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      30.07.2013 22:49
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      Lovely scent that lasts well!

      I had wanted this Avon Rare Gold perfume for a while when I spotted it in one of the recent Avon brochures for just £4.00.
      It usually costs £13.00 so I jumped at the chance to buy a bottle for just £4.00.


      ~ Bottle ~
      The bottle is different to that pictured. It comes in a rounded glass bottle. The perfume itself is an orangey yellow colour.
      The lid is made from metallic plastic and it is an upside down cone shape with a gold coloured spherical gem sitting in the top.
      I quite like the bottle. I like the shape and it is quite pretty.


      ~ Availability ~
      Like most Avon perfumes it is only available in one size. The bottle holds 50ml of eau de parfum.
      Rare Gold was first launched by Avon back in 1995.
      You can buy this online from www.avonshop.co.uk or it is available to order from the Avon brochure via your local Avon representative.
      It is often on a buy one get one free offer, but normally costs £13.00.


      ~ Scent ~
      The scent is both uplifting and warming.
      The top notes are ylang-ylang, bergamot and mandarin.
      The heart notes are jasmine, orange blossom, lily of the valley, tuberose, gardenia and aldehydes.
      The base notes are sandalwood, amber and vanilla.
      I really dislike lily of the valley and I always find it too harsh so this perfume wouldn't have appealed to me based on the list of notes, but my sister has had this one before so although I couldn't remember what it smelled like, I knew I had liked it when I'd tried some from my sister's bottle.
      There is a slight harshness to this perfume, but it is not offensive and it actually has quite a sophisticated scent.
      The scent is dominated by the floral notes, which aren't too sweet or in your face. They are very pleasant, but to be honest there are no floral notes in this perfume that I have been able to pick out individually.
      I have been quite impressed with the longevity of this perfume. It is still evident on my skin after 8 hours of wear and I still don't feel like it has faded much since it was first applied.
      I think this perfume would be one that more mature women would go for as it is floral, light and uplifting with a slightly harsh scent, but it also smells quite mature and sophisticated.
      I really like this perfume and I would definitely buy it again.

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        28.08.2012 22:51
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        Strong, aromatic and spicy fragrance.

        (My bottle is different to the image above which is a small handbag sized version)

        ===Why I Bought This===

        I like browsing through the Avon catalogues and ordering different items to try. However this Rare Gold perfume has been on sale with Avon for quite a few years and must be popular and it has managed to avoid being discontinued. It was one perfume I had bought many years ago when it first came out and when I spotted it on offer for under half price a while ago I decided to get some again.



        ===The Brand===

        Avon is a long established direct selling network which used to sell just door-to-door but you can order directly from their website these days if you do not have a local representative handy.
        Avon has 18 different brouchures issued throughout the year - or their stock can be viewed online.



        ===The Product===

        First launched in 1995.
        'Opens with notes of ylang-ylang, freshly sweet bergamot, and mandarin, with heart wrapped with purely sweet jasmine, orange blossom, lily of the valley, tuberose, gardenia and aldehydes. The base brings woodsy notes of sandal wood, amber and powdery vanilla.' From www.fragrantica

        The bottle comes in a black box with gold lettering.
        Eau du perfum.
        50 mls.
        Contains 70.7% ethanol alcohol. Also contains oxybenzone.
        Made in Poland.
        Comes in a clear bulbous glass bottle.
        The perfume is a pale yellow colour.
        The bottle has a spray application with a large cap top. The cap is gold in colour with a large transparent dome on the top - this is a lovely bright golden amber colour (on the other variations the colour of the cap was differerent - white for Pearls, red for Rubies, green for Emeralds and blue for Sapphire).



        ===Variations===

        Avon still sells Rare Pearls which was launched in 2004.
        Also from the same selection but now apparently discontinued (unless Avon bring them back as they do occasionally with popular products)
        Rare Rubies
        Rare Sapphires
        Rare Emeralds.



        ===Cost===

        Full price is £13 but often on offer - I had mine for £6.



        ===My Opinion===

        Well this perfume must be a good seller with Avon or else it would never have lasted for 17 years - some barely last a few months.
        I used to use this when it first came out, and then must have moved on to something else as I have not had Rare Gold for quite a few years. But having a friend who buys a few bottles at a time I wondered what I had been missing and so bought a bottle when it was at under half price.
        The thing I always liked about the perfume, apart form the smell, was the lovely big transparent dome on the lid.
        The Avon website call it 'opulent orange flowers mixed with precious amber'. Personally I do not pick out anything very citrusy but it does have a lovely warm spicy sort of smell.
        It is quite strong when first applied but it soon tones down well to its middle notes. It does have a spicy sort of aroma and I always love Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood in most things anyway.
        This is a good strong perfume without being one that would actually overpower you - so would be suitable for day or evening. I like this fragrance and will use it often, but I do not think this would be one I rave over.
        Personally I very seldom get over enthusiastic with fragrances as my all time favourite is 'Angel' but as hubby hates it I have to use others - or face an argument.
        This is what I would call a good all round fragrance that you could wear anytime. If bought on offer for around £6 or £7 it is really good value and a bottle will last a long time - so you get your money's worth.
        Worth a try as you can always return it under Avon's guarantee if you find its not for you.
        Next time I will be re-trying the Rare Pearls.



        ===Star Rating===

        5 stars



        ===Would I Recommend?===

        Yes.



        ===Websites===

        www.avonshop.co.uk

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          04.01.2012 20:21
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          Beautiful scent, very distinctive!

          I am only 23 but over the years I have been through almost every perfume on the shelves. Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbanna, Bodyshop vanilla was a favourite for a while but alas none I consistently stuck with. My mum actually bought this perfume for someone else but they never collected it so I nabbed it for myself :) I have not looked back since! the bottle I have is 50ml but it lives in my handbag (as I am one of those people who carries everything but the kitchen sink) and I spray it whenever I am just going to work, or out to dinner with friends and I ALWAYS get compliments asking what I am wearing as it smells expensive. I didn't actually pay for it myself but I am aware it is around £12 for a bottle or can get good deals when they are on offer like buy 1 get one free, equalling around £6. I have found the 50ml bottle lasts me around 2 months, but then again I am not a religious sprayer of perfume, I don't constantly feel the need to top up!

          The scent is a subtle fruity scent, as its made from orange flowers mixed with amber. It comes in an expensive looking bottle, with a oval bodice shaped bottle and gold topped lid :)

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            08.01.2011 03:59
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            A very nice, inexpensive perfume that's light, sweet and warming.

            Whilst it was reduced to £5 on special offer, I bought a 50ml bottle of Avon's Rare Gold after first sampling it through my Avon rep friend and deciding it was worth the money.

            Firstly, my bottle of Rare Gold looks nothing like the photo above - the perfume comes in a clear, almost upside-down teardrop shaped glass bottle, through which you can see the lovely coloured golden peachy perfume liquid inside. There is a pale gold lid sitting on top of this and the top of the lid is rounded off with a large dome of amber coloured transparent plastic or resin. The bottle isn't amazing, but it's a lot better than the one Dooyoo have pictured, so I'm guessing it's been updated over the past few years, and it's definitely not unattractive.

            On first spray, the main thing I could smell was the zing of citrus notes, particularly lemon, which is the bergamot coming through, and a hint of mandarin orange. The smell is pretty strong at first, so go easy when spraying this as it's an eau de parfum and you don't want to overdo it. After a few minutes the scent settled into a lovely warm oriental scent, as the other top note of sweet Ylang Ylang kicked in. Shortly afterwards a gorgeous, warming jasmine scent came through in Rare Gold, which I really liked, as well as another floral scent which I couldn't identify personally but which the notes suggest is Gardenia.

            Towards the end of this warming scent, the floral aspects became more subtle and the citrus died right down to reveal the base notes of warm musk, amber and sweet vanilla. I found the end of the scent to be very enjoyable, and it became deeper and more sensuous whilst still retaining a feminine sweetness.

            In terms of staying power, for an Avon fragrance this is pretty good. Most of them don't last very long on me, 1 or 2 hours at best, but this lasted around 4 hours on my skin before I could no longer smell it. For just £5 a bottle when on offer, I think this is a great little fragrance. There are not many scents that smell this nice at such a low price, and whilst there are better perfumes around, you won't find them as cheap as this. Even at it's normal price of around £10 for a 50ml bottle, it's still good value, and I can recommend Real Gold as a great fragrance for both day and night.

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            05.11.2010 11:15
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            This is another of the Rollette ones that I tried from Avon a while back. It didn't appeal to me much as I thought it was more aimed at older people, but a few months back there was an offer of 2 for £4 on a range of Body Sprays and the Rollette's, so I got 2 different ones to try. At £2 each it seemed a good buy, and I thought if I didn't like it then i'm sure my gran would have liked it anyway.

            This Rollette is a 9ml bottle, which I think normally costs around the £4 mark, but being Avon it is on offer every other time. You can get the scent in a 75ml body spray which costs £3.50 and a 50ml Perfume which the right price for that one is £12, but can often be found for £6.

            The bottle looks ok. It is a slightly shaped sort of round shape, and it a thick looking glass. The Lid on top looks quite ornamental, but since i've not had the bottle and only seen a picture of it then I can't comment much on it, and not sure what the box looks like. The Rollette comes in a little slimline box and the Rollette is a slim little bottle. The size of it makes it easy to put in your pocket,as it is so slimline, so even if you don't have a bag with you (which I usually do anyway) then you can still slick some Perfume on. the glass is clear and you can see how much you have used. This has a Roller Ball on the top of the bottle, and just a standard screw top lid on top.

            To apply this you just rub the Ball over the area you want to scent. This isn't too wet when it goes on, and it dries quick enough. When it is dry you can rub over the area again if you want to get more scent on the area.

            The smell of this is alright. Not really the kind of smell I would go for or really choose, but it's nice enough in a Woody scented kind of way. This smells like it has Amber, perhaps a dash of Jasmine, and a kind of airy, crisp forest kind of smell. I think it smells quite a warm scent, but not spicy or masculine.

            I think this is more suited to older people and not Teenagers, but it obviously depends on the kind of scent you like.

            I ended up giving it to my gran as although I didn't dislike it, there is so many more Perfumes out there that I like so much better. Still perhaps worth a try when on offer though, as you may really like it!.

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            27.06.2010 23:04
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            I love getting an Avon catalogue through my door, as I love rubbing my wrist along the scented pages and trying out different perfumes this way - even though I know they never smell exactly the same this way as the real thing does. A little while back they had a perfumed page for Rare Gold, which was also on a half price special offer (£5 down from £10) and I liked it so much I decided to buy a bottle.

            A week or so later, and my lovely Avon rep delivered my bottle to my door. My bottle didn't look like the image above, instead it was a chunky rounder clear glass bottle, slim at the base and wider at the top, with a metallic lid topped with an amber piece of plastic. It's not the snazziest of bottle designs, certainly not one that would tempt you to buy for looks, but it is simple and understated and nothing to be ashamed of . The perfume inside is a lovely golden peach colour, and I like that the bottle is transparent as this allows me to see how much perfume is left.

            Upon spraying this on my wrists, and dabbing a little onto the backs of my knees, I could immediately detect a bit of a citrus tang to the scent - mandarin and bergamot. The smell was very fresh and strong, but not at all overpowering, and in fact the initial strength began to die down a little after a couple of minutes, giving way to the slightly more delicate scent of Ylang Ylang, whilst still retaining some of the citrus notes.

            As soon as you spray the perfume onto your wrist you can detect a lovely warm inviting scent which is quite strong but not at all overpowering or cloying. The initial strong aroma doesn't seem to last for ling and the fragrance does die down a little after 30 seconds or so. When the scent has died down the fragrance has a somewhat sweeter aroma which is accompanied by slightly floral undertones. The sweet floral aroma which I could detect was Mandarin and Ylang-Ylang, both of these fragrance notes compliment each other perfectly because they both have a sweet warm aroma.

            After about 30 minutes, the bergamot and mandarin seemed to fade a little, giving way to the wonderful oriental combination of Jasmine and Lily of the Valley. This was a really subtle scent at this point, and there was still a little hint of Ylang Ylang. A little while later,the scent developed futher , with a slight hint of musk and something slightly sweet I couldn't quite put my finger on, although I'd be tempted to say vanilla.

            I found the scent lasted well, a spray in the morning left me smelling pretty good well into the afternoon, and I would say that this is a very refreshing floriental fragrance for day wear. I think it would also be suited for more casual evenings out, and is certainly subtle enough to be worn in an office environment.

            Of course, do bear in mind that all fragrances smell different from person to person, due to a combination of varying natural oils, different cleansing products used, and different boyd temperatures. Most avon reps will be happy to obtain a sample for you if you ask (although this can take a few days). With many other brands, you could pop into a store to test them on your own skin - this is not the case with Avon though, although you can return items to them within 90 days if you are not satisfied for any reason free of charge for a refund or exchange.

            Prices do vary from campaign to campaign in the Avon brochure, so look out for special offers and discounts, although this normally seems to cost about £10 - £12 for a 50ml bottle. If you don't have a local Avon rep, you can order online at www.avonshop.co.uk.

            Overall, I think this is a very nice perfume for day wear . The bottle is a little plain though, and doesn't really do much to jazz up my dressing table, for which I'm deducting one star.

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              21.03.2008 12:17
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              Smells like an expensive sophistocated perfume

              Avon ~ Rare Gold ~ Eau De Parfum

              Rare Gold is a perfume which I have purchased from Avon on several occasions. I really like most of the Avon perfumes because they are reasonably priced and they smell great. When I am choosing a new perfume from the Avon catalogue I either buy the ones which are on special offer or the ones which have nice looking bottles. I bought my first bottle of Rare Gold because it was on special offer and you got three matching bath and beauty products free, which when used compliment and layer the scent of the perfume. A 50 ml bottle of Rare Gold usually costs about £10 although sometimes you might be able to purchase it for less. The cheapest I have paid for a bottle of Rare Gold was £5 because Avon were selling all of the fragrances in the Rare range for £5.

              Rare Gold is just one of the fragrances in the Rare range; You can also purchase Rare Pearls, Rare Rubies, Rare Sapphires and Rare Emeralds. I have tried all of the perfumes in the Rare range and Rare Gold and Rare Pearls are my favourite fragrances.

              Fragrance Notes

              Rare Gold Eau De Parfum is described as having ~

              Top Notes of Bergamot, Mandarin and Ylang-Ylang
              The top notes are the first phase of the perfume; they are usually the most volatile and evaporate from the skin very quickly. The top notes are usually very light and refreshing and their scent usually lasts for anything between five and ninety minutes.

              Middle (Heart) Notes of Jasmine, Orange Flower and Lilly Of The Valley
              The middle notes of a scent are therapeutic and balancing oils, sometimes the middle notes are often referred to as the heart notes of a scent. The middle notes are not always evident and can take between thirty and sixty minutes to develop on your skin, and they last for anything between two to four hours

              Base Notes of Musk, Vanilla and Amber
              The base notes are the longest lasting notes in a fragrance, most perfumes use the same base notes. This is because they give the perfume more staying power and stop the top and middle notes from evaporating from your skin as quickly.

              The Scent

              As soon as you spray the perfume onto your wrist you can detect a lovely warm inviting scent which is quite strong but not at all overpowering or cloying. The initial strong aroma doesn't seem to last for ling and the fragrance does die down a little after 30 seconds or so. When the scent has died down the fragrance has a somewhat sweeter aroma which is accompanied by slightly floral undertones. The sweet floral aroma which I could detect was Mandarin and Ylang-Ylang, both of these fragrance notes compliment each other perfectly because they both have a sweet warm aroma.

              The top notes of Rare Gold seem to last for about 30 minutes before they start to fade and blend in with the middle notes of the fragrance. I would say that the Mandarin and Ylang-Ylang seemed to linger a lot longer than the Bergamot did. The Mandarin and Ylang-Ylang give this perfume a lovely sweet aroma without making it smell overly floral or overpowering.

              The middle notes of the fragrance seem to last for approximately three hours before they gradually fade and blend in with the base notes. The middle notes are a lot more floral and less sweet than the top notes of the fragrance, but this doesn't ruin the scent, it gives the perfume a more sophisticated aroma. The most prominent middle notes are Jasmine and Lilly of The Valley, both of which smell really floral. Most of the time I don't like any fragrances which have Jasmine in them because the Jasmine can often smell really strong and cloying; which I think can ruin a fragrance. But in this instance the Jasmine is really subtle and has a slightly sweet aroma which is lovely.

              When you are wearing Rare Gold you will notice that it has a slightly warm/floral aroma which is slightly sweet, this lasts for about 4 hours before the scent begins to change and smell a lot different and lighter. The scent only changes and becomes a lot lighter because the base notes are becoming more apparent, the base notes of Rare Gold gave the fragrance a deeper, muskier scent which is complimented by a gorgeous sweet undertone. The musky scent which is evident in the last stages of the scent is a sweet musk which has a slight vanilla undertone to it. The sweet musk and vanilla are accompanied by a Amber undertone which I think gives the perfume its lovely warm inviting aroma which makes it smell like a really sophisticated and expensive perfume.

              Perfume Information

              All perfumes smell slightly different on different people, and this is due to us having different oils in our skin. The staying power of a scent also differs from person to person because we have different types of skin oils too. I said in the review that this perfume lasts for about three or four hours on me, but it could last a longer or shorter amount of time on you.

              People who have dry skin types will notice that perfumes don't last long on their skin. If you have dry skin and have this problem you should try layering the scent of a perfume by using the matching body lotion or shower gel before applying the perfume. By doing this you are layering the scent and applying a base for the perfume to layer itself upon, so you should notice that the fragrance will last a lot longer on your skin.

              If you like the sound of this perfume then I advise that you go into your local perfume store and test it before you buy it. When testing the scent spray it onto your wrist and wear it for a few hours before you decide whether you like it or not, because the scent changes the longer you wear it due to the different notes which make up the fragrance.

              When testing a perfume don't smell the scent on a perfume card because it might smell lovely on the card and when you buy it and wear it at home it might smell totally different and you might not like the scent you are wearing. I made this mistake a few times in the past and wasted £30 on a fragrance which I didn't wear again and put in the bin.


              Staying Power

              I am really pleased with the staying power of Rare Gold because I can apply the perfume first thing in the morning before I go to work and I can still smell it late in the evening when I get home. Rare Gold is an Eau De Parfum fragrance which means that it has better staying power than an Eau De Toilette perfume, this is because it contains more perfume oils and the scent lasts between 6-12 hours on your skin depending on your skin type.

              Eau De Parfum contain between 10-20% perfume oils. An Eau De Parfum is more expensive to buy than an Eau De Toilette because there's more perfume oils in it. Rare Gold has better staying power than Rare Pearls does, and both of them are Eau De Parfum.


              Price And Availability

              You can purchase Rare Gold from Avon and it costs about £10 for a 50ml bottle, although Avon seem to have it on special offer quite a lot, so it is a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for a bargain. Avon also sell the matching bath and beauty products which compliment and layer the scent of the perfume. You can purchase Rare Gold shower gel, talc, body lotion and body spray which will give the fragrance of the perfume more staying power if you layer the scent.

              My Opinion

              I love the fragrance of Rare Gold because it smells really expensive and sophisticated. The best thing about the perfume is the fact that it is a flexible scent and is suitable to wear for any occasion, it just depends on your own personal opinion of the scent. I prefer to use Rare Gold as a casual perfume because I have a lot of other perfumes which I prefer to use as evening time ones. However if I did happen to run out of my favourite evening perfume I would certainly use Rare Gold as a substitute.

              I think that Rare Gold smells slightly similar to Jean Paul Gaultier Classique perfume, because it has the same musky, sweet vanilla aroma. If you like Jean Paul Gaultier Classique then you will love Rare Gold, (Rare Gold is a lot cheaper than Jean Paul Gaultier too)

              When I have been wearing Rare Gold I have received lots of compliments. A lot of my work colleagues ask me what perfume it is and others tell me I smell nice. I received the same compliments when I was wearing Rare Pearls, so both fragrances must be really nice if people are commenting on them.

              Rare Gold Shimmering Body Powder ~ £3-4
              Rare Gold Body Lotion ~ £3-4
              Rare Gold 50ml Eau De Parfum ~ £8-12
              Rare Gold Purse Spray ~ £3
              Rare Gold Shower Gel ~ £3-4

              For more information on Avon or any of their products you can find them at www.avonshop.co.uk

              Thanks for reading
              :o) Lisa xx

              © Butterfly-Wings
              2008

              ~~~~Review written by me and also posted on Ciao~~~~

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                22.12.2001 03:19
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                As many of you know, I am an Avon devotee. I have recently received another load of Avon products, hurray! But this opinion is about something I received as a birthday present back in October – a perfume called Rare Emeralds. Avon has a set of three ‘Rare’ perfumes available. Rare Rubies has a red top and is described as floral and spice. Rare Gold has a gold top and is described as ‘tantalising exotic blooms’ (your guess is as good as mine!). Rare Emeralds has a green top and is apparently an ‘exotic florals with citrus’ fragrance. The Rare Emeralds is in a dark green box with a gold logo, which looks quite classy. The design of the bottle is nice too, quite simple but effective. It is a see-through frosted glass, a kind of flat-bottomed oval shape with a dark green semi-circular ‘fan tail’ top. However, with the contents in, it does look like a bottle of pee. It is a press button design, which squirts out a small amount of perfume at a time. So far, so good (except for the bottle of pee bit!). But I’m not really sure about the smell – and, after all, that’s the most important thing about perfume! This is okay, better than some I have tried, but it smells cheap (and isn’t!). This reminds me of a perfume I was given by a boyfriend in 1988, which cost a couple of quid and smelt like it. Rare Emeralds is quite a heavy, musky scent. I don’t think it smells floral, nor can I smell any citrus in it. I would say it’s almost smoky. It is quite reminiscent of how you would expect a sordid bedroom in a red light district to smell! (And no, I don’t know, I’m guessing!) I have a 50ml bottle, which usually costs £10, but is on offer in Brochure 3 (2002) for £8. You can also buy the Perfumed Body Spray for £2 in this catalogue (normally £3), Bath and Shower Gel for £2 (£3), Body Cream for £2 (£3) and Perfumed Talc for £1.50 (normally
                £2.25). These all come in the dark green packaging with the gold logo, so would make a decent looking present for anyone who does like the Rare Emeralds fragrance – but I don’t, particularly. You can also buy similar ranges in the Rare Rubies and Rare Gold collections. I have yet to find my perfect fragrance. I love various body sprays, especially the Yassou fruity range from Avon (peach being my favourite) and the Delicious one from Superdrug. These are available for between £1 and £3 each, much better value than a bottle of expensive perfume like Rare Emeralds. Sometimes it pays to be cheap…

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