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I am not a massive perfume wearer but when I do wear it I like a floral fragrances as I don't like anything too overpowering or strong. I had this Pivoine Flora Eau de Parfum as a Christmas present which I was very pleased about. The recommended retail price for this 75ml bottle is around £39 but you can get offers online for around £31.
As with all L’Occitane purchases they do come very well presented and this one was no exception as it came in a blue and yellow box with the L’Occitane logo with pale blue tissue paper which the box was laid on. The box is very pretty and feminine looking and the perfume bottle inside is a sort of heart or petal shape and is quite heavy with a silver spray top.
L’Occitane say that the top notes for this perfume are citrus fruits and velvety white peach, the heart notes are delicate of rose, peony and lily of the valley and the base notes are white musk and light woods which does seem like a lot of different fragrances. I would personally say that it is quite a sweet floral smell which when you first spray it onto your skin it is quite lively. At first you get a burst of a lovely rose fragrance which is also slightly lemony and which you might think is quite strong but after about ten seconds or so it calms down and you can really smell the rose fragrance and also other light floral scents.
When I use perfume I will only spray it onto one wrist and then rub my wrists together, and then a quick spray onto my neck, but this is really personal choice. I find that this perfume will last for the majority of the day albeit it does fade as the day goes on and I am left with a very soft rose fragrance. This is the only type of perfume I really like and so I love it, but if you are not a fan of sweet floral fragrances and like the more heady strong smells then this wouldn’t be any good for you.
It is a lovely delicate and feminine fragrance which I like and it does last well on my skin and still smells fresh at the end of the day. As I don’t wear it every day I would say that this bottle will last me for a few years so it is good value for me. I think this Pivoine Flora is a lovely fresh floral fragrance which is perfect for someone who doesn’t like really strong perfumes and I would definitely buy it again and recommend it to others
I received a L'Occitane beauty set from my sister in laws' for Easter and within the package I found a 5ml Eau de Parfum freebie.
Breaking away from the traditionally tall, chunky and rather masculine bottles of the 'Notre Flore' or Blossom (Peach, Cherry, Plum) collections, L'Occitane's Pivoine is housed in a curved, apple shaped bottle that has a graded shade of cherry red. The white and cherry pink design of the inscription and the outer packaging is simple but eye-catching however in my eyes is not as characteristic and recognisable as L'Occitane's own but sort of blend in with the fruity floral packaging trends of designer houses and strongly remind me of Nina Ricci's Nina bottle creations.
Top notes: bergamot, lemon, green notes
The first impression I'm getting is a fresh and outdoorsy, lemony note with a floral overtone that in a seconds blossoms into a rosy tinged, moderately sweet, lemony accord. It's breezy and light with just enough sweetness for you to crave more. Pivoine's well-balanced, joyful and summery accord lasts for about ten minutes before it transforms into a more full-blown floral.
Heart notes: violet, peony, magnolia
What hits my nose gradually is an irresistible and heady cloud of magnolia that despite the light nature of the fragrance can be quite overpowering for some. The rose is also there but if not dominant, I cannot say it plays a backseat either. I quite like the duality of the heart and the fact that powdery - heady and sheer-fresh rosy aspects are not mutually exclusive but can exist together and delight the senses without becoming a clashing mess, quite far from that.
At times, the sheer rose scent seems to come forward and be more apparent, sometimes it's the white floral. After about a couple of hours as the ingredients fuse, the heady white floral is replaced by a softer, creamy rose finally reducing the intensity of the heart. The peony appears gradually less rosy and more ozonic and fresh. The green and breezy facet that re-appears in the final phase finishes the accord after about 4 - 5 hours.
Base notes: musk, cedarwood, vanilla
As the heart of Pivoine Flora burnt off, a greener and ever so slightly bitter cedar note appeared with the still noticeable, fresh peony clinging onto the edges. The fragrance still had a creamy and powdery edge that must have been the vanilla however it never became a linear or sickly sweet vanilla. What was dominant is a somehow.
The dominant note that lingered was a clean and boring white musk that instead of holding up the key ingredient, peony, it completely drowned it. Sadly, the fragrance didn't feel genuine to my nose any more
And the woody trail promised turned out to be a synthetised woody - musk accord with a hint of faded floral and vanillic tint.
The common and disappointing base common to hundreds of fresh floral fragrances I've smelled from Yves Rocher to Cacharel, Ghost and many others didn't last long and completely disappeared after about 6 - 7 hours in total.
Peony Flora starts out strong and promising however it loses steam halfway and from then on goes downhill fast. Careful not to shock maybe, it stays middle of the road, light, sheer and citrusy - rosy cologne that is nice, inoffensive if a bit banal. It's warm and fresh at the beginning and the way the fresh, sweet and heady floral ends up in a non-descript banality is quite disappointing.
With this offering, L'Occitane also seem to abandon their natural concept and jump on the fresh fruity floral bandwagon. There are cheaper and more readily available fragrances out there without paying for a brand that isn't innovative or holds true to its concept in this case.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
£40 / 50ml Eau de Parfum at L'Occitane outlets.
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