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~~~Pivoine Delicate Eau de Toilette ~~~
I love higher end and premium bathing products and perfumes, but rarely have the funds to buy them for myself. I am lucky in that my family know that even if I could afford them, I probably wouldn't treat myself; so they buy them for me, for birthdays and Christmas gifts. It was for my birthday in July, that I received this Pivoine Delicate Eau de Toilette, and this review discusses my thoughts about this perfume.
~~~ The Perfume ~~~
It must be noted that that this is the rather delicate version of another L'occitane perfume, Pivoine Flora. Revealing it from its uber feminine pale pink packaging on my birthday, I saw that the bottle is an upside down pear shape, and made from heavy glass. It's a rather plain bottle, but with this, it's a case of less is more, and as the only adornment is the L'occitane brand name embossed along the vertical of the glass. The hardware on the bottle is silver and feels to be made of metal rather than a metallic painted plastic. Details like this hints at the quality of the product, it's simple yet classy. There's nothing loud and brash about this fragrance; delicate by name, and delicate by nature.
~~~ Notes of Fragrance ~~~
Whilst I'm nothing of an expert when it comes to perfume, I know what I like and that's good enough for me, I am aware that other people prefer to go into depth with the different layers each fragrance brings to you; so a quick search online reveals that this perfume is made up as so:
Top Notes - Citrus fruits and velvety white peach
Heart Notes - Delicate of rose, peony and lily of the valley
Base Notes - White musk and light woods
~~~ Aroma ~~~
The original peony perfume is a rather heady and robust floral. In essence it is quite traditional with its intoxicating rose and peony florals; a twist of citrus adds a modern touch and brings it up to date. This delicate version is much less exhilarant, and a much more versatile perfume for day to day wear; and quick spritz of the more dramatic Pivoine Flora would take this from day into evening use, without altering your fragrance.
The scent of this is divine. If you love delicate floral scents, you will be totally enamoured. At first there is a citrussy and fruity kick. To be truthful, it almost smells quite alcoholic, but this burns away within nano seconds, to leave the citrussy scent behind. As the scent develops, the floral tones of peony and rose emerge and give depth and a slight sparkle. This scent isn't full on and as heady as one would expect, and after time, what remains with you is a soft, lingering powdery scent. Peony and rose could tend to be quite overwhelming to the senses if you don't care for floral scents, but this is a very light aroma, it's almost like a whisper or a hint.
~~~ Age Suitability ~~~
My 75ml bottle, which is double the size of most 'celebrity' scents on the high street, costs a rather reasonable £35.00. The quality of the bottle and perfume within would make an outstanding gift for someone special, no matter what their age. My 21 year old daughter has often been caught out having used my perfume; the powdery trail of scent wafting around giving her away. So too, my 65 year old mum loves this, and often comments when I am wearing it. Being a larger size bottle, it's not easily transported to top up my scent if need be, otherwise I would have let her have a try too. Despite it's rather deceptive delicacy, it is a rather long lasting fragrance and can still be detected hours later.
The gentle floral theme, in my opinion, transcends all ages and adds a lovely fragrance when you want to feel feminine and ladylike, rather than girly. I love it, and I hope you do too.