sleek woods. Altogether it sounds like it will be a really nice smell, the type that will suit both day and evening wear.
On applying the perfume it is a different matter. The first thing I can detect when I apply the fragrance is a cloying sweet smell, very like impulse body spray but I can vaguely smell the Clementine although it is not as strong as I would expect an orange based smell to be. After a short time the fragrance calms down a bit and I can detect the musk and vanilla which is a fairly soft and gentle combination but cannot detect any of the floral notes. Musk is a scent I normally think of being an evening scent and very womanly but the addition of vanilla makes it much more suitable for young girls.
The staying power of this scent is really poor and after an hour or so you can barely smell it even when you stick your nose against your wrist and sniff hard.
I bought this scent for my teenage daughter for Christmas and she is happy with it and I think that this is who the range is aimed at. The perfume costs from £9.99 upwards for a 10ml bottle which is really high considering the poor quality of the contents with the price being pushed up by the cool packaging and celebrity name backing the scent. The scent itself is likely to appeal to someone very young due to the sweetness and they will love the quirky bottle but it is not good value for money.
I really don't go for the celebrity perfumes at all, in fact I didn't even realise this was Gwen Stefani's range until I had bought the perfume! Embarrassing to admit it was the packaging and bottle that caught my eye, I thought it was so cute and funky I couldn't resist have a quick smell of the range and I found the music lovers to be my favourite out of all the range so i immediately went out and bought the biggest bottle they sell! I love this fragrance is very soft and fresh and not in your face and makes anyone choke when you walk past them, the kind of perfume that only your man can smell when he's close to you. I love this and i wear it every day. its not a high priced perfume so as soon as I run out of it I bear not grudges at going out and getting more. The whole range is great, its cool, chic and funky... right up my street. Smells great and looks great!
I had never heard of or seen the Harajuku range of perfumes before I received the Music edt for my birthday last year, but it seems they are quite popular especially among young girls.
The Harajuku perfume range comes from the design house Harajuku Lovers and was created by the Hollerback Girl, Gwen Stefani. You can buy 30ml for between £16-20 depending on where you buy it from. But if you just wanted to give it a go Superdrug sells 10ml for £10.
As you can probably tell from the picture the Harajuku Music perfume bottle is quite unusual, so it seems that they may have gone for a simple box, so as not to go overboard. The box is black with Harajuku Lovers Fragrance Music written in bright blue and accompanied by what appears to be some japanese lettering, though I am not sure what it says. I wouldn't say the box is very interesting, but at least it meant I could throw it away as I am always in two minds over whether I should keep perfume boxes or not.
As you can see the lid of the perfume bottle is in the shape of a doll. I think one of the reasons these perfumes have become quite popular is because people might like collecting the dollies.The Music dolly seems to be wearing some sort of sailor suit in white and blue,she has a blue M in her hair with music symbols and it says Music on the back of her skirt. The bottle itself by comparison seems rather plain, with Harajuku lovers Music written on it in black.
When I first saw the bottle and lid, I cant say that I liked it very much, but it has grown on me and no longer looks out of place among my other perfumes. Unless you take the lid off, this isn't a perfume you could easily slip into a handbag.
When you first spray the perfume it settles quickly and I would say the first smell you get is that of pear. It is a sweet scent, but also incredibly light and after the initial smell of pear you get a slight jasmin smell, with almost a soapy freshness. I would say this is a perfume for daytime, and maybe going out, but I believe it would be too light for evening. Maybe because of the lightness of the fragrance its staying power isn't the best, probably 3 hours or a little more.
One very good thing about the perfume is the atomiser (I think thats what its called) I have sprayed this perfume a lot and always get a good covering, however I still have half the bottle left, so I think the atomiser must spray quite a fine mist.
I really like the perfume, its an unusual scent and although I think the packaging might not be to everyones taste I believe the perfume might be.
Harajuku is a Japanese fashion style and im a big fan! There's a district in Japan called the harajuku district and kids hang out there dressed up in various styles. There are different elements to it but all are a unique mode of expression in the form of make up, clothing, piercings, tattoos...
One style of harajuku is called kawaii style (meaning cute like these dolls on the perfume bottles are). Things that are kawaii are adorable and often childish. Pikachu (orange furball from the cartoon series Pokemon) is classed as kawaii and in Japan kawaii is very popular (even their serious signs like road signs include kawaii characters! Pikachu is even on the side of an aeroplane!)
Other styles include gothic Lolita (a weird mix of childlike and dark goth style), ganguro (think extremely tanned with white circles around the eyes, lots of jewellery), anime (like the cartoons), kogal and more.
I like Gwen Stefani anyway, her style has always been weird- a mix of quirky and beautiful. She's the only person I've ever seen really pull off tomboy and beauty queen in one. Whilst I usually avoid celebrity perfumes (sorry but because you're famous we're supposed to assume you automatically have a better sense of smell than the rest of us mere mortals? Heehee.) But this entire range is nice with different fragrances. Each bottle features a doll, modeled on Gwen's four backing singers and dancers, the harajuku girls, as well as one fragrance represented by Gwen herself.
This one is music (dressed with big hair and sailor suit- so adorable!)
The fragrance is deliciously fruity with floral undertones to it. It includes pear,jasmine and honeysuckle. It comes in two sizes, 10ml for £12 and 30ml for £20. I personally think the smell is ok. Its very fruity but also fresh at the same time. I think its great for younger people, but when you're in your twenties a deep, husky Boss Red or a light floral Noa (my two faves) are better than fruity, citrusy smells like this, so not for me.
Another problem is durability- aquick spritz of Boss Red and im good to go with this its faded by the time I've walked down the street! (Exaggerating of course, but ive never had to top up during the day with other fragrances)
The bottles are very cute and its kind of a collect them all type thing. I like the fact that they were modeled on the "band". Although this range might appeal to younger people if you're harajuku fan you know its kawaai (and therefore cool!) to have a miniature doll on your dresser!
I spotted this perfume in a local chemist and as soon as I saw the bottle I knew that I had to have one of the Gwen Stefani Harajuku perfumes, the bottles were adorable. On a closer inspected I decided to try all five of the scents and Music was by far my favourite. The scent is a sweet blend of fruits which make the wearer smell like a luscious dessert. As a twenty one year old female I did feel perhaps the scent was not mature enough but I felt that the scent was fun and quite unlike any I had smelt before. The perfume bottle itself is beautiful, a perfect present for a girl aged between ten to fifteen. I personally love the bottle and I wish to collect all five as they would make a beautiful but different collection of scents.
However there are two issues which I find quite negative about the perfume range that being that you can only buy a 10ml bottle or a 30ml bottle. Neither holds much perfume; I'm almost afraid to use the perfume itself for I am worried it will run out rather soon. The second negative issue would be the price, I paid £12.50 which I thought was great, but on realisation it was only 10ml I felt that was quite a lot for a childlike fragrance, I would expect to pay £12.50 for 10ml for a Chanel fragrance not Gwen Stefani.
However whilst weighing up my positive and negative issues with the perfume I feel they would make a great stocking filler for a young girl, or a great collector's item. The fragrance itself is beautiful and for that with the bottle itself a definite must have within the market for younger female teens shall be born.
Another fragrance to the Harajuka lovers range comes music and its great. The bottle is another great quirky one featuring a girl wearing a cute sailor suit and a big bun-cute. Moving on to the fragrance its really quirky featuring scents such as pear,jasmine and honeysuckle. For me the scent made feel really joyful and happy its such a fresh scent that would be best for everyday use. THe fragrance comes in two sizes 10ml for around £12 and 30ml for around £18, so it would be worth it to get the 30ml. The only problem i found with this is that it faded quite fastly i was finding i had to reaply all the time, so i bought a 10ml one and kept it in my handbag so that when i was out i could spray as it only lasted around an hour. This range is perfect for gifts as you can colllect the whole 5 and they'll look great on a shelf, when ive bought them for my friends they;ve always bought at least one of the others in the range. So if your looking for a fun quirky perfume give Harajuka lovers music a go you wont be dissapointed.
Let me start off this review by letting you into a little secret. I hate, hate, hate celebrity perfumes in general! Sure I like Gwen Stefani but she wasn't the reason I looked at this product or the reason I purchased it. Basically I was in Boots talking to a shop assistant about Gucci actually and as we parted company she gave me a tester card with pull of strips of this new range of fragrances on it. Before getting the tester card I wasn't even aware of this new range or the fact that they were cute bottles or that they were Gwen's new offerings or anything. I fell in love with this particular fragrance on the bus and knew there and then that I'd own it one day! I did the following day lol.
This fragrance can be bought in two sizes 10ml and 30ml priced about £12.23 and £19.58 respectively (Boots). The bottle comes in a black embossed box with tells me it's Harajuku Lovers Fragrance, 'Music' in bright blue writing. On the bottom of the box in small white writing I'm told it's Eau De Toilette Spray/Vaporisateur and the size is stated (in my case it's 10ml). Over the top flap of the box and around two sides of it there is like a blue band of colour on there and in white writing again I'm told it is Harajuku Lovers, and on the back of the box there is a picture of my chosen bottle and something written on there about Music. On the bottom of the box ingredients are listed, contact details for Coty Prestige are given (the manufacturers of these fragrances), there is a recycle symbol on there and a bar-code. The bottle is round and ridged, see through glass at
the bottom where the perfume itself is stored and on that again in black writing on the front I'm told it is Harjuku Lovers Music and on the bottom of that on a clear sticky label size is stated. The perfume is a bright sliver push button sprayer and over the top of that the lid is wooden and ornamental. It's a Tokyo inspired girl (based on a dancer from the Love, Angel, Music Baby tour) that Gwen did a while ago. She's oriental looking with a cute little white sailor drawn suit on. These are tipped to become collectible according to people in the know and many people are collecting these cute, unusual bottles already!
The whole of the packaging is unusual and different and I'm sure they are very appealing to those of us young at heart or with a cute dressing table to display them on, like me! lol.
Well the liquid in the bottle is completely clear to the eye. Spray it on to skin and to me it's very noticeably pear and jasmine scented. It's quite strong and sweet and incredibly well blended and smooth and soft and not to zingy or sparkly. It smells expensive and is as unusual as the packaging. It really is different and sophisticated and I fell in love with it at first whiff. It's actually a blend of clementine and pear, followed by warm jasmine sambac, sweetpea and honeysuckle notes. The base notes feature vanilla, skin musk and sleek woods. Really it's just multi faceted and every time you sniff it, it's slightly different. It's light and airy when sprayed on and the only issue I take with this is that after an hour you can't detect you have any on you at all. Both me and Mum have sprayed this on ourselves and we have the same problem with it. It has no staying power at all. That's ok if your happy to carry a bottle about, personally I'm not.
A really lovely, unique and fun range from Miss Stefani and I'm sure there is a fragrance from within this range that every woman will adore. I would advise that if you like the fragrance to not purchase the 10ml size as it's a really small size and doesn't give many uses and works out really uneconomical in comparison with the 30ml size. It's uplifting and quirky and has a feel good quality about it when using it but sadly even if I use loads of it I can't make the smell stick about which is a real pity and guts me totally!
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Always looking to make someone laugh, charismatic Music has no qualms telling it like it is! Styled in a smocked sailor outfit and black lace up boxing boot, Music grooves to the soundtrack of life.