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A friend gave me a bottle of this perfume, and I’ve loved it from the moment I first tried it out. It has a beautiful fresh flowery feel to it when you first spray it on, and then gradually warms up on your skin, until it settles down into a warm spicy scent.
This perfume came onto the market in 2009, and is part of the Lovely Collection which consists of Dawn, Endless, and Twilight. The sarahjessicaparkerbeauty.com website describes Twilight as ‘a sexy, mysterious and complex fragrance’.
The topnotes are pink pepper, bergamot and galbanum.
Followed by jasmine and peony.
And the base is amber, sandalwood and incense.
I’d never heard of galbanum, so I looked it up. Galbanum is an aromatic gum resin, which comes from a plant called Ferula Gummosa. This has been used since Ancient Egyptian times in conjunction with incense for spiritual purposes. Galbanum is also an essential oil, renowned for supporting the immune system as well as the digestive, respiratory and other systems. It is also reputed to help troubled or mature skin. So, galbanum isn’t just a scent, but also a beneficial and soothing addition to the Twilight formula. Notice, also, that incense is used in the base notes of this perfume, a pairing with galbanum that goes back more than two thousand years.
I’m familiar with all the other ingredients, but was a bit puzzled about the inclusion of amber. Was the gemstone ground up for colour or scent? It appears that it has absolutely nothing to do with fossilised amber resin. It is a mixture of benzoin (an aromatic resinous oil made from the benzoin tree), labdanum (a sticky brown resin collected from Mediterranean Rockrose shrubs), and vanilla.
So all those different scents blend together to produce this ‘lovely’ perfume. It isn’t too heavy to wear throughout the day, and the base scents work well for the night-time too.
I bought this SJP perfume because Lovely is probably one of my all time favourite fragrances and this is part of the Lovely collection - I thought it seemed an affordable alternative to other perfumes whilst retaining the elegant style and beautiful smell.
The bottle is reminiscent of the Lovely bottle - same lid, pump and colour palette - but with a few twists. The clear perfume is set against a orange backdrop that looks a little like a watercolour painting of flowers and leaves. The orange is very pretty when combined with the gold and glass combination of the bottle. Overall the effect is rather lovely - although orange is not my favourite colour. It doesn't particularly make me think of twilight though. Weirdly enough the dawn perfume (was she genuinely creating these for Stephenie Meyer fans?) is blue colour more suited to twilight whilst this orange is probably a better fit for the name dawn.
The fragrance is fresh and clean and instantly pleasant. Like her other perfumes I find it classic, feminine and fresh - which is exactly what I look for in a perfume. The perfume has notes of bergamot, galbanum, mandarin, pink pepper, peony, jasmine, amber, sandalwood, incense and musk. The scent is very pleasant - light, sweet with an element of spice to it which gives an added kick. I think for the price it gives a more complex and layered smell than you would expect, it also smells relatively expensive which is unusual in cheaper perfumes.
I actually bought this perfume from Wilkinsons last year and it was extremely cheap - I can't remember exactly what but this fragrance and twilight were both under £10 each. I do remember thinking it was an absolute bargain. My only issue with the perfume is that I didn't find it particularly enduring. The smell is lovely but lasts no longer than a couple of hours. As a result you would probably need to carry it with you and reapply which is not ideal.
Perfect for day time but if you want to wear it at night carry it with you for repeated applications.
A few weeks ago I kept bumping into Twilight. First off my neighbour insisted I borrowed her copies of the first two Twilight films, I loved them so much I then ran out and bought the first two dvds I had seen already and then I went out and bought the third dvd and then after reading that I sent off for the latest book of the series to try find out what happens next! Then a delivery came from my Freemans catalogue I had placed ages ago which was this Twilight perfume that I had forgotten all about. Yes it was a complete coincidence but it made me and my bestmate/flatmate smile!
Oddly enough though I purchased this without even smelling it before. I do already own Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker and have smelt a couple of her other offerings in shops and liked them and so when I ordered this I had the attitude that if I didn't like it I'd give it as a gift to the mate I live with cos we have completely opposite tastes in absolutely everything. As it turned out I loved this fragrance so much that after a couple of days of wearing it I ordered another fragrance from this range called Dawn (which is the same box in its appearance and layout but a different colour) and the bottle is the exactly the same (and I liked that fragrance of that one too!).
There are three fragrances available within the Sarah Jessica Parker (I am now gonna refer to her to as SJP or this is gonna be a massive review lol) lovely range which are of course this scent which is called Twilight, and also Dawn and one is called Endless. All the packaging as I have said already is similar though comes in different coloured boxes. This Twilight fragrance comes in a light beigy/peach box with washed out brown and peachy flowers all over that and then on the front of the box and on a gold oblong piece of colour and in black writing we are told that it is Twilight, Sarah Jessica Parker 'The Lovely Collection'. Eau De Parfum Spray and that the size I got was/is a 30ml bottle (this is also available in a 75ml size bottle too by the way). On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients being stated and contact details for Coty (the manufacturer of the product) are also given. The bottle is squarish in shape and clear glass with a gold pump action sprayer to the top of it and over that it has a see-through plastic, round and ridged lid. On the front of the bottle again we are simply told that it is Twilight Sarah Jessica Parker 'The Lovely Collection' then through the bottle the same peachy coloured floral pattern can be seen from inside the bottle. It all has a rather sensual but old fashioned charm to it I think!
The Scent: Itself
Released in 2009 and made up by perfumers Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry (the perfumers for the original Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely fragrance) I'm sure at some point 'SJP' had some input somewhere though I'm just not entirely sure where.
This is simply a fantastic scent that to me really is a romantic and warm in fragrance with a really big feel good factor to it and suitable for women of any age really in my humble opinion.
It has a heart of musk along with bergamot, galbanum, mandarin, pink pepper, peony, jasmine, amber, sandalwood, incense and of course the musk I already mentioned that to me forms the most part of this exquisite fragrance with the other ingredients listed simply wafting over the top though sniff as I may I really can't detect a mandarin/orangy aroma to it but can really get a wonderful soft smell of jasmine and the sandalwood just really blended well with the pink pepper just giving it a bit of zing.
You don't need a lot of this unsticky perfume to get fragranced up however my only disappointment with this fragrance is that although the initial fragrance is truly beautiful and very expensive smelling as it is so well blended and rounded it simply fades away to barely there on the skin within half an hour tops! A gorgeous fragrance but a let down unless your wiling to keep topping up!
Available in all good chemists etc and my 30ml bottle came from Freemans (www.freemans.com) priced at £20.00 however I have seen this stocked in online stores for around about £10.00 since I purchased mine!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.