Product Type: Hugo Boss fragrances
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This Woman is the boss in my perfume collection!
Boss Woman Eau de Parfum
Member Name: redhead78
Boss Woman Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Beautiful light, zingy, fresh fragrance, good value
Disadvantages: Needs frequent application to maintain fragrance
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
As it is made my a big name in the world of perfume and aftershave you can find Hugo Boss Woman very easily. It is usually available anywhere that sells perfumes and often in the cheaper shops as well so with this one it's more a case of shopping around rather than struggling to find it. For example, it is available from Boots in the 30ml size for £30. Obviously you would also get advantage points when buying there but you wouldn't get enough to compensate for the fact that the same bottle can be bought online from cheapsmells.com for only £22.45 and the larger 50ml bottle can be bought for £25.80, so still less than you'd pay for the smaller bottle in Boots. As you also receive free delivery from this website it is a much better value purchase.
As I already said, the perfume is available in both a 30 and 50ml sized bottle but can also sometimes be found in a huge 90ml bottle (£37.95) so if you like it, it obviously works out cheaper in the long run to buy the biggest bottle you can afford/find.
I never keep the boxed from my perfumes so can't really be much help when it comes to describing that aspect of this perfume other than to say that the last bottle I got was in a box just like the one in the above picture. One of the things that I like the most about brands such as Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein is that they tend to err on the side of simplicity and their bottles and other packaging tend to be quite unfussy and plain, which I must admit I do prefer.
The bottle itself also looks like the one in the picture. It is sort of short and squat and a semi-circle shape with the squirt nozzle sitting in the centre of the curved edge and the bottle itself sitting on the flat edge. This might sound like an obvious statement but I do have bottles of perfume which are all curved and so sit on a shaped edge and roll all over the place (see previous review of Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet!), which is immensely annoying, so I do prefer a bottle that stays where you put it!
The silver lid has the Hugo Boss logo embossed on it and the clear glass bottle has the word WOMAN written in red on it. Unusually, if you look at it from the 'right' side the word appears as though it is written backwards because it is designed to be looked at through the bottle.
I quite like the design of this bottle. It is simple, has clean lines and looks good. It's easy to hold and to use with one hand as it fits nicely into the palm of my hand and doesn't have any jagged corners that dig into me when using. The spray nozzle works fine and delivers a find mist of perfume when I spray it.
According to the promotional materials for this particular eau de parfum it "blends strength and confidence with femininity and style to create a rich fruity-floral fragrance that embodies the independent spirit of a woman". It has top notes of orange, mandarin, kumquat, apple and citrus fruits, a heart of passion flower, cananga flower and freesia and a base of sandalwood, vanilla, cedarwood orris and musk which combine to make it a "fresh yet sensual scent, leaving an elegant lasting impression".
Well, where do I start with that?! I'll start with my take on it I think. To me this is a very vibrant, invigorating kind of fragrance. It's really fresh and uplifting and yet light at the same time so i feel perfectly at ease using this as a very casual every day kind of perfume. As it is so light I would never even think about wearing it for an evening out or for a more formal daytime occasion, but i wear it at least 3 or 4 times a week during the day.
Despite the inclusion of all the fruits and florals, none of them stand out particularly so to me they have got the blend just right. I'm not especially adept at separating different notes in perfumes, to me I'd rather that the fragrance as a whole smelt nice rather than being able to detect the separate ingredients in it and this is a perfect example of that. Together they make something quite zingy yet still very feminine and it's a scent that I absolutely love.
As for their claims that it embodies the independent spirit of a woman leaves an elegant lasting impression I'm afraid this is where I would have to disagree. Obviously this is a very personal opinion and not everyone will agree but I would associate these sort of statements with a much heavier, muskier and spicier kind of fragrance rather than something as light and fresh as this one.
I definitely wouldn't call it an elegant perfume and think older women would possibly find it too - sorry to keep repeating myself! - light and fresh for their tastes. I think this is definitely more of a daytime scent than an elegant and sophisticated evening scent and I would probably associate it with younger women than older ones.
Unfortunately for me this is where this perfume fails big time. Immediately after application it smells really quite strong, although not heavy in any way, and I love it. But of all the perfumes I have, this is the one that lasts the shortest length of time and the one that I ALWAYS feel the need to reapply after a few hours. If I'm just at home I don't tend to bother, but if I'm out for the day I have to make sure I remember to pop the bottle into my handbag as I couldn't go all day without at least another two applications. Maybe because it is quite a light fragrance it doesn't have such good staying power, but I have to say that from a company as well-known for their fragrances as Hugo Boss I did expect better.
Having said all that, it is not enough to put me off using it as it really is such a beautiful fragrance!
In case you hadn't guessed by now I absolutely adore this perfume. I'm on my fourth bottle of it now and have been using it for years. For daytime, casual wear it is absolutely ideal for me and smells uplifting, fresh and clean and I often get compliments on the way I smell when wearing it. Whilst the bottle is nothing special, it is also at the same time simple and clean looking which I prefer to the fussy, fancy bottles you sometimes get with perfumes.
For the price of this perfume I think it offers excellent value and because of this the issue of its longevity, or lack of, isn't such a problem. If it was much more expensive I'd have more of a problem applying it three or four times over the course of a day but as it's towards the cheaper end of the spectrum when it comes to fragrance then I'm not particularly troubled by it.
I would definitely recommend this perfume if you're looking for something light, fresh, uplifting and zingy that will see you through a casual day but if you're wanting something more sophisticated and sensual then it's probably not for you.
From me the fragrance itself would get a whopping 5 stars but I have to knock one off for its staying power.
Summary: One of my absolute all time favourites
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