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Valentino Valentina Acqua Floreale Eau de Toilette

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Brand: Valentino / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette

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      22.03.2013 15:09
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      Close to a four star review.

      Valentina Acqua Floreale is great to apply on those days when I'm running late, but can't seem to wake up fully; as well as the starring bergamot and orange blossom, there is also a long zesty lemon note, making the fragrance fresh and sharp for the first ten minutes. It is a quick wake-up call and energy boost.

      I normally dislike perfumes with tuberose as I find it heavy and migraine inducing, so it is nice to find a fragrance including it that I can wear. In fact Valentina Acqua Floreale is the first perfume in which I do get what tuberose lovers describe; the note is soft and lightly creamy. However, it is actually the watery orange blossom note that is the strongest floral note on my skin, followed quickly by the neroli, which combines with the remaining citrus notes perfectly for a soapy undertone.

      After a few hours wear Valentina Acqua Floreale quietly morphs from a citrussy floral to a warm oriental, as the sweet amber and earthy patchouli mixes nicely with the spicy neroli and warms up the reminder of the fragrance, for a gentle contrast to the freshness of the beginning and the cleanliness of the heart.


      Official scent notes: bergamot, orange blossom, neroli, mimosa, tuberose, jasmine, amber and patchouli.


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      My main complaint with Valentina Acqua Floreale is the poor lasting power. Within four hours I can't detect it on myself, and I've asked friends for their opinion and they'll only comment on a lemony scent. I know that this is a EDT, but I've come across many other fragrances with the same concentration that hold up for longer.

      The light, airy fragrance is ideal for now and will continue to appeal during the warmer weather, as the fruit is refreshing, the florals clean, and the concentration isn't cloying. Valentina Acqua Floreale is a fairly new release, but I can already tell that it won't appeal to me in colder weather; the aspects that appeal now are the hings that make perfumes seem icy to me in autumn/winter, and the contrast in the base isn't strong enough to make Valentina Acqua Floreale appealing to me in the darker months, when I generally prefer spicier, smokier fragrances.

      I can comfortably wear it for both work and during the weekend, so that does make the price seem more reasonable. I wouldn't wear Valentina Acqua Floreale on occasions when I want to feel a bit more glamorous, but overall it is very easy to wear, so that's another plus point in it's favour.

      Hmm, glamorous, that seems familiar... Aha! I'd bet that Valentina Acqua Floreale, or the original Valentina, was what Kim Kardashian was aiming for when she unleashed Glam on us last year. She missed. By miles.


      I was umming and ahhing over whether I would give Valentina Acqua Floreale three or four stars. One half of me loves the actual fragrance, but the other half was far from impressed by the overall quality. I've decided to go for three stars, as the unoriginality, coupled with it's longevity and sillage is a big disappointment.

      Valentina Acqua Floreale is 'nice' and I will happily continue to use my bottle, but I'm not sure that it is a fragrance I'd choose to buy for myself; it's ageless, easy to wear and is unoffensive to other people. On the downside; it is a bit too safe and generic, and it doesn't wear for long, which is disappointing for the price. I would consider buying it in the future, but I'll definitely be checking out similar perfumes, to find something which packs a bit more punch.


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      50ml: £47
      100ml: £63

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