Product Type: Sonia Rykiel fragrances
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Not my favourite jumper of all!
Sonia Rykiel Sonia Rykiel Women Eau de Parfum
Member Name: lillamarta
Sonia Rykiel Sonia Rykiel Women Eau de Parfum
Date: 31/01/10, updated on 05/08/10 (104 review reads)
Advantages: Sweet and light, not overpowering, good staying power, price
Disadvantages: Wishy - washy, not a rich and ambery oriental
~ 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
Summary: A fairly non-descript soft, sweet and fruity modern oriental
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