“ Brand: Marks & Spencers / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / Gender: for women „
Almost every Christmas without fail I receive a couple of new fragrances from family and friends. These usually keep me going for the year, so I was glad to see a couple of new ones amongst my gifts again this year, one being this M&S Autograph New York eau de toilette, which I see retails at £18 on the M&S website for the 100ml bottle which I was given. Until I had a closer look, I initially didn't realise this fragrance was by M&S as the packaging looked rather high end, as does the bottle, resembling many of the more luxurious perfume brands with its slender rectangular bottle and rectangular lid.
This eau de toilette contains top notes bergamot, gardenia, and apricot, base notes of musk, vanilla and sandalwood and heart notes of jasmine, warm woods and damask rose. When you spray this fragrance there is definitely a luxurious element to it, and I can detect the musky notes as well as the fruitiness and vanilla. My husband has commented several times after I have sprayed this as the scent lingers in the room and even my little girl wants a little spray when I use it in the morning.
This is a fragrance that would be suitable for both day and night. Since receiving this at Christmas I have used it frequently for work and for a good half hour to an hour I can still smell it, however, a couple of hours later and there is no scent remaining, which is such a disappointment. I have had cheaper fragrances bought to me that have lasted better.
Given the fact that the fragrance doesn't last means I would question if it is really worth £18, which is costly for a high street branded eau de toilette. At that price I would expect more durability.
All in all, as much as I love the scent, and there is an expensive quality to the scent, it just doesn't have the staying power that it should for the price that it retails at. I know I didn't purchase this fragrance but if it had had staying power I would have purchased more in the future, but because it doesn't I wouldn't waste the money. I will happily use up the bottle and spray it on, but I would need to be re spraying frequently throughout the day if I wanted to get my money's worth!
I always get Marks and Spencer smelly goodies for Christmas from my gran. It's her kind of shop. Years ago I never looked near m&s as thought of it more for people probably my gran's age, but over the last few years I think the shop has become more for the younger person and for all ages.
This was my first try of this Perfume. Apparently the Autograph range is aimed at the business woman and there is a few things in the Autograph range. I got this in a 100ml bottle, and looked online and saw it cost £12.
The box and bottle looks alright. I think they look simple yet expensive and a classic shape. The bottle is the same as the Dooyoo picture. Just a simple square ish bottle which is a pretty thick glass. Just the thin lettering on the front. I think it's aiming to look like an expensive designer brand but without the price tag.
So how does this smell? It's a heavy scent and although it doesn't have all Floral notes in here, it does smell pretty heavy floral. The notes in here are Gardenia, Apricot, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Velvet Musk and Vanilla. I couldn't smell the Rose or Apricot but the Gardenia and Bergamot is probably the most noticable. If I had just looked at the notes that were in this scent on the back of the box then I don't think I would have bought this as I think it gives the image that this would perhaps be an older kind of scent, but it is nice enough. Yes, it is heavier and there is a slight Oriental scent to this mixed in with the Floral and slightly sparkling notes, but it's still alright. This seemed really strong when I first sprayed this, so just gave 2 squirts instead of my usual 3 but it seemed to wear off quite quick as well. The initial strong scent went away after 20 minutes, but I would say after not even 2 hours I could hardly smell this at all. Just a faint whiff lingering on my wrist, so I had to reapply this.
This isn't properly to my taste. It is nice enough, but I will not be buying it again. It's just not my kind of scent, but I know a couple of people who like this one. It's a good brand at a great price and it smells a lot more expensive than it is. Would make a nice present for someone.
While on a recent shopping trip in Marks & Spencers I came across their range of perfumes. Years ago I was bought Isis for Christmas but since then I've never really bothered to investigate them any further. I sampled their Autograph New York perfume and after noticing the price tag attached to it, plonked a bottle into my basket rather proud of myself for not opting for a more expensive one.
Autograph is made by Marks & Spencers and consists of a clothing line as well as a make up and perfume range. The brand name Marks & Spencers has been around since 1884 where it started off as a market stall in Leeds. Since then the brand name has grown and in the more recent years several seperate brands have been introduced in an attempt to attract a different clientele with Autograph being launched back in 2002 for the up and coming business woman market.
The perfume comes in a clear, rectangular glass bottle which has a clear, rectangular lid to it. The words "Autograph," "Marks & Spencers" and "New York" are printed on the front in black type but apart from that the information is kept to a minimum. The bottle is housed in a clear fronted plastic box which does contain some product information on the back of it. All in all the packaging is quite classy looking and I would have associated it with a much more expensive and prestigious brand.
The perfume itself is a pale golden orange in colour which you can clearly see through the glass bottle. To dispense the perfume simply use the press down pump on the top of the bottle which is commonplace with the majority of perfumes. The scent itself is quite a rich and somewhat heavy scent that is not overly feminine and not at all bland. There's notes of bergamot, gardenia and apricot according to the description as well as rose, jasmine, sandalwood, velvety musks and vanilla.
My personal opinion of the perfume is that it is quite a heavy scent and one that is not overly feminine, it's not light or flowery in the slightest and would be better suited to nightwear if you usually opt for lighter fragrances in the daytime. It's a slightly sickly fragrance to start with and I personally couldn't really smell the musks or the vanilla in the scent but instead picked up on the rose and jasmine which give quite a bewitching sweet smell to the fragrance. It's not the most flattering fragrance I've come across, nor is it the nicest sadly as it's a little heavy and little masculine smelling.
The best thing about this perfume is arguably its price tag which is a massive... £12.00. Yes that's right, it's £12.00 for 100ml which in my opinion is a bit of a bargain. I tend to pay around £50 for a 100ml bottle of some of my favourite perfumes so this one is a great choice at just a fraction of the price. Where it does fall down is probably in quality, although the scent is okay and quite pleasing it doesn't have the long lasting factor as I discovered when I performed the time test...
After 5 minutes - the perfume smells really strong and quite heavy, it's certainly noticeable and does create quite a pleasant aroma around me.
After 1 hour - the perfume has faded quite a lot in strenth and although I can still smell it it's only when my wrist is right next to my nose.
After 3 hours - there is a very small hint of the fragrance left on my wrist but when I walk into a room or past someone they can no longer smell it.
After 5 hours - there is absolutely no trace left on me of the perfume although I could still smell it very faintly on my jumper.
This perfume is an absolute bargain at only £12.00 for a 100ml bottle and it's ideal to carry around in your handbag so it's on hand whenever you need to freshen up. The only downside to it is the fact that it doesn't last that long so you will need to re-apply it during the day. It's also not the most feminine or light of fragrances so if this is what you usually opt for you might want to avoid this one. There is also a body spray in the same New York range which is priced at £3.00 so it would make an ideal gift if you bought the set. Despite it not being exactly to my liking I would recommend having a bit of a sniff next time you're in Marks & Spencers, see if you can pick up a bargain perfume!
Thanks for reading.