“ Brand: Sanctuary / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / Gender: for women „
I have loved the Sanctuary range of toiletries ever since I was given some of their shower gel as a gift a number of years ago. However it is usually out of my price range, and their products are not something I could afford for every day use. I was therefore delighted to find a Sanctuary fragrance gift set in the Boots 75% off January sale! I was so thrilled I nearly did a little dance of joy in the aisle, but quickly came to my senses and put it straight in my basket and ran off to pay before anyone else spotted the precious!! The set contained 5 mini perfumes, each containing 10ml, and instead of costing £15 I got this for a super bargainous £3.75! I am just reviewing the Pomegranate & Cassis fragrance. The full-sized bottle of Sanctuary Pomegranate and Cassis eau de toilette can be purchased from Boots for £15 for a 50ml bottle, or a 100ml bottle for £28 on the Sanctuary website (www.thesanctuary.co.uk). I think this is very competitively priced, particularly from the Sanctuary range. I was expecting the Pomegranate & Cassis fragrance to be lovely and fruity, and was very excited to try it out. On application, the overwhelming scent was of blackcurrants- a beautifully sweet, fruity fragrance. After about ten minutes, the scent settled on my skin, and the blackcurrant calmed down significantly making way for a light floral tone. The website description tells me this is freesia and sweet peas, but I disagree with this- freesias are my favourite flower and I know their scent well as I buy them regularly, and the perfume definitely did not resemble the scent of freesias! It didn't really smell of sweet peas either, I personally felt it smelt more of rose than any other flower. Thankfully I didn't get a jasmine undertone twang (I really can't stand jasmine!), and the the overall scent was very light, fruity and feminine- despite not being able to smell the freesia in it, I loved it. I appreciate that with this perfume being an eau de toilette rather than an eau de parfum, it may need to reapplied once or twice during the course of the day. However when I arrived at work one hour later and went to smell my wrist to see how the scent had developed, I couldn't smell anything at all- it had completely disappeared, which I was very disappointed with. I generously reapplied it, thinking I might not have applied enough the first time. I had hoped that it would last a bit longer that time, but sadly it again faded completely within an hour. I was extremely disappointed with this, as I don't want the hassle of having to remember to keep reapplying my perfume every hour. It's not convenient as when I'm at work I'm meant to be, well, working, and if I'm out for the evening then I would rather be dancing the night away then having to keep reapplying my perfume! Also, having to constantly reapply the perfume means I have got through it much quicker than my standard bottles of perfume. This makes the price tag a little deceptive, as you need to use so much more of it every day to get a steady stream of scent, that the cost per use is much higher than I had anticipated. For comparison, a 30ml bottle of eau de toilette usually lasts me a least six months of daily use. I finished the 10ml bottle of this within just a couple of weeks, highlighting just how much of it I needed to use per day. While I do really like the fresh fruity scent of this perfume, the fact it fades so ridiculously quickly really lets it down. The reasonable price per bottle disguises the fact you will use it very quickly from constantly needing to reapply it. I was disappointed by this and wouldn't buy it again.