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My Sister first introduced me to this Parfum a few years back, now and has become my favorite Parfum ever since.
I remember the first time I sprayed some on my wrists. The aroma of the Parfum exceeded my expectations and was extremely memorable because the aroma is very sweet and aromatic spice smelling of roses that's what I remember at the time.
The Parfum consists of Vanilla, Sandalwood and mixed with Iris and a surprising ingredient from the Tonka Bean the remainder of the ingredients that give the Parfum that Aromatic Spicy Fragrance includes Jasmine, Citrus and Ylang-Ylang.
Many Parfums that I have tried out before are not so strong as Samsara and the fragrance fades and you end up putting more Parfum on.
With Samsara this is not the case. This gives you a sweet smelling strong aroma and lingers for a long time on your skin.
A small sizable bottle from 30ml will range from £25-30 depending where you buy this product. For a more larger sized bottle of 50ml will average between £50-60,but bare in mind this is only an Eau de Toilette. When buying the actual PARFUM this will cost a lot more in price.
You could try a sample first before buying and see what you think, but with this Perfume I am sure you will love it. This Parfum may suit you or maybe not its really personal preference for you to decide on this.
I was first introduced to Samsara many years ago, not long after its launch in 1989. Though until recently I'd only owned body lotion in the fragrance, another cast off from a member of my extended Waltonesque family - recycling..Pah! We've been doing it for generations under the guise of sharing. However for my quickly receeding birthday I received a little 30ml bottle of EDT from my sister, who had picked it up cheap online as she so charmingly put it... am I not worth full price?! I asked her.. I won't print her reply.
The bottle hasn't changed as far as I can tell,since I first sampled it. There is a slight nod to art deco in its styling, and is a deep burgundy colour, I like the shape but the colour personally not so much. This may have to do with the fact that my school uniform featured burgundy heavily and it's my mothers favourite furnishing colour choice. The price varies from store to store and offer to offer, but a 30ml of eau de toilette can be found for about £22 online.
The perfume is a 'woody oriental' with floral notes. On my skin the character of the perfume stays quite stable with the top, middle and base notes not coming into play in wildly separate bursts, but remaining a warm heady mix throughout. Though if I had to specify how it developed on my skin I would say that there is a slight tendency for the floral notes to be a little more noticeable on first application, drying down to a more woody spicy tone.
Samsara lasts very well on my skin even in the Eau de Toilette version I don't have to reapply as often with other similar EDTs. I like to use a subtle hand with Samsara as it is quite a blatant perfume, though not as much as the 80s 'power' perfumes such as Obsession'. The projection is good and people will be aware you are wearing it. There is a non sickly sweetness and warmth that is enveloping and in my opinion alluring rather than an assault on those around you.
For me the name alone is quite evocative, I'm not sure whether it's intentional or not, but I feel when spoken the name has a soft susurration, bringing to mind warm dessert winds playing over sandy dunes, and the sibilance evokes the whisper of wind through trees, or grains of sand tumbling over one another. I think I've been truly suckered in by the old advertising depicting such scenes, but for me Samsara will always be warm and a touch exotic.
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
Like a lot of perfumes new to my collection, I was introduced to Samsara through a www.bigwardrobe.com swap.
I had never tried a Guerlain perfume up until this point, but had heard great things and knew of Samsara, although I had never so much as tried a sample!
Swapping is a great way to try something you would never actually go out and spend money on!
"Created by the design house of Guerlain in 1989, Samsara is classified as a refined, oriental, woody fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of amber, rose, iris, violet, vanilla and sandalwood."
Tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla, iris
Desirable, Sensual, Sophisticated"
While I was lucky enough to receive a 50ml bottle of this EDT for free, the RRP is actually £46.50 for this size. A 30ml bottle will cost you £35.50 and an 100ml bottle £69. The RRPs of the Eau de parfum versions are obviously a bit higher too!
I would recommend shopping around once again. This perfume can be found cheaper elsewhere. At www.fragrancedirect.co.uk the 50ml EDT version will cost you only £27.50.
Or if you don't have time to shop around this perfume is widely available. You can pick up a bottle in Debenhams and many other stores across the UK.
If you're feeling very flash, you can get a 15ml bottle of the pure parfum from Debenhams for £118.50!
PACKAGING / APPEARANCE
The perfume comes in a metallic / shiney deep red box. The text is in gold. Already, this perfume is letting you know that it's a luxury item! A real treat!
The bottle is made of thick and smootly cut glass. A dark ruby red colour. The details are in gold as with the box it comes in. The shape is simple yet distinctive.
For an eau de toillete this is very strong! I sprayed 4 times this morning (one spray on each wrist, two sprays on my neck) and I knew I'd overdone it! You could get away with just a spray on your neck and no more to be honest.
The first thing I thought when smelling the freshly sprayed perfume was "Wow! Definitely not a floral one!". So I was surprised to read that the perfume has a blend of rose, iris and violet. I'm not great with descriping scents but what came to mind from the initial spray was woody and a little oriental, you can definitely smell the sandalwood and ylangylang. The top notes are descriped as being citrus toned, and when I tried the scent again, bearing this in mind, I could definitely catch a hint of grapefruit (although the woody tones counteract this and stop it from being too sweet or sharp).
As the day goes on, this perfume lasts and lasts. Impressive when you remember once again that it's only an EDT! As I write this I'm 4 hours on from the initial application, and while the scent is just as strong, it has changed quite a bit. The jasmine is really coming through now, and also a hint of vanilla sweetness. It still keeps it's grown up sophistication with the ever present ylang ylang and sandalwood tones.
This scent will last until you shower and wash your clothes. So make sure you like it before spraying directly onto your skin! If you're trying this in a department store I'd recommend spraying it onto one of those little cards first.
I can see the appeal with this perfume, but unfortunately it's not one for me! I'm still a fan of something sweeter and floral.
This would be great if you love a 'statement' scent and want people to notice what perfume you're wearing.
The EDT is great value for money in terms of it's longevity alone. A 50ml bottle of this is likely to last you a very long time!
If you love your woody and oriental notes then try Guerlain's Samsara!
One of the many things that have gone by the wayside luxury wise is perfume, well expensive perfume anyway!
As it was my birthday recently however, my darling Mum decided enough was enough and purchased me a small bottle of my favourite scent, Samsara, I hope I do it justice reviewing it for you.
Firstly to explain why I love this scent so much!
This has been my signature scent since I was 16 years old, and due in part to my mother in laws obsession with perfumes.
After starting to date her son Keith (now my husband!), she decided a bonding session would be in order, so asked me to help her sort out her bottomless pit of a wardrobe in search of an elusive video of my husband from his gang show days (to this day we have never found it either!).
Of course I was still quite young and got incredibly bored, incredibly quickly, so started sniff testing the array of perfumes she had on her bedside table (there were at that time about 20!), with the Samsara being one of the last one's I tried, and immediately falling in love with it, I must have raved so much about it too, as my mother in law gave me the remaining half of the bottle in thanks for helping, a very gracious gift as it is her favourite too!
This particular eau de toilette, was created by the "House of Guerlain" in 1989, so was a relatively newish perfume when I discovered it, and even with my changing self and tastes as I have gotten older, this is one scent I have never grown out of.
I will start by describing the bottle and colours used, as this in itself is an assault on my senses, giving the air of an oriental delight waiting to be spritzed on before a night out, this is of course my night out or getting lucky scent!
The bottle and the box match exactly colour wise, with this being again a very oriental looking (although actually being very Parisian!) scarlet red, with gold overlaid in simple yet effective swirled designs.
The bottle is very beautifully shaped, from almost wide shoulders, narrowing down to a much smaller base, with the cap looking almost like a small hat fitted on top of a narrow and shapely neck, the bottle screams elegance and style, yet is very understated, flowing with smooth lines and very little writing on it, it is in short perfect.
The scent (with the notes being courtesy of www.cheapsmells.com) is as follows -
Heart notes - Jasmine and ylang-ylang
Top notes - Citrus scents
Base notes - Tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla and iris.
Scent - described as "woody".
I am not expert in perfumes and don't profess to be one either, but going from the many perfume reviews I have read before, I hope I am right in concluding that the top notes are the freshest and foremost scents to come to the nose, with these eventually dying down to reveal the heart and base notes, with these being much more substantial than the top.
After spraying a short burst onto my neck and a little into my hair ( I never spray on my wrists as I wash my hands a good few times a day with my job, so would wash that straight away!), and even knowing the top notes are citrusy I find it hard to differentiate these from the rest of the scents happening, and to me this like an explosion in a bottle.
Yes the scent is woody and earthy, with there being slight strains of vanilla and floral aspects too, but the heavier sandalwood and what I assume is ylang-ylang (due to this being a very oriental smelling toilette), over powers the more subtler scents.
It does of course calm down a little after a while, but still regains it's delightful oriental almost spicy scent, and remains so for a good few hours after being sprayed, though turning a little more to the floral's towards the end.
This is of course a very heavy scent to wear, with this being the only heavy scent I can wear without inducing me to crippling headaches, in fact Poison cannot be worn in my presence by someone else let alone myself before affecting me, my mother in law has to choose her scent carefully, and with who she is visiting that day in mind!
This perfume always makes me feel completely ready for the night ahead, instilling an air of confidence in me and a good scent makes me feel sexy and elegant too, this toilette conjures all of these feelings up, and is the reason why I will continue to wear this.
Prices for this vary greatly with a quick bit of research showing that www.cheapsmells.com/guerlain is a good deal cheaper than some -
30ml - £19.99
50ml - £28.95
100ml - £39.75
This is of course a pricey scent to purchase, though do shop around as there are some real savings to be found, especially online.
Another point is due to it's lasting power (on me of course, different skin chemistries may vary the results you have), means a small spritz before going out will last the evening, my 30ml bottle will last me until Christmas, where I hope my Mum will again take pity and buy me another one!
Thank you for reading and I hope my ramblings made sense to you xx
My Absolute most favourite perfume in the world and whilst others come close (mainly Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue) nothing has ever actually beat it! Brought for my birthday about eight or nine years ago (when I had never actually smelled it) I was not sure how nice it was going to be. I am very particular about the fragrances that I wear and I quite often change my mind about a perfume when I get half way through a bottle! But I absolutely adore the smell and once sniffed it is so distinctive!
The perfume was first launched in 1989 by Guerlain, a company established in 1828 by Pierre Francois pascal Guerlain in Paris where he created individual perfumes for his customers based on their personalities and characters. The house of Guerlain has now produced more than 300 different perfumes and also creates high end cosmetics and skin care. There, history part over lets get back to the perfume!.
It's described as a scent that has been highly influenced by the orient. The smell it's self (like all perfumes is very hard to describe) but I think it has a woody/musky tone, slightly sweet but not sickly. A powerful strong smelling perfume that although is not delicate is still very feminine (you only need a couple of sprays to get its full effect). The perfume has been created using ylang ylang, rose, narcissus and jasmine. I have also seen it advertised as having hints of sandlewood and vanilla.
Where To Spray:
The navel because it's the warmest part of the body. Pulse areas like the wrist and just under the ears on your neck to get the best effect from the scent.
Bit More Info:
Samsara is taken from Sanskrit word that has roots in Hinduism. It means birth snd rebirth (the voyage from one life to another)
The Samsara Range:
Samsara extract, Eau De Perfum, Eau De Toilett, shower gel, shower gel, body lotion, body cream and deodorant.
All major department stores, the perfume shop, on line discount stores, Ebay and Amazon
It is such a rich, robust smell that is extremely recognisable. It makes a very bold statement on the wearer. It is not the type of perfume that has a scent that fades after a few hours of where. The downside is the price, obviously depending on where you buy it and what time of year small (30ml) bottles can start at around £20 going up to almost £50 for a 50ml size. Its best at Christmas when it is easier to get hold of gift boxes that usually contain the shower gel and/or body cream and deodorant. I personally love it. As a perfume it is not shrinking violet due to its strength.
Guerlain: Samsara, Eau de Toilette
Description: Brand: Guerlain / Eau de Toilette / For women
I am not very good at describing scents so would like to apologise in advance because this review may not be as thorough as some. Having said that, Samsara by Guerlain has been a firm favourite of mine for several years and so, on that basis, I feel that it is worth writing about and also recommending to you.
The perfume or eau de toilette comes in a sexy looking deep red glass bottle with gold edging and writing. The vibrant colour makes it stand out on your dressing table and of course, also makes it instantly recognisable. A 30ml bottle will cost you around £25 depending on where you purchase it from.
The scent of Samsara has never changed over the years, it is quite a heady fragrance and perhaps not for those who prefer a subtle scent. It is a very seductive smell which lingers well on your skin unlike some other perfumes which need reapplying after a few hours.
The fragrance has slight hints of sandalwood and a delicious exotic, musky edge that makes it quite unlike any other fragrance on the market. It isn't too sweet and has spicy undertones that are at their best when applied to the skin. For this reason, I would recommend that instead of smelling this product in the bottle, you apply it to your skin and wait a few minutes so that you can get the true fragrance.
Although it has been around for a while, Samsara is still a popular choice for those who like something a little different. I feel that it is a very sexy fragrance and it makes me feel uplifted and attractive. Because it lasts so well, it also offers excellent value for money.
I am awarding this scent 5 stars because it is a delicious fragrance that makes me feel and sexy and fresh. It is different from many of the other options on the market and while it isn't the cheapest option, it does offer good value for money because it lasts all day or night. Well worth trying!
I was first given a bottle of Samara perfume by my late Nanna when I was 12. I fell in love with it and have never changed my opinion on it.
It's smell is unique and quite oriental. It is a very romantic scent. It makes me think of falling in love but don't be fooled, it isn't a sweet scent. It is woody and a tiny bit spicy. It has notes of jasmine, ylang ylang and citrus with base notes of tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla and iris. The mixture of the notes is just beautiful and they all blend very well.
The best thing about this perfume is its staying power. It will last for hours. But be aware that this perfume does not smell as nice when you first spray as to when the perfume has settled on your skin 5 minutes later. Once it has settled, you can smell a little bit of each of the notes. It isn't too overpowering and is a very elegant smell.
The perfume bottle has not changed since I first started using it which was 13 years ago so it is slightly dated. I also think it looks a little cheap now even though it has quite an expensive price tag. The bottle is made of red glass with a gold trim and gold writing.
I would recommend it to people though as with any perfume, you should test it first. I wouldn't buy this as a gift for someone without knowing whether they liked it first.
Guerlain Samsara has been one of my favourite perfumes for a number of years. It has a unique, superior smell. I personally find the smell quite oriental, woody and a little bit spicy. As with all perfumes, Samsara smells quite different from person to person, but it still has a romantic and warm aroma. It has been a popular fragrance since it was brought out in 1989.
The perfume has main notes of Jasmine, Ylang -ylang and citrus. It has base notes of Tonka bean, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Iris.
Another quality I like about this perfume is that it lasts for hours. If you spray too much then it can be extremely overpowering, but with just one squirts you are left smelling amazing all night. This is quite a mature fragrance, ideal for a romantic night out-but not such a nice smelling perfume when the weather is hot and sticky!
The bottle which I use is Eau De Toilette, deep red colour, with golden writing on the box and bottle. It looks nice and elegant-which is one of the initial things which drew me to it. You are able to get a stronger version (Eau de Parfum) of the perfume in a clear bottle, but personally I think the strength of the one in the red bottle is quite substantial.
For a 30ml bottle of Samsara you will normally pay about £30, with a 50ml bottle setting you back about £55.
I would recommend this perfume to anyone over the age of about 20. It is a perfume which you will either love or hate, so I would definitely try the product before you buy, or you might be quite disappointed. The smell when you initially spray the perfume is not half as nice as a couple of minutes later. Price wise the product is pretty expensive, but most mature fragrances are.
Samsara is a French perfume made by Guerlein. It's of the family oriental-floral-woody and comes in a lovely red and gold box.
Samsara is a very uplifting perfume of mainly jasmine and sandalwood with some citrus notes as well. It also contains a good bit of ylang ylang. It was said to be the first all-natural perfume when it came out, and indeed it is made from all-natural ingredients with no chemicals added at all.
This perfume has a sweet and spicy scent to it without being too sweet or overpowering. It is a sophisticated and elegant scent and I think it would suitable for women of all ages.
Samsara makes me feel happy and joyful when I wear it and gives me an instant lift when I smell it. If I need something to pick me up when I'm not in a good mood I reach for the Samsara and it quickly makes me feel better.
Samsara was created in 1989 and quickly became a classic that doesn't seem to go in and out of fashion but stays a favourite and steady-selling perfume. However, it's not too popular and I don't smell it on too many other people when I go out. It is a favourite of both my mother and myself, though, as well as several of our friends.
The name Samsara comes from the word for the cycle of birth, death and rebirth in Buddhism and other religions. I think it's lovely to wear a perfume whose name has spiritual meaning instead of just being associated with the latest celebrity or what have you.
The 30ml eau de parfum costs £37.50 from Debenhams but you can occasionally find it on special offer, particularly from T. K. Maxx where I have sometimes been lucky enough to see it in stock.
Samsara is made by French perfumier Guerlain. It is not a new 'modern', or 'trendy' type of fragrance and would not be suitable for the latest unisex ranges.
It is a very feminine fragrance and one that is like no other. Its aroma is quite distinctive.
It comes in a perfume and in an eau de toilette. The eau de toilette is lighter and less expensive than the perfume.
This fragrance was first designed in 1989 and it was aimed at the kind of woman is happy inside her own skin, sexy and seductive, without being too obvious.
The name of the perfume is actually from a Sanskrit religious word which refers to the cycle, or circle of eternal rebirth.
The bottle itself is red with a gold top and it comes in an equally stunning red box. I would describe the fragrance as sandalwood with a touch of amber and musk.
The musk is not too heavy in this case although I do sometimes find musky fragrances over powering.
Samara Eau de Toilette is suitable for everyday use but needs to be used sparingly or it can be over powering.
I prefer the Eau de Toillette for day time use because it is not so heavy, and it's cheaper so you can replenish whenever you fancy, but the eau de parfum lasts much long and is not inclined to get that 'citrusy' smell on my skin as I mentioned before. It isn't cheap though!
Samsara was one of the first fragrances that i fell in love with at an early age. Even now, 15 years on, the smell of this warm and heavenly fragrance entices me to use it.
It is no longer in the top5 of my usable fragrances but it is up there with the other high contenders.
I am not an absolute fan of Guerlain products, however, I find that Guerlain excelled themselves here.
The packaging is dated and not the most attractive, however, if you look past the box and try the fragrance you may well be completely surprised.
This to me is not a daytime perfume. It is by far an evening or occasional fragrance which gives out a classy and sophisticated smell.
I find the eau de parfum & eau de toilette to have the same strength of smell, however, for a longer lasting fragrnace that doesn't need to be constantly re applied, the eau de parfum is the most viable for convenience and value for money.
Standing in the queue at a shop one day I noticed a gorgeous smell wafting in the air, after a few slow whiffs of it I realised that it was the lady behind me.
Being the friendly and up front person that I am I asked her politely if she could let me in to the secret of her fantastic choice of perfume, she told me it was Samsara eau de Toilette, I always thought that this perfume was a heady thick musky aroma worn by old ladies, of course I didn't tell her that.
I treated myself to a bottle the following pay day and I have been an avid fan ever since.
Samsara is made by the French perfume house Guerlain, and it has been producing perfumes since 1828.
Jean Paul Guerlain created Samsara in 1989 and he said it was for women looking for harmony who remain in control of their own spirituality and that the 'Samsara' woman weaves a certain mystery about herself whilst remaining calm and highly charged with seductive power. These French men certainly have a way with words.
Samsara is a word written in Sanskrit meaning 'Eternal Rebirth' it doesn't tell you much about the perfume but I thought I should share that little snippet with you.
It comes in a deep red glass bottle with a semi circle lid that clicks down firmly when not in use to avoid evaporation. The sturdy gold atomiser nozzle needs just a gentle touch to spray a fine mist of the perfume.
It has a smart red carton in the same colour red and I find this good for storing because I don't like to keep perfume bottles on the dressing table to collect dust, house work is not one of my strong points and I try to keep clutter at bay as best as I can.
This eau de toilette has a unique oriental smell, it is woody with a touch of amber and musk about it, and it is very distinctive and quite heady so you only need to use a tiny squirt at a time, but it does last for hours.
You can buy this perfume in body care at the moment for a really good price of 50ml for 19.50 or 100ml for 36.00.I think that is very reasonable for a perfume of this quality.
I like the smell and it makes me feel good about myself , it is a strong fragrance and ideal for evening wear or during the winter months.
It is subtle yet seductive so I think John Paul Guerlain definatly got the recipe right when he wanted to create a perfume for the Samsara woman.
Whenever Christmas comes around, my two sons always buy me perfume. I do not have to worry as I think that their girlfriends pick the fragrances for them. The perfume is therefore normally quite modern an up with the times or at least I hope it is. This year I had a bottle of Samsara and a bottle of 5th Avenue. Both fragrances are very strong smelling although I cannot say that I prefer either. They are both very nice. Tact plays a large part in my answer as both are members. The 5th avenue has a sweet smelling scent that I liken to a Channel type fragrance and it is produced by top designer Elizabeth Arden. The bottle is unusually tall to give the impression of more content. The applicator is a strong spray and I have had no problems with blockages or power loss to the nozzle. The same cannot be said for the Samsara bottle. Samsara comes in a Red bottle and has a slightly stronger smell. The bold smell gives a more elegant aroma which I use for more special occasions rather than everyday usage. I have had problems with the applicator. Spray power is highly reduced from the first application and I do think that the bottle may be faulty. Both fragrances are very special to me thanks to my sons. They have introduced me to a more modern approach to scents and smells.
I discovered this perfume a few years ago, my flatmate donated a bottle to me as she was somehow allergic to it. I really like this perfume, it has a strong scent of musk and spices with a rich essence of vanilla and rose. Its smell reminds me of the Orient if that makes any sense. Although it is quite a heavy perfume, you can definitely get away with wearing it during the day. Although I really like this perfume, it has a few downsides, I would imagine that it is quite an outdated smell. Also I don't like the packaging it's quite boring, not the kind of bottle you would keep for a dressing table ornament. Anyway if your walking by the fragrance counter give this one a try, you may be pleasantly surprised. An advantage of this perfume is that it is one of the fragrances that Semi Chem sells, I saw it for £14.99 which is a great price (I told my boyfriend this in the hope he would take the hint).
I loved this perfume at one time but now I find it really sickly. Unless kept at in the right conditions my experience of this product is that it turns rancid very quickly and will mark your clothing very easy. I think that it smells really 80's and although that was a great era for me I think that the smell is totally out of date. The packaging is nothing special so it doesn't even make a nice dressing table ornament. In the end of the day it is obviously personal taste, but I find this product strong and over powering and the type to be worn by women who are still eighties power dressers.
Woody Oriental. Harmonious, spellbinding, embracing / Through its very sensual evocation of seduction, Samsaraenvelops its wearer with a spellbinding predominance of jasmine / Rose, narcissus and ylang-ylang embellish the fragrance, the betterto unite it with the radiant and generous warmth of sandalwood / Lastly, iris, Tonka bean and vanilla harmonize and render thisremarkable fragrance sublime / Perfumer's Secret / The navel, the body's point of equilibrium, should not beforgotten / It is the warmest point on the body; it diffuses and radiateslike the fragrance Samsara.