“ Brand: Next / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette „
I like having a perfume that I can wear every day. I want something that is good enough quality (scent and lasts) but doesn't cost too much. I don't often wear perfume but some days I just like to smell nicer than others. Next offer a range of fragrances in quite an attractive price range which is perfect for me. It isn't a shop that I usually go to, but I received a perfume years ago as a present and have enjoyed them since as a simple fragrance for every day use. My favourite of the range is Define and is one I frequently buy when the last one runs out. It is a fragrance I have used for quite some time now.
** The Scent **
I am not good with picking out the specific scents in perfumes. To my untrained nose this perfume smells really nice, light but with musks. According to my research it is floral with warm musks. It is definitely a warm scent and it sits lovely on the skin. It is noticeable without being too strong or overpowering. I would say it is more of a day time perfume and not really something for night time use.
** Lastability **
As far as lastibility goes, this perfume is okay. It doesn't last all day (though I have noticed it lasting quite well on clothes) but it does last quite a bit through the day. It isn't the best perfume I've used in terms of lasting but for the price I have no complaints.
** Price and Availability **
You can buy this fragrance from most Next stores or from their website. The 100ml bottle will cost you £12 which is good for the quality of the perfume especially if you are wearing it every day.
** Overall **
I would recommend this perfume to most women. It is a nice smell at a good price. It is especially recommended if you want something for every day use without spending too much. My bottle has lasted me quite a well with some irregular use.
I have always wanted (and frequently failed) to find my signature fragrance, the one perfume that is just 'me'. I have tried numerous lotions, potions, eaux de parfum and toilette to no avail. My boyfriend, on the other hand, always smells wonderful and when I asked what scent he wore (Issey Miyake perhaps? Maybe a Marc Jacobs?) he replied "Dunno. Just something I got from Next". When I got over my rage (how dare he smell so good with such little effort?!) I found out which aftershave he had and headed to Next to find the female version.
I was in luck. His fragrance - Definition - has a feminine counterpart - Define. Firstly, I love the name. I am the verb to his noun. The action rather than the object. Sure, it makes no sense, but what perfume name does? I'd much rather be Define than Daisy, Lola or Miss Dior who, frankly, sound more like a lineup of strippers (cowgirl, Latin temptress and French dominatrix respectively) than perfumes.
The next thing I noticed was the price. A neat little gift set of a 30ml Eau De Toillette and a 9ml Eau De Parfum will set you back the meagre sum of £8. I had to read it twice as I thought it must be more than that but my first glance was correct - only £8. The EDT is in a very plain, square-ish bottle with a narrower gold band between the shoulder of the bottle and the lid. The EDP is in a narrow tube like a lip gloss (the wand variety rather than the squeezy ones. I was pretty pleased by this as they are both small enough to be handbag sized and sturdy enough not to break easily. Overly elaborate perfume bottles annoy me as my skin tends to absorb fragrance like a sponge so I need to be able to carry it around with me to reapply. Decorating the top of the bottle with a whacking great load of plastic flower shapes guarantees that I won't be buying your product, however delightful it is (I'm looking at you Marc Jacobs).
So, really cheap and in sensible packaging? There must be a catch, right? I looked at the scent description - "Exotic flowers and warm musk" - perhaps this was perfumiers code for "Makes you sneeze and smells like a damp towel on a radiator". I took a sniff. I was incredibly pleasantly surprised. It does indeed smell like exotic flowers and the musk notes give it a slightly herbal, rosemary-ish edge that I really like. It's not sickly and not too heady. A proper grown up daytime fragrance that is just interesting enough to make it a decent nighttime fragrance too.
I bought the set and on getting it home was pleased to find that the EDP is a handy little rollerball so you can apply it directly to pulse points without enforcing your fragrance on everyone in a 5 metre radius. This also seems to make the scent last longer on my skin. The EDT is a lighter version of this that you can use fairly liberally, it doesn't last as long but it's good for just freshening up now and again.
I would thoroughly recommend this perfume to anyone as it will suit most people I think. The gift set would be great for birthdays although you may want to leave a note with it to explain that it's a lot nice than your average cheap perfume set!
I'm not usually a Next girl. In fact I can't stand the shop. Overpriced "fashion" for average quality in my opinion, but hey I'm not here to talk about the brand but rather a product and that is a perfume called Define. I received this perfume as a gift a couple of weeks ago and really was not expecting much having spotted the NEXT logo on it. I usually go for middle priced fragrances such as Calvin Klein and Yves St Laurent or Jean Paul Gaultier, so this for me is a little bit of a step down - but nevertheless I thought I would give it a go.
Where To Purchase And Price
Being a Next brand you can only purchase this from this store, or the only other alternative may be eBay - but then there are likely to be delivery costs on top, so it is probably more cost effective to purchase from your local Next store. There are two sizes available which is good in my opinion, particularly if you have never tried a fragrance. It means if you do not like it, you haven't forked out the cost of a big bottle. A 30ml bottle costs £6.50 and a 75ml bottle costs £10.
The Packaging and The Fragrance
The packaging resembles, for me, something you would give as a gift - a cheap gift albeit. It is plastic with a gold and black boxing, with some ribbon tied round it. Like I say, from the look of it, you really wouldn't think much of it but it really does pack a punch in terms of giving off a nice, fresh smell. The bottle is very nice, clear with gold and black writing. On the Next website the description of this perfume is:
"An oriental fragrance with exotic flowers and warm musks." To be honest I do not really agree with this description, however I do like the fragrance. For me, it is fresh, and reminds me of a florist. What I particularly like is that it does tend to last all day, which some of the larger brands should take note of as theirs lasts a couple of hours and then it's gone. Define is not overpowering, and quite often I'll be sat next to someone or opposite somebody and they will say "what nice perfume you are wearing" or "what perfume are you wearing?" The first time somebody asked me I thought it was going to be because it smelt horrible and was offending others!
I have the 75ml bottle, which I think will last a long time - I have been wearing it quite a bit and the bottle is still nearly full. You only really need to use one spray to get the fragrance of this perfume, so it makes it great for lasting longer!
The only negative that really lets Define down for me is the packaging - it screams cheap. This surprises me because nothing in Next is cheap so I don't understand why they would design a cheap packaging for a perfume? Other than that, it is all good.
Who Does It Appeal To?
I think lots of women would be surprised that they would like this perfume, even those who often buy more expensive brands. Define could be given as a christmas present, especially to youngsters and teenagers and women of all age groups are all likely to like this.
Would I recommend It?
I would recommend it, but I don't know whether I could wear it all the time! I do like my quality perfumes though it does make a very good replacement, because although cheap it doesn't smell cheap.
I was having a clearout last weekend, and came across this fragrance which I'd put in a drawer somewhere and forgotten that I had. I've since been wearing it for work because I like to save my 'proper' (i.e. slightly pricey) perfumes for special occasions and weekends.
--Cost and Availability--
This fragrance is available from Next and currently costs £10 for 75ml. The fragrance is also available in various gift sets, although you get less for your money if you buy the fragrance this way as the gift sets include things like atomisers or body lotions.
The fragrance is packaged in a classy looking gold and black see-through box, and the bottle itself is transparent with a gold lid. It's very classy looking considering the price, and I would recommend this for a gift. The spray itself is a good size for fitting into your handbag, and it has a lid to stop any accidents in your bag. The fragrance is dispensed by the usual spray pump, and it comes out at a good pace so you only need to spray once or twice to get the desired effect.
Next describe this fragrance as "an oriental fragrance with exotic flowers and warm musks". This is very accurate as one word I would use to describe this fragrance is musky. This isn't a bad thing at all, as it's not overpowering or too strong, but is just right to give off a pleasant smell which is suitable for even sensitive noses. As I have mentioned before in perfume reviews, my other half has a heightened sense of smell and finds some perfumes can give him a headache. With this one, however, he has no problems and comments that it smells nice. I've also had comments from work colleagues on this perfume as it seems to be one which appeals to lots of different people.
When I first bought this EDT, I was surprised that it smells very similar to a more expensive perfume I used to buy in the days I had disposable income!. It reminds me of Emporio Armani's "She" perfume, as that is musky and described as a "bouquet of eastern flowers". I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say that so Dooyoo feel free to remove that line! It's a very appealing scent though and it's flowery but not overly girly. I find it very uplifting.
Obviously, being an Eau de Toilette rather than an Eau de Parfum, and considering it's from a high street store rather than a designer perfume, this is never going to have the staying power that more expensive perfumes would have. That said, I find the fragrance is still noticeable for a good few hours, and if I apply in the morning it only starts wearing off by mid-afternoon. This isn't too much of a problem as the bottle is small enough to carry with you if you wish to re-apply, although I don't tend to bother because I find the scent lingers on my clothes, coat and scarf which is nice and subtle and I don't see the need to be heavy-handed with reapplying the scent all day.
This is a gorgeous scent which is suitable for all ages, and gets a lot of compliments when I wear it. It's not expensive at all, and comes in nice packaging which would make a nice gift. It is a good size to carry in your handbag if you like to reapply, and considering the price the staying power is excellent compared to some cheap scents I've tried.
I'd recommend this as a cheap alternative if you run out of perfume and are saving the pennies, or as a gift for someone at Christmas.
I was first introduced to the Next eau de toilette in the form of a 25ml spray as a present, since then this fragrance has become a staple of my collection.
The fragrance comes in a variety of availabilities within the "define" range, which is currently extended for the xmas present selection. Available via there catalogue, some stores and online website.
25ml spray eau de toilette - which is the perfect size for your handbag , I am not sure this is available now but they currently have a define atomiser set for just RRP £12 which gives you an atomiser plus 2x 12ml eau de toilette and 2x 12ml perfumes.
75ml spray eau de toilette - ideal for a home and everyday use - RRP £10
The gift set - 30ml spray eau de toilette plus 100ml body wash and 100ml body cream ideal for xmas - RRP £10
The spray comes in a gold and black box which is indiscreet but looks elegant and inside you find you clear glass bottle with a spray action top. The spray action gives you a generous size squirt and I find one to each wrist and either side of my neck is perfect and the sent lasts for a considerable few hours, very god for a high street shop brand.
The fragrance according to Next is "An oriental fragrance with exotic flowers and warm musk's".
I do feel this is a perfect description, don't let the musk put you off it is very well absorbed into the fragrance and mixes superbly with the exotic flowers (it doesn't state what they are, but it would be nice to know as they smell great!). This does give a slightly oriental feel to the fragrance but it is not over powering by any means.
This perfume is perfect for day time use, myself I would like something stronger and deeper for the evening. Around the work place it would work well to as it is not strong enough to let everyone know your coming but has enough power to waft elegantly.
I do believe this is a perfume that will suit a vast majority of women probably from mid twenties upwards, as it is quite universal in it's fragrance I don't think many people would be offended by it and at the cheap price I don't think anyone can complain!
The bottle does last me a good few months even with daily use due to the staying power of the perfume and if you by the additional handbag size you can always top it up later.
A highly recommendable fragrance for yourself or a s a gift.
Review maybe posted on ciao and dooyoo under the same username.