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Project D by Dannii & Tabitha

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Brand: Danni & Tabitha / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum

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      27.07.2011 19:11
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      A firm favourite...

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      The fragrance
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      I've had my bottle of PROJECT D for about a year now, but it has been a pain to try to describe it. The perfume smells a little bit different each time I wear it, so the different notes that I've been jotting down aren't necessarily all detectable every time I wear this, if that makes sense?

      I love the neroli that leading the top notes on PROJECT D; it's very spicy and sometimes smells a bit like licorice, yet it is also a bit powdery. The bergamot is light, but gives a tangy fresh feel and a slightly citrussy twinge to the fragrance so the powdered and spicier notes never get too loud or become overpowering.

      I love orchid notes so I was pleased to learn that the EDP uses purple orchid, which I think is actually a cattleya orchid. Most of the orchid notes in my perfume collection use spicier notes, but I can't separate any added spicy notes in the heart of this fragrance, it is tricky to separate all of the floral notes, but what I think is the orchid is a bit like jam; sweet, fruity and slightly watery. This jam like note is quickly overtaken by the ylang ylang note. As it isn't very sweet, instead being quite musky and mossy, it stops every other scent note from becoming too strong and cloying. As the ylang ylang dies down the mimosa quickly develops and adds a vaguely citrus-like note, as does the osmanthus. The combination is similar to the bergamot; light, but with a subtle zest. The tuberose is the last of the florals to develop on me and it causes the fragrance to become sweeter and creamy as it slowly burns down and mingles with the developing base notes. I don't usually like tuberose, but I do like it here as it isn't as strong as I have come to expect in perfumes and it does help to generally add more depth to the range of scent notes used in the fragrance as a whole.

      I'm normally not fond of distinctly musky perfumes, but as the rest of this perfume is soft and feminine, I do really like the contrast that the masculine, slightly salty musky undertone of the base notes add to the perfume. The sandalwood here has a creamier feel to it, so it seems to help prolong the tuberose. The saffron gives the perfume one final spicy kick and once again reminds me of licorice. I'm not sure what they mean by amber oil, but it is more or less the same as the majority of artificial amber in perfumes - a light, soft, vaguely vanillish based scent.

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      Scent notes
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      Neroli, bergamot, ylang ylang, tuberose, Japanese osmanthus, mimosa, purple orchid, sandalwood, saffron, skin musks and amber oils.

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      The bottle
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      The glass bottle is unfussy and seems classical in design; it is soft pink and is teardrop shaped. The PROJECT D name and a silhouette of a woman [I think it's meant to be Dannii Minogue] is printed directly on the bottle in black.

      PROJECT D is only sold in a 50ml bottle.

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      Other buying considerations
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      PROJECT D isn't the easiest perfume to find, but it's worth it when you do as it lasts somewhere between six to eight hours on skin. So it's a few spritzes a day = the bottle lasts for ages.

      This is a perfume that can be worn all year round as it adapts with the seasons. In autumn/winter it seems spicier, the amber note lasts longer and the powdered florals are more prominent. In spring/summer the citrus undertones seem to wear longer and the cleaner florals, sandalwood and musk are all more noticeable to me.

      PROJECT D is also suitable to be worn at any time of day or night. As it seems to smell slightly different each wear and in different weather there's no pointer for which time of day this is better suited to and as it is long lasting it'll see you through a work day or night out with no top ups, so there's no need to cart the bottle around with you.

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      Worth testing?
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      For me the main selling point is that there is no chance of becoming bored by the perfume, since I notice different scent notes on different wears, as well as it noticeably changing at different times of the year. I don't have a signature fragrance as my tastes change depending on my mood, but if I had to pick one perfume to wear for the rest of my life then I'd pick this.

      The makers call PROJECT D a floral that combines the label's founders Dannii Minogue's favourite notes that radiate sophisticated glamour with Tabitha Somerset-Webb's trendier, rock 'n' roll flavoured tastes. I'd personally hesitate to put this into any particular family however; it's not a typically young or old, isn't too sweet, the florals, citrus and other fruity notes aren't too strong and the spices don't travel into other peoples personal spaces. It nicely straddles the lines between different families and I can't really squarely give it a label. It just is.

      I also think that it is a bargain price, because as it lasts so long on skin the bottle will last for ages - I went through a long period of wearing it every single day and night for the best part of a year, and my bottle is now only just starting to run low; there's about one sixth of the bottle left.

      There is also a set of three 10ml sized EDP bottles to compliment the top [Dawn], heart [Day] and base [Dusk] stages of PROJECT D available [£20].

      I don't know which perfume house produces the Project D fragrances. The perfume bottles and the outer packaging only lists the Project D information. I did ask them via their Facebook page a while ago, but never received a reply from them.

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      50ml: £29.95

      To test the Project D fragrances instore go to Harvey Nicols, The Perfume Shop [different to The Fragrance Shop] or House Of Fraser.

      To buy online go to ProjectDonline.co.uk, Escentual.com, Amazon UK or Very.co.uk.

      In September a range of scented Project D toiletry gift sets will be released for Boots annual 3 for 2 Christmas gift store, so maybe the perfume will receive a release in Boots too to accompany the sets. Fingers crossed that if this does happen there will be more bottle sizes released too - I'd love a 100ml bottle.


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