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I received the small bottle of this as a christmas present last year, so I am unsure of the price. I am not a particular fan of JLO perfumes - this was bought as a gift based purely on the scent itself.
The presentation of this perfume is really lovely. It comes in a fairly standard box, but the bottle is really pretty. It is a dark purple at the base, fading up to pink. It comes with a ring on top, which is a large ball, dotted with pink jewels. Although I am a fan of big rings, I have to admit that I have only worn this ring once as it is a bit overdone. It does look nice of my dressing table though!
The fragrance itself is really nice- just the right combinations of fruity and floral. I do like quite strong, sweet perfumes, (Flower by Kenzo being my favourite!) so I would not recommend this unless you also like sweet scents. It seems to last a long time when it is worn, which is also a plus!
I have seen this perfume in several shops recently on fairly good offers, so I would buy it again.
I have received a number of testers over the years from a friend who works in one of the better known high street chemists. This has ended up being a nice cheap way of building up my scent collection, even though some of the bottles I come into possession of do appear a bit the worse for wear. Few have been more so than LA glow, which leads me to believe that it must be a fairly popular fragrance.
LA Glow comes in an enchanting bottle that would not look out of place in a stereotypical witch's house. You can almost imagine fumes billowing out of it, and some magical potion being contained within. From its exterior I imagined a rich perfume reminiscent of long nights and dark spices. Instead I found this was a very fruity scent - too much so for my liking - whose amber and musk notes do not develop enough to give the product much substance. Unlike many other celebrity fragrances however, Jennifer Lopez's offering does smell more like an adult scent rather than a teenage one.
I much prefer perfumes over eau de toilettes, mainly because the latter tends to have much reduced staying power. I was somewhat surprised by LA Glow in this respect though; while you need to top up the scent a couple of times during the day, it does seem to 'cling on' for longer than many others like it. The aroma also changes markedly as it remains on your skin for longer - it sheds much of the fruitiness that is detectable in the first hours and takes on a delicate floral scent.
This is one of the better fragrances of its kind I have come across. I am not a fan of celebrity perfumes in general, and would rarely invest in one. For the relatively low price however (around £25 for a 50ml bottle) this is a nice quality product. The bottle is pretty and an unusual design, the spray emerges finely and the pump is not prone to sticking or stalling, and you even receive a nice accessory in the form of a wearable ring on purchase of the product. If you are looking for an inexpensive feminine fragrance you may appreciate this product.
~Have you got the J Lo ~ LA Glo?~
J Lo has been a very busy girl over recent years, not only has she continued her career as an actress, she has had her own clothing range and has fronted a very successful range of fragrances which include the J Lo Glo range of scents. In fact you could say that J Lo has a very healthy looking 'Glo' about her that seems to be spreading like wild fire. From the original J Lo Glo fragrance onwards I have tried many of the fragrances and found them to be most often very sugary sweet and girly compared to the original softer fresher soapy fragrance which I prefer.
The J Lo La Glow EDT fragrance is another one of the stable that takes its lead from the original in terms of its over all theme, yet diversifies into a sweeter fruitier blend that has very little in common with the original fragrance. I find that very often this is what happens when a fragrance becomes a big hit, as it is much easier for a fragrance house to build on a product that already exists in some form rather than create a whole new image, bottle and personna for a fragrance.
With the arrival of the La Glow fragrance in late 2010 we now have another fragrance from the range, produced by the Coty fragrance giant with Jennifer Lopez as its figure head. Having worn the fragrance I feel that it comes across as a sweet berry flavoured concoction that is very sweet and can be a little sickly if applied with too much vigor. As ever I feel that the rule that less can be more applies to the LA Glow fragrance, as I find it can be too clingy and over sweetened if I apply it too generously.
~Does my bum look big in this?~
As with the other J Lo Glo fragrances the presentation used is only slightly altered with hints of different colours and the overall bottle shape remains the same. The tall necked bottle has that same slightly thickened wide base with full hips and rises elegantly up to the spray applicator at the top. The colour of the glass bottle is a bright and vivid in a wild purple pink shade, that I feel is both striking and a little brash, yet I feel it retains just the right amount of attractiveness about it for me to say that I like it.
This time instead of the fragrance bottle having the tiny blingy J Lo silver logo around the neck of the bottle, there is a blingy cocktail ring that has been placed between the lid and the bottle instead. The ring can be removed if wanted and worn as an actual ring which may appeal to younger fragrance buyers more than it did for me. I feel that when I use the fragrance the cocktail ring does get in the way and so I removed it from the bottle. It did look quite pretty when it was in place and although it wasn't really my kind of thing, I can see it did enhance the look of bottle a little.
The problem I find with the J Lo bottles is that due to their tall necks, once the bottle contents begins to reduce the bottles can become more prone to being knocked over. This has been as much the case with this fragrance bottle, as it has been with the other J Lo fragrances I have used. Whilst the bottles seem durable and have never broken even when they have fallen (ok I mean when I have dropped them, oops!) from a height of a metre or so, I feel that it is a little inconvenient to have my fragrance bottles rolling away when ever and where ever they fancy it after only the slightest knock. A small critique about the bottles perhaps, yet a fault I see with them never the less.
The spray applicators on these bottles seem to work well enough and the one on my J Lo LA Glo worked as well as I expected it to and I was able to mist my skin in a light film of fragrance or a heftier dose to my pulse points depending on my mood. The box that the fragrance comes in is very bright and has a matching purple tone that shows what looks to me like bright lights whizzing by on the LA skyline. The box works well to protect the fragrance and makes the product stand out from the crowd on displays at the fragrance counter making it easy to spot when needed. I feel the presentation would suit being given as a gift for a younger woman or teenager rather than as a gift for a more mature woman.
~Will I smell like Jenny from the Block?~
The fragrance has an LA based theme that was inspired by 'a night in LA where your 15 minutes of fame will never end. A hip, high energy scene in Los Angeles. This night of fun has just begun'. Now I know that every fragrance needs a theme and we are all suckers for a good marketing idea, however in this case I feel this is just downright silly and I can be 100% certain that I have not experienced any of that when I have worn the fragrance. Either I am not wearing enough, the fragrance doesn't suit me or the blurb is a little too mad for its own good - Mmm I feel its best for you to make your own minds up about that one.
The idea of the fragrance is that it is hot, sexy and er...glam, with a berry floral scent, so no you won't end up smelling like Jenny from the block thank goodness. The blend of ingredients is described as being 'a cocktail of sweet and juicy fruits' and I feel this is spot on as I found that from the very first time I tried the fragrance this was exactly what I felt about it. The warm and fruity berry scent that forms the fragrance is one that begins as a fresher sharper mix yet dries down extremely quickly after the initial spritz onto my skin. An array of pretty yet perhaps overly sweet flowers soon roll on in to take up the slack left by the softened berry tones and the base of the fragrance is formed using a good musky base with a touch of warm amber.
~The high and the low notes~
The Hot Notes ~ Purple Plum, Cherry and Blackberry
The Sexy Notes ~ Jasmine Petals, Peony and Magnolia Blossom
The Glam Notes ~ Amber, Musk and Tropical Cream
Now these all sound mouthwateringly good to my mind yet I do feel when worn as a fragrance the effect can be a little too sweet for my liking at times and this means I have to be in the right mood to wear the fragrance. I do feel that the sassy yet pretty berry and floral theme is very strong and the overall mood produced is one that is young and vibrant. I feel the fragrance will appeal to many fragrance buyers as it will suit both very young fragrance wearers and slightly older more confident ladies who feel like slipping into something a little frivolous for a change. I feel it is the younger girls who will probably enjoy wearing this fragrance the most and I can see it performing well when worn on a night out. I cannot really see this being a fragrance that a more experienced fragrance wearer would want to indulge in every day.
The berry and plum scent that is given off when the fragrance is first sprayed on is sharp for an instant and then dries down very quickly. I didn't mind this at all, although once the sweeter florals began to make themselves known I found them to be too much at times. I didn't feel that the cherry aspect in the fragrance was all that strong which is a shame and although there is a light creamy feel about the fragrance after a while, it isn't anything to write home about. I feel that on warmer days or nights this fragrance could end up being something that would induce a headache if worn too enthusiastically, so I do try to use it sparingly and then top it up lightly as I need to. As the fragrance has a short life on my skin I find those top ups can happen more often than they ought to and that is a minus point for this fragrance as it mean it doesn't last very long in the bottle and will need replacing all too quickly.
~Summary and rating~
In summary I feel that the fragrance is ok for use when I want to ring the changes although I cannot see it as being a fragrance I would want to use every day. The feel of the fragrance is a little young and that has to be expected considering its theme, yet it cannot be totally forgiven for that overly young feel to my mind. I much refer the original J Lo Glo fragrance with its fresh just out of the shower appeal and that for me is the fragrance I would buy more often from the Glo fragrance range. I feel that it is about time that a new J Lo fragrance took shape as this range is in great danger of becoming very tired and over done and I would like to see something fresh and different.
As such when I begin to think about how I want to rate the product I feel I can only give it 3 stars. I wouldn't say that the fragrance is unpleasant as it isn't and I wouldn't say that it is a classic everyone will love either, I feel it sits in the middle ground where it is neither so bad that I would not wear it again, yet it isn't fantastic enough for me to rush out and buy it asap. I feel that if someone gave it to me as a gift I would be happy to wear it at times, however I won't lose any sleep if it never crosses my path again and that to me is rather telling.
Prices for the fragrance can be varied and this is a very good time of year to be picking up some reduced sale time bargains. I have seen this on sale in Lloyds for just £11, Debenhams have it for a slightly less competitive price of £14, which still seems fair and some online sellers have this listed for even less at £12.50 for the same 30ml sized bottle. Superdrug have this a fragrance of the week from the 17th of this month and the price is set as a bargainous £8.99 for the 30ml bottle.
I would say that if you can hang on until after xmas prices may drop further although the Superdrug price is a real steal right now. There may even be a chance that xmas gift sets may end up costing not much more than that to buy and if there are any about they will contain an extra product such as a free body lotion. The standard EDT sprays come as 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sized bottles and for those daring enough to chance layering the fragrance there is also a matching stand alone 200ml sized body lotion.
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Ah: Who hasn't heard of the best selling Glow range of perfumes that are released under the Jennifer Lopez brand? There's [deep breath] Glow, Miami Glow, Love At First Glow, Glow After Dark, Sunkissed Glow, My Glow, Blue Glow and now they've just released LA GLOW...
LA GLOW is rich with plum notes on first application, so if you don't like plum you can skip this fragrance. After a few minutes the blackberry and cherry develops, and mingles with the plum; however the plum is still the key note. I love perfumes which contain cherry so I was a bit disappointed to find that the cherry is the weakest note on me
What really separates this edition from the earlier ones in the Glow line is that the floral notes are more fully developed and aren't 'powdery' or plastic. On me the jasmine is definitely the strongest note, followed by the peony. I couldn't separate the magnolia though. In addition to the florals there is also some lingering plum, as well as a hint of the coconut milk ['tropical cream] seeping up from the base.
As the florals burn down the coconut milk accord fully develops and becomes richer, sweeter and creamier thanks to the amber. I can detect the lightest hint of musk, but it's quickly lost underneath the creaminess.
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Cherry, plum, blackberry, jasmine, peony, magnolia, musk, amber and tropical cream.
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The semi opaque bottle is the same curvaceous shape as the original and is lilac at the top, which gradually deepens to purple at the base.
The bottle's neck is decorated with a wearable cocktail ring.
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As this is an EDT I didn't expect miracles and I was right not to: I can still detect creamy vanilla three to four hours after first applying it, but it's only a hint and is very close to the skin - It goes close to the skin as a whole in little over two hours.
As this is light, sweet and juicy it seems like a playful fragrance. I think that this is nice for daywear - both 'me' time and work. Some people may think that it's too sweet for work, but as it's quiet it won't bother over people, so I don't see why you shouldn't wear it if you like it. However I do think it's too 'gentle' for evening wear, or any other time that you do want to be noticed.
When I first heard about this edition I thought that it wouldn't appeal to me in this weather - I mean fruits and coconuts in autumn/winter? But the plums make the fragrance is rich and dark, which paired with the creamy base makes for the perfect autumn/winter fragrance. It'll be interesting to see how this wears during spring/summer - The base may be too heavy, but as the EDT is so light it could still be very wearable.
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I do still really like the original Glow, but the increasing number of flankers became too similar to each other and the line began to bore me. She has won me [and my purse] back again. LA GLOW bares no resemblance to either the original or the earlier flankers; The florals are fuller and more natural and the fruits are juicy and lifelike.
A definite step up, although I'm not sure why they didn't just release it as a new fragrance rather than just attaching the Glow name to it.
If you liked the rich plum notes in Midnight Fantasy, then you should enjoy this.
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30ml - £22
50ml - £27
You should be able to find both sizes for under £20 in many stores.
L.A Glow J. Lo perfume is dedicated to Los Angeles nightlife, inspired by the city that provides endless opportunities to get your magical 15 minutes of fame more than any other city in the world. It is the scent of vigorous Los Angeles night club scene, where the fun never stops.L.A. Glow is a feminine and sexy cocktail of juicy fruits and sensual flowers, wrapped in creamy amber that evokes the warmth of LA nights. Top notes are a hot combination of cherry, plum and blackberry. The heart contains seductive essences of jasmine, peony and magnolia, while the perfume base represents a glamorous blend of musk, amber and tropical cream.The bottle kept the original form with smooth curves and elongated neck, this time painted in sparkling disco mix of pink and purple. A wearable cocktail ring adorns the bottle collar, perfect for your night out.