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My perfume want list was already pretty busy when I sniffed at a tester of Versace Vanitas perfume in Boots.
I had seen the bottle for sale online and I really liked the bottle so was interested to try this scent.
From the tester I thought it smelled really nice and it smelled expensive as well. It soon reached the top of my list and I bought it.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is gorgeous. I got the 50ml eau de toilette.
It is a rectangular shaped bottle made from chunky glass, but the top left hand corner of the bottle is rounded and a metal mirrored material flows down the left hand side of the bottle from top of the bottle.
The words, 'VANITAS VERSACE' are printed on the front of the bottle in silver lettering.
The lid is also gorgeous it has a short cylinder to fit over the spray nozzle and then on top is a clear plastic rectangle, which is about a centimetre thick and on top is a silver mirrored material with the words, 'VANITAS VERSACE' on it. The lid is very rectangular and is chunky and when put together with the bottle it looks gorgeously cute.
The lid is so rectangular and thick I just want to bite it!
~ Price and availability ~
This eau de toilette is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles.
The 30ml bottle is available at Boots for £35.00 or feelunique.com for £29.75.
The 50ml bottle is available at Boots for £49.00 or feelunique.com for £41.65.
The 100ml bottle is available from feelunique.com for £56.10.
It is also available and The Perfume Shop, Debenhams, House of Fraser and most other department stores.
The Vanitas is also available in the form of an eau de parfum at cheapsmells.com in 30ml and 100ml bottles.
The 30ml bottle costs £27.95 (RRP £45.00).
The 100ml bottle costs £40.80 (RRP £80.00).
The 50ml eau de parfum is available at feelunique.com for £51.00.
According to fragrantica.com the eau de toilette and eau de parfum have different notes.
The eau de toilette, that's the one I am reviewing, was released in summer 2012. The eau de parfum was launched in 2011.
~ Scent ~
The scent is very pleasant. It is very woody, but it is not masculine.
The top notes are rose petals and freesia.
The heart notes are osmanthus and tiare flower.
The base notes are black tea and cedar wood.
I think it is a very woody scent, but I can detect a floral edge to it once it has dried down. It is lovely. It's like that new carpet smell, which I also adore.
It reminds me of my auntie's wedding for some reason. That was over 10 years ago and as far as I remember there were no new carpets there! It is not strong or in your face at all.
The manufacturer describes the scent as 'A luminous light scent, which evokes the delicate floral smell of white blossoms in the breeze. Fresh and sheer facets of rose petals and freesia. A young sensation of energy, refinement and elegance awakened from the tiare flower, with its luminosity and intense, voluptuous and sunny aroma. Innovative and vibrant accents of black tea and cedar wood express sensuality and elegance.'
It is a fresh scent and I think it smells expensive.
I think it is quite a versatile fragrance. It is suitable for both day time and night time wear and it is a scent that works all year round.
The fragrance is long lasting on my skin. I have found that I can still smell it after 8 hours.
~ Conclusion ~
I really like this fragrance. It is a light woody-floral. It smells expensive and is long lasting on my skin. I would recommend this fragrance and I would buy it again if mine ran out.
Vanitas / A word that describes the essence of Versace style from its origins until today / A story that continues with the introduction of an eau de toilette perfume / Versace Vanitas Eau De Toilette wraps its new dress with extreme elegance, finely wrapped in a wonderful new case / A Versace world that is able to reinterpret the principles of the brand with modern iconographic symbols / Absolute white becomes the protagonist decorated with masterly ornaments and gold nuanced floral patterns / The baroque decoration is finished with bright gold accents, to enhance its majesty and glory / Versace Vanitas Eau De Toilette: elegance, luxury, exclusivity / The fragrance: The encounter between vanity and beauty is revisited in a luminous light scent, which evokes the delicate floral smell of white blossoms in the breeze / Fresh and sheer facets of rose petals and freesia / A young sensation of energy, refinement and elegance awakened from the tiare flower, with its luminosity and intense, voluptuous and sunny aroma / Innovative and vibrant accents of black tea and cedar wood express sensuality and elegance / Top notes: Rose petals and freesia / Heart notes: Osmanthus and tiare flower / Base notes: Tonka bean and cedar wood /