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Although I have my favourite perfume which I always ensure I have some of, every year for Christmas, I ask Santa for a new one. By asking Santa, this normally involves going Christmas shopping and spending ages in Boots spraying ourselves silly trying to identify what we like. A couple of years ago, this fragrance really took my fancy.
One thing that really appealed to me was the design of the bottle; I felt it was quite different to anything else on the market. The bottle is a long rectangular shape which looks like it has been twisted half way and made from quite thick clear glass giving it quite an expensive feel. The lid also has the same twisted effect. The liquid inside is a nice pastel pink colour.
According to Boots.com, the notes of the fragrance are:
TOP NOTE: Vibrant Pink Peppercorns
HEART NOTE: Fruity Osmanthus flower
BASE NOTE: Precious Patchouli
As with most perfumes, the above doesn't really tell me anything, what I can say is that this fragrance is beautiful - It smells sweet (yet not too sickly) and it has a subtle vanilla undertone. The fragrance isn't too strong or overpowering, but it does have really good staying power, several hours after first spraying, I can still detect the aroma on my skin. Whenever I buy a new fragrance, I always like to get some moisturiser or body cream from the same range and apply the fragrance on top as I find that I then don't need to apply as much.
I have seen three different sizes available, 30ml which retails for around £35, 50ml which retails for around £45 and 75ml which retails for around £60. Compared to other fragrances I have purchased in the past, I find this a little on the steep side - but because I love the fragrance, I would say it is worth it. It is available in most department stores and online to fragrance shops too.
Overall, I would recommend this perfume and give 5 out of 5 stars.
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This was a little miniature I received as part of a lancome perfume gift set. I love the opportunity to try a selection of different scents and lancome is a well established and respected brand so I was excited to try them. This was probably one of the more disappointing fragrance for me, and here is why:
The perfume comes in a glass bottle, essentially rectangular in shape but twisted round to give a very elegant silhouette. The different facets of the bottle catch the light on the reflective glass, creating a very beautiful and elegant effect. The perfume itself is a light pink colour which looks very pretty in the bottle but unfortunately doesn't really stand out amongst my other perfumes.. The bottle has a clear lid and silver metal pump which works exactly as you would expect. Overall I really like the bottle although I find the shape to be a bit lacking in feminine charm - this is in part saved by the colour of the perfume though which does inject a girly quality whilst retaining the sense of luxury.
I found the fragrance relatively pleasant. It is a light scent which has fruity notes with a little added spice. I like the smell of this perfume, although I prefer my perfumes to smell a little fresher and with more floral notes to guarantee a feminine smell. The core notes is pink peppercorns, with undertones of osmanthus flower and overtones of patchouli. Overall the smell is very pretty - it has a decidedly fruity smell to it which is complemented by the rich, musky undertones. I think this is probably a more mature scent - I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a fun fragrance for under 25s. That said, I do think some younger people would love the smell and some older people would hate it - it just doesn't feel particularly fun and fresh. I think it is probably a slightly more acquired taste than some of the other lancome perfumes I have tried and it just wasn't really to my liking.
In terms of price this is another overpriced lancome fragrance (I think most of them are). At £35.00 for 30ml it is as the top end of perfumes within the designer brand spectrum. I wouldn't fork out £35.00 for it but it is nice to be able to test out a miniature size.
To summarise my thoughts: nice but not to my taste and certainly not for that price!