“ Brand: Isabella Rossellini / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
I don't buy myself perfume normally, but I always abuse the testers in airport Duty Frees and am thrilled when other people buy it for me, so was excited to learn that one of my Dooyoo 10 Days of Christmas prizes was an unnamed fragrance. Except of course when I opened it, it did have a name, and that name was Manifesto.
Celebrity perfumes are a bit funny - you can get an idea of what fashions people like from how they dress, but what smells they like? I've no idea what Sarah Jessica Parker chooses to smell like, or what sort of aroma Britney Spears goes for. I wouldn't buy a scent because of a celebrity endorsement, but equally I wouldn't rule one out of these grounds either. Isabella Rosellini might be an epic actress but the only thing I know her from is, ahem, Friends, when she was on Ross's freebie list. Since that was 16 or so years ago, any preconceived ideas I might have had about her are long gone, so I opened this with an open mind.
This is a perfume I liked from the get go. The box is lovely - a simple cream colour with a nicely textured finish, classy rather than plane. Inside the bottle equally minimalistic, an almost cube, clear with just some small print on the front. My first task was to get into it as it doesn't have a traditional cap - instead you rotate the cover down and clockwise to expose the spritzer.
My first sniff was through said spritzer before spraying it. It smells potent and heady, strong and fruity with a sort of generic perfume stench (in a good way). My inability to detect any specific notes at this point could have been because this is a busy little perfume, with a lot of notes.
-- Top Note: Basil, Pepper, Cassis Leaves, Bergamot
-- Middle Note: Sweet Pea, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, White Rose
-- Base Note: Lily, Sandal, White Musk, Chestnut Tree
Spraying it I was hit by the wetness of it before the smell - even a tiny press gives a generous application. Perhaps this is the kind better suited for spritzing and walking into, rather than direct skin application. Out of the bottle the smell is more discernible. You can pick up the peppery herby notes at once, but the sweeter, fruitier, flowery ones soon emerge (quickly, within a few minutes). Over time this fades and becomes more nature-y, I guess from the white musk and sandal, though this is hours later. I'm happy to take any supposed notes with a pinch of salt and I certainly couldn't detect them individually, but the combination is surprisingly pleasant even with all the different components.
The web tells me Rossellini was inspired by the countryside surrounding her Italian home and this is believable - the overall impact of the perfume is a natural, woody scent that reminds me of late summer days on the Continent with just a hint of spice to keep things warm and interesting but not too sharp.
This was a perfume I liked immediately, and have been wearing it around the house during the day, just because. It would also be suitable for casual evenings, but it's a more every day, soft fragrance than it is a glamourous night time one, in my opinion. I think it could be a year round fragrance, given that I'm liking it now but can imagine it would be wonderful in spring or summer too.
This is an affordable perfume, especially for a celebrity fragrance - at present you can pick up a bottle for under £15 online, and it's an ok size too. Aside from the velocity with which it is dispensed, I cannot fault it as a solid, middle of the road scent that you could wear anywhere. Thanks dooyoo!
I found this to be the nicest perfume I have used since CK One. It has the freshness and citrussy fragrance that CK One revolutionised but with an added femininity. It will make the perfect valentines present, Oh if only I had a boyfriend to buy some for me. One of the good things about it is it isn't too heavy, it is light and airy and it won't choke the people who you walk past. It hasn't caused any skin rashes which is good for those who, like me, have sensitive skin. Also, it isn't too expensive, you can expect to pay approximately £21 which isn't too bad. There are loads of gift sets around at the moment, so have a look out. If anyone wants to buy me some feel free.
I bought a bottle of this for my two best friends who strangely enough both wear Pleasures and both of them raved about it - so if you are a fan of Pleasures then you too might like this. The packaging is really funky and the bottle is dinky enough to get into your handbag and the perfume is a lovely pale green colour which i know is irrelevant but it looks nice!! - I have now also bought myself a bottle and can highly recommend it, it's got a lovely floral, fresh fragrance and also has basil in it which you can smell after it has settled on your skin a while - it's now stocked in most stores. It costs about £20.00 for the smallest bottle so is a reasonable price for a pressie.
A floral, green, musky fragrance illuminated by the natural and simple chord of basil