I have to admit, my husband bought me this perfume as a joke present. He paid £1 for it at Home Bargains, and the joke behind it is that I can't stand reality shows, Big Brother, or Samanda, and had just been ranting (whilst heavily pregnant and irritated at my pathetic statutory maternity pay) how z-listers and nonentities can put their name to scents and make money and WHO buys these.. well you get the picture. So I can't say I was filled with glee to receive my bottle of Samanda, but I did find it funny especially as it cost hubby a quid. And hey, I thought maybe it will smell nice and I will be proven wrong, that z-listers don't add their name to any old tut. How wrong I was.. The bottle is 50ml in size and comes in a tall narrow box, naturally, with the picture of Samanda on the front. Those who aren't in the know - Samanda aka Sam and Amanda Marchant, an irritating pair of Barbie doll twins from Big Brother a few years ago. It's all very pink, with a bit of glitter, some love hearts - aimed I'm sure at young teenagers. The bottle itself is round, tall and with a silver lid, and a spray dispenser. The spray dispenser is OK to be fair, it dispenses a fine, not too wet mist of scent. However, the scent is not something I want to be misted with. Ever again. It smells, for want of a better description, like a cheap flowery air freshener, mixed with peppermint chewing gum. I've never smelled a floral yet minty smell before but it is! There is no way anyone, teen, woman or otherwise, would want to smell of this. It's pretty vile actually! And yet it has the staying power of a tattoo - it stays hanging around for HOURS - even after a wash, even after a spray with another scent. Get off my skin, Samanda!!! I stuck it in the cupboard to use as emergency air freshener. Then I realised that I don't want my house to smell like this either. Or my guests to smell it. Or my enemies. So I chucked it in the bin. If for any reason (and if there is please message me to let me know why!!) you want to buy a bottle of Samanda, it's made by a company called Young & Pure, and is available in all good cheap shops (Home Bargains especially) for a pound, or online inc P&P under a fiver. To be honest you might as well spend 47p on a tin of el cheapo air freshener from the supermarket :)
For under five pounds, this perfume didn`t come with all that big expectations, but I must still admit that it would have been fun if this perfume could`ve smelled appealing and offered a pleasant surprise, but no such luck! In fact, I wasn`t able to detect a single scent in this fragrance that I actually enjoyed, and though costing so little, I think we should be able to demand a little bit more of such products, as this one really failed to deliver! This is a fragrance that smells one hundred percent of flowers, however I fail to discover exactly what flowers we are talking of, as this is a very confusing and odd mixture of flowers, which I honestly washed away from my skin after having applied it, as it didn`t appeal to me at all, and I am certain to never buy this perfume ever again! Yes, it`s very cheap, but that doesn`t help much seeing as the perfume itself comes with a scent that is anything but classy and lovely, so I`m afraid I cannot recommend it whatsoever! The bottle looks nice and modern, but the fragrance, well, no! It does last on your skin for quite a while, but honestly, why would you want it to? So, this is a fragrance I struggle to recommend, five pounds out the window for sure!
I admit that I am a bit snobby when it comes to choosing my fragrances. I usually only purchase top branded stuff like Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier and appreciate the expensive and more sophisticated of fragrance with staying power. However occasionally when in stores I will sniff about at other perfumes and I spotted this actually in a bargain bucket costing a mere 50p without the box it usually comes in, in Boots and without sniffing it I bought it thinking even if I'm not all that keen on it that I could use it as a body spray! I do know about 'Samanda' though. Twins from a Big Brother series, they came out semi famous and Samantha and Amanda (Marchant) have got a few things on the market including this and a fitness dvd. Ok they've vanished into thin air now but at one point they were rather famous which is why now, I guess their perfume is dirt cheap! The Packaging: Well like I have just said my perfume came without the box, however I have seen the box it comes in and it comes in a bright girly pink box with a photograph of the twins on the front and of course you get told what is it, the size is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. The bottle is cylinder, glass and rather chunky with a push button silver button to the top of it and a lift on/off silver cap. Going up the bottle and again in bright pink writing I am told that it is Samanda Eau De Parfum and that its by 'Young & Pure' and again the size is stated (which in my case is a 50ml size). The packaging is simply ok, rather young looking really but pleasant enough without being anything special. The perfume Itself: I was expecting this to be a candyfloss sort of perfume, young and sweet. However I was rather surprised by it at first sniff to be honest. This actually is rather a refreshing sort of fragrance. Its main part of the fragrance being mint. I mean it really is minty and even when that smell fades a little over time it still is rather apparent for a very long length of time on the skin. Under that strong mintiness is a soft, floral fragrance. I have no idea really what the flowers are this has within it but at a guess I'd simply say it was a gentle mix of whites really and nothing too strong. However for me this perfume is a no no and my boyfriend when asked his opinion on the new scent I was sporting told me he felt it really was a very young smell (meaning I'm too old to wear it I reckon lol) and that it simply wasn't as expensive in his opinion to what I'd usually wear. It does stay on the skin for a good couple of hours and it isn't unpleasant and like I stated earlier it is refreshing but I think for any woman over 21 and/or with a touch of class about her this isn't for her at all. This is simply a cheap scent thats pleasant enough but really does nothing for (or my boyfriend) at all Lil. Can be found readily available online and on Amazon it will set you back around a fiver (not including p+p). This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.