In the past few months I have been seeking out Nina Ricci fragrances in the apple shaped bottle. She has made 12 different fragrances in the apple shaped bottles the last of which was released just this month, La Tentation de Nina.
I am a bit of a late starter on this collection and some Nina Ricci fragrances are impossible to find from legitimate retailers.
~ Price ~
I googled this fragrance, Pretty Nina and was surprised to see that it came up on the website of the well-known catalogue retailer's website, www.freemans.com.
It was £45.00 for 50ml, which is way more than you would pay for the 80ml of other Nina Ricci fragrances, but I was blinded by the rarity of this item and bought it in a flash.
I annoyingly found a few days ago that Amazon.co.uk sell this fragrance for just £33.25. It is direct from Amazon, not from a private seller!
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is the same design as the original Nina by Nina Ricci. It is a rounded apple shaped bottle with three metal leaves attached to the lid and a spherical lid at the apple's stalk.
The bottle for Pretty Nina is made from pink glass rather than red glass like the original.
I do think it is more pretty in pink. I really like the bottle design.
~ Scent ~
This eau de toilette has top notes of grapefruit.
The heart notes are green apple, raspberry and jasmine Sambac blossom.
The base notes are caramel, apple tree accords, powdery vanilla and sensual musk.
The scent does open with a sparkling grapefruit scent. It gives the fragrance quite a bitter, citrusy scent, but it isn't too harsh.
There is also a pleasant floral scent, which sits alongside the strong grapefruit note. As the heart notes reveal themselves I can smell the similarity between this fragrance and the original Nina; the signature that runs right through the Nina apple range.
The heart notes are a lot prettier and more feminine than the first impression of the perfume that you get when it is first sprayed.
The fragrance lasts on my skin for around 6 hours before wearing off, which is 'pretty' good for an eau de toilette.
I think this scent is probably best suited to younger women.
I wouldn't hurry to buy this fragrance again, especially at the price I paid. It is pleasant, but nothing too special. I don't enjoy the strong grapefruit note when the perfume opens up and I have enjoyed Nina Ricci's other fragrances more than I have this one.
I do love the pretty, pink bottle, but this scent is not my favourite.
I received the Nina Pretty perfume by Nina Ricci as a birthday present and I have to admit it's not the kind of perfume I'd usually choose myself. Its a limited edition which was first launched in 2008 as a more modern variation of the original Nina Ricci fragrance. Nina Pretty is very much aimed at young women and is described as flirty, joyous and seductive. It is supposed to evoke feelings of enchantment and seduction in a "modern magical fairytale".
--- Price & Availability ---
The 50 ml (1.7 fluid oz) size which is the one that I have costs £29.99 - £35 and seems to be the most widely available. You can also get a larger 80 ml bottle for £41 or a tiny 30 ml bottle for £23.50. It can be picked up from places like Fragrance Direct, Amazon and various department stores.
--- Looks ---
The perfume comes in a cute apple-shaped glass bottle which has a deep pink colour underneath a decorative silver lid surrounded by leaves. The lid pulls of easily to reveal the button which has been designed to resemble a "stalk". On pressing the button a fair amount of perfume is released. If I'm being completely honest the bottle looks a bit tacky compared to those of similarly priced perfumes. The square white box it comes in is also rather plain with a pink apple and the Nina Ricci logo on top. A list of ingredients can be found on the back. It is a unique design but I think it could have been slightly more elaborate given the price tag.
--- The Fragrance ---
However, Nina Pretty more than redeems itself for me with an absolutely amazing scent! It is just as you'd expect; very feminine, sweet and girly. It is very fruity with a faint hint of floral smells underneath. I could definitely smell a sweet apple, strawberry and raspberry scent followed by the vanilla and rose petals that make up the base notes. The scent is supposed to open with a "fresh hit of tangy, sparkling grapefruit" although I couldn't really smell this over the other fruits. The fragrance is also supposed to contain a subtle caramel smell to add a bit more sweetness and indulgence as well as apple tree wood, white cedar, powdery vanilla and a sensual musky cotton. Overall it is a very pretty, light fragrance which is ideal for summer. It is strong but not overpowering as long as you don't spray too much. I was also really impressed with how long-lasting the scent is - I found that just one spray lasted me the whole day without having to reapply it.
--- Summary ---
A lovely fruity perfume, ideal for women both young and old. Although it is not my favourite perfume I own at the moment, it does smell absolutely gorgeous and will be getting a lot of use this summer. I would definitely recommend as a gift or if you want to treat yourself this summer.
Nina is a perfume designed and created by Nina Ricci and is described as being a magical and enchanting fairy tale from which secret dreams are born. This perfume is added to the collection of luxury perfumes by Ricci which all focus on sumptuous femininity and delicate floral twists.
I first set eyes on this perfume when I saw it being advertised in a magazine. It is not often an advert will catch my eye but this one was so enchanting and magical that I wanted to try the perfume.
The advertising focuses on apples, an object which is frequently associated with seduction and temptation in stories such as The Garden of Eden and Snow White. And that is the central theme of the perfume, temptation.
The story behind the fragrance is that Nina wants an original fragrance like no other. She wants a perfume with a promise of enchantment and a radiant power of seduction.
The bottle is unique and the beautiful pink glass is curved into the shape of an apple. The silver decorations on the top form the leaves and the button to release the fragrance is the stalk. It looks eye catching on display and is one of the more beautiful perfume packaging that I've seen.
The enchanting perfume itself is feminine, flirty, fruity and fresh. It has sparkling notes of grapefruit and green apple which are infused with raspberry and jasmine blossom. The underlying notes are caramel, apple tree accords, vanilla and sensual musk. It is actually a remake of a previous perfume by Nina Ricci and this one is supposed to be younger and sweeter than its predecessor.
The perfume is quite heavy and you won't need to spray much or it will become overpowering for you and those nearby. But that just means that the product lasts longer. As a word of warning, a fair amount of the product comes out with each press of the button. It smells creamy and fruity and is an intensely different aroma. It is a little bit heavy on the musk as I prefer perfumes to be lighter but that's just me!
The fragrance is extremely long lasting so you won't need to reapply the perfume as you sometimes have to with other fragrances. When I go to put on a scarf or coat, the fragrance still envelopes the item from the previous time that it was worn.
This perfume can be bought for around £35 for 50ml although I'm sure the price will vary greatly. It can be bought from most perfume shops and department stores as well as online.
All in all, I would say this is a long lasting fruity and feminine perfume that suits all ages and personalities. It is fresh and tempting, just remember not to spray too much!
A true 'girly girl' fragrance....just gorgeous! The cute little bottle caught my eye straight away and I just had to have a squirt - I was not dissapointed! The pretty 'lil pink apple shaped glass bottle with silver coloured leaves around the lid enhances any dressing table. The smell reminds me of toffee apples but it is generally quite light, sweet and fruity and not at all heavy. Nina is one of those scents which seems to settle down and develops nicely as the day goes on. If you like all things feminine then you will love Nina.
I think the price of this perfume is very reasonable. The best value size is the 80ml bottle which costs £41, a 50ml size is £29.99 but the smallest size available is 30ml and although this size does not represent the best value at £23.50, I think the dinky little bottle is just sooo cute!
My hubby bought me this perfume for Xmas and I was so pleased with it....get someone you love to treat you to some!
My ex boyfriend bought me this perfume last year as a present (bad start hey!) because I smelt a sample in a magazine and just had to have it. Its an absolutly gorgeous intriging smell.
I have had a bad experience with Nina Ricci, I had one perfume by her (L'air de Temps or something???) and was completly put off as I thought it smelt absolutly disgusting and of old ladies! So this was a nice surprise to smell what I assumed was an old ladies scent to be delciously entrancing.
The bottle- not sure why it is really in the shape of an apple, as although it contains grapefruit, green apple, raspberry, jasmine, Sambac blossom, caramel, apple tree accords, vanilla and sensual musk, I don't think it would be the best perfume bottle shape to chose as the scent of apple doesn't really stick out too me. I also feel its a slightly copy of DKNY Be delicious.
The silver lid and leaves also fell off after a while. I loved the pinky red colour however.
The scent is really nice, very pretty as the name suggests, and I think any age could wear this. I find it really hard to describe scents but this scent just reminds me of summer time. Despite the disappointment with the quality of the bottle, the scent more than makes up for it!
The price varies from between £25 and around £40 which is cheaper than a lot of perfumes that I have had, however I understand that you are mainly paying for the brand with perfume.
I will probably be buying this perfume again, however it is not my favourite of all time I love the smell of it and is a real summery scent.
I was bought this as a gift by a eldery relative. I usually like to pick my own perfume (even if someone else is paying!) as I am a total perfume obsessive, my dressing table is like the perfume counter in boots! So it wasnt the best start, but when i saw that it was nina ricci i was intregued, as i havent ever owned a bottle of her perfume, but had heard good reviews about a previous one (not sure of the name, but maybe youll know what im on about!). And i also thought it was definately worth a try as i had been bought the 50ml bottle, and it turned out this wasnt the cheapest at, i think, around £40 a bottle.
When i opened the box I was slightly disappointed through, as the bottle seemed a cheaper version of the DKNY one! Designed to look like an apple, with silver coloured leaves it seemed slightly tacky (I have nothing against tackyness in perfume, im a fan of britney spears, paris hilton and katie price, but this was from a more upmarket perfume!). But I must admit the Pinkness of it did give it some bonus points!
So i hadnt had the best impression so far, but you dont judge a book on its cover and all that!
I sprayed, and well, i dont know how to explain it. At first i was unsure, but then a note hit me, and i just wanted it off! Im unsure what that note is, and i cant retry, as it has now been sold on ebay for £25 so i guess i didnt loose out completely.
There was something about it that i just really didnt like, and i am really unsure what it is, as all the notes in this perfume i usually like! Notes include grapefruit, green apple, raspberry, jasmine, Sambac blossom, caramel, apple tree accords, powdery vanilla, sensual musk.
I would not recommend this to anyone unfortuanely, and i have definately been put off any other nina ricci perfume! But i have read many good reviews of this perfume, so i guess its each to their own!
Occasionally I make really rash decisions and last weekend was one of those times lol. I was in Boots on my pay day and there was a stand there of boxed perfumes heavily reduced. Browsing through them there were brands I had and hadn't heard of but no testers available. Well that's rubbish for me as I like to know what I'm buying as I believe choosing a fragrance to be a serious purchase that says alot about who I am! However I spotted a 50ml bottle of this (usual price £39.99) reduced to £10.00. I had no clue what it was and basically picked it up and was considering taking a risk and buying it when this really rough woman started yelling at me at the top of her lungs and pointing at her daughter who was rifling through her purse. The girl wanted it and hadn't picked it up to purchase and thought her Mum had and this was the last box. Normally I'd hand it back but their manners and dirty looks were amazing and I walked off muttering that it's funny it's in my hands and not yours! I didn't care for their attitudes one bit and forgot all about the fact that I was buying something I had never even sniffed but then once I'd bought it that's when I looked into the perfume cabinets (in Boots) and saw this on display for the higher price. Well I was delighted at such a saving and my perfume still being in a sealed box and everything! Even the sales assistant didn't know why this one bottle was reduced so heftily. I decided I'd sniff it and if I didn't like it sell it on Ebay or something or give it to someone best suited to it that I know or something like that!
Large square white box. All the writing on it is in dark pink and on the front there is a picture drawn on a pink apple and on that I'm told it's 'Pretty Nina' and under that I'm told it is Eau De Toilette Vaporisateur Spray and my size (50ml-1.7FL OZ) is stated. On the back of the box it simply says 'Parfums Nina Ricci Paris' and ingredients are listed. On the bottom of the box contact details for Nina Ricci are given, the volume content and recycle symbol is shown and finally there is a black bar-code.
The bottle itself is clear, quite thick glass in the shape of an apple. You pull off the rounded silver lid to uncover a matching silver push button sprayer which has to that attached leafs that rest on the top of the bottle and on there Nina Ricci is engraved in small lettering. On the bottom of the bottle on a clear label I am told what it is (again lol), the size and that it's made in France and that's that. It's all beautifully designed and looks fresh, elegant but still young in it's appeal. It's quite a funky, cute, quirky bottle which stands out as different but still remaining to look great quality and elegant.
The first person to smell this was my Mother who I had trouble getting it off. She'd spotted it sat on the sofa and opened it all up while I was telling her the story of why I bought it as I was making us a cuppa! Her words went mmm yum mmmmmm that's pretty mmm, as I tried to grab it off her excitedly to smell it for myself. I said it's funny you call it that cos it is after called 'Pretty Nina'!
Well what can I say it's one of my most fabulously wonderful purchases ever! It's just so gorgeous and for me I just can't see how people could possibly dislike it and it's one I'd happily buy for any woman I know secure and safe in the knowledge it would suit most ladies with no age prejudice!
What is wonderful about this fragrance is how it smells so different on people. I have worn this, so has my younger friend and my Mum nicks it too (she thinks I don't know lol). On all of us it smells very different and on my Mum it smells alot more grown up than on me etc. It just blends with who you are really, it's hard to describe!
Scent wise when first sprayed on it's quite strong. It's a mix of the gourmand edition of the original Nina fragrance but has new notes of raspberry, grapefruit & rose petals added for a more modern and upbeat twist.
It has top notes of grapefruit, Caipirinha lime, middle notes of juicy raspberry, green apple, jasmine and base notes of rose, apple-tree wood, musk, vanilla and caramel.
The above ingredients blend into a clear liquid that you simply spray on where desired. You don't need a lot of it because of it's powerful blend. For me it's a sweet perfume and really to my nostrils smells of raspberry, jasmine, vanilla and caramel with a dusky, musky undertone and the apple and lime just giving some of those fragrances a burst of energy to pop the smells out and zing them. Although it's rich and multi faceted (smells slightly different every time you sniff it) it's still really feminine and floral and remains airy and makes me feel romantic and sensual. It's a warm infusion and really a great perfume for any time of day or night time wear, it's up to you entirely.
This is such an adorable perfume and for something so delicate smelling really is punchy and it lasts on the skin pungent for hours upon hours. People always say how much they love this one and it's a real feel good perfume that suits most nasal passages. I love it and will re-buy it, even with it's usual £39.99 price tag, I wouldn't think twice!
I'm pretty sure this is also available in a 30ml size priced at about £25.00 a bottle. I've only seen this on sale in Boots and online and it is worth investigating online if you fancy it due to the huge discounts on offer!
Recommended from me 100%, it's my new favourite!