Product Type: Gwen Stefani fragrances
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Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers Music Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Perfume is uplifting and lively.
Disadvantages: The bottle might be seen as too childish by some.
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.
Summary: A really lovely fragrance in a funny bottle!
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