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Recently I discovered that I'm a member of the Chypre [french for Cyprus] Club; in the winter half year. I was sorting out my scents & browsing the internet, as I had just bought Sarah Jane Parker's Lovely, which is thought to have a 'chypre accord'. Guerlain's Mitsouko & Rochas' Femme, both chypres, also grace my perfume shelf. In the summer, I prefer sea & white flower type perfume.
1917, Coty Chypre perfume started it all off with a mixture of: bergamot, oak moss, labdanum & patchouli. It is this type of blend which constitutes a chypre.
Lovely came my way because I was searching for a cheaper substitute for Narciso Rodriguez for Her! The bottle evokes a fantasy straight away, as it reminds me of a woman in a festive evening cloak with a striped turban. Have to admit though, when I first sprayed myself with Lovely, it just smelt quite ordinary! However v.quickly its different constituents come through:citrus,wood,lavender, apple martini etc. I think it keeps at the same kind of level of scent for about 4 hours but doesn't create a v.large aura.
It makes me think of someone going off to a formal party, maybe Sarah Jane Parker, & who then behaves slightly naughtily there! I could also imagine Keira Knightley wearing it, in some of her evening dress scenes, in the film 'Atonement'. A snuggle up in a winter coat perfume, is also a way that I would describe it.
The Narcisso Rodriguez for Her is definitely the more sophisticted & multi layered fragrance of the two but you do pay the extra money for that pleasure!
I absolutely love this perfume, and it is one of those scents that I pick up as soon as someone walks past me with it on! I have been using it for years, and I've never come across a perfume that I like as much as this one. Over the years, the price has dropped quite a bit, which is great news for me - I would definitely say it is worth it. I was actually bought the first bottle as a Christmas present, so it was nothing to do with the Sarah Jessica Parker brand (nor would that influence me anyway with any perfume!)
It's quite an unusual "woody" scent, but floral at the same time. And you don't need to use much in order to get a decent smell out of it like some perfumes! (although it does wear off fairly quickly - though I wouldn't say any quicker than other perfumes). It's very light, so suitable for any age really, which is something else that I like about it!
The packaging is nice and modest, with nothing to flashy. The bottle itself is a nice colour, and I think a nice shape too - the 30ml bottle fits really nicely into your hand (I know, a bit strange, but it's the little things right? :D) The box is pink with gold writing and a gold pattern on it - again, nothing too flashy but I tend to prefer these - and it suits the perfume perfectly too! I even like the lid of the bottle, which has just a little more detail in it's design, so just finishes the packaging off nicely.
Overall, I would recommend. A nice light perfume.
I bought a bottle of celebrity perfume Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker after spotting it at a knock down price of £8 in one of the perfume kiosks in the city centre just before Christmas, originally as a stocking filler for my (then) thirteen year old daughter. As I was paying I was offered a 50ml 'samples' bottle which hadn't been used for the same price so I jumped at it for myself, this being even more of a bargain as Alice's bottle was only 30ml. I've wondered what this perfume was like for a while as SJP is (usually) so stylish that I thought a fragrance released in her name would be equally stylish and chic, let me get one thing straight here - I'm no fan of the vacuous, horsey Mrs Parker but I admire her wardrobe and the effortless way she wears her clothes. As a speechless model she's fabulous, not so much when she's screeching her way through the Sex and the City script. But back to the perfume.
The bottle is pretty and nicely feminine; a pearlescent silvery rose shade which doesn't particularly stand out among the rest of the perfume bottles in my collection, but it does look well suited to SJP and the name of the fragrance. It really is 'lovely' looking, not beautiful or stunning - just plain lovely. A niggle I have with the design is the lid, which to me just doesn't suit the shaping or colour of the bottle - it gives it a slightly Arabic look, which really looks a bit silly and badly thought out. Not to mention the fact that the lid is plastic, and a horrible clunky feeling plastic at that - it feels horrible in my hand and spoils the visual and tactile impression of the bottle in my opinion. This is a spray perfume and here I encounter my first problem; I quickly discovered that you don't get a very wide, or effective, arc of perfume with each spritz and you really do need to apply multiple sprays to end up with as much perfume as you need.
Lovely is completely and utterly floral from the moment you spray it until the moment it dies, and unfortunately it's not a particularly pleasant floral. The perfume opens with a pretty bergamot and mandarin tone which I was initially very happy with thanks to the sparkling effect they have on the fragrance - if the perfume had stayed so youthfully feminine and upbeat I'd have probably been one happy bunny, but after not long at all (just a few short minutes actually) a highly cloying lavender starts pushing through and sadly it's all downhill from there. I'm not entirely sure whether it's because the lavender is mingled with a very obvious and authentic rose note, but suddenly the perfume takes on a weirdly old fashioned 'nanna fragrance' edge which it doesn't ever manage to shake off.
The top notes die away to be replaced by a second heavy layer of florals, these continue to be dominated by the awful synthetic lavender that came through in the beginning and eventually blossom into a barely there patchouli and horribly chemical-smelling orchid. I actually couldn't detect the patchouli at all and only know it's there after reading the perfume notes of Lovely, although at one point the perfume develops a slightly earthy dirty smell which in retrospect is probably a poorly executed patchouli - this is never a terribly pleasant addition into a perfume in my opinion, and even worse when it creates such a horrible manure-like aroma! Unfortunately the orchid fragrance is very much apparent; it's surprisingly robust and has a sweet creamy tone; in my opinion this could have made an excellent note to liven Lovely up, but it has such a strange chemical after-smell that this usually gorgeous element to a perfume was made pretty much antiseptic in quality.
The base notes of Lovely create a perfume which is a little better, although it's still not well enough done (and they arrive far too late in the day) to convince me I ever want to buy this perfume again. Woodiness is definitely the order of the day for the final hour (maybe a little longer) of the fragrance as amber, cedar and musk push their way through the heavy veil of flowers - Lovely is never remotely sexy or sensual but the manner in which the musk is blended does at least help to make the perfume suitable for women under the age of 75 again!
Lovely has reasonably good staying power - well this would obviously be the case, being as it's a perfume I dislike! From the time you first spray the perfume until the moment you realise smell has completely disappeared I'd guesstimate you get a solid seven hours of fragrance, Lovely doesn't really fade with time so it remains fairly robust (and therefore right up your nose!) throughout it's life. Which would be great if Lovely was as lovely as its name would suggest, and suitable for the girly side of me rather than more to my mothers tastes!
I absolutely love fragrances. I'm the type of girl who will go bare faced if I have to, meaning without makeup, but I have to have a few spritz of perfume on. I feel like its not an option, its an essential. Although I cannot afford most fragrances, I do save up for them and I will shop around to find good deals on perfumes, that is how much I enjoy them.
Sarah Jessica Parker to be honest isn't my favorite celebrity therefore I never bothered with her fragrances. It wasn't until my uncle gifted it to my mum a few years ago that I absolutely fell in love with it. It is Sarah's signature scent which in the simplest words is light, airy yet very classy and expensive scented. I think this perfume is ideal for so many age groups as well which is quite unique to be fair. I feel very classy and sophisticated in this perfume and almost like a celebrity myself. It definitely gives me confidence.
Lovely is the perfect name for this fragrance, it's the best way to describe it in one word. The base notes are white amber, cedar, woody notes and white musk and also has notes of apple martini, citrus, lavender and daffodils. Such a complex blend but it comes together to make a truly powerful yet very feminine fragrance.
I definitely find the smell gets better on your skin throughout the day. its a little powdery which makes it so feminine but very distinct which is why it is quite special.
The bottle is a lovely glass drop shape with a very opaque pink color. It is very simple looking but the cap to the perfume looks like a little domed glass jewel which finishes it off in quite a sophisticated manner.
Price wise it is very cheap considering how beautiful it smells, I would happily pay double to price. It retails for 25 pounds for a 30ml bottle in boots but is always on offer somewhere or the other. I don't get my 100ml bottle for more than 30 pounds weather it be over the internet. Boots and Superdrug do multiple offers on this fragrance all year round. and 30 pounds for a 100ml bottle is almost a steal for such a good fragrance.
It smells great on my mum, she has gone through multiple bottles, as of I. If you are confused about a scent for an older woman then lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker is the safest and the best bet in my opinion. She has many other fragrances which aren't half as good as this one unfortunately.
I personally think Sarah jessica Parker is not a great actress, but her perfume is. I actually hate Sex and the City as it is completely silly and just depicts women obsessing over shoes, handbags and various sex acts perfomed on or by, rather stupid- looking men.
I don't really have time for too much of this but I do like to smell nice- cheaply.
The daftly named 'Lovely' is only £20 for 100mls EDP on Amazon. That is che- eap. I just bought Mum some for Christmas. My Mum is 84, but don't let that deter you- she has always had a great style and taste. Except in men, so may that is where Sarah J could help out....
It has a delicious flowery scent, not unlike the very very expensive Narciso Rodriguez for Her parfums.
Top notes are lily of the valley, bergamot, narcissus,lavender, possibly violet- middle are gardenia and honeyish notes, base notes vanillin and amber and white musk ( I did not read this off the website, this is my opinion). Thank God there is no horrible ozone tints.
Sillage is pretty good, lasts 4 hours or so.
On the lines of Ysatis and other florals.
The bottle is pink and very pretty, as is the pink and grey packaging which has to be said is not the best box ever, but the bottle is very good and with a ribbed stopper, looks vintage. It is light, fresh, floral looking without being little-girlish. Nice on the dressing table.
According to base notes, Sarah reckons men could wear this, but she must be a bit touched in the head, needing extra in her bank balance, or know some seriously effeminate gentlemen. My fella would not, and I would readily leave if he did, as he would be definitely batting for the other team, which is unlikely as he is a 6 for 5 inch ex-rugby player who will nothing but super male Versace L'Homme.( mmm- now your'e talking about real scent!)
There is a slightly sexy dry down to this perfume, a bit like a lady who is going dancing in Paris, that sort of thing. It is definitely a bit sophisticated, a bit gardenia soapy, rather classic and Chanelish. There is something slightly dirty in the scent, something like leaves or grass, a woodsy smell which stops it just short of it becoming cloying. I think most true gentlemen would appreciate a ladylike scent.
If you don't want a gentleman, best stick to Impulse.
When to wear:
I would recommend this as an early evening fragrance, for a theatre date or supper with the ladies or a first date, when you want to be discreet and leave off the full guns like Jicky or Shalimar which generally scream 'sex'.
This one whispers ' je t'aime' which is just peachy and nice and vintage chic.
Sarah J, Jeremy Clarkson unkindly described you as looking like a boiled horse, but you are a 'lovely' lady.
I can see what that vintage dress sense is all about now.
I first purchased this perfume a few years ago fairly soon after it was first released. It really has nothing to do with me liking Sarah Jessica Parker and more to do with how perfectly the fragrance suits what I look for in an affordable perfume. It is feminine, floral and versatile - simply lovely in fact.
The perfume comes in a subtly pink tear drop shaped glass bottle. This has the word lovely and the name Sarah Jessica Parker across the front in gold lettering. It has a gold pump and rim, trimmed with a ridged grey ribbon and topped off with a clear plastic ridged circular lid. The overall effect is extremely elegant and harks back to 1940s/50s classic design. It is an extremely feminine bottle with a little extra style achieved through the design details. I purchased the 100ml bottle, which is a large bottle, and it fits in your palm quite easily. The design of the bottle allows you to see the contents easily and estimate how much you have left. I actually much prefer this spherical design of bottle to the more normal longer bottle as it looks unique in a collection of other perfumes. I also like the choice of pink, grey and gold together - it look very sophisticated and subdued.
The fragrance is is classic, floral feminine scent that I would describe as romantic. It instantly makes me think of a different time altogether - it has a very elegant timeless smell which would perfectly suit you, your mother or your grandmother. The perfume has core notes of mandarin, bergamot and rosewood followed by lavender and apple martini. This is set against overtones of blossom, patchouli and orchid and undertones of cedar, white amber, musk and woods. The smell is very seductive and sensuous and instantly smells like a signature scent. I use it as my main perfume for this very reason - it has a very sophisticated, rich smell to it which lasts for a long time. I find it hard to actually find a perfume that really is feminine, a lot of brands describe them this way but I almost always find them a little lacking. They either have a hard, modern edge to them or are sickly sweet. This perfume is neither. It has a beautiful light, fresh scent which is beautifully feminine and appropriate for a young modern woman or the more mature lady.
In terms of price this is one of the more cost effective perfumes on the market. At roughly £30.00 for 100ml, and cheaper on offer, it offers great value for money. You can often pay £25.00 for 30ml bottles of other brand perfumes so this is obviously a cheaper option - and personally, a far better one. I like to purchase one roughly once a year - in combination with other perfumes the 100ml bottle really does last. You don't have to use a lot at once and because it is so versatile you can pick it for day or night. If I was going away for a week and could only take one perfume this would definitely be the one I would choose as I trust the brand and I know the smell is long lasting.
I have to say the SJP brand does put me off somewhat. Whenever I see a new celebrity endorsed product I immediately think it is something I would avoid - who really wants to smell like Britney Spears? Certainly not me. I think they often are aimed at young adults and teens who want to relate to their favourite pop star etc. This can often make them seem cheap in design and fragrance but heavy on price. This is certainly not the case with this perfume and on first sniff all me reservations were gone. Others clearly feel the same about it because it won CEW best new female fragrance in 2006 and She magazine best celebrity scent in the same year. This doesn't surprise me because it really is that great a perfume. I can absolutely see myself still using it in years to come.
It has to be the nicest perfume I have used to date, and something I repurchase regularly.
I buy at least ten fragrances every year whether they are a treat for me of a gift for someone else. I am also often given bottles of perfume and currently have about 20 bottles I am using. What I look for in a perfume is primarily a rich, classy floral smell. It is also very important to me that I like the bottle. I want something feminine, classic yet not too old fashioned, a bottle that will look good on my dressing table. The box is not very important to me despite being the thing that will often first attract me to a particular perfume. I want a perfume that looks and smells expensive. I am a fan of Chanel perfumes but at £50+ a bottle I can only afford one of these occasionally. Therefore I get quite excited when I find a perfume that has the sought after expensive smell and look but doesn't cost the earth.
That is how I would describe Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. The actress is famous for portraying Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. She released this, her debut fragrance in 2009. Since then she has released a range of perfumes including Covet and SJP NYC. There are also other Lovely products such as shower gel and body lotion. The box is attractive and understated, baby pink with gold detail and lettering. There is a list of ingredients including Jojoba. I think the box is a bit more important if you are giving the perfume as a gift and the packaging for Lovely is rather lovely! I would describe the glass bottle as tear shaped with a hint of pink. A classy pink, like pale pink champagne. The lid is round plastic with vertical grooves. Hard to describe but when on the bottle it gives a classic look. The top of the bottle is made of gold coloured metal and has a small ring of beige ribbon around it. The overall look is simple, elegant, classic and feminine. The spray pump works exactly as it should. The perfume itself I would describe as rich, expensive, classy, classic and feminine. The heart notes are paperwhites, creamy orchid and patchouli. The top notes are lavender, apple martini and bergamot. The base notes are white amber, sultry woods, musk and cedarwood. It is exactly as describes on the bottle: Lovely. It is also long lasting and people compliment me on the smell hours after I have applied it.
In Boots a 30ml bottle costs £25, 50ml costs £30 and 100ml costs £42 which I think is a reasonably price to pay for this perfume. It is worth watching out for offers though as I have seen them for 1/3 off a few times, which is obviously even better value for money.
In conclusion, I have bought this perfume several times and will continue to do so as it has an expensive smell and look but at an inexpensive price.
I love this product. I have been using it for years, and it's my third bottle now.
See, the product is to be honest quite affordable compared to most other perfumes, but it doesn't smell like cheap perfume. It's fresh and sweet, it makes me feel happy when I am wearing it. If I have to pick three words to describe how it smells I might choose, sweet, young and innocent.
Because it smells really light, you can use it as everyday perfume. I sprayed it on my coat once in a while, because apparently after a while it smells even better. Sometimes I spray a little on my wardrobe so all my daily clothes would smell nice when I wear it.
The bottle is very cute, but I don't really like the plastic cap. It's so hard to carry for travelling because the cap often fall off.
If you want a glamour extravagant smell, I don't think it suits your liking. I am happy with this product, and I have recommended this to my friends several times now. This product is just... LOVELY.
By day or by night, this delicate floral scent will entice every person you encounter to be drawn into your presence. "Pure sophistication"
Lovely, is truly that. The most lovely floral breeze. The true embodiment of classic femininity.
I couldn't help but be intrigued. "Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker", she replied.
That was our beginning, the perfect beginning.
As the ultimate gift to yourself, or for that very special someone in your life. I can not recommend this wonder of creation more highly.
Beautifully packaged in the same soft pink as the perfume itself. This is deserving of it's title as one of the best selling, most popular and critically acclaimed fragrances to have ever been available to the worlds discerning buyers.
Unusual as it may be to have a male review a perfume, I was compelled to do so.
This is truly one of the most beautiful fragrances.
A friend bought me a 50ml bottle of Sarah Jessica Parker's "Lovely" perfume for my 30th birthday, and I love it. I don't tend to wear perfume every day but I do wear it when I go out for an evening, so I like night-time scents that smell like dinner, dancing and romance. This fits the bill perfectly, as it has a classic scent that reminds me of how my Mum used to smell when she was dolled up for a posh "do".
The perfume comes in a baby pink box with a gold design and gold lettering. On the back is the list of ingredients - I recognise the words "water", "alcohol" and "jojoba" but the rest is a string of chemicals that mean nothing to me. We are told that the perfume is made in France, distributed by Lancaster Paris, Lancaster Group US LLC of New York. The box has a cardboard inner section to keep the bottle safe so I would imagine it would be fine if it was dropped.
The bottle itself is teardrop shaped with a lovely weight to it and it fits neatly into my hand. The glass is tinted pink, the spray nozzle is gold coloured and the cap is textured plastic in a spherical shape. The cap actually feels quite cheap compared to the rest of the product and doesn't really fit with the sophisticated scent and pleasant packaging.
The perfume is easy to spray on, and I find that one spray rubbed over two wrists plus a spray to each of the two pulse points in my neck does the job. The scent lasts for a long time and the perfume doesn't leave any residue on my skin.
It is incredibly hard to describe a scent but I would say that this is a mature perfume for evening wear, and it brings to mind candlelit restaurants and lit-up cityscapes. It is perfectly named, as whenever anyone asks me about it the best way I can find to describe it is "lovely".
Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) is otherwise known as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. An actress, a wife and a Mother, she decided to release her debut fragrance in 2005 aptly named Lovely. Since then, she has released SJP NYC and Covet as well as a range of alternative Lovely fragrances.
Lovely is an eau de parfum and matching body products are available. It is classed as a "feminine and timeless signature scent for women of all ages".
Presented in a baby pink, cardboard box, the bottle design is simple yet elegant. It is weighty and perfectly round near the base, nipping in at the neck before being finished off with a clear, round lid and gem like neck. The bottle is tinted pink and etched with SJPs name and Lovely in gold writing on the front.
SJP was inspired by certain notes by her love of layering scents :
*Top notes (initial scent) - lavender, apple martini and bergamot
*Middle notes (body of the scent) - paperwhites, creamy orchid and patchouli
*Base notes (lasting scent) - white amber, sultry woods, musk and cedarwood
<3Availability and Price<3
SJP Lovely was released 6years ago and is still readily available on the highstreet but the most competitive prices can be found online. Prices are based on 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sized bottles :
*www.escentual.com - £25.00/£18.22/£42.00
*www.amazon.co.uk - £21.83/£25.00 (no 30ml available)
I received a bottle of SJP Lovely for Christmas from a friend. I like SJP as an actress and I do appreciate lots of celebrity fragrances so was pleased with my gift! The box and bottle are equally attractive and having a 30ml bottle, it is easy to place into my handbag if I wish to spritz when out and about. Being her first fragrance, I wasn't sure whether to expect something classy like SJP herself or something attractive and out there like Carrie Bradshaw! I can safely confirm that the first guess was correct!
Before I even spray this onto my wrist and neck, this is an attractive and unusual scent. The notes used are certainly an unusual combination especially lavender being there. I most prominent note is the bergamot which creates a fresh opening for Lovely. It is gently swayed by a very light hint of lavender but not enough to make it "too mature". What held my attention most, was the crisp, if a bit alcohol tinged, fruitiness that developed on my skin..perhaps the apple martini? Certainly one that illuminates from my skin and incredibly addictive beyond belief.
The edge of the top notes starts to slip away and I am presented with a light, sweet heart which is pleasant and pure. It doesn't try to impress as much as the top notes did but is quite subtle and clean with gentle hints of sweetness and light, fresh florals sweeping through. The heart doesn't stick around all that long which disappointed me as it was really gorgeous. Around 4hours after I sprayed this, the final scent began to make itself detectable on my skin.
The base notes offer a rounded and perfect finishing aroma on my skin. Its a natural, woody scent with a hint of creaminess and just a smidgen of sweetness. The scent is a bit too close to my skin for many to appreciate but getting up close, there is a hidden, deep earthiness lingering which closes the scent. After a further 3hours, I can no longer detect the scent on my skin.
<3Lovely Like Me?<3
This isn't a vibrant, powerful scent but a simple, delicate scent. Despite being light and not particularly long lasting, I feel this is ideal for evening wear as its rather elegant. I am 23 and Lovely suits my skin but I know of someone in their 50s who wears this and carries it off perfectly so certainly is one for all ages.
<3Recommendation and Conclusion<3
SJP Lovely EDP is a classy and gorgeous scent that is very affordable and comes in a beautiful yet understated bottle. It lets itself down with the lack of staying power especially considering its an EDP but it makes up for it in quality and scent. I like this perfume though its not my favourite and although I can recommend it based on my personal experience of it, I don't think it is one I will go out of my way to purchase unless I find it at a really cheap price.
Thanks for reading :)
My mum gave me this as a present a few years ago, I was really happy because I loved trying out new things and when I seen it was Sarah Jessica Parker I expected good things as she was such a well known person from Sex and the city.
As I didn't purchase it I had to find out the prices of the internet, after looking around I can tell you that the usual prices are something like this:
I think that the price of this isn't the best really, the lasting power isn't the best and I really dislike the smell.
Looking at the bottle, its awful, if my nan was alive it would not look out of place on her desk!
Its a light baby pink in colour, the glass is oval shaped and has a clear lid on.
On the front is writing LOVELY and Sarah Jessica Parker in gold writing.
I can't remember what the box is like as I barely had a glimpse at it since I opened this at my mums and then left the box there, i'm sure it was horrible anyway!
Looking at the bottle, I wouldn't say this fragrance is modern and lovely, I would say it is an old lady kind of perfume and smells horrible, but that could all change...
Well as you know I got this of my mother, she seemed desperate to smell it, I'm sure she was after it! She made me open it there and then and made me spray it over us both..
"ugh.." was my response.
"mmm.." was my mums response.
Instantly I was hit with the Orchids which this perfume contains and it just wasn't me at all, it was absolutely disgusting and old womanly and I instantly took a dislike, to me it smelt like some kind of powder for your face..I can't explain it but it was just excessive florally.
If you would like to know, here is the scents contained within the perfume:
After a few minutes of being on I still didn't like the smell and nothing seemed to change, the scent just got more floral each second being on my skin, it was nothing special to me and I was disappointed as I had hoped for better.
As I recall the smell didn't last that long on me, a hour or so and then it had gone extremely musky and I remember whining about how I smelt.
After a few more tries of wearing this I decided ( and so did my OH ) that this just wasn't for me, I ended up giving it back to my mum! and I have to say she was really chuffed she got it ( I think she knew I would hate it and just bought it because she knew I would give it back! ) I remember she wore it everyday until it ran out and then made my dad buy her another bottle.
I would recommend this to the older lady, or someone who loves a extremely bad flower smell.
Wasn't for me, I don't recommend.
~A little SJP Lovely goes a long way!~
In my opinion the feel of this fragrance is both pretty and light, making this a good choice for a variety of occasions. I feel that the fragrance has a very easy to wear scent that is not overly sweetened or too heavy and clingy. I have found that the fragrance is perfect for wear on a warm summers day, as it seems to give off a nice fresh just stepped out of the shower feel that I enjoy on warmer days. I like the presentation of the fragrance and its bottle as much as I like the fragrance and as such I feel the balance between the two is good. With sale time upon us, now is the perfect time to pick up on fragrance bargains galore and this will most certainly be on my list of bargain buys should I see it reduced in the sales, as a small amount of this pretty fragrance really does go rather a long way.
~ The fragrance notes~
Top Notes ~ Apple Martini, Bergamot and lavender
Mid Notes ~ Paper Whites, Creamy Orchid and Patchoulii
Base Notes ~ Musks, Sultry Woods, White Amber and Cedarwood
~How lovely is Lovely ?~
When I first spray on the SJP Lovely fragrance I feel that the initial opening blend gives off a very pretty and refreshing blast of fragrance that has a light slightly sweet citrus ehnanced tone to it that reminds me of light spring days and warm afternoons spent outside in the garden. The pink toned outer pack and fragrance colour would make you think that what you will get from the fragrance will be a rather over sweetened and girly scent, yet this is really not the case at all with Lovely. The woody tone in Lovely is stronger than you might think, yet it never fully takes over from the pretty floral toned feel of the fragrance and I rather like the way this works to create something that is very light (yet a little powdery), easy to wear and has a good degree of longevity on the skin.
~Summary, rating and price~
Prices for the stand alone SJP Lovely fragrance are often £40 or so for a larger 100ml sized bottle, although they can be reduced to nearer £26 with a little searching around online. The smaller 50ml fragrance bottle is often £30 with reductions sometimes bringing it down to nearer £20 being possible and the smallest 30ml bottles begin at £22/ £24 at full price with further reductions being possible in many stores. I try to shop around and pick up the gift sets which are very often reduced to £16 / £18 after xmas as these do offer the best value for money. The gift sets generally contain a fragrance and a body care product or two, so are 100% worth looking out for. My rating for Lovely based on price, fragrance and longevity on the skin is 4 stars.
I bought this perfume when it first came out and at first I loved it, I thought it was a really pretty scent, very girly and not too heavy
The reality is though after about half an hour on your skin you can't smell it anymore, this is something that I find really disappointing as it's almost as if they got everything else right and then missed the most important part out
I tried the perfume again recently (about 3 months ago) in the hopes that they might have improved the fact that it lacks in this area, sadly though the haven't. It's still exactly the same as it was.
Until this area is improved I wouldn't consider buying this or any other Sarah Jessica parker perfume again as even the newer scents seem to have a similar issue.
It surprises me that they haven't picked up on this and improved what has the potentially to be a "lovely" (no pun intended) perfume.
I am not usually a fan of celebrity scents as I find they can be cheap and nasty smelling and besides that I think it is just a little tacky to be wearing a perfume by someone like Paris Hilton(absolutely no offence meant). I have two exceptions to this and they are the original perfume from JLo and Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Lovely comes in a light pink bottle that is rounded in shape and looks like some sort of glass bauble. The lid is like an ornamental glass light shade or something and there is a grey ridge effect. Forgive me if I am not selling the bottle very well as this is one of the biggest selling points about this perfume. There is nothing wacky about it and it doesn't come with a lid that transforms into a t-shirt or anything it is just effortlessly simple and stylish and really sophisticated. When perfume companies seem to be going to ever increasing lengths to try and come up with new designs it is nice to have one that isn't afraid to go back to basics.
To look at the bottle you would expect it to be a really girly scent and whilsy it is light and floral it does have a sophistication to it that makes it much more womanly. It is actually the kind of perfume that I could imagine a woman like Sarah Jessica parker might wear in her real life and I could imagine her actually having an input into the making of it as it is a cut above other celeb perfumes.
There is a real muskiness to it that compliments the floral notes and I always get a smell of a sweet faintly alcoholic aroma which isn't surprising really since the perfume actually contains notes of apple martini which I personally think smell delicious.
Talking of notes the top ones contain Lavender, Bergamot and Mandarin whilst the heart notes contain Apple martini, Rosewood, Paperwhites and Orchid and the finally the base notes contain Patchouli, Musk, Cedar, Amber and Woods.
If I had to choose what notes I could make out then it would definately be the musk and the rosewood which are the most dominent to my nose. I can also smell the apple martini and the patchouli but I can't even get a hint of lavender which is good as it is not a scent I am ovely keen on.
When you spray the perfume on it is not the strongest smelling and it is quite subtle which I think goes with the whole sophisticated vibe of the fragrance. It is incredibly long lasting though and although it probably won't stop anybody in their tracks to ask what you are wearing I enjoy the smell throughout the day.
I bought my last bottle in Debenhams and it was a 50ml and cost me £30 which seems about average but I am sure that it can be found online cheaper if you are willing to look. It also comes in a 30ml and a larger 100ml bottle as well as various different products to compliment it such as body moisturiser.
With christmas coming up there are bound to be soe nice box sets containing the perfume and accessories and these are usually good value.
For me Lovely is a classy womanly perfume that I like to wear when I want to feel like a grown up. Even though it is a relatively new perfume there is something classic and timeless about it but it is in no way an old smelling perfume and I honestly can see it appealing to women of all ages and styles.
Top notes sparkle with Fresh Mandarin, Bergamot and Radiant Rosewood rushing into Lush Lavender and Crisp Apple Martini / Middle Notes Blossom with Exotic Patchouli, the perfume of paper whites and creamy orchid / Bottom Notes Seduce and Linger with Sensuou