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~A lightly floral Wicked style overload!~
Amongst the seemingly ever changing range of Harajuku Lovers fragrances sits the Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style Music, Eau de Toilette spray. Underneath the over done product presentation what you actually end up with is a relatively pleasant and wearable, yet in many ways almost nondescript and slightly so so fragrance, contained within a super teeny bottle that is once again adorned with a quirky/ over cute Harajuku doll styled bottle lid. Having tried and liked some of the Harajuku Lovers fragrances I was hopeful that this fragrance would prove to be worth wearing, however I found that in use it lacked staying power and originality which made it rather a let down.
As with the rest of the Harjuku Lovers range of fragrances, the super sassy dolls which are used as artful bottle lids on the fragrance bottles have all had an image update to bring them in line with the Wicked Style theme. Whilst they will certainly appeal to younger fragrance wearers, in reality the over all look of the Wicked Style range is a little spoilt with the use of tacky brightly coloured textured hair effects. The quirky vivid pink textured effect used on the hair of the Music fragrance doll lid is however amongst the slightly more effective of the bunch in terms of finished look, even though the sullen and odd looking expression on the dolls face is as unfriendly as the rest of the group.
~Ease of use~
In use the bottle that the fragrance comes in works well enough as it does stand well on a dressing table or other flat surface. The fact that the actual fragrance bottle itself takes up a super tiny amount of space isn't a problem that will cause the bottle to tip or over balance when in use, as the majority of the weight comes from the glass bottle being at the base. This means that the bottle seems to stay upright even when the fragrance level in the bottle heads towards empty. The super large bottle lid stays on well and is easy to pop on and off when needed with very little effort required to place it back onto the bottle after use.
The spray applicator on the bottle delivers a good amount of fragrance on demand however the spray pattern is quite narrow and you do tend to get a sharp heavy spray that covers a small area of skin rather than a nice light fine mist of fragrance. This does mean that using the fragrance as a light all over body mist is difficult, as coverage of the skin is a little hit and miss, making it a better option to simply spritz the fragrance onto your pulse points and rub it in gently to get the best effect.
~Scents of Style?~
The theme of the EDT being shown as an out there kind of in your face Harjuku girl based naughtly but nice fragrance, does contradict with the style of the fragrance itself, as what you find when applying this is that the scent that is given off is a floral woody themed lighter than you might think fragrance that fades all too quickly. The feel of the fragrance is similar in many ways to a well known rival product produced by Marc Jacobs, although the MJ Daisy EDT does have more stand out qualities than this one does, having an over all warmer tone to it. The Music EDT has a lighter fresher tone that is similar in many ways though, so if you are a fan of the other fragrance and want to save a few pennies, you may well like this as a lighter cheaper day wear option that reminds you of the more pricey rival product.
Within the list of ingredients used to make up the fragrance are such gems as light fresh apple (which you do get a tangy hint of from the first spray) and crisp citrusy bergamot is there too lurking in the fresh feeling opening notes. The florals combine gardenia, warm jasmine, fuchsia and peony, which do give the fragrance a warmer floral feel that works well enough yet the fragrance never feels spectacular enough for you to swoon over the combined effect the florals give off. Cedarwood, amber and musk are used to give a degree of depth, warmth and longevity to the fragrance, although I have found that as with the rest of the Harajuku Lovers fragrances, the true staying power of the fragrance is somewhat lacking as the scent fades all too quickly after dry down when in wear.
~Summary, price and rating~
Over all the effect the fragrance gives off is fine for day wear as a cheap and cheerful buy and will certainly appeal to younger buyers who may want to collect the quirky fragrance bottle and add it to a larger collection of Harajuku dolls. In terms of price the fragrance seems relatively inexpensive to purchase although you may want to allow for the fact that the smaller bottles hold just 10mls of fragrance making them a short lived fragrance purchase if worn on a daily basis. The larger 30ml bottles come with an even larger bottle top which is in keeping with the scale of things and I find this size is the best bet as you do tend to get a little more in terms of value for money.
A small sized 10ml bottle can cost around £13, yet the 30ml bottles are on sale for around £20. Buying the larger 30ml bottle makes the cost per 10mls of product just over £6.66, giving a saving of just over £6.33 on the smaller bottle. Over all the fragrance is one that is easy enough to wear and it will appeal to a range of buyers especially younger fragrance wearers, however as the fragrance is very similar to other products with a slightly lack lustre staying time on the skin I feel it is only deserving of a mid way 3 star product rating.
Gwen Stefani launched Wicked Style Harajuku dolls in Autumn 2010, dedicated to the wild fashion of Tokyo streets. Every girl has a "wicked style" on her own, expressed by cheerful coloured hair, clothes and super cute shoes. Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style Music is a floral woody fragrance with apple notes, juicy fruit, bergamot, jasmine, gardenia, fuchsia, peony, cedar, musk and amber. Music is inspired by Japanese rock musicians and their eccentric style with bright makeup and colorful clothes.