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Group: Oriental floral
I bought a small 30ml bottle of this fragrances by Spanish designer J. del Pozo while on holiday in summer as I needed something fresh and suitable for hot weather having only taken a small set of minis to test which weren't up for the job. I have a mini of this in my collection so it wasn't a blind buy and I was happy to find it in the drugstore I was looking where of course the main offerings were sugary fruity numbers I'd rather avoid.
Firstly, I love the packaging with its original, bell jar bottle topped off with a silver ball cap. There's also a silver base the bottle stands on making it really decorative. The box is light violet purple and silver and pictures a purple flower somewhat like an orchid, a dramatic addition to an otherwise dainty design.
Top notes: petit grain, banana leaf, violet, sea notes
Halloween starts out fresh and sweet with a natural and aromatic sweetness in the veins of Yves Rocher's Ming Shu that is a mixture of sweet florals with a touch of salty and bitter sea note. I find this likeable and is definitely different from the usual citric or fruity openings. The violet is fleshed out and sweet but not overly so and blends in with a somewhat bitter green citrusy note perfectly.
Heart notes: tuberose, magnolia, lily-of-the-valley, black pepper, violet
After a lovely start, the fragrance extends on its range and offers its white flowers that are joyful and charming. I love the combination of the green, powdery and peppered violet and the heady white florals tamed by a slightly sharp and bitter note probably coming from lily-of-the-valley. The result is a well-composed aquatic floral blend that stays bright and has a nice, steady projection for about 4 - 5 hours.
Base notes: sandalwood, frankincense, vanilla, myrrh
Oh how I wished for a sublime dark and spooky finish by looking at these notes, alas in vain! Over the hours, the florals did darken gradually and started to lean towards being earthy and musky underpinned by a lovely, soft and powdery vanillic base. Unfortunately, as they finally dissipated, I was left with a mere ghost of a fragrance merely 6 hours after application. I could detect some clean musk with a bitter edge and something earthy in there, like vetiver of patchouli which by then wasn't at all consistent or even noticeable to anyone.
I put Halloween on yesterday for the Halloween party we had with our son and other kids to see how it worked in cooler weather. Whilst it was the same light, aromatic and romantic floral with an aquatic touch I wore in summer, the poor staying power and the undeveloped base showed that low temperatures don't do really do it justice. Moreover, Halloween is a complete misnomer for this airy and romantic fragrance so don't except anything dark or vampish. Apparently the name is due to the launch which was around Halloween day back in 1997.
To sum up, Halloween EDT is an affordable, light and aromatic, soft and layered violet fragrance with a touch of sea breeze suitable for the warmer months. I use it with a light hand, otherwise the artificial sea notes can become sickly as they would start burning my nose and sadly ruin the delicate and sweet florals, a pivotal part of the composition. Considering the sweet price, I can live with this.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Currently retails at £19.95 / 50ml in drugstores, Amazon.co.uk or CheapSmells.co.uk. The smaller, 30ml bottle is around the £15 mark.
©powdered by lillybee also posted on ciao.co.uk
Contents: 50 ml / Halloween is the perfume presented in 1997 / It was created by Max Gavarry and dedicated to a mysterious woman a vamp / Soft and powdery violet green lime and green banana notes open this romantic composition / The heart ticks in the rhythm of Casablanca magnolia violet notes seductive tuberose spiced with pepper notes / The base is milky - warm with sandalwood aromatic incense myrrh and Madagascar vanilla / The bottle was designed by Max Gavarry /