Product Type: Next fragrances
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Next Define: My A-scent to Victory (terrible pun)
Next Define Eau de Toilette
Member Name: jesperado
Next Define Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Cheap! Smells Nice! Sensible bottle!
Disadvantages: None that I can see
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!
Summary: An absolute bargain, smells much more expensive than it is