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I was a big fan of the Moschino range of clothing as a teenager but thought the brand had died a death as for years I didn't see or hear anything from the label, so last year I was quite surprised to receive a bottle of Moschino Eau de Toilette in the post as a runners up prize in a competition. Originally launched in 1987, at one time it had a price tag to match anything from Jean Paul Gaultier or Hugo Boss although can now be purchased for around £22 for a smallish 45ml bottle.
First things first. The bottle. Garish and ugly, when I've finished the perfume I doubt this will be a bottle I keep with my collection of 'empties' as the snob in me realises it will just cheapen the appearance of my dressing table - the tacky Italian flag ribbon looked filthy within days of me beginning to use the perfume and in the end I teased it off the glass and binned it as it just looked a right mess!
The Moschino perfume itself is really strange. It is intensely spicy when first sprayed and almost has the smell of a male fragrance, top notes of oregano and coriander explain this somewhat although the addition of woody galbanum as a top note is a mystery as it can't be detected at all in the first burst of fragrance. The perfume is incredibly strong to begin with, and not in a particularly good way either as it has the intensity of a harsh Poundland offering - think Impulse body spray but on an even cheaper day!
After a while (too long in my opinion!) the spices give way to more floral notes and also becomes slightly peppery in fragrance, the intensity lessens too which helps me to enjoy the perfume more. The florals come through as a bouquet, although I don't think this is very well blended and is a bit of a mish-mash of scents - I can detect patchouli and ylang ylang in the fragrance but there's no hint of either the carnation or rose, which is a shame as I always think these two notes add sophistication to any perfume. And boy, is this perfume in need of an injection of sophistication!
Luckily, just as the florals are becoming sickly, a beautiful mingling of vanilla and musk come through. These are the base notes so linger the longest, although to be honest the perfume dies down very quickly once you get your first sniff of vanilla. To be fair, the vanilla is apparent throughout the floral stage and simply becomes more intense once these are starting to disappear, it's a nicely natural vanilla too without the strong level of sweetness that you can sometimes get from this aspect of a perfume - that's not to say that I don't like intense sweetness (I do), but I'm glad it's been toned down for Moschino as mixed in with the other notes I think too much sugariness would create too much of a clash.
The Moschino Eau de Toilette has a lifespan of just four hours (I timed it today with Mark's help). This, in my opinion, is very poor considering the initial intenseness of the perfume - reapplying isn't really possible either as I've noticed you end up with quite a bitter fragrance if you attempt to re-spray over the original application of perfume. I've never known this before so suspect some chemical or other is lingering on my skin to create this bitterness when I try to top up the fragrance.
I won't use this much more myself as I think it's extremely tacky in parts, I like my designer perfumes and wouldn't like my friends and acquaintances to think I've fallen on hard times by wearing Moschino too often! I offered it to my fifteen year old daughter last night, who took one sniff and told me she didn't want it - and as Charlotte is the one who usually has her hand open for any beauty-related freebies I think that says everything you need to know about this particular perfume!
Moschino embrace the idea of flamboyance with their extravagant Moschino For Women Eau De Toilette fragrance / A complicated and intense mix of flowers, woody note and spices make up the unique heart of this fragrance / Bold and outlandish but still fully in control, the scent is a strong symbol of femininity / Top notes: Aromatic oregano, coriander and galbanum / Heart notes: Nutmeg, carnation, sandalwood, gardenia, patchouli, pepper, ylang-ylang and rose / Base notes: Amber, musk and vanilla /