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Queen Latifah Queen Eau de Parfum

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Brand: Queen Latifah / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women

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      06.01.2011 16:00
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      A nice addition to my autumn/winter fragrance wardrobe

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      The fragrance
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      The first question people may have is what is sparking golden accords and what does it smell like? The perfumers explain it as aged tequila, whilst my nose tell it it's thick,warm and syrupy - like burnt sugar. There's nothing alcoholic here and the note is light enough to separate the softly fresher and sharp bergamot and mandarin. I'm not an expert on alcoholic beverages but I'm going to guess that the perfumers actually used the agave plant as a scent note as opposed to it's fermented result of tequila and I'm going to put the citrussy undertone solely down to the bergamot and mandarin.

      Whilst the top note isn't alcoholic, the cognac [brandy] develops with five minutes on me and that does supply a boozey hit. Like the tequila it's also sweet, warm and fruity, but there is a noticeable difference; It just seems 'warmer' and the fruity undertone isn't fresh like the topnotes, it instead reminds me of some form of berry - or maybe plum - with just a hint of nut. Sorry I can't explain it very well, I'm rubbish when it comes to drinks. The cognac covers the other fruit notes and overwhelms the jasmine too; I can pick it out, but it's faint and doesn't last long.

      My favourite phase to QUEEN has to be the base - the incense seems to be cinnamon and cedar. This combines in a cocooning warmth with the vanilla, tonka and the remaining cognac. The result is very comforting and relaxing. In fact I like to wear this perfume to bed, with gorgeous polar bear (or penguin. Or scotty dog) pj's...


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      Scent notes
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      Sparkling golden accord [Tequila], bergamot, Mediterranean mandarin, Baie Rose, jasmine Noir, Cognac, Moroccan coriander, Indonesian patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka absolute, Egyptian incense and musk.


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      The bottle
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      The glass bottle seems to have been designed to fit around the alcoholic drink scent notes: It is square and has a gold and red faceted pattern over it, so it strongly resembles a hip flask.


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      The staying power is really good, I was honestly surprised since QUEEN is a Parlux release; I can still smell it after a working day, so you get around eight hours wear [no 'touch ups' needed].

      I wouldn't wear QUEEN in warm weather as the creamy, alcoholic sweetness can be cloying; I've made the mistake of wearing it on sunny days, and have been left with banging migraines as a result. I'd say this is definitely a fragrance for autumn/winter.

      QUEEN is a nice, playful casual wear fragrance and is also strong enough to wear as an evening fragrance. I'd also wear it to work in an office as it's not loud enough to bother my colleagues, but depending on your profession it may not be suitable; If you're working in very close contact with others then I'd suggest wearing something else.


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      My verdict
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      My main issue with QUEEN is that it smells overwhelmingly strong during spring/summer, so it's strictly a autumn/winter perfume. I prefer to spend money on perfumes that I can wear all year round, so I'm getting value out of my money since perfume is non-essential.

      I'm not sure if I'd re-buy QUEEN, since it can turn sickly on me if I wear it on a warm day. Having said that I would be tempted to pick up another bottle to wear in the colder months as it lasts well and has a lovely cocooning effect on the wearer.


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      I've only seen the 100ml bottles of QUEEN for sale, although I know that there is a 50ml bottle in production too. It's online only* at the minute, so prices will vary between £25 to £30 per bottle.


      * The Queen Latifah fragrances are produced by Parlux, who haven't have any UK distributors for a while, so even the Paris Hilton fragrances are becoming hard to find. If you see any Paris Hilton, Queen Latifah, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Miller or Marc Echo fragrances around anywhere then if you like it get it.

      Parlux are producing Rihanna's upcoming perfume release [Reb'l Fleur], so maybe they'll get together with a new distributor in time for that.

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