* Prices may differ from that shown
~~~ Versus Versace ~~~
Versus for Women is from the perfume house of Versace and Donatella Versace herself describes this as 'pure energy'.
I have a vast collection of perfumes, but none of the Versace collection had ever appealed to me quite as much as this one. I'm always searching for new fragrances and I had tried a sample of this in store; when I saw this at a much reduced price on the Boots website, I knew I had to have it.
This perfume comes in a short, squat elliptical shaped glass bottle with a transparent purple stopper. The glass of the bottle starts off a most vivid, vibrant shade of purple at the base, and slightly graduates in shade towards the lid. Gold lettering depicting the VERSUS name, and Versace brand, and is at odds with the silver detailing at the top of the bottle, and base of the lid; this causes me a mild irritation but nothing to put me off; it just seems odd, that is all.
This fragrance comes in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau De Toilette formats. For layering purposes a 200 ml body milk and 200 ml foam bath is also available. I always recommend layering if you can, as this makes the whole fragrance not only last longer, but it gives it more depth all round.
I am always aware that other people are interested in the actual scents that make up the whole fragrance, though this is of no consequence to me, if I like it, I like it. After some quick research I can confirm the following:
Top notes: kumquat, star apple, and lemon
Middle notes: orange blossom, jasmine and rose
Base notes: musk, patchouli and ambrette seed
As you can see this is a very citrusy scent, with tropical and musky undertones. The floral notes although there, but do not feature strongly for me. If you dislike the floral, blousy scents of roses, the rather sensual jasmine is slightly more prominent and I can hardly make out the rose scent. Also, if you prefer something with a citrusy, fruity kick, this one would be for you too.
The initial scent although quite strong, and is mouth-watering in its sweet and fruitiness. The citrusy notes stay with me for a good few minutes. After this the fragrance evolves as it begins to settle and the more complex middle notes begin to develop. I usually find Jasmine too heady and intense, but here it's subtle and sophisticated. Finally, the scent transforms into a soft muskiness due to both the ambrette seed (which is part of the mallow family) and the musk. The green notes of the patchouli rounds the whole thing off nicely. This is not a complex perfume in my opinion. It is sweet and fruity with gently floral notes, and a warm musky resonance.
I love this scent and wear it often. Unlike other perfumes I own, that I wear only on certain occasions, I find I can wear this both for daytime use as it develops into something soft, but so too do I wear this for evening use, as the muskiness adds a sensual warmth, and a sultry edge.
The silage from this scent is lovely. If you weren't aware, the silage is the effect of the perfume as it wafts around the room, as opposed to the scent actually on your skin. I always get comments from other people when I wear this, both men and women, and I'm often asked what I am wearing. This effect doesn't last all day though, and I find I have to re-apply about four or five hours after my first application. I have a 30 ml bottle, and as it's small, it's easily transported in my handbag for a quick spray if need be.
Would I buy this again? Most definitely; at only £21 on the Boots Website, and only £13 plus £3 on ebay, this is something I can treat myself to. I usually get the more expensive perfumes as gifts as my lovely family know I can't afford them. This has the feel of a more expensive perfume, especially with the designer branding, but having an affordable price tag means I'll be able to re-purchase when this one runs out; which, looking at the meagre amount left in my bottle, will probably be tomorrow. :(
A citrusy, lightly floral scent with a warming musky after tone - Not a long lasting scent, but long enough for me. Recommended.
Last week Mark and Myself went to a charity event that some of our friends had organised, they held a prize draw during the evening with prizes being donated by local shops and companies, I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Versus by Versace eau de toilette. I was pleased as I got it literally for the price of a strip of draw tickets, helped raise money for a charity and got to try a perfume I had never used.
Versus comes in a nice bright shiny box with Versus Versace written in the middle in a purple rectangle, the bottle carries on the purple colour theme with a shaded glass bottle that's purple at the bottom and fades into clear glass at the top, it has a silver coloured trim and plastic purple lid, the front of the bottle has just the name of the perfume on it, the whole thing looks quite stylish.
The official description of Versus is that it is "combining contrasting characteristics in a game of opposites. From romantic to aggressive. From punk to melodious. From tough to feminine."
Versus is described as having the following notes:
Top-- Kumquat, Star apple, Lemon,
Middle-- Orange flower, Stephanotis, Rose centifolia
Base-- Patchouli, Musk, Ambretta seeds.
I couldn't wait to try it and used it the next day. I sprayed it on and straight away the fruity notes were evident, very fresh and citrus, almost sharp. The fragrance was quite strong and has a slight spicy undertone to it. As the fragrance developed the smell became slightly softer, a little less fruity and slightly more floral. I couldn't pick individual notes out but the smell was definitely sweeter although the spicy undertones still remained. By the time the base notes kicked in I was left with a fragrance that was definitely fruity, musky and spicy, still quite strong though.
The fragrance lasted quite well, it will last all day but certainly wouldn't last all day into evening, although personally I wouldn't say this is an evening fragrance. In my opinion its not heady enough for evenings, I would wear this in the daytime if I were going to use it regularly. I did find the spicy smell irritated my nose and throat at first but this soon wore off.
All in all I would say this isn't really a girly girl smell, from the description given I would say its more tough than feminine, overall its quite a harsh smell. I was pleased to win the Versus but once the bottle is empty I wont be replacing it. I prefer my perfume softer which this definitely isn't. If you are not keen on floral romantic fragrances then this may well suit you.
Versus is available at online stores and department stores such as Debenhams where a 100ml EDT will cost approximately £60.00, of course where you buy from depends on the price and online stores are generally a bit cheaper, personally I would say this isnt worth the money.
I normally stick to the same old cheap perfumes but I recently was given some of this Versace Versus by my sister. She gave me the perfume in a gift box which also contained a 50ml tube of Delicate Body Lotion. Although I was familiar with the famous brand I had never heard of the perfume before but my sister ensured me this was an exclusive product and highly sought after by women all over!
The perfume comes in an attractive glass bottle which is shaded at it's base in a bluey-purple colour. It has a silver coloured metallic trimmings and a golden dispener button whilst the lid is purple plastic to match the hues in the bottle. The bottle is actually very heavy as the base is thick and weighted. The shape of the bottle is unusual as it is quite short and flat. It's size makes it ideal for carrying around in a small handback although it does add a few pounds in weight!
The bottle is marked in silver with the brand name and the perfume name too. A label on the bottom of the bottle states that the perfume type is 'Eau de Toilette' and that this is a 1 US.FL OZ sized bottle. It is also stamped with "79% volume - made in Italy." The label states that the perfume will stay fresh for 36 months after first using.
The bottle is easy to grip as it fits into the palm of the hand due too it's small size. The dispenser button can be pushed in easily. The perfume is dispersed as a very fine mist which reaches a length of about 8 inches when it squirts out. You can therefore choose to mist this over a large area of skin by holding it further away from the body or just hit certain spots like the wrists or the neck by holding in nearer to the skin.
When I first sprayed this onto my body I thought the scent was unpleasant. It has a very intense woody fragrance when you initially spray it. However, once it rests on your warm skin the other elements of the scent begin to come out and the fragrance changes. It becomes a heady and dreamy kind of smell, rather exotic but sophisticated. I would describe the scent as being mature and aimed at women who are either young professionals or older women. I would also say this is a scent for confident, sexual women. It's difficult to identify the different notes of the perfume. I would say it has some fruitiness to it - there is an orange zest kind of hint to it. I would also pick out floral and woody notes. It's a scent that hits the back of your throat and is one scent that you really notice and that other people will notice. I sometimes feel that I am wrapped in a blanket of this fragrance when I apply it.
I found it difficult to find any information about the perfume online and could not find any details of it on the Versace website. However, I did find an article which states the perfume was newly launched in 2010. Donatella Versace is quoted as saying the perfume is designed for the "woman who loves to dare". The perfume is described as representing different modes of femininity and the scent is called "dynamic and harmonious". The article also states that the perfume is comprised of the top notes of "kumquat, star apple, rose and patchouli" whilst other 'heart' notes include "lemon, orange blossom, stephanotis, musk and ambrette seeds". My nose can really detect the citrus ingredients which are counterbalanced by the firey musk.
As I said I at first was not keen on this perfume as it is so powerful compared to the girly perfumes I normally wear. This is definitely a woman's perfume, rather than for girls! It didn't take me long to adjust to this kind of fragrance and now I really love using it although I do find it a bit strong and feel it's choking me when I initially spray it onto my skin. After it has calmed down though, when I smell this I feel like it's a knockout scent, really strong and making a statement. It makes me feel confident, sexy, self-assured and capable. To me this is a perfume to wear when you mean business, whether that be in the office or in the bedroom.
I would recommend this perfume as I think it's a confidence booster and something that you can mark on yourself like a statement of power. I really like the gift set too as the body lotion is creamy and intense. It's scent is a little more crisp, clean and citrus based than the eau de toilette spray but the two go well together. Prices vary for this perfume but it's quite costly averaging about £58 for a 100ml bottle.
Review also on Ciao!
Versace Versus was introduced in 2010. This fresh, enveloping fragrance celebrates the numerous moods of femininity, from the punk to the melodious, the gentle to the tough at heart. The notes reflect this contemporary diversity, with the dynamic yet harmonious statement encompassing kumquat, star apple, rose and patchouli. Top Notes: kumquat, star apple, lemon. Heart Notes: orange flower, stephanotis, rose centifolia. Base Notes: patchouli, musk, ambrette seeds.