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I've had a bottle of Eau de Lalique perfume for a couple of years now, a friend bought it for me when she spent time in Australia - it's not a perfume house many people know of but does have enough of a following to enable them to charge up to £64 for a 100ml bottle of their original Eau fragrance.
I wouldn't say it's my favourite perfume but it does have a beautifully delicate and refreshing scent that I like to use as a daytime fragrance. Upon first spraying Eau de Lalique has a very citrus tone thanks to the addition of beautifully natural mandarin orange and lemon notes. These mingle with warmer cardamom and bergamot, creating a stunning first blend of fragrance.
A more floral tone begins appearing after around an hour, it's never the sort of flowery fragrance that clouds around me and works more to help the citrus fragrances to develop. Hibiscus and freesia are the two main floral notes but these are mixed with a rich cinnamon fragrance which suddenly makes the perfume seem very grown up. Throughout the floral period is a hint of citrus, this comes through in gorgeous little bursts and livens up the otherwise quite 'mature' smelling perfume.
Afterwards Eau de Lalique turns musky; it's a very sexy musk in my opinion which turns this otherwise fruity floral perfume slightly oriental in tone. Again, this stops the citrus fragrances making it feel like a teenyboppers perfume and shouts 'welcome to womanhood' to every woman who applies it. The musk is underlined by an attractive woodiness which reminds me so much of aftershave that I can't help feeling like my scent is very masculine for the few minutes it takes for the sandalwood to blend into the main body of the perfume.
The lasting power is good, from spray to death I'd estimate I get a good five hours wear. It's strange actually as the perfume is so light and easy to wear that I'm always surprised by it's longevity. I lose my own nose for it quite quickly (the descriptions I've given above are from random sniffs of my wrists throughout the lifespan of the perfume) but Mark insists he can smell it for literally hours when I walk past him. Despite this, its not heavy enough for nighttime wear as the fragrance is too delicate in itself and would definitely become lost among other odours if I was out and about.
The bottle is strangely pretty; an old fashioned cologne style affair, it manages to look classy and slightly dowdy all at the same time. When I look at it sitting among my more striking bottles it's like looking at the ugly duckling, when taken alone it looks fab but in a crowd Eau de Lalique's dullness stands out. Much like Fergie from BEP methinks.
I'm coming to the end of this bottle now but am undecided whether I'll buy it again. I do love the scent, the citrus/floral blend is feminine and nothing short of genius. It's an uncomplicated perfume which, for the right person, could become a signature scent. Not for me though, not really. I prefer something with a bit more oomph, this isn't a dull scent by any means but I can't justify spending that kind of money on a daytime perfume when (with brutal honesty) there are the same types of fragrances available for half the price. If I'm spending £60 I want people to *taste* my perfume as I walk into the party, this is more the one I wear when I go to parents evening.
A oriental spicy fragrance for women and men /