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Good old Charlie, It always takes me back to my carefree school years. It is not the most sophisticated of perfumes and doesn't claim to be. To me Charlie as a brand is geared more towards girls in their teens or very early 20's. It particularly reminds me of When i was in my early teens - I remember going into one of the shops in town with my friend and getting chucked out for spraying Charlie perfume! It always takes me back when i smell it. This scent is fun and fancy free, yet is grown up enough to wear for a night out or simply as an everyday perfume.
The bottle and packaging is simple, the bottle is completely clear enabling you to see how much of the perfume you have left. It has a spray top that you press to dispense the perfume and a white plastic lid which is embossed with the Charlie logo. It isn't going to win awards for being a pretty or unusual bottle, but it is practical and for me that is all i need. The packaging is a dark peachy colour with a black damask lace design over the top. It is feminine and does not look tacky.
When i initially spray this perfume on to my skin i find the smell quite overpowering, but it settles down quickly to a gentle yet still very noticeable scent. Some perfumes tend to give me headache but i have had no such problems while using this.
Now,I am not the best at wording what i can smell but i will try very hard. Here it goes....The fragrance itself is quite sweet without being sickly and i can detect the muskiness of the sandlewood, and the warm earthiness of the patchouli is subtle but it is definitely there. There is a faint smell of vanilla too but i am not sure if that is the Amber i am supposed to be smelling. The more i wear this the more i think i can smell a hint of chocolate. It reminds me slightly of Thierry Mugler Angel, yet at a fraction of the cost! I find this perfume to be fresh yet it has a depth and a spiciness to it.
Overall, this is a nice smelling and longlasting perfume, it is not the most seductive but is more of a fun fresh fragrance that is perfect for the younger woman. I only need to top this up once during the day, it lasts about 6 hours before wearing off and a couple of sprays is all you need. The 30ml bottle will last quite a long time owing to the fact you do not need to use much, fits conveniently into my handbag and for the price tag it really is value for money.
This was bought for me as a gift, but a 30ml bottle can currently be purchased from Superdrug for £6.35. I have also seen it available in Boots and on Amazon.
You can also by the Charlie Chic body spray for £1.69 from Superdrug.
==Revlon Charlie Chic EDT Spray==
On a recent shopping splurge in Boots I decided on buying up the whole range of these Charlie EDT sprays from Revlon. The only reason for this was to take advantage of the money off which was applied to each one of them. The bottle is a 30 ml size and costs only £3.97 pence which is a really good price to see if the fragrances are any good.
Unfortunately there wasn't any testers on the shelf at Boots so I really was buying them without a clue as to whether I would like the smells or not. The box of this Charlie Chic was my favourite out of the ones I purchased as the box was a nice shade of peachy pink and it has a nice black lace design over the top.
The bottle inside the outer packaging is much the same as the other bottles from this Charlie EDT range. The design is pretty simple with a clear glass bottle showing the perfume held inside to be a slightly tinted pink colour and a plastic pop off lid which reveals the spray nozzle.
Around four sprays of the perfume is a good amount to cover the neck area and a spray over the body whilst still giving a good overall coverage. The smell of the EDT spray is not the best from the Charlie perfume range and the strength of the Charlie Chic in comparison to the others seems rather weak. The smell is slightly fruity like the others in the range but this one seems to have a fair more natural type of aroma. There are notes of sandalwood and amber which give it this deeper more sensual fragrance compared to the other fragrances. However the smell is still a nice one and one perhaps more suiting to the winter months rather than the summery fragrances of Charlie Pink and Charlie Black.
The Charlie Chic fragrance is fairly long lasting compared to the other Charlie EDT sprays and after a spray in the morning I can still smell the scents way into the afternoon. The deeper more natural smells that this perfume has seems to make the fragrance of it stick around a good deal longer.
I have to say that this is a good perfume especially for the price I paid and I wouldn't say no to another bottle if it comes on a special offer again. It is a cheap and cheerful smell that lasts okay compared to the others in this range. However it is no high brow perfume and thus too much shouldn't be expected of it. It is what it is, a cheap and cheerful EDT spray.
I feel a score of 4 out of 5 stars is a good one taking into account the price of the item. I wouldn't recommend it if it cost too much more than I paid.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I recently started using this perfume after discovering the same fragrance in Revlon's body spray range. It's fragrance is one I'd call individual and bold and I feel it suits my slightly hippy personality well.
The product is an eau de toilette spray that comes boxed and is in a small 30ml glass bottle which is dainty enough to slip into a handbag when you are going out. It has a secure and tight fitting plastic top to the bottle and a pump action design spray button. The mist of the perfume reaches a length of about sixteen inches when you spray it so you can either hold the bottle close on a specific spot for an intense perfume blot or simply hold it back for an overall mist effect.
This fragrance is quite strong and dazzling. It's obviously a little more intense than the body spray but it has exactly the same notes. I'd describe it as being mouthwateringly alluring. It has a different scent when first sprayed as to how it smells when it warms up on your skin. The initial scent is quite sharp and fruity with a strong hint of burning wood and spices like cloves. Later the fragrance changes and becomes almost chocolatey and balmy.
I'd have to say I think it's a perfume that will suit characters who are a bit more carefree and who like to express themselves with bright colours. This isn't a perfume I can see someone wearing to the office. I think younger people will find this perfume particularly exciting. It's not a childish perfume but it's young at heart. I think college students will be the perfect age group to appreciate this perfume as I feel the fragrance represents that disovery of life and the brave new world. I'm 32 though and I just adore this fragrance. It's my favourite perfume ever and one I hope to keep using for a long time. It's smelling great in the summer sun but I think it's a perfume that will suit any season.
The brand decribe the perfume as being a "blend of patchouli and sandalwood with a hint of timeless amber". The strong patchouli notes definately give this perfume the air of being a bit of a hippy, festival-chic type of perfume. I wouldn't be surprised to find a similar smelling fragrance in the Bodyshop or at the ethical body cosmetic store LUSH. The smokey snadalwood is also quite musky and unique in the mix. If I had to name a similar smelling perfume I'd mention Avon's Far and Away.
The scent of the perfume is quite strong but not sickly and it does not choke you when you first apply it! It is a long lasting perfume and lingers on the skin for hours after application. I generally find I like to re-apply after six or seven hours.
I have been complimented on this and asked for the name of the perfume which is as good a recommendation as you can get in my eyes! The perfume is available at most major chemist chains. It's priced very meekly and is actually one of the cheapest fragrances you can buy at around £5-6 pound for a 30ml bottle.
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