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I bought this perfume last year when I was returning from a short break in Madrid. I purchased this in the airport and what appealed to me about it, as well as the fragrance, was how excellent value for money it was - and not just because it was duty free. The bottle is a large glass bottle with a beautiful floral design. It has a heavy plastic lid with metal rim which adds a sense of richness to the overall design. The pump works exactly as it should, releasing enough perfume in one squirt to cover the desired area. The liquid is clear coloured and because of the design of the bottle it is easy to see how much you have left inside. The smell of the perfume is feminine and floral. This is exactly what I look for in a perfume. I wouldn't necessarily describe the perfume as fresh smelling - it almost smells as though you have dipped your nose into a lovely bowl of pot pourri. It has an almost musky base to the perfume which gives it a very strong scent of dried flowers. I think it probably has a more mature smell to it that some of the other perfumes I use but I think it is a nice one to wear in the evening and to special events. It certainly is a very romantic smell with a sensual edge to it which is very elegant and stylish. That said, it manages to also be delicate and subtle which is something I really like about a perfume. It has core notes of green apples, lemon and Bulgarian Rose with undertones of amber and plum heart and overtimes of grape and ambergris. Overall the smell is very pleasant, floral and slightly fruity with a musky undertone which gives the scent a sense of elegance. The best aspect for me if the price versus quantity in comparison to similar brands. The bottle I purchased was 100ml and if you look online this retails roughly at £27.00. For 100ml that is an absolute steal! I find when you come across a cheaper perfume the smell is never as long lasting as you would hope. However, the scent of this perfume definitely sticks around all day and into the evening. I have been using it for roughly a year and have probably 10ml of the bottle left. I think that is pretty good going for a perfume - most of mine only last a couple of months or so. It isn't my favourite perfume but it is one I use for special occasions and evenings out - the perfect elegant night time scent.
I was initially drawn to Stella McCartney's fragrances because I wanted to treat myself to some nice perfume, and wanted it to be from someone whose personal ethics I admired. Some of the large cosmetic and fragrance companies have an awful history of animal testing and, on the whole I tend to steer clear of these brands. It may seem strange to start picking a fragrance on that basis, but it helps narrow the field down for me if I stick to companies whose record I trust. Of course, no-one would buy a fragrance if it didn't smell good, and Sheer Stella really delivers. It is a rosy fragrance that is not overpowering, yet is distinctive and lasts for hours. Sheer Stella seems to be a recurring summer product, always in limited edition, pretty bottles, and it's well targetted for the summer perfume market, as it's so fresh and light. It is certainly a feminine fragrance, but has a modern twist on the rose scent, rather than the heady older-fashioned rose smell that some products have. Sheer Stella is a fragrance that I can happily wear during the day or on a night out. It's not too heady for daytime use. It's so lovely that I always feel lifted when I apply it.
As one of those people who is always searching for my perfect signature scent, I was pretty chuffed to stumble upon this gorgeous perfume while wasting time in the duty free. With its pretty but substantial pink, frosted bottle with elegant etching, this is the perfect summer fragrence. It has a subtle floral note with a hint of rose, but is not overpowering or synthetic smelling like so many other perfumes on the market. I have tried other Stella McCartney perfumes in the past, and dont have a bad word to say about any of them, but this is definately the cream of the crop. Not that I could afford it, but I dont really like Stella McCartneys masculine tailoring, so had originally assumed I would not like her fragrences either. They are gorgeous though, and very feminine. All the bottles are beautiful but classic, a million miles away from some of the over the top designs on the shelves these days. This one looks just right on a grown up dressing table and dosent look like it is marketed towards little girls.
Stella McCartney:sheer Stella is the ultimate summer scent. The packaging consists of a long light pink box and long pink bottle made from from frosted pink glass, both the bottle and box feature a line rose design motif and the bottle has a white simple lid. The fragrance contains the following notes; granny smith apples, frosted lemon, peony, roses and amber. The initial scent is very light fresh and fruity, but the fruit scents blend nicely together and don't overpower each other and combine to make a contemporary summer scent. Although light, the fragrance doesn't fade throughout the day, and a couple of a spritz will last around 8-10 hours, also the perfume isn't wet nor sticky when it hits the skin it just nicely settles into it. This fragrance is a limited edition so it is quite hard to buy at in store shops but it is widely available online, including on amazon, eBay and fragrance net. Prices range from around £30-35 for a 100ml bottle which isn't at all bad considering its a limited edition and from a good brand. Overall i would describe this scent as the perfect summer scent.
I'm a relative latecomer to Stella McCartney's perfume range - to be honest, I'm not a fan of the woman and thought her perfumes would be strong and quite masculine. However, the range is girly through, using Rose as the basis of each scent, and her original perfume is now my 'signature scent'. I love perfumes which are floral but find that you can veer on the side of old lady-ness if there isn't a different scent in there as well to give a bit of a twist to it and Stella's perfumes do this really well. Each summer Stella releases a limited edition summer scent (always the same scent as far as I can see, just a redesigned bottle) which is a little lighter than her original, using notes of iced lemon zest, Bulgarian rose, green apple, raspberry, peony and amber. The 2008 version of the bottle is beautiful - really classy and has a retro Art Deco feel, being made of hand cut glass which is a light pink in colour with a beautiful flower design. It has a silver band around the neck and a white stopper. The glass feels lovely and heavy when you pick it up and not at all cheap and thin like some perfume bottles I can think of! The smell itself is great. Keeping the rose and peony fusion that characterises all of her scents, the lemon, apple and raspberry give a lighter citrus note perfect for summer and the amber base note injects an underlying warmth and gives it a nice modern twist. I was a bit put off by the apple in this, as I really dislike the DKNY apple Delicious perfumes, but the apple in this is very well blended and not noticeable as a stand out fragrance in itself. Stella Sheer is a delicate fragrance that exudes femininity and freshness without being at all overpowering. If you find the original Stella a bit overpowering, or just want a twist on it for summer, then this is the ideal choice. It works really well as a day perfume - personally I find it a bit light for evening where I prefer something a bit stronger and sexier. It lasts well - not as strong as it's sister, but I am still able to smell this on myself into the afternoon and evening if I apply in the morning. Unlike most of Stella's scents, this is one that can be picked up a little cheaper, retailing at around £36 for 100ml, although it may prove difficult to get hold of now as it was limited edition for last year, but keep an eye out as we move into Spring as the 2009 edition is no doubt just around the corner. It's available from discount perfume website Cheapsmells.com at the moment for only £29.95 - a bargain!
Stella McCartney will launch this year's limited edition summer version of her original Stella fragrance in April / The Stella Sheer fragrance includes notes of iced lemon zest, Bulgarian rose, green apple, peony and amber /