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I had this as a gift for Christmas but these now retail at about £3 - £10 a bottle. I would only pay £3 of it though as it does not have the smell I would expect for a tenner.
The design of the box is a striking blue with light blue, the bottle has a simple design which is quite boring compared to other perfumes you could get more a aftershave bottle feel to it. The colour of the perfume also put me off initially because it looks like quite an old and mature yellow orange my nan would buy.
The smell is really overpowering on the first two sprays, It seems to smell like pledge furniture polish for the first five minutes, when the smell dies down you can start to smell floral (lavender, rose) a very strong citrus seems to take over and I think there may be some vanilla in there. Its a fairly sweet smell but quite mature for my liking. It tends to smell quite plant like, like the water in the base of a vase full of flowers. The spray also doesn't last very long and It had totally disappeared by the end of the day.
In my opinion, it's not something I would wear, but I can see the attraction to it but I only think this is suitable for daytime wear, I can imagine it being quite nice for a BBQ or a pool party because of its nature smell but it's not something I would smell anyone wearing out in town.
My grandmother always buys really cheap perfumes and Eu de Toilettes, and as a child I remember her has stacks of gorgeous smelling perfumes, and thankfully, every so often she sends me some really cheap perfumes, and this morning I received Charlie Blue Eu de Toilette in the post. I was a huge fan of Charlie Body Sprays, and was quite excited to try the Eu de Toilettes by Revlon.
The packaging the bottle comes in a box, which is a deep blue colour, with the silver writing that is the Charlie logo along with the name of the product and the product. The box design is simple, but effect and the blue box really stands out in the shelf with other perfumes. The bottle is square and made of clear glass, with a silver lid, and again has the Charlie logo on the front in black, which looks fine. But the one thing I don't particularly like is the colour of the perfume, I know it's stupid, but that orangey colour is not appealing to me, but it would look much more classy if it was a clear liquid.
Applying the Charlie Blue is exactly the same as every other perfume and Eu de Toilette, you spray on to the part you want the fragrance. I applied to my neck, and my goodness the smells was so strong, I almost couldn't breathe! I've used some really strong fragrances before, but I really hated how strong this was, and this was me just applying to small sprays to either side of my neck. So I would recommend spraying the spray and walking through the scent to get a more light fragrance, especially if you enjoy light scents.
The strength of the Charlie Blue as I've said was really strong, so strong I really didn't like it, but the actual smell of the fragrance was actually quite pleasant, it was a flowery scent, almost lily like, with some hints of rose maybe. Also once the fragrance is soaked into the skin, I can get a strong smell of Vanilla, which is one of my favourite scents! The scent to me feels very summery and spring like, which is beautiful at this time of the year. After the initial shock of the strength of the smell, once in the skin and as it begins to fade, it actually becomes very nice and the scent is very feminine and very sexy, perfect for the summer nights. But it might be too strong for the day, and especially I wouldn't wear it too work as it's too over powering.
I would highly recommend the Charlie Blue Eu de Toilette to any women, as it is perfect for any age and is especially good in the spring and summer, as it perfectly compliments with the season, and I'd especially recommend the Charlie Blue for women who are fans of a Vanilla scent, because it really is gorgeous in this fragrance.
Charlie Blue Eu de Toilette is available at many places, such as Boots, Superdrug and some bigger supermarkets. I noticed in Boots the Charlie Blue was costing £25 per 100ml, but this was purchased in The Perfume Shop for £4.99 for 100ml, what a bargain! (Currently at £4.99 on the Perfume Shop website - www.theperfumeshop.com). You can also get it in 50ml bottles at roughly half the price.
~No reason to feel Blue about Charlie!~
Charlie Blue is an easy to wear fragrance that when worn lightly can be used as a day time fragrance that will last for many hours. I feel that it is the fresher lighter and cooler contrast to Charlie Red which has similarities to Beverly Hills Giorgio. The Charlie Blue Fragrance is a floral yet mossy scent that has a slight powdery feel to it which is rather old fashioned yet also really quite appealing. I feel that Charlie Blue is still very wearable even after all these years yet does slightly give away its original 1970s release date as a fragrance in many ways.
There are many lovely touches in the fragrance and the blend does last a very long time on the skin. When the fragrance is first sprizted on it can feel a little over powering if you are too generous with it and for that reason I only spray a little on and allow that to dry down before deciding if I need a little more. Very often the first spray onto my skin is enough and I certainly would not recommend that you spray the fragrance on as you might with a body spray as the effect might be a little too much.
It can sometimes be very tempting to do over use these budget buy fragrances. I am sure we all often feel that a little more fragrance is needed to counteract a weaker fragrance or lack of longevity that some of these cheaper scents impart. In the case of Charlie Blue I feel that no such extra spray of fragrance is needed, as the mix has enough within it to maintain a good level of fragrance for a good number of hours, without the need to spray on a little more. I would stick with a light spray to your pulse points and leave it at that with Charlie Blue as that works rather well and can be more than enough to give a very pleasing scent.
~Tell me all about the fragrance~
To give you an idea about what Charlie Blue is all about I would have to say that it is a lighter more feminine version of the original Charlie fragrance which still has a certain Charlie flavour to it. The fragrance has a definite floral tone to it that is pretty yet turns slightly powdery when it is on my skin. The base notes are long lasting and give the scent a rather pleasing musky fragrance that I rather like. The way the fragrance changes as you wear it makes it interesting and pleasing and the slightly over heady floral tone that can sometimes hit when the fragrance is freshly applied will die down to become a pretty feminine scent that women of a wide age range will find very easy to wear and enjoy.
The lovely florals within Charlie Blue are a blend of exotic jasmine, geranium and rose and these do give a fresh yet sometimes over blown tone to the fragrance, although as mentioned this will soften if given a chance. There is also sandalwood and oak moss in Charlie Blue which gives this a slightly earthy and mossy scent that works so well with musk to prolong the life of the fragrance. The use of oak moss really can help to prolong the length of time the other notes are apparent on your skin and softens to form a very nice subtle base, that will keep the fragrance working away softly for a good few hours. The powdery feel does come into play once the fragrance softens and for those who dislike that kind of powdery tone, that may be something that will go against Charlie Blue. I feel that in this case the effect is minimal and actually rather pleasant and should not put anyone off.
~The Look and The Price ~
The bottle that Charlie Blue comes in is in that same shape that many of the other fragrances in the range utilize. The fragrance bottle is simple and easy to use, although it lacks finesse and can look a little cheap perhaps. The spray applicator works rather well and the seal at the base of that is made to ensure that the fragrance will not leak out easily. The lid is tall and narrow and finishes off the wide mid height bottle, making it look a little more elegant than it would have been without it on. I have found the lid is light and has a budget feel yet performs well and does what it should when in use. Its easy enough to put on and take off as and when needed.
The box is a blue toned affair that has a metallic finish to it that is in keeping with the name of the fragrance and it works to protect the fragrance as it should. The distinctive Charlie script is use for the product logo and gives the product a nice branded feel. The price of a bottle of Charlie Blue can vary a little and its always a good idea to shop around for the best price. I would say that you ought to be able to find a 50ml bottle of this for no more than £8 and can often find the 100ml sized bottle for a similar price if you shop wisely. A good way to buy both the Charlie Blue fragrance and the matching body spray would be as a gift set and there are some very good offers around at this time of year that are worth looking into. Boots have a gift set for £10 on a 3 4 2 promotion that includes Charlie Blue and the body spray making it a very good price if combined with other items in the offer.
~And finally The Summary!~
In summary I feel that Charlie Blue is very easy to wear and has a nice fragrance that should be easy to appreciate for many women both young and old. The freshness will appeal to younger wearers and the base notes with their mossy musky feel will please more mature fragrance buyers. The fragrance is perfect for day wear and should not be something that will cause a headache as it will soften over time. Over all I feel that Charlie Blue is nicer than you might think and deserves a second look, it has very pleasing fragrance that is easy to wear and as such I feel it ought to get a 4 star product rating.
You don't stay around this long without being great!
In 1973, Revlon introduced Charlie the fragrance this was two years before the co founder of Revlon Charles Revson died. The Charlie range were originally targeted to the under 30's and its Charlie range is still a popular choice today. With all the celebrity fragrances on the market it must be hard to keep your target market faithful but this perfume has had my loyalty for over ten years.
On my last visit to France I stopped in a few perfumers and found a veritable treasure trove of stunning perfumes some branded but to my surprise some create your own facilities as well. I was happy to see a whole section of Revlon and amongst the scents several of the Charlie variety, I also tried Charlie Red for the first time................ I will stick with Blue thanks!
This is a strong and long lasting fragrance unlike a lot of perfumes out there on the market and I always have people positively commenting on and asking what fragrance I am wearing, sadly when I tell them it is Charlie Blue I have had quite a few funny looks and disgruntled faces??.
Is it because your mom used to were it? Is it due to the fact I don't spend silly money on what I call designer dishwater endorsed by some pop princess who mimes songs written by someone else? Strange isn't it that people like the smell but when they find out what perfume it is they turn their nose up.
Well I don't buy into perfume snobbery and as far as im concerned I found a perfume I like and doesn't bankrupt me or anyone who wants to buy me some.
Charlie Blue is a beautiful perfume out of the Charlie range. I always find charlie products to be very affordable especially for teens as they are always under £10 and most of the time even cheaper.
The pefume comes in a light blue box which is darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. The white writting contrasts well on the blue background. All it says is just Charlie then blue which is simple and classic.
The bottle itself is fairly average and pretty simple. There is a big silver cap covering the spray nozzle which I find quite stylish. You get alot of perfume in the bottle 100ml which is more than alot of more expensive perfumes.
The actual perfume is an orange colour which I was very surprised at first considering its 'Charlie Blue'. Anyways I still like the colour as it is bright and vibrant but sometimes it can look a bit sickly compared to other perfumes.
When you first spray on this pefume the scent hits you really hard and it is very strong. It is a woody overpoweringly sweet smell. It reminds me of fresh flowers on a spring day. It is also very artificial and citrisy at the start but this dies down in about 10-15 minutes.
As the day goes on the scent changes into a more subtle misk unveiling spicy undertones which is alot nicer than the strong first scent.
Charlie perfumes are a classic and are not like other perfumes they bring back memories. My mother wore charlie perfume and this reminds me of her. I would say get this if you like a more older smell. I wouldn't recommned it if you are very young as it can make you smell old but if overpowing smells are your thing go for it.
As I have said in a previous review on revlon Charlie, my mother always buys me as a gift Charlie and I always wear it as a daytime fragrance but is just as perfect as an evening one too, the smell is beautiful and feminine, it lasts a very long time and this one comes in a pretty box with the logo on the front so it can be easily recognised.
It can be bought from almost any supermarket on the fragrance and perfume isle and at Boots, and they do alot of offers at christmas time for gifts and the 3 for 2 offers they do is excellent to either buy one for yourself and give the others as gifts for your friends and family.
The bottle is a very good size and the top is easy to take off and the spray is good to disperse over your neck an body. You do not need very much as a little goes a long way with this product.
It is priced from as low as £3.80 upwards and I have seen it many times even lower than that price and so it is an excellent bargain if you see the lower one.
It is quite a strong fragrance and sweet smelling but no sickly, it is a nice suttle smell and is perfect for teenagers trying out perfumes for the very first time and is not too expensive for them to start using and as they all like to use make up etc and perfumes and this is ideal for them for school so they smell nice. I have bought this for my nieces many times and they were not disappointed and it did not cost me a fortune and I just place mine in a nice little gift bag with a token inside and it looks very attractive.
It is 100ml and Revlon have been making it since the very early 1970s and for many of my younger years I wore it as it was cheap for me when I was growing up and dating.
For an ideal gift for someone when you are on a budget this is perfect and quality.
Treat yourself or buy it for a loved one and see for yourself if you have not already tried it, it is available in different fragrances and coloured boxes and they are all excellent. I have them all and will continue to have them for many years to come.