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I don't normally wear perfume on an everyday basis as I sometimes find them to be a bit overwhelming during the day. I do however like to wear it on special occasions or nights out.
I got this delightful Nina Ricci perfume as a present for my birthday just over 2 weeks ago and have worn it nearly everyday since!
The packaging is quite simple. It comes in a cream box with a pink apple however when opening the box, the bottle itself is quite elegant and very feminine. In the shape of a pink apple, it has quite an intricate silver top which drapes over the apple and it is the perfect size to keep in your handbag for a quick touch up.
The scent is absolutely glorious. It is a mix between smelling of flowers and quite a citrus scent. I wasn't totally convinced when I first put it on as it was a tad strong for my liking however within a couple of minutes, the smell had evened itself out as it dried on my neck and wrists. The perfume is perfect for summer and quite girly. It gives me an instant pick me up and makes me feel more dressed up even when wearing casual clothes.
It is quite long lasting and 3 sprays (2 on my neck and 1 on my wrists) normally lasts me the duration of my going out. However, when going for a full day trip I would advise taking the bottle in your bag or wearing a stronger perfume as after 4-5 hours, the smell is practically gone.
As I got this as a present, I can't comment on value for money. I have the 50ml bottle and a quick search on Amazon shows that a 30ml bottle can be purchased for £21 which is extremely decent. I will definitely be buying this again when my current bottle runs out!
Nina Ricci L'Eau
£35.50 The perfume shop
A nice Sunday afternoon with my friend and we decide on a trip to Harrods. I've lived in London for a year and I've never been, that needed to be changed. It didn't take us very long to reach the perfume section, my last perfume recently ran out so I needed a new one. I suspected the prices in Harrods to be expensive but was worth a look to see if any caught my attention.
I saw a cute little bottle in the shape of an apple it was a beautiful shade of pale pink with a silver top. I asked the very well presented sales advisor if I could have a sample on a card. The scent blew me away it was beautiful. Quite strong and lingered in the air. I walked away from the stand, still holding the hard with the beautiful scent on. From recent experience I know it takes a while for the scent to settle on the card and sometimes the scent can change after a while.
After walking around Harrods we went to oxford street I was still thinking about that little apple shaped bottle so I headed to the perfume shop and they had it in 3 different sizes. I bought the middle sized bottle - 50ml for £35.50 which is quite a good price for such a beautiful bottle with a magical scent. Later got home to find I had a £5.00 off voucher but we'll try and forget that little detail.
The scent is beautiful and magical, it reminds me strongly of Disney, especially of Snow White. It's a very fruity scent with a hint of floral ness. I love it so much and would strongly recommend it to anyone. This may sound odd but the perfume really puts me in a cheerful mood, a great start to any day which then proves to be a positive confident day.
I have had a couple of people compliment me on the perfume which is always nice and a bonus seeing as I like it so much. Definitely a perfume I will continue to buy.
My partner bought Nina Ricci Nina L'Eau for my birthday recently.
~ Price and availability ~
This fragrance is available in 30ml, 50ml and 80ml bottles.
The 30ml bottle is available from Boots for £26.00.
The 50ml bottle is available from Boots for £35.50. It is also available from allbeauty.com for £28.45.
The 80ml bottle is available from allbeauty.com for £36.25 (RRP £48.00). Boots do not stock the 80ml bottle.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is made from light pink frosted glass and it is apple shaped.
There are three silver, metal leaves that are attached to the neck of the bottle. 'Nina Ricci' is imprinted onto one of the leaves.
The lid of the fragrance is spherical and also silver and it serves as the stalk of the apple.
I think the bottle is very pretty.
~ Scent ~
I love this fragrance. It does remind me of the original Nina by Nina Ricci fragrance, but it is definitely different. I actually prefer this one to the original.
The top notes are apple, grapefruit, mandarin and neroli.
The heart notes are watery accords, gardenia and cherry.
The base note is sensual musk.
When it is first sprayed it is sparkling, vibrant and fresh. As it calms down on my skin it has a watery, fruity scent that reminds me of watermelon.
I can detect the apple and cherry in this scent. It is very fruity and uplifting.
Some of the Nina Ricci fragrances in these apple shaped bottles are too citrusy, but this one is really fruity and much more enjoyable.
The fragrance is light and delicate and it has a sweetness to it. I don't think anyone would find it offensive. It doesn't have any sharp or harsh notes.
As the fragrance dries down it has a clean, papery scent, which I really like.
The fragrance is reasonably long lasting. It lasts on my skin for around 5 hours before wearing off, which is quite impressive as it is a light and fruity fragrance, which I usually find don't last as long. I find that I notice this fragrance on myself quite a lot during the day as well.
I think this is probably aimed towards younger women as it is very light, fresh and fruity and the bottle is quite youthful and fun.
I think it is definitely a day time scent. It is a bit light and fresh for night time wear.
I would definitely recommend this fragrance and I would definitely buy it again if I was to run out. It is very reasonably priced, it smells lovely and it lasts well.
I've been enjoying the Boots Advent Calendar this month, very much and this edt was one of the items included early on, around day three I think. I've kept returning to the small sample so that means I must like it!
I had heard of Nina Ricci before, I think I've even seen some make up by this brand in TK Maxx but I don't think I have ever had a fragrance by NR. Therefore I probably wouldn't have chosen to sample this in a perfume shop faced with all the other choices so it's nice to be surprised sometimes, that's why I like the advent and beauty boxes I subscribe to.
The fragrance when first sprayed is nice and light and definitely a 'daytime' wear perfume. It has floral and fruity tones and is very feminine. It has a clean linen smell to it too which is nice.
What's in it?
Base note: Musk (I'm not getting this at all). Heart notes: gardenia, cherry and Watery accords. Top notes: apple, grapefruit, mandarin and neroli.
A quick search tells me a 30ml edt spray is £21.95 at Fragrance Direct which to me is a mid range price: not cheap but not ridiculously expensive either. I also note it comes in a really funky pink frosted glass bottle with silver lid and decorations around the collar which is quite modern with a traditional dressing table cutesy look to it.
This fragrance lasts OK, in that I can still pick up the waft of it late morning but as the afternoon progresses I feel it's time for top up. I think this would suit both young and older ladies so it's a fairly safe buy if you're looking for a present. I prefer something a little stronger smelling for nights out but that's my preference.
Would I buy it?
Probably not. It's not made that big an impression on me, whilst I like it, I can live without it. I do like the bottle though!
I think this is a nice fragrance, in a pretty bottle. It's not too much in the power of the scent yet it lasts a few hours. I think most girls of most ages would be happy with this. Price wise it's fair and it has a clean and fresh appeal to it.