Product Type: Paul Smith fragrances
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A City Scent?
Paul Smith London Eau de Parfum
Member Name: angelboouk
Paul Smith London Eau de Parfum
Advantages: lovely scent, strength, perfect for wearing in the evening
Paul Smith is a fashion brand. They also offer a range of male and female fragrances.
~Paul Smith London~
Paul Smith offer a 'London' fragrance for both males and females. I will be discussing the female version which is available in an eau de toilette and an eau de parfum. This fragrance name isn't exactly inspiring in my opinion but is fitting with the Paul Smith name.
London EDP was released in 2004 and falls into the oriental/woody fragrance family. It is recommended for casual use. There are currently no matching body products on offer to layer this scent.
*Top notes - neroli, anise, lime and lilac
*Heart notes - jasmine and patchouli
*Base notes - vanilla and heliotrope
London EDP would have once been widely available in a full size spray bottle. Internet searches reveal that the miniature bottles are more readily available. I own a miniature bottle which is a splash bottle. This deep red/purple, glass bottle is shaped a little like a potion bottle - round at the base with a thin, fluted neck and screw top lid. It is an unusual bottle but not particularly striking in my opinion. The bottle is presented in a red coloured gift box.
~Price and Availability~
A 5ml miniature can be bought online from various outlets from £3.50 - £6.00. Stockists include Amazon, www.justminiatures.co.uk and eBay. You may also come across a full size bottle on eBay but expect to pay quite a bit more than the original price.
I like to have a collection of miniature fragrances for taking out with me and on holiday to avoid carrying a large bottle around. I purchased my little bottle of London EDP from Amazon a few months ago after it was recommended to me. I don't mind paying a few pounds for a good quality EDP miniature and feel this one is fairly priced given how difficult it is to find a full size bottle. I would personally prefer a spray bottle but the splash bottle is functional if a little messy.
As I wear perfume daily, I like to alternate the types of fragrances I use. I normally opt for something fresh and lively for day time wear and something a little heavier for evening use if I am off out. There really is a fragrance for every occasion and I feel London EDP is the perfect transitional 'day to evening' fragrance. The fragrance notes have been selected well to offer a bright opening and something a bit more special to take hold as the evening begins.
~Living The City Life?~
The strength of London is really good. From the moment I splash it on to my neck and wrist, the scent is noticeable and remains consistent during its time on my skin. The opening fragrance is highly appealing and has been well blended in my opinion as the fragrance notes mingle perfectly whilst the stronger notes shine through of their own accord during the first hour or so. The lime is the prominent scent - very zingy, bright and sweet and complimented by a slightly, bitter neroli note. The anise adds a spicy undertone and the top note ensemble flows well. I can't help but think of holidays abroad whilst using this fragrance - there is something rather exotic about it.
The sweetness from the lime clings to my skin whilst the heart notes become recognisable. London EDP takes a twist here. It loses the vibrant, city chick image and changes to a more sensual, grown up scent. This is where the 'day to evening' transition takes place. I can apply this late afternoon to benefit from the fruity opening and by early evening, a more sophisticated aroma is noticeable thanks to the carefully blended patchouli and jasmine. The sweetness of the lime isn't noticeable after an hour or so but a warm, sort of powdery scent laces the jasmine.
The heart of London EDP is noticeable on my skin for a good 5 hours or so. By late evening, the scent changes again to reveal a dry down which is rather comforting and close to the skin - perfect for detecting whilst getting ready for bed in my opinion. The powdery tinge from the heart is complimented by a gorgeous, sweet and warm vanilla which is a little subtle but very authentic is scent. There is not a hint of anything artificial here. This lovely scent lasts 2 hours or so on my skin but does seem to cling to my jacket and scarf for a few days which is nice.
I feel Paul Smith fragrances are aimed at the younger female market. Personally, I find London EDP would be suitable for young and more mature ladies. It is a simple yet stylish and sophisticated scent. It is versatile but I prefer to wear it afternoon through to late evening.
Overall I can recommend Paul Smith London EDP. It lasts well and isn't too expensive. I wear this occasionally and always feel special when wearing it. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another miniature and therefore I can highly recommend this fragrance. Despite being released 8years ago, this fragrance is still favourable - a classic.
Thanks for reading ;)
Summary: not London but a lovely fragrance