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I'm always on the look out for a new perfume as I collect the bottles and so I browse the internet and ebay looking for funky or unusual designs and sometimes I come across a perfume bottle which attracts me to purchase it even though the bottle isn't a collectable one and this Sonia Rykiel Woman Eau de parfum was one of the perfumes that caught my eye for the price and the ingredients as they sounded a nice combination.
I wear perfume everyday as I like the fresh flowery or fruity tones that linger on the skin and so I purchased this eau de parfume for £28.00 which in my opinion is a good price to pay for a perfume.
You can buy this 40ml bottle from ebay priced around the same as I paid or from Amazon and other online sites like strawberry.net and expect to pay from £25 to £36 depending on where you buy it from , so it's best to browse around.
The design is a little funky with a nice box and a bobbly top that is easy to open, the spray works like most other eau de parfum bottles and a little squirt on the wrists will linger for most of the day.
I don't like to smother myself in the scent but just have a little on each wrist for a subtle scent that catches your attention every now and then.
The scent is quite girlie and this would make a lovely present for any young lady or adult as it is a nice attractive scent and at an affordable price.
It has tones of Shinus Molle , Violet , Date Palm Fruit. Heart of Jasmine Petals, Sunny Flowers, Bulgarian Rose, Black Pepper and the Base tones of Olibanum Agar Wo which is what attracted me to the eau de parfum, usually you get musk or vanilla in a base tone of a perfume,
This seemed a little different to most others on the market so it swung my decision to buy even though it's not a colectable bottle.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised as this is a nice sweet flowery scent and it lasts most of the day, it is not too sickly sweet or over powering as some perfumes are but it has a nice fresh scent that's blended well with all the ingredients, nothing stands out more than any of the others but the combination is very nice and so I will be buying this for my niece at christmas as I do like it and can recommend it to you if you like the flowery scents over the fruity one's.
~ INTRODUCTION ~
As an avid collector of miniature perfumes my interest was piqued when I saw a 3-piece collection of Sonia Rykiel's range of fragrances. The Parisian fashion house is mainly known for producing haute couture clothing and accessories so as I've had previous great experiences with haute couture fragrances such as Torrente L'Or or Trussardi Inside, I was looking forward to test the scents as well.
~ THE PACKAGING ~
The mini glass bottles including Sonia Rykiel, Sonia Rykiel Rose and L'Eau de Sonia Rykiel, came in a shape of a T-shirt or sweater. The full-size editions of these perfumes also have the same, distinct design. The stopper is made of plastic and is orange in colour. The carton box is coordinated with the colour of the bottles themselves, in the case of Sonia Rykiel Eau de Parfum it is an orangey red.
~ THE FRAGRANCE ~
Top notes: blackcurrant, pineapple, mandarin, ylang-ylang, passion flower
The fragrance starts out with a light and fresh but sweet and oriental at the same time. The composition instantly reminded me of a Purplelips and indeed they share the mandarin and the berry notes. As time went on, the accord became more like a floral oriental due to the stronger, deeper and softer floral accords that complemented the slight acidity of the fruity notes nicely though I did have an impression I was smelling two distinct accords put together rather than a single one.
Heart notes: rosemary, honeysuckle, iris, patchouli, violet, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose
After about 30 minutes the top notes started blending in with the heart notes where the oriental feel became the only one dominant and the fruity notes have completely disappeared. My only problem was that the notes themselves were fairly indistinguishable with the exception of some bitter freshness that I associated with the patchouli note. The overall feel is a warm, rich and lightly spiced oriental mixture that lasts quite well for up to 6 hours.
Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean, amber, benzoin, cedarwood
I must have been getting on with my day when I wore Sonia Rykiel for the first time even to the point that I forgot about it. When I got home and took of my jumper I got a whiff of.. Nilang Eau de Toilette! Well, it wasn't Nilang of course, it was Sonia Rykiel but the similarities of the base notes were so striking that it tricked my nose into thinking I was wearing one of my favourite fragrances, Lalique's Nilang.
To sum up, the base notes are like the smell of a soft and sweet jam cookie stored in a wooden box. There's a gentle presence of vanilla that tends to have the main role, in fact, a bit too much of it. The amber and the woods aren't really noticeable which was quite a disappointment. The fragrance was detectable up to 10 hours in total.
~ CONCLUSION ~
I mainly bought this miniature for its design for my collection so I wasn't overly expecting it to be ground-breaking. I do however like to explore offerings especially when it comes to be them being described as 'oriental'. By definition, an oriental fragrance has a dominant woody, ambery and sometimes animalistic feel often accompanied with exotic flowers and spices. Classic examples are Must de Cartier, Ambre de Cabochard or Habanita by Molinard.
Most fragrances classified as oriental today are actually a sweet and exotic blend that ends up being nondescript and 'lukewarm' with no character or originality behind it. Sonia Rykiel could have easily been the trendsetter of modern orientals such as Angel and Flowerbomb. It still has a touch of of 'old days' sophistication and complexity of mixing bitter-sweet and spicy elements that actually save it from being too sweet and extremely linear, it was still far from satisfactory for me.
This is an eau de parfum, so it would wear better in winter or autumn. I recommend it if you're into modern orientals that aren't as sweet as Angel or Flowerbomb and that may be offering you a glimpse into what real orientals are about.
~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~
Having been launched in 1997, Sonia Rykiel Eau de Parfum can be bought in various discounted perfume stores in town or online at lower prices than new releases. I recommend trying out a miniature first that you can snap up for £0.99 + postage on Ebay.
Thanks for reading.
©powered by lillybee also posted on ciao.co.uk
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