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I used to own lots of bottles of the different Charlie fragrances by Revlon when I was in my early teens.
At the time Charlie Red and Charlie White were my favourites.
~ Price ~
Last year when I was shopping online at allbeauty.com I had to spend a few more pounds to get free delivery so I added a bottle of Charlie White to my basket!
The 100ml eau de toilette is just £4.95 (the RRP is £19.95 according to the website).
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is triangular shaped, with a rounded front and ‘Charlie’ scrawled across the front as if it were a signature and the word, ‘white’ underneath.
~ Scent ~
When I ordered it I couldn’t remember how it smelled as it had been so long since I had owned a bottle, but as soon as I sprayed my new bottle for the first time the memory of this scent came flooding back.
It is very unique. It was first launched in 1994.
It opens with a fizzy, light floral scent. The fizziness gives it a light, uplifting feel and the floral notes alongside this are fresh and bright.
The notes of violet, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, watermelon and rose do not really give you an idea of what this fragrance is going to smell like.
I can pick out the peach in this and the fizziness makes me think of champagne.
I recently tried Charlie Red again and I found that it does have quite a cheap smell, but Charlie White does not have this problem. As it is so light and refreshing it doesn’t strike me as a particularly cheap scent in the way that Charlie Red did. At the same time it doesn’t smell particularly expensive.
It is sweet, but not too sweet and floral, but not too floral. It has the perfect balance.
It has good projection and I notice it on myself throughout the day. It is also long lasting on my skin. It lasts for about 6 hours before wearing off, which is great for the price.
I would definitely buy this fragrance again and I would recommend it. I don’t think you can do any better for £4.95.
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.