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My interest in perfume has developed late in life and I have a lot of catching up to do. Unfortunately perfumes are pretty expensive so earlier in the year I took advantage of some vouchers I had for e -bay and treated myself to a little cache of perfume samples.
Among them was Hugo Boss XX for women and this along with another couple of Hugo Boss perfumes has seen me happily through my Christmas festivities without breaking the bank.
No not a double kiss but the chromosomes XX. This EDT is the companion to Hugo Boss XY for men so if your preference is for matching or complimenting perfumes you and your partner could try the pair.
What is it like?
My little sample was a lovely pale gold in colour and this is mirrored on the larger sizes by a gold XX on the simple, rather austere bottle which I do prefer rather than the more fanciful ones.
As soon as you apply a little dab of the gold liquid I could smell the citrus of the mandarin which I particularly like. It is fresh and citrus and fruity. Blackcurrant and lychee are also in the top notes but a little more muted to my nose.
After little while the heart notes start to emerge. These are basmati rice and jasmine sambac ( the national flower of the Philippines no less). Now I can definitely identify smell the jasmine as we have a night flowering jasmine in our garden. The basmati rice well if I had not read it I would not have been able to pick it out. I do like how the citrus notes flow into the jasmine and compliment each other and although I am not a great lover of flowery scent this is very pleasant.
Following up with the base note there is the old favourite sandalwood, familiar and rather safe but good for a novice like me to pick out with ease.
I have worn this during the day as it is light enough for that and also into the evening as the jasmine and sandalwood make it and easy but not outstanding scent to wear whilst out for the evening.
Would I buy it?
I think not it is pleasant but no more than that, it did not have great staying power or head turning qualities so I am glad that I tried the sample. The staying power is not long in about four hours it has just about vanished to a faint memory.
I think that it would be a good choice for someone whose taste you did not know very well but you wanted to give them an attractive scent in a modern sleek glass bottle. Look out for the gold box with XX on it.
3 stars out of 5 for me. I have a lot more to try!
Prices range on amazon.co.uk EdT 40ml 19.11pounds
100ml 27.73 pounds which is just about half price!
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I bought this product in duty free at the airport and really looked forward to using it. The scent is light and could be used as either a day or evening time perfume. I mainly use it in the day time and was very disappointed when I used it and found that the scent does not last. With my previous perfume, Chanel chance, I would keep getting wafts throughout the day and thought this might be similar, sadly not. Within an hour of using the scent, the smell has faded and I would be feeling the need to reapply. I will carry on using it as I like the smell and am loathed to throw anything away before its finished but will probably use it pretty quick as I have to put so much on each time! I have checked with friends and hubby and he can't smell it either so its not just me!
The bottle is eye catching and looks nice on the dressing table, it is sturdy and does not break or chip easily, I know this from experience!
The light scent is very pleasant and would not offend anyone. The price for the bottle is quite expensive considering how quickly it fades but it can be bought in gift packs with body lotion which makes it better value and compounds the smell.
Hugo XX for women and XY for men were created to reflect the tension between the sexes / Hugo XX Woman features fresh top notes of mandarin, blueberry and lychee which slip smoothy into a floral heart of jasmine and rose / Finally, the base is warmed with musk and amber notes / Top Notes: Mandarin, blueberry and lychee / Heart Notes: Cassis, basmati rice, jasmine and rose / Base Notes: Sandalwood, musk and amber /