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I think everyone has heard of Revlon's Charlie fragrances, which are very popular amongst teenagers, probably in part due to their low price. There are a huge array of Charlie fragrances in every colour of the rainbow, but my favourite when I was a teenager was always Charlie White. I remember my grandma buying me a huge 100ml bottle of this and it must have lasted me about three years! Sadly the fragrance was discontinued, but last year when I was shopping online I discovered that it was being made again and couldn't resist buying a bottle for old times sake.
Like all Charlie fragrances this comes in a rather plain bottle. The bottles do come boxed and look quite presentable with the shiny card and metallic silver embossing. The bottle is the same as all the others in the Charlie range - flat on the front, triangular back and tall silver lid.
The top notes of this fragrance are bergamot and orange. I think when initially sprayed onto the skin, the spray has a soft orangey fragrance which smell which is more like orange blossom than actual zesty oranges. There is also quite a sweet, sugary undertone to the scent, and this is the thing that makes me love the scent so much.
Once the scent has been on the skin for a while, the middle (or heart notes) of the perfume begin to come out. These are ozonic notes (whatever they are!), jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, violet, peach and watermelon. This sounds like quite an intriguing combination when you see it written down, but I feel the scents work well together. They combine to give a soft floral, with a slightly fruity undertone, which to me smells mainly of peach. It's quite an unusual scent, and although I do still love it, I must admit now I sit and smell it, I have to acknowledge that there is an air of furniture polish about it!
The base notes are sandalwood, vetiver and woody accord. To me, the only thing I could detect was the sandalwood, although it does seem to retain a slight sharpness to it which could be the vetiver.
The overall scent is a little unusual and I suspect it is a love it/hate it sort of scent. I'm sure I wasn't really talking it up when I said it smelled like furniture polish, but even so it is a lovely fragrance, and one I am very fond of. Whether my love for this scent has more to do with the memories it brings back than the actual fragrance itself, I don't know. I do know that one of my sisters is also fond of this version, and was also upset when it was discontinued many years ago, as she preferred this out of all the Charlie scents too. I asked my boyfriend for his opinion and his response was 'it's not horrible, but it's a bit generic', which I don't exactly think is glowing praise! As I say I feel this will be a love it or hate it fragrance and if possible I would recommend trying a tester out first.
For such a cheap fragrance the staying power is actually very good. It's not as strong or intense as some of the other Charlie fragrances (I seem to remember Charlie Blue was particularly strong), but it does linger on the skin for a long time. In fact it has much better staying power than some of the more expensive scents I own.
It's a light fragrance and definitely suited for daytime wear. I don't think I would consider this for a night out, but then I do tend to keep my more expensive and luxurious fragrances for nights out. I would say given that it's the Charlie brand it's definitely aimed at the younger woman, probably teenagers, but I'm 26 and do still wear it now and then.
A 100ml bottle is available from www.fragrancedirect.co.uk where it costs £4.99.
Overall, I would recommend this fragrance if you're looking for something cheap and long lasting to wear during the day. Like I say though, if you're not familiar with the scent, try a tester first if you can, as I don't imagine it being everyone's cup of tea.