Product Type: Sex In The City fragrances
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I don't hate it.. but Love is a strong word
Sex in the City Eau de Parfum
Member Name: supersonic75
Sex in the City Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Smells nice -for all of 5 minutes
Disadvantages: Clunky bottle and zero longevity
I love toiletries of any kind and have a vast collection of body lotions, shower gels and beauty products including a large amount of fragrances. I have the odd bottle of designer fragrances but generally I own a lot of everyday EDT's which I've either purchased myself or have been lucky enough to have been bought them as gifts. As it was my birthday fairly recently (a month before Christmas) a couple of the presents I received were gift sets, with one being this - Sex In The City 'Love' - which includes a small body spray and a large full sized bottle of the EDP with my review focusing directly on the EDP which I will now discuss.
**How it's described**
"..With light and summery floral tones it is a romantic perfume perfect for everyday wear. A light and feminine scent for the modern woman Sex in the City Love is a sensual and feminine scent..."
Sex and the city have several other fragrances available including:
Love (currently being reviewed)
All of the above are just a few in the collection and are all in the same design of bottle and are available in gift sets or singular EDP format for similar prices.
**Price, packaging & availability**
As I've just mentioned above this was a gift so I didn't buy it myself, but after a quick browse online I can see that the EDP sells for anything between £3 to £11 singularly with the gift set being in the same price bracket. This seems odd as the EDP included in the gift set is a full size 100ml which is the same size it can be purchased in separately so economically it makes sense to opt for the gift set whether you want the body spray or not.
Love can be bought from various online shops and is currently available for the sum of £7.34 with free delivery on Amazon, as are the other fragrances in the SATC collection.
Love is presented in a rather oddly shaped bottle that I personally find cheapens the fragrance even more than it's title as it has a slightly tacky appearance. Being in the form of glass rectangle which is 'squeezed' in at the sides giving a slight curvature the glass is transparent though has a soft pink hue meaning the contents are clearly visible, and whilst the EDP also appears to be pink it is in fact completely clear. There is a metal looking covering (which is actually plastic on closer inspection) at the neck of the bottle with random holes punched through and to what purpose this is supposed to serve I have no idea other than giving it a 'quirky' appearance. The lid is equally bizarre, being very wide and being made of the same mirrored plastic which is trying to disguise itself as being metallic and around each edge is a pink plastic looping which all in all adds to the large cumbersome appearance of the whole bottle.
**My experience of using Love**
I received two different fragrances from this collection - the Love gift set for my birthday and more recently the Lust EDP as a Christmas present. Whilst this is obviously a play on the name of the popular TV show with a similar name (the show being called 'Sex and the city' as opposed to the fragrances being 'Sex in the city') the fragrances themselves are very cheap and 'cheerful' which I say very loosely.
Although I am very grateful for anything I am bought I was not quite sure what to make of the gift set at first as Sex and the city has always been one of those shows that grated on me slightly and I rarely watched and to be honest the friend that bought me this knows this information full well and I think it was a case of taking the proverbial Michael. I'm not a wasteful person though and would never throw or give something away (unless it caused an allergic reaction of some kind) so I decided to at least give it a go. As I've briefly only spritzed the body spray on one occasion I cannot comment on it fairly really which is why this review focuses solely on the EDP.
I really don't like the design of the bottle at all - it's too large, clunky and cumbersome and whilst it's not exactly vulgar it really doesn't have any attractive qualities going for it at all. I appreciate that holding 100ml's of EDP the bottle is going to have to be large or substantial at least, but the wide rectangular appearance from the front and being much thinner from the side view really doesn't do the EDP justice as it just makes it difficult to hold and feels incredibly heavy once picked up.
Once the awkward and ridiculously large lid has been removed - which I will say is easy to remove and fastens again via a satisfying 'click' - there is a quite petite nozzle hiding underneath which looks so out of place given the huge size of the bottle. The nozzle has just one small pin prick of a hole but once pressed down the EDP shoots out and covers a large area as though there were several small holes as opposed to just one and I say this for the reason if aiming for the neck just be careful it doesn't end up in your eye!
Once spritzed onto my skin, Love has a very agreeable scent being very light and airy with an obvious floral element throughout. If I own a fragrance I like to know which notes have been used merely so I can see if I can try to pick them out myself, but the fact the only description I can find of 'Love' is fairly limited informing us it is 'feminine with floral tones' really doesn't give much away with no indication of what the EDP truly smells of. Once applied to my skin however I am greeted with indeed a light floral essence which despite me not being a floral fan it is actually very charming albeit in a mellow sort of way.
The fragrance isn't overpowering in any way shape or form and given the fact this is an EDP it lacks in strength from the word go in my opinion. Once settled on the skin the floral fragrance is delicate, yet beautiful, and to me has a hint of fruity red notes though there is no mention of this whatsoever it is merely my own description. The floral notes are hard to pinpoint but if I were to hazard a guess I would say perhaps lily of the valley? Again this is just my own personal opinion and I may be completely wrong but the overall scent is actually very delightful (from a non - favourable floral fan).
This, as I've stated throughout the review is very cheap and cheerful. I detest the bottle mainly due to the bulky size, but the actual EDP has a very enchanting essence about it. It's very light and quite a lot is required to initially smell it but once applied to the skin it represents a very feminine and romantic composition and has just the right level of floral notes without it being *too* flowery (which I hate) and the fruit notes whatever they may be add another dimension to the EDP. There is a sweetness that lingers once the dry down starts and this is where the red fruit notes (to me) seem to develop though the whole experience of wearing the EDP doesn't last more than half an hour/ 45 minutes the maximum as it soon fades - and fast.
Once applied the EDP is really very beautiful, but within 10 minutes or so it has settled and starts to fade away which is such a deep shame as it really quite stunning.
Love starts to fade almost as soon as it's applied and within the 30 to 40 minute mark its barely noticeable at all which is such a shame. The EDP is ideal for general day time wearing and would compliment the Spring/ Summer months the most as it has a warmth and 'sunshiny' scent that reminds me of Summer when worn.
I am stuck as to recommend this because it actually smells heavenly, but the 'ugly' large bottle and it's sheer lack in longevity makes it impossible to award anything than 2/5 and that is for the beautiful scent it initially leaves on the skin when first worn.
This is such a shame that the fragrance didn't last any longer than 40 minutes (max) as it is such a lovely summery scent. The large bulk of the bottle would instantly deter me from popping into my bag to top up throughout the day as it's just too large and heavy and not really designed for 'throwing in your bag'. As a quick day time scent it's ideal - as long as you don't expect too much from it as it really does fade fast, but if wanting something quick and easy to spritz on for a short period of time to just freshen up then this is ideal.
I wouldn't recommend this as an evening scent as it's just too light and the fact it fades too quickly wouldn't be ideal if you like your perfumes to be noticeable. I've found I've used this in the same vein as I would a body spray - ideal to freshen up but not something I would wear as a 'perfume'. For something that is an eau de parfum I'm actually shocked at it's staying power but you get what you pay for I suppose and this is very mediocre in the staying power lengths even if it scores highly in the fragrance department.
I've seen this a few times in certain shops and it's certainly caught my eye but because of the SATC connection (whether there is one or not) it's alwys managed to put me off which is a shame. Having said that I've seen this priced at over £10 which for the time it lasts on the skin is a real rip off.
Apply with caution - if you can buy cheaply priced then do so with all means as it has a light fresh scent and isn't synthetic smelling at all, but don't expect any longevity at all and you wont be disappointed as it's lasting power is zero.
Such a pity for this sex in the city (EDP).
Summary: Not one I would recommend due to the poor staying and strength