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Review of Intimate by Revlon Eau de Toilette Spray.
Revlon first introduced Intimate to the UK market way back in 1955. It can still be tracked down on the internet although now the Intimate formula is now produced by Jean Phillipe, as Revlon have sold on the fragrance.
The bottle I am reviewing is an original Revlon product.
The bottle Intimate is presented in is a work of art in my opinion. Mine is slightly different to the one depicted here. A tall glass, cylindrical shape with a heavy engraved pattern winding up the length, topped by a gorgeous pear shaped glass lid. It looks classy and expensive. The actual perfume is a dark amber colour.
Intimate could be described as an "Old World" chypre. It is a distinctly sexy floral/animalistic chypre fragrance.
At first spray the distinctive notes of bergamot, rose, coriander and gardenia hit your nose. These lead onto the sensual heart notes of jasmine, iris root, sandalwood, cedar and patchouli.
The woody heart notes give a sort of dry but firm scent, and the florals balance each other well. The mix of sensual jasmine and cool iris root create something really lovely.
The base notes are civet, musk, amber and oak moss.
I feel this fragrance is possibly best reserved as an evening or special occasion fragrance, as it is a little too heady for daytime wear in my view.
In my opinion, where Revlon Intimate wins hands down over other more expensive fragrances, is the staying power. A spritz of this fragrance can still be detected on my skin 10-12 hours after application! It is an amazingly long lasting scent, I wore it to go out recently and the next time I put on the scarf I'd worn that evening, I could still detect the fragrance.
As mentioned at the start of my review, Revlon have discontinued Intimate. The fragrance was bought up by Jean Phillipe and is still sold under the Intimate name.
The original Intimate which this review focusses on can be found from various sources. A quick search today found the fragrance on http://www.pricedumper.co.uk/revlon+inti​mate+perfume at £6.31 for a miniature bottle and £29.99 for the 36ml spray, which is the size I currently have.
Www.amazon.co.uk stock the Jean Phillipe version at varying prices.
Ebay is another good source of the original Intimate, although personally I am a little wary of buying 'unseen' or should I say 'unsmelled', just in case the fragrance is a copy!
**A Little Advice on Using and Storing Fragrances**
Fragrances are best used on the so called 'warm spots' of the skin, the places where the blood flows near the skin's surface. These are situated on wrists, behind ears, in the inner part of elbows and knees, and on the neck near the collar-bone.
Another favourite way to use fragrance is to spray a generous amount in the air, then walk through it to scent your whole body.
Fragrances can be more intense when it is warm. Therefore, in the summertime you may find an Eau De Toilette more suitable than a parfum.
With all fragrances, the actual scent can vary widely from user to user. What smells lovely on you may not suit your friend and perfumes will last longer on oily rather than dry skins.
All fragrances should be stored out of direct sunlight, or in the original box to help retain the scent. If you keep a bottle of fragrance unopened in a cool and dry condition, it will last a long time, however, once opened it may gradually change. Unopened perfumes have a long shelf life, once opened they can deteriorate.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
My overall opinion of this fragrance is that it is a beautiful scent which is truly feminine, it is floral yet not sweet, sexy and definitely 'Intimate'.
My current bottle of Intimate was picked up at a boot fair. I bought it for a very pleasing £1, the original packaging was missing but the fragrance itself was unopened, so I took a chance. I was delighted to find a favourite perfume from yesteryear at a bargain price.
I love Intimate, the scent always puts me in mind of the elegant movie stars of the fifties and sixties. The fragrance is a very grown up and sexy smell, it is probably more suited to mature women, it is not a young girls fragrance in my opinion.
The long lasting qualities of this fragrance make it a definite winner for me and although the original is becoming hard to track down, it certainly is worth seeking out. I have tried the newer version by Jean Phillipe and it is very good, but not quite as long lasting as the Revlon original.
I would recommend this fragrance to others and am awarding it a 4* rating, dropping a star only for the fact that the Revlon original is becoming hard to find.
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