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I've had three Stella McCartney perfumes now and I really like all of them. This was the first one I tried and it is definitely more floral than the type of scent I would normally have gone for.
The bottle is stylish and elegant enough for any self respecting perfume and quite modern. It is a dark purple ombre design.
The scent notes are advertised as follows:
English rose accord
I found the scent to be very feminine and perfect for a summer holiday. I bought this on my way to tuscany in Italy one summer and now associate the scent with this beautiful part of the world. It definitely evokes summer evenings with the scent of flowers hanging in the air.
I would wear this perfume for either the daytime or evening. It has a light and feminine feel but also strong and sexy at the same time. I would definitely like to buy this perfume again in the future as I no longer have any left.
I would recommend this perfume to fans of feminine floral scents, or even those people who don't normally go for those type of perfumes. It has definitely widened my tastes of what type of perfume I wear.
I believe all Stella McCartney perfumes are cruelty free and are suitable for vegans which also appeals to me and is one reason I will continue to buy stella McCartney perfumes and products.
Stella McCartney 'Stella' is an Eau de Parfum which is available in a 30ml bottle priced at £39.50, a 50ml bottle priced at £52.50, or a 100ml bottle priced at £74.
I quite like the design of the bottle, even though it's quite simple and doesn't really look that much in terms of shape or being unique, I love the way the purple colour graduates on the bottle, from light at the bottom to deep at the top. I think the 30ml bottle has a different design, but the 50ml one I have is the one pictured.
The fragrance is described as celebrating Stella McCartney's vision of the modern woman: feminine and naturally confident. The feminine scent of English rose fused with masculine Amber conveys an attitude that underlines the bold spirit of Stella McCartney. I can't really say I agree or disagree with that description to be honest, there's not much to it.
The top notes are mandarin essence, the mid notes are English rose accord, and the base notes are amber accord. Personally I find the overall scent is one of rose. Nothing else. Just rose. I definitely can't smell any mandarin in it, and the amber if it's there is very well masked!
To be honest I find this a very boring, one-dimensional scent. It's not horrible, there's nothing I can say I really dislike about it, it's quite inoffensive really, but there's just nothing at all unique or special about it. It's just a rose scent, plain and simple.
Personally I would say this is a perfume best suited to the older lady, because that's who rose scents always remind me of and to me it seems completely out of place on youngsters. You could get away with wearing this during the day but I would keep it for evening wear as it is quite chemical and heady.
Just a couple of sprays is enough, any more is overkill and will only age you massively. The lasting power is good though, and if I spray it in the morning I can still smell it faintly the next morning when I wake up.
No, I wouldn't recommend this fragrance. It's not awful, but it's not great, and there's certainly nothing about it that makes it worth the price.
This is a perfume I received a miniature bottle of in a gift set probably the Christmas before last and for some reason had never even bothered to open. I guess it just didn't appeal to me, but I've now been using it for a while. A 50ml bottle of this perfume will set you back £52.50 in Boots, but there are other sizes available and of course it can probably be found cheaper elsewhere.
The bottle looks ok but that's really as enthusiastic as I can be about it. The above photo is correct and as you should be able to see it's a glass bottle which is coloured a kind of burgandy colour which graduates from dark at the top to light at the bottom. It then has a black plastic pull off lid with a silver band around it. The bottle is probably the reason why this scent didn't appeal to me enough for me to even try it for the last 2 years, it's just boring to me.
The scent has top notes of rose, peony and mandarine essences, while heart notes reveal a more intense facet of the rose, and the base is amber. I've never known a perfume before that describes it's heart as another facet of one of the other notes, so that interested me. Also I noted that the scent is quite simple with not too many different notes battling for attention.
When I first apply this scent I get a very underwhelming generic 'fresh' scent which I can't attribute to any of the particular notes, it just reminds me of all the Avon perfume samples my mam used to give me as a child and I used to sit and wonder how come they all had different names when they all smelt the same! This soon dies down though and the rose comes through quite strongly. Although it is a strong rose scent it still retains the original freshness of the scent, perhaps from the peony, which stops it being too 'in your face'.
I find this perfume is one that stays the same throughout it's wear rather than working through the different notes, once the rose comes through that's it, that's all I can smell. It's very simple and very similar to other (much cheaper) scents for that very reason. I can't detect the amber in it at all.
It is a long lasting scent, I find it lasts all day without needing to reapply, and it tends to stay at the same intensity and strength all day too rather than fading, which does show it's quality. Sadly I just don't see anything unique or different about this scent that would make me go out and buy it, especially when there are so many cheaper scents that to me smell exactly the same.
My mother in law always buys me a new perfume every Christmas without fail, normally without any input from me so what I get can sometimes be not to my taste, other times, I get lucky. One fragrance that she brought me in the past we Stella, luckily, this fell into the latter category and I did really like this one.
The fragrance is available in three different sized bottles; 30ml, 50ml and 100ml and prices range from £30 - £65. Although this was the first fragrance launched by Stella McCartney back in 2003, it is still widely available online and in department stores and I have never seen it in the 'bargain bin' like some older fragrances do. The design of the bottle is really quite simple, yet I find it quite striking. The glass is quite thick, the colour being plum which the colour intensity increases up the bottle. There is a silver band on the band of the black lid with Stella written on it.
The main element of the fragrance is rose, which quite surprised me as to me as I would image that it wasn't a fragrance I would like and I would think is was too 'old' for me however I couldn't be more wrong. The rose is quite dominant; however the peony and amber balances this out perfectly, whilst the mandarin gives the fragrance a nice fruity zest. I feel the fragrance has a really modern and sophisticated smell and I find it quite unique as I cannot think of anything similar to this.
The staying power is excellent, the morning after the first time I wore this, I remember picking up my clothes to put in the washer and the fragrance was still quite strong - and even better, it smelt gorgeous. I received this as part of a gift set and I think that the fragrance smells even better when I applied on top of the body lotion as it seems to give it more layers and depth. Wearing on top of the lotion means it is stronger so for daytime wear, I don't have to apply too much.
Overall, I would recommend this fragrance, because I find it last longer and is stronger when worn with the body lotion, I would recommend buying as part of a gift set too. For me, this deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
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I was looking for a new perfume at Boots as I wanted a perfume with not too heavy smell but also long lasting and with sweet/ flowery smell.
I loved the bottle at the time ( it was the print collection and the bottle was flowery with a vintage pattern and feeling) and then tried the perfume with the tester.
I fell in love with the smell and I haven't tried anything else since.
It's not very expensive (around £35 for 30ml and around £45 for 50ml) and it is always available at my local Boots store.
The 50ml runs out fast as I like to put a lot of perfume (around a month for me) so I would suggest buying the 50ml one.
It is perfect for summer and winter (for me) and I wear it at work every day as well as when I go out.
The smell is "vintage" for me and I love wearing it.
I definitely recommend it.
I first tried Stella eau de parfum when I was given a bottle as a Christmas present by my Aunt, several years ago. I'd actually been looking for a perfume that would suit me, and really struggling - my friends all seem to wear fruity ones which just end up smelling vinegary or odd on me! I hadn't a clue where to start. Turns out, my aunt has brilliant taste! I loved it so much I bought another bottle when I ran out, and, though I've currently got a different perfume, I'm planning to return to this one - it's the one for me!
The packaging for this product is lovely - it feels really luxurious, though it's really quite a normal price for a perfume. My bottles have both been 30ml ones, which look a little different pictured on this listing (which is the design for the 50ml/100ml bottles). The 30ml comes in a very similar cardboard outer sleeve/box, in a nice off-white, slightly textured card, with a deep purple horizontal stripe and minimal text - just enough to let you know you've picked the right one! It feels quite classy, and elegantly simple. The 30ml bottle is a sort of elongated octagon, with the cap forming the top third or so of the shape, with 'faceted' faces - it reminds me of an emerald-cut jewel. Really, I think that's the effect they were going for here; the bottle definitely has a luxury feel to it, particularly the rich purple shades they've chosen. The cap is a very deep purple, with "STELLA" stamped in white dots at the front, and the glass bottle is the same dark shade at the top, fading down to the bottom where the glass is colourless. The bottle really does feel lovely - it's definitely high quality, with a good solid weight to it, and a well-fitting cap that 'clicks' on and off nicely. Under the cap, there's a fairly standard spray button thing. Altogether, it feels very solid and high quality, and certainly made a good impression on me as a gift. The 30ml one is actually a great size for fitting into a handbag, so it would be great for going out straight from work.
The fragrance is obviously rose-based - John Lewis say that it "blends fraikle rose and sensuous amber. With top notes of rose, peony and mandarin essence; middle notes of rose absolute and base notes of amber". So that's three types of rose in there! (Though I've no idea what fraikle rose is...) The scent is very rich, and I think the amber adds some depth that might otherwise be missing with a purely floral scent. The peonies could be hiding in amongst the roses here, but I really can't say I detect any mandarin essence! I'm quite glad about that, what with my aforementioned problems with fruity perfumes.
I absolutely love how it smells - it is reminiscent of rosebushes laden with heavy blooms on a hot summer evening. The added luxury of the amber suggests a sophistication that I've found lacking in some floral perfumes - they can be a bit little-girly, but Stella is definitely one for grown-ups!
I found this perfume to be quite versatile - during the day I would apply just one spray from a few inches away, to keep the scent lighter and not too intense. For the evening, though, you can definitely layer it up, and it instantly make me feel like I'm off to some elegant soiree, rather than just a bar with some friends!
I'll definitely be buying this again as soon as I finish the perfume I've got at the moment - I decided to try Chloe eau de toilette for a change and, while it's nice, I just don't feel it lives up to Stella.
Stella by Stella McCartney is available at Boots and John Lewis, among other places, so it's easy to give it a go and see if it's for you - I'd definitely recommend having a go with a tester, as perfumes often do smell different on each person.
At both Boots and John Lewis, Stella is available in three sizes: 30ml for £35, 50ml for £47, and 100ml for £63.
Stella is currently also available in three "fashion edition" bottles - each 30ml, these are the same shape as the one I described above, but are covered in a print of one of three floral artwork designs. They look really cool - very striking - and are the same price as the standard 30ml bottle, so definitely worth a look.
the first time i had a massive wiff of stella mccartney's perfume was while i was at work on my lunch break and my work colleague was wearing it. after work i had to go out a get myself some because if i didnt i know i would have regretted it.
when i purchased this perfume it came with 3 refillable bottles and a lovely deep purple case which you put the refills into. for the whole set of the 3 refills and the perfume bottle and the case only cost me 17.50 and it also came in a fold out box with the perfumes in their little holders. but unfortunatly i have never found the refill set resently they only have the 30ml-100ml bottles which are ranged from 35.99 to, well very expensive.
now i buy the gift set with either 30ml or 50ml. they either come with a 50ml body lotin or 50ml body wash which brings out the smell of the perfume more and makes it last longer as well. the gift set is pretty much the same price as the bottle alone so i would recommend the gift set.
from then on i have always used stella mccartney and i am still in love with this perfume. i have never tried her other of her perfumes yet but i am more than happy give them a good old wiff.
This is the very first Stella perfume which was released and is a the staple scent from the designer. I have the 30ml bottle and I got it in a half price gift set in the Boots sale, however it normally retails at £35 for this size bottle.
The bottle is a lovely pebble shape with sharp defined edges. The lid is a very dark purple and then the colour gradiates fown into a light purple at the bottom of the bottle. The design is simple but very sophisticated and elegant and the darker colours connotate well with the stronger scents in the perfume. The bottle is stated to be a taylor cut amethyst bottle which adds to the sophistication of the scent. Due to the sturdy nature of the bottle coupled with its small size this is one perfume I feel quite comfortable with transporting around in my handbag. The lid fits securely and I think it would take a good effort to break this bottle!
The perfume contains rose essence, peony flower and mandarine essence. The base note is amber and this gives the strong scent to the perfume. The rose also stands out well and the perfume doesn't smell overly flowery but it is a heavier more elegant perfume. I would definately say this is more of a night time perfume then one I would wear in the day. This is a very striking and noticable perfume and one of those which you can guarentee will draw attention. Quite often I have people approach me to say they own the Stella perfume also so it is also quite recognisable.
In terms of the product's longevity, I find that this perfume lasts all day and I usually only apply two squirts as it is rather strong. The perfume will therefore last you a long time, I am only half way through mine so I expect it will last me through the year.
Stella McCartney is a fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney. Her designs which include fragrance, bags, clothing and shoes, are part of the Gucci company.
Stella has released 4 fragrances - Stella, Stella Nude, Stella Rose Absolute and Stella In Two. The original Stella scent is offered in eau de parfum form for ladies. There is also a range of matching body products including shower gel, body milk or cream and also a pure parfum.
Stella EDP is described as being "a traditional perception of the feminine and sensual rose". It claims to create an "edgy and dynamic" scent.
Stella EDP is available in 2 different shaped bottles depending on which size your purchase. The bottle shown in the picture above, illustrates a 50ml/100ml size. The 30ml is quite different, adopting an unusual shape not unfamiliar to those who use Thierry Mugler Alien. The thick glass bottle is faceted including the glass lid covering the silver sprayer. It is tinted a deep plum/purple shade until it reaches near the bottle and takes a moment to change to a light pink shade.
The fragrance notes used in Stella reflect the change in scent as the EDP wears on your skin.
*Top notes - rose essence, peony flower and mandarin essence
*Heart notes - rose absolute
*Base notes - woods and amber
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Stella EDP is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles. The best offers can be found online :
www.escentual.com : £35.00 - £63.00
www.amazon.co.uk : £27.39 - £47.95
Last Christmas, I was presented with a beauty box full of treats from my sister. One item was the Stella Body Milk which although I adored the scent, wasn't keen on the quality of the body milk. Anyway, a few months ago, Mum had been having a clearout of her perfumes and I ended up with an almost full, 30ml bottle of Stella EDP. My Mum loves the Stella In Two perfume but wasn't as taken with this one but I take anything so thanks Mum!
The bottle is truly beautiful and certainly has a stylish, deep and dark feel about it. The 30ml is the perfect handbag size as given the structure of the larger bottle, I would imagine it to be rather weighty and not one I'd wish to carry around. It isn't often I get to experience the actual perfume and matching body products but in this case, I can wear both together. I apply a layer of the body milk and spritz on some Stella EDP and I am good to go.
*~*A Floral Tale*~*
If you regularly read my fragrance reviews, you will be aware that my heart lies with fruity and sweet fragrances. It is very rare that I try a floral based perfume and actually fall in love with it. I had a rough idea of what lay ahead with this EDP as I had the body milk and had my fingers crossed that the scent would be almost identical..I was right!
The body milk alone provided a long lasting scent on my skin but with the EDP, this extended as is certainly one of the best serving combinations I have used. Sometimes I wear this on its own and only a few spritzs are required to fragrance my skin for most of the day. More often that not, I combine both Stella products together to create the ultimate, rose fragrance. Rose is a difficult scent to carry off without coming across as "too mature" and Stella is certainly not a scent I consider too old fashioned for my tastes.
So body milk as the base and only 1 or 2 sprays of EDP and I am sorted. The perfume develops at an almost perfect pace with the body milk so the two can connect on a smooth, non-confused level. Sweeping in with a stunning set of top notes, Stella is represented by the finest of rose essences. It is lightened by a delicate peony and only a hint of fruitiness is present taking the edge of what would be simply too floral for my tastes. It is a delightful opening sequence which leads the way to a tempting heart.
The main body of the scent could risk being too overpowering being completely in the hands of rose absolute. It is actually a very feminine, subtle scent that is created but very full bodied and infused with a gorgeous sweetness which I can only assume floated down from the top notes. It isn't too heavy and very wearable though resembles Lancome Magnifique without the spicy element. It lasts a good 6 - 7hours without the body milk and an hour or so more when using both.
As the rose absolute begins to dwindle on my skin, something more daring and sexy comes to life. It is quite an intense, deep scent which brings amber into play in its warm, comforting state but darkens it with hints of woodiness. It is quite sexy yet playful and enchanting all at the same time. The base notes stay alive on my skin for a few hours before gradually drifting off into a state of subtle warmth.
This is a scent that really should be for someone who loves rose fragrances but with it being modern and different the way floral scents are often perceived. On this basis, it would make a lovely scent for someone in their 20s upwards. Its ideal for applying during the day and allowing the depth of the base notes take you into the evening.
*~*Recommendation and Conclusion*~*
I love the bottle, I love the scent and it makes me feel classy yet a little sultry. The scent wears perfectly on my skin and lasts so well and even moreso with the body milk as a light base. I wouldn't say it is my favourite scent but as something different for wearing when I go out somewhere nice, it fits my personal needs perfectly. It is priced well, especially on Amazon and considering the quality and staying power, it is a bargain.
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I first smelt this fragrance when I was handed a free sample whilst walking through a department store one day. I wasn't on the lookout for a new perfume but I absolutely loved it. I've had plenty of compliments whilst wearing this fragrance and if you decide to buy it I'm sure you will too.
The mix of Rose and Amber creates a very sensual fragrance that really is perfect for nights out. Putting some of this on before a night out just feels 'right'.
I normally get this in the 30ml bottle as it can be quite expensive, but this bottle does last quite a long time for me as I tend to only wear it on nights out as it sometimes feels a bit heavy for me to wear day to day unless I really want something special.
The bottle design is a particular favourite feature of mine - I love the colour purple so combined with the beautiful smell, it has always been a winner in my eyes!
As much as I'd like to be a sophisticated lady with an extensive knowledge of perfumes, I have to admit that I'm exactly the opposite! Perfume shops and counters freak me out a bit- the pristine ladies behind the counters always make me feel like a scruffy little girl! So, having discovered Coco Chanel Mademoiselle a few years ago, I stuck with it, unsure how to branch out. Fortunately, I received two sets of miniature perfumes last Christmas, which have really helped me to get a feel for different scents, and what I like and dislike about them. And this bottle by Stella Mccartney is one of my favourites.
The miniature bottle I have the same as the standard larger one- it's made of purple glass, in an attractive flattened octagonal shape. To be honest, being such a novice in the world of perfume, the appearance of the bottle seems really important to me- if I'm going to fork out for a bottle, I want one that's going to look pretty on my dressing table! This certainly fits the bill- it's very elegant and classy, with an old fashioned look to it.
The lid, also octagonal in shape, is black with a silver band underneath. The lid of my miniature 5ml bottle pulls off to reveal the neck of the bottle- there's no spray mechanism, unlike on some of the other miniatures, which is a shame, but this wouldn't be a problem with the larger bottles. The top is also quite difficult to pull off and requires a fair bit of tugging, which can be a bit alarming as I always think it's going to suddenly come off and spill everywhere! Again, this is probably just due to the fact that the bottle I have is so small.
On smelling this perfume for the first time, I was instantly taken with it- it smelt deliciously mysterious and subtly sophisticated, unlike any of the other perfumes in the box. It was a scent that matched its bottle very well, and the dusky purple of the glass seemed the perfect reflection of the perfume inside. I'm definitely not at the stage of being able to identify the notes of a perfume yet, but this is what is says online for anyone who does understand them:
Top notes- rose, peony and mandarin essence.
Middle notes- rose absolute.
Base notes- amber.
It's described as a floral perfume, which conjures up in my mind sickly sweet, overtly flowery tones, but it's not at all like this. On the box in which it came, it's described as 'a timeless blend of the softness of a Rose and the dark sensuality of Amber'. I'd say this is an excellent description, as there are definite contrasts within the scent which really set it apart from the other perfumes in the set. Because of these, I find it hard to decide whether this perfume is more suited to the day or the night- so I wear it for both! It's great to find a perfume that's just as well suited to everyday wear as a night out.
While I don't have a very wide knowledge base to draw on, I'd say that the staying power of this perfume is average, when compared to the other nine I own. Within a few hours, this has usually faded to just a very subtle whiff, and within another hour or two, it's usually imperceptible. While I think this is fairly standard, I'd love this perfume to last for longer as it's smells so gorgeous!
When my miniature bottle runs out, I'll definitely be buying a larger one- having discovered this perfume, I can't get enough of it! Available in three different sizes, a medium sized 50ml bottle of EDP spray will set you back around £40, although prices vary widely, so it's a good idea to shop around. It's not the cheapest perfume around, but for me, it's definitely worth the price for such a delicious, stand-out scent.
As Ive been mentioning in many of my reviews lately just before Christmas me and my mom went halves on quite a few perfume sets - taking advantage of the 3 for 2 Boots offer so we had enough to see us through the rest of the year. Its much better that way in my opinion as you get to try out loads of small bottles without paying loads for the full sized bottles to then find you dont like them. I think this perfume my mom had at first but she ended up giving it to me when she got loads of full sized bottles for her birthday so I ended up with this 'Stella: Stella McCartney' perfume to try out which I started doing a few weeks back. I didnt know whether this would be good or not to be honest as Id never had any desire to try out a S.M perfume before - I didnt even know she had made any so I had no idea whether this would be any good, and yet Im still disappointed!
Price: Around £45 - 100ml bottle
Stockists: Amazon, The Perfume Shop, Bodycare, Boots etc...
Other Info: Also available in 30, 50 & 75ml bottles - for different prices. This scent is described as sexy and seductive and unique as is contrasts light and dark fragrances.
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The shape of this bottle is quite hard to explain as it is like a square with edges cut out from it - that doesnt sound great but believe me thats what it looks like. There are a lot of jagged edges and it is a lot like a prism - which in my opinion looks much nicer tha if it were just a plain cube shape. The bottle starts off at the bottom a lilac colour and that colour gets darker the further up the bottle so at the top its more or less black - again with the contrast between light and dark so it fits in with the design really well. At the top is a small silver & black lid which you simply pull off and then dab the bottle onto your skin to apply this - if you have the full sized version though there may be a spray nozzle rather than just a small hole at the top. The bottom is totally flat which means this can be displayed with ease without toppling over and the top seems very secure to me so this can be transported with ease without it leaking everywhere. The bottle is quite cute - not the nicest one I own by a long shot though! - but its practical.
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Im pretty rubbish when it comes to noticing the individual notes in a perfume so I did do some digging around the net to find this list of ingredients:
Top Notes: Rose & Peony Flower
Middle Notes: Rose Absolute & Mandarin.
Base Notes: Amber & White Woods.
From reading that I would know straight away that this was going to be a very floral type of perfume - what I didnt realise was how much this would smell like roses...and sadly not in a good way.
The first scent you notice and that remains the strongest throughout is the Rose & probably the Rose Absolute so this starts off as a very pleasant and floral scent which I hoped would develop the longer I wore it for like most perfumes do. So the unique thing about this one is no other scents appear and this doesnt change - honestly the rose is the ONLY fragrance I can detect at all from this perfume. It just seems to have no depth to it whatsoever and it doesnt change from the light, rose scent you get straight away. The middle notes and base notes never become noticable - myabe because the rose scents are so strong they overpower them which I think is a possibilty. Its a boring scent - I probably could make a very similar perfume myself at home - so why should I pay loads of cash to buy this from a shop. Roses, roses & some more roses = BOOOORING!!
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Is about average Id say. I apply this before work simply because Im not allowed to wear strong perfumes and it does last until at least the end of my shift without re-applying so around 5-6 hours. Thats average in my experience so if you do like this you wont need to keep spraying all the time.
Now because of the 'celeb' brand name I kind of assumed this would be a perfume for younger women/teens but now having used it Id say middle aged women and older would prefer this over any other. My mom likes this one more than I do - although definitely try before you buy as you might be disappointed!!
Day Or Night? Summer Or Winter?
Id definitely recommend this one for casual wear in the summer and the day time. This is far too light for winter or night in my opinion and not complex enough to wear for a really special occasion or night out.
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I wont be buying this one again because for me its a pretty boring scent and I cant say I really recommend this to others - if you like the sound of it though try before you buy as I think this one might leave many people disappointed. Sexy and sensual my ar*se! LOL.
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The perfume comes in a octonagal shaped bottle made out of purple glass, which has a silver collar on the neck of the lid with Stella written on it and quite a big black top. It looks very expensive, luxurious and vintage looking.
The top notes are rose, peony and mandarin essence, the middle notes are rose absolute and the base note is amber.
As a result of these ingredients the scent is feminine. It has a floral smell but is not sickly sweet and is more sexy than girly. It is strong and sophisticated without being overpowering. It has a sweet rose scent but also the smell is what i would descibe as quite woody and musky.
I would say this perfume is more suited to night time than day.
It has good staying power and only a few squirts on the wrists and the neck are needed.
It comes in a range of sizes from 30ml to 100ml. I bought my 50ml bottle from Boots for £43.
I picked this perfume up on a ferry as an impluse buy to use the last of my holiday money up and I have to say, it was a great choice!
This is such an unusual scent and I always get complemented when I wear this. I tend to save it for the evening as it's a bit of a heavier scent than some perfumes and I find it a bit overpowering for everyday use, plus it's a bit on the more expensive end of my budget and I don't like to waste it! It has a lovely sweet smell and isn't too 'musky' as some perfumes can be. The smallest size bottle that this comes in seems to last quite a long time and I haven't found any variation in smell as the bottle has aged.
The packaging that this comes in looks really chic and expensive and the bottle is beautiful and looks lovely sat on my dresser, without having the name of the perfume splashed all over the bottle which I'm not really a fan of.
I'd definatley buy this as a gift for someone (as well as buying it for myself) as I think it's a scent that many people would like even if they've not come across it before.
Much as I would love to be all sophisticated and have a 'signature scent' which I wear all the time and which close friends associate with me, I am unfortunately far too tempted by the Boots perfume counter whenever I pass, so I'm constantly finding new perfumes that I love and I end up having 'perfume phases' instead. This is interesting as I can sometimes smell a perfume and be instantly transported back to when I was seeing a particular ex-boyfriend or when I was studying in France, which is a weird sensation. Anyway, I had smelled the Stella perfume and fallen in love with it, and after a few months managed to save up enough Advantage Card points to make the purchase (it took a while as this is not the cheapest of scents!)
Stella was the first foray into fragrance for the successful British fashion designer Stella McCartney and she has since released four more, so she must be doing OK with them! I only had enough points for the 30ml version at £33, so rather than the beautiful vintagey bottle shown above, which I think would look fantastic on any dressing table, my perfume bottle is more like a large gem stone, all amethyst in colour and multi-faceted. It is a deep, translucent and rich purple colour which fades into clear glass at the bottom, and it looks equally lovely stood upright or lying down like a stone. Not only does it fit into the palm of your hand, it also fits nicely in your handbag which is handy! The bottle comes in an elegant yet understated irregular octagonal box made from thick textured card with just a band of deep purple across it.
The scent itself is that rare thing - deep without being musky, strong without being overpowering and feminine without being too girly. According to the blurb, this perfume 'opens with' rose essence and peony, which sounds to me like a granny's perfume, but really it isn't too floral. It also contains mandarin which I hadn't realised until I read that, but I can detect the slight orangey scent - don't be put off by that though, this is not a citrus perfume. The base note is supposed to be amber, which I have to say I don't really understand - surely that's a solid resin and doesn't have a smell?!
This is not a perfume I would wear to work, it's too special for that, it should be worn to romantic dinners, to trips to the theatre, to bed. It's an evening perfume alright, sexy and strong, yet subtle ... I actually didn't realise how much I liked it until I started writing this review - there's not a single bad thing I can say about it. It is a bit pricier than some scents but it's worth every penny!