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On my recent perfume shopping spree, mentioned in previous reviews, I treated myself to 6 different perfumes because I was feeling fed up and decided I deserved a treat. I ordered them online at cheapsmells.com as it proved to be the cheapest place to buy each of the fragrances. I have been using the website for a few years now and all of their products are genuine. One of the perfumes I ordered was Vivienne Westwood Boudoir eau de parfum. ~ Bottle ~ I bought the 50ml bottle. I really like the bottle. It is made from thick glass and it is quite square. The 50ml bottle is a good size. It is quite small and cute. I think the 30ml bottle would look too small. The front of the bottle has a white square sticker on the front with 'Vivienne Westwood Boudoir' in gold lettering and a tiny picture of the orb bottle lid. The white sticker feels like textured paper. It looks nice, but I am not too keen on the idea of it being an actual sticker rather than being printed onto the bottle because I worry that it could get stained and ruin the look of the bottle. This isn't a major concern as I always make the effort to look after my belongings, but it's one of those things that I'd get stressed out about if it did get wet or stained. The bottle has a clear spherical plastic lid, with a gold metal cross on the top and a gold metal ring going round the outside of it. The same lid is used on Vivienne Westwood's Let It Rock fragrance. I do quite like the lid. I think it adds interest to this bottle. ~ Price ~ The perfume is now available on www.cheapsmells.com in a 30ml bottle for £24.95 (recommended retail price £32.00). The 50ml bottle is currently out of stock on cheapsmells.com, but I got mine in late January for £34.95. The 50ml bottle is available at Debenhams, House of Fraser and feelunique.com for £49.00. ~ Scent ~ The scent is gorgeous. It is very floral and feminine, but it is not heavy. It is one of those scents that you want to keep sniffing because it's so nice. The top notes are aldehydes, sweetly-fresh bergamot, hyacinth and orange blossom. The heart notes are jasmine, luscious rose, narcissus, carnation, orris root, cardamom and coriander. The base notes are patchouli, sandalwood, tobacco leaves, cinnamon and vanilla. This scent is gorgeous. It smells really sweet for a floral perfume. I haven't smelled another perfume like it. It is not harsh or sharp at all. It is totally inoffensive. It is complex and glamorous. I have been really impressed with the longevity of this perfume. It lasts for a good 10 hours and has good sillage. I wore it for work when I first got it as I was really excited to try it out and I kept smelling its sweet floral scent randomly throughout the day. It is really pleasant and uplifting. It is up there with my favourite perfumes. I think this perfume would appeal more to more mature women, but I am in my 20's and I love it. It is quite summery, but I think it is fine to wear any time of year. I always think of this as a day time fragrance, but I think its depth and complexity along with its longevity could easily persuade me to wear this for a night out. Update 04/03/13 - I tested this perfume on my forearm near my elbow yesterday to write this review and I can still smell it after 24 hours and I have had a bath since then! Overall I think this is a gorgeous perfume. I would definitely buy it again if my bottle ran out. I think it would make a nice gift for a friend or family member as well.
I was fishing around for gift ideas last christmas and one of the things I asked for was Vivienne Westwood's Boudoir Eau de Parfum. My sister was nice enough to oblige and got me a set from Selfridges which came with the 200ml lotion and the 50ml fragrance bottle which she said set her back £52 eek! (Bless her I am sure she must really love me!) Boudoir is a very floral based fragrance for women, and has been around since 1998. It is dedicated to a feminine and strong woman, and oozes a lot of sensuality with a sophistoicated edge, guanranteed to turn a few male heads after wafting past! The top notes are aldehydes, sweetly-fresh bergamot, hyacinth, and orange blossom. This leaves a very fresh feel which is light and soft and reminds me much of a springtime scent. The heart is sweet and opulent with jasmine, luscious rose, narcissus, carnation, orris root, cardamom and coriander. I appreciate this subtle zesty kick to the perfume once it has settled which soaks in beautifully. The base brings patchouli, warm and milky sandal wood, tobacco leaves, cinnamon and powdery soft vanilla. I much prefer the combination of these base notes to the perfume as it brings out the scent's best quality and can be appreciated a lot more especially on the neck in an intimate embrace (wink wink!) I do really like this perfume and it is extremely long lasting and hard wearing in comparison to cheaper brands of perfume I have worn in the past and so I can actually justify it's price tag. My only downfall is at first spray it smells slightly like something my mum might wear (and indeed she often does!) and so I run the risk of perhaps coming across a bit mature for my tender age and so not sure if the fragrance is so compatible with me, but nevertheless I love it and would definitely recommend!
I was invited to a launch at our local make-up boutique, where a talk was being given by somebody from Vivienne Westwood about the history of perfume and the making of it etc. She was so captivating and interesting that I ended up treating myself to a bottle of Boudoir, even though I don't normally go for such intense perfumes, I generally prefer the lighter, fresher scents. But I thought that for an evening perfume it would be perfect, a lot stronger and more powerful and, to be honest, I just loved the bottle design with it's highly unusual lid and knew it would look great on my dressing table! Whilst I did love the fragrance and it was exactly what I'd hoped it would be, great for an evening out but not so much for every day wear, I only used it a few times because, bizarrely, it turned my skin yellow! This has never happened with any other perfume so it took me a while to work out why my skin suddenly had a very distinct yellow tinge to it, but eventually realised it only happened when I used Boudoir. I went back to the boutique, not to complain but to see if she knew why it was happening, but she was stumped too and had never heard of it before. I tried it a couple more times but it continued with this bizarre side affect (although there was no itching or rashes or anything) so I took it back to the shop and let her use it for a tester instead. I was gutted because the fragrance is beautiful and the bottle is gorgeous and it was quite expensive, but it is very disturbing seeing your skin turn a different colour!
I have been wearing this perfume for about five years now, and I adore it. It's my go-to perfume and the only perfume I repurchase again and again. However, this perfume is the sort of perfume that people either love or they hate, and it smells very different depending on the person wearing it. On me it smells sexy, evocative and a little bit naughty, whereas on my friend it smells sickly sweet. Basically, you should always always always try this perfume on your skin before purchasing - don't spray on a card or rely on another's recommendation. This perfume is also very strong, a little goes a long way and if you like fresh, clean scents - this perfume is not for you. The bottle is one of the best designed bottles I've seen. It truly is beautiful and actually very heavy - it does make you think that you're holding something opulent and expensive in your hand. The colour also changes and also the smell, depending on how old the perfume is. After about six months the perfume oxidises and changes from a light pink tone for a more orangey/amber hue. Some people have stated a preference for the smell of the older perfume, but I personally don't think it is all that different, perhaps a little heavier. In my experience, men seem to love this perfume - I've been asked countless times what perfume I'm wearing and it never fails to make me smile to see people's reaction. This perfume is not a perfume for the meek, it is strong, it does demand attention. Definitely a night time fragrance, although I love it so much that I wear it whenever :)
Vivienne Westwood, the iconic British fashion designer has for some years now brought her flair for the eccentric and unusual to her range of perfumes. Aptly, for Valentines day I am reviewing Boudoir, one of my favourite of her fragrances. If you can't afford Vivienne's fabulous designer clothing but would like just a whisper of what she is all about, treat yourself, or even better get someone else to treat you, to Boudoir. This fragrance is heady, passionate and long lasting. This was Vivienne's first perfume, created in 1998, and as unique and modern now as it was then. It is beautifully packaged in a heavy glass bottle topped with her signature orb. The perfume is warm and spicy with hints of cardamom, coriander and cinnamon. There is a floral element too, with fragrant Turkish rose and French marigold as well as the unusual addition of ciborium flower. For me this fragrance is sumptuous, sexy and special. I love it.
The Christmas before last, my lovely boyfriend gave me Vivienne Westwood's Boudoir perfume and ever since t has been my firm favourite! On unwrapping the gift and seeing 'Vivienne Westwood' embossed on the pink gift box the bottle comes in, I knew already my boyfriend had chosen a winner! Vivienne with her strong eclectic British style and support for climate change campaigns is a role model for women all over the country and owning one of her scents is a privilege! The perfume is presented in a beautiful, heavy glass bottle, which feels special to hold and is ornamental on the shelf. Topped with a gold version of Vivienne's signature orb and cross and filled with delicate looking rose pink perfume the look of this product really is a head turner. The perfume itself if a heady aroma of spiced floral and vanilla fragrances. Having had the 30mls bottle for little over a year, I have only used it half up...a little goes a long way! Not only this but one spritz on the neck rubbed onto the wrists will easy last out an evening and still be present back home for seducing in the boudoir! Having sensitive skin, I am often wary of spraying perfume directly onto my skin, however, Boudoir has never irritated me. I would highly recommend this perfume for someone looking for a sophisticated, sexy and heady scent....it is sure to turn heads, and at roughly £26.95 for 30mls, wont turn out your bank account!
I have worn Vivienne Westwood's Boudoir since it's launch in 1998 and although I've tried a few other fragrances over the years, I've always returned to my favourite !! Boudoir is amazing, everything from the heavy glass bottle and the orb stopper to the pink perfume itself ... I just love it !! Boudoir looks and smells so decadent and a little goes a long way. The fragrance is quite heavy so I can understand why some would save it for a night out but I indulge myself and wear it whatever the occasion. Work colleagues always comment on how lovely I smell and no-one has ever complained that it's given them a headache. Even after 10 years, people still stop me and ask what fragrance I'm wearing and I love the occasional raised eyebrow I see when I tell them ... it just sounds sexy ! Boudoir is very feminine, sexy and glamorous all rolled into one and I don't feel like me unless I'm wearing it. I'd recommend anyone to go give it a try.
Vivienne Westwood is an absolute God in the fashion and beauty world and its no wonder after her releasing this wonderful fragrance "Boudoir". This is no fragrance for the light hearted! This perfume is a very sexy fragrance - certainly nothing you could wear on a day to day basis unless you work somewhere like a night club. It is a very strong poweful fragrance that lasts for ages. A bottle of this cost me under £35.00 from Boots. It comes in a very elegant bottle with a gold lid in the shape of the very famous Vivienne Westwood logo. Since I tried this frangrance I wear it every day when I am not at work (it is a little too powerful for work) I have had loads of compliments and people asking me what fragrance I am wearing. I absolutly love this fragrance and it will definatly be on my christmas list this year!
If you like your perfume to pack a punch, then check this one out. It is a really fabulously seductive, raunchy perfume - being so heavy, it is definitely an evening scent rather than one for the office. The smell is difficult to describe but it is a heady, musky scent but with a sweetness and although strong when first applied, it settles down nicely so don't be put off by first impressions. I was given mine in a gift set for my birthday and it came with the matching body cream and when both products are layered together this scent lasts on your skin for ages. For a lighter scent, use the body cream on its own. This perfume is a real head turner and I am often asked what scent I am wearing. If you are looking for a distinctive, evening perfume the I would recommend tracking this down and giving it a whirl.
Vivienne Westwood, Boudoir: *** Introduction *** Not last Christmas but the one before I was looking round Debenhams for a perfume for myself to wear over Christmas but the only one I liked, (I am VERY fussy about perfume there are only four I have found that I like), was Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood and it was just over £50.00 a bottle. I could not justify that sort of expense on myself so I left it. Recently I received a mini bottle of Boudoir as a free gift and I was over the moon. *** Vivienne Westwood: A Great British Eccentric *** I have to say I really admire Vivienne Westwood and I feel a great deal of warmth towards her; for me she is one of the people who make Great Britain truly great. For me eccentric people are part of the very fabric of this country and something we should cherish as they seem to be a dying breed. In 1970 Vivienne Westwood and her partner Malcolm McLaren opened a shop called Let It Rock at 430 Kings Road, Chelsea in London. They sold 1950s rock and roll records and 50s memorabilia as well as clothing designs inspired by the period which was an "out there" idea at the time with the Hippy movement being the order of the day. It was a great success and become popular with young people all over the country. In 72 the whole concept of the shop changed and the décor and designs were based on Black culture with leather and zips adorning the cutting edge designs. The concept of the shop changed again two years later, (rubber bondage clothing), and then again two years after that, (Punk). Vivienne Westwood has managed to keep up to date and move with the times right up to this very day yet the Punk era has left a stamp on her designs as it has on the fashion industry as a whole. Vivienne herself is a joy to look her; her style is outrageous and her shock of ginger hair lends itself perfectly to her punky style. She truly is one of a kind. Boudoir was her first perfume and Vivienne even managed to break new ground with this using viburnum flowers which had never been used in perfumery before! *** Packaging/Appearance *** When I buy a perfume I want glamour; I want something that will look stunning on my dressing table, in my boudoir, if you will. I want the box to be alluring and the bottle to make me say wow. Boudoir fulfils all these requirements. It is overtly Vivienne Westwood and frankly I feel like a have a piece of her design in my possession, something that was impossible before. The bottle is a round rectangular shape with a neck leading up to the amazing stopper. It is shaped like the Sovereign's Orb, (one of the crown jewels, I think the queen holds it in her left hand), an orb-shape with a cross on top. It is of course pale gold in colour. For me it looks suitably expensive and very Vivienne Westwood. The colour of the perfume shows through the clear glass bottle and it is a lovely peachy-pink colour. Often perfume is a colour similar to wee but this is a nice change! It actually looks like something feminine that you would want to put on your skin. The box is powder pink with a dusty rose coloured panel. It has the orb shape logo in several places as well as the name Vivienne Westwood and of course, "Boudoir". There is a cute little faun, (half man, half goat), joyfully dancing under the branding. It is definitely a box that I will be keeping. It has great feel to it too being made of thick, quality, textured card. Obviously all the usual information is on the box including the ingredients. The ingredients list has lots of nasty sounding chemicals in it but a quick glance round the net confirmed that these were quite normal in perfume production. I was impressed that I could actually recognise some of the ingredients like some of the spices. *** Scent *** In the bottle this smells very strong; I don't really like the smell when it is in the bottle but my Mum does which goes to show how different people react to scent. Once on the skin the smell quickly develops. At first it is string and smells like an old fashioned perfume, like Channel Number 5 or something similar. It almost has a talcum powder like smell. Quickly the scent becomes softer and sweeter. There is a definite floral note balanced out by a warm spiciness. It is perfectly balanced and there is an almost incense like smell. Looking online I have found that this perfume contains Cardamom, Coriander, Cinnamon, Cilantro, Turkish Rose, French marigold, Iris, Patchouli, Tobacco flower Orange Blossom, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Viburnum Flower. You can detect each and every glorious scent, I remember using some body shop tobacco flower products years ago and I loved them so detecting this scent was a joy for me. The patchouli and sandalwood, (two of my favourite smells), would account for the incense like smell I noticed. I personally love this scent; it is like nothing I have smelt before except maybe the smell inside a "hippy shop" or perhaps even Lush. It lasts all day and night but doesn't taste like some perfumes, (I mean when you wear a perfume and you can actually taste it because it is so strong). *** Price and Availability *** www.supaperfume.com has this for £22.99 with free UK postage which is a great price. Make sure you look around to get the best deal as this is available in lots of places but the price varies massively. *** In Conclusion *** As you will probably tell, I love this perfume. It is so sexy and feminine and makes me feel womanly. It really changes my mood and I will sure to buy a couple of bottles as soon as possible. I think for less than £23.00 this is a huge bargain for something so special and from such a British Icon. Obviously I can't recommend this enough but be sure to test it first as perfumes seem to react differently to different people's skin.
For any Westwood fan her infamous 'Boudoir' scent is a must! My husband brought me my first bottle several years ago and I have been using it ever since. It is quite a heavy scent and therefore I do feel that it is best saved for big nights out and not for every day use. The smell itself is unique and very Vivienne Westwood in the fact that it is unusual and different. It is spicy and musky and has a warm feel to it, and because it is meant to emulate the female orgasm (this is apparently what the inspiration for it was!) it matches the intention fabulously! Everytime I have worn it I have always recieved compliments, its a real headturner! The perfume is not cheap but affordable, approximately £40 although I am not sure as my husband always buys it for me. You can buy it from good department stores and some perfume shops but my husband has always brought it from the Westwood shop in Leeds. The bottle itself is elegant and quirky consisting of a glass bottle with a decorative lid with gold detailing the infamous Vivienne Westwood orb - a welcome accessory to any bathroom or bedroom. The perfume itself is pink, very feminine, again a nice female touch. An extravagant luxury but well worth the money and again because of its heavyness it does last forever!
Renowned for her eccentricity and her wild fashion sense Vivienne has done it again with the creation of "Boudoir". Certainly not a fragrance that you could wear to church or a women`s guild meeting! Outlandish,sociable,party going,mildly revolting but glorious! That is "Boudoir". It wouldn't have seemed right for Vivienne to create a mild mannered fragrance. She needed a perfume that would scream ! and this one certainly does that. The notes for "Boudoir" are viburnum,marigold,orange blossom,orris,rose,cinnamon,coriander,cardamom,amber,vanilla,sandalwood and patchouli. Not a romantic evening in type of perfume,but a nightclub and champagne style fragrance. Many have said that "Boudoir" has a distinct aroma of something odd about it....womanly odd...maybe linked to body odour! But though it has its critics for the most part its a highly acclaimed perfume,a buxom and deeply arousing formula. The fragrance is bottled in style the stopper is a "Westwood" orb. The price tag needs to be turned the wrong way around as it is rather pricey. But its undeniably gorgeous. The perfume lingers for hours.....
Wow, that might be a powerful title,but let me explain: The fashion designer vivienne westwood started business in chelsea and showed her first collections in the early 80's. In 1998 is the year of boudoir lauanch.vivienne admitted that she wanted it to "transform the woman who wore it with the realization of her own sensuality" and to "reproduce everyone's idea of sex". This (the name) in fact may stem from the paintings of artists like boucher.The creator is Martin Gras. and the fragrance is sold as parfum(perfume) and eau de parfum (the strongest mixture of eau)I would describe the perfume as a floral sort of oriental scent. The bottle selling for about £30 for 30mls has nice staying power and will last for many hours.The design is unusual a glass pedestal with a regal orb lid, surmounted with a gold and jeweled maltese cross and a saturn-like ring. You are treated to the passionate delightful mixture of viburnum,french marigold,rose,orris,orange blossom,cardamon,cilantro,sandalwood,patchouli,vanilla, and tobacco flower. This is a delightful perfume but I am not sure of the transformations and ideas....................
Oh, Mr Darcy! (Or any other darkly mysterious Byronically tempered male from literature…) Swooning women eating violet crèmes whilst draped elegantly over a velvet chaise lounge…Corsets, thrusting cleavages, the rustle of heavy silk skirts; fluttering fans, flirtatious eyes, beauty spots on the apples of the cheeks. “Fie, fie and thrice fie!”… Coquettish laughter, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, delicate ankles, bouquets of black-red roses, naughty goings on in the wood-panelled library… Ahem. You will have to forgive me. You see, I have just spritzed myself with ‘Boudoir’ silkening spray and I have come over a bit peculiar. It is a sumptuously gorgeous and complex perfume, and when I wear it, it brings to mind all the things I mentioned at the start of this review. I finally decided to cash in some beenz (see other people’s ops for details of how you can collect these…) and with the gift certificate I was sent this morning, I decided to splurge on something utterly wonderful and frivolous. I mean, it was awful weather – freezing cold, raining and snowing at the same time. I needed to be pampered. I wanted to be spoiled. So what better than to invest in a devilish new fragrance? I am very fussy about perfumes. I generally can never find anything I even remotely like, no matter how much other people have raved over a particular kind; no matter how much the charmingly brainless man in the department store sprayed “The daring new life-enhancing perfume from ********* (whatever)” on my wrist this morning, and smiled beguilingly as I wrinkled my nose in disgust… (“It’s you, it’s me, it’s everyone. We’re standing on a beach and eating sugared almonds…” he went on, coming over all Jilly Goulden-ish.) I’m not a standing-on-a-beach-and-eating-sugared-almonds-with-a-bunch-of-strangers kind of a gal, really, and I explained this to him as kindly as possible as I hurried away. I hastened to the other side of the perfume department, and sauntered amongst the shelves of bottles, wondering what on earth I should try. Gucci’s ‘Envy’ caught my eye, at about the same time as the price tag did, so that was out of the question. My voucher was for £10, and I had set myself a limit of adding another £10 to that, or it’d be in the gutter and gazing up at the stars time for yours truly, the next time my bank statement arrived. Hmm, quite a limiting choice, it seemed a proper perfume was out of the question, and I lingered over dusting powders and body lotions with an air of desperation and disappointment. Then I came across a display of Vivienne Westwood fragrance sets, and tried a little of the parfum, dabbing it gently with the cautionary air of the easily disenchanted. I wafted my wrist about a bit, to let the fragrance ‘settle’ (as you are supposed to – if you just spray it on and smell it straight away, you just get a whiff of the alcohol. My mother used to lecture me about such things, perhaps grooming me for an imagined future destiny of fabulous French chateaus and country estates…) I inhaled deeply and smiled. Ah yes, this was more like it. Wandered about a bit more and smelt my wrist again. Oh, god, it was heavenly! Yes! Yes! Yes! I had found a perfume I loved. My new favourite. I decided to plump for the ‘silkening body spray’ version of the perfume. 100ml so it should last a while, although of course the actual fragrance wont have as much staying power as the parfum. *** The Bottle & Packaging *** Sometimes it seems the packaging of a product is more important than the product itself, especially in this society of ‘lifestyle buyers’ you know the kind of thing – Buy this brand of perfume, wear the clothes, get the sunglasses and matchin g nail varnish, and you, too, can live the dream… All that sort of tosh. I do like to have glamorous bottles on my dressing table, though… It brings back memories of dreaming to be a movie star. I want to be Louise Brookes or Marlene Dietrich – someone fabulous who wears feather boas with Attitude, anyway. And if I can’t have that, then I at least want a few bloody glamorous bottles, okay? ;-) Luckily, the silkening spray lives up to my ideals. A tall, satisfyingly heavyweight glass bottle, filled with pink liquid and topped with a dark gold cap – emblazoned with Vivienne Westwood’s famous icon. Lovely, gasp-worthy, and sure to draw envious glares. *** The Blurb *** In the sturdy pink cardboard box the bottle nested in, a leaflet was included that described the perfume and the other products you could buy in the range. Here’s an obligatory (and slightly cringe-worthy) quote: “In my own private place, my ‘boudoir’, I leave the world behind – and find myself. In that intimate moment, there is no-one else but me – the woman I am and the woman I choose to be.” Hmm. Not sure what that’s supposed to mean, but I can hardly criticise, having waxed lyrical about nonsense in the opening paragraph, myself. *** Yeah, Yeah, But What Does It SMELL Like? *** Well now, a whole array of things. It’s very distinctive, yet smells quite ‘old-fashioned’. Not in a frumpy, unfashionable way, you understand, more that it’s like discovering a bottle of Marie Antoinette’s perfume, miraculously preserved, uncorking it and taking a whiff… It would, I am sure, smell exactly like this. ‘Boudoir’ is floral, yet delicately musky. The longer you leave it on, the less floral it becomes. I would say this would fit well in the ‘oriental’ range of perfumes (they are usually described as ‘floral’, ‘woody’, or ‘oriental’, I believe). It has lots of powdery notes, a hint of spices and undertones of vanilla creaminess. Although it is quite a strong perfume, it isn’t at all like those horrid eighties ones, all alcohol and harshness that gave you (and everyone in a 5 mile radius) a headache. The notes of the fragrance are perfectly blended, and you really can smell everything that’s described in the blurb… (Here are a few more quotes, to give you an idea…): “First, the distinctive opulence of white viburnum garlands mingle with sparkling notes of mandarin and bergamot…an original blend of tobacco flowers and the spicy vibrance of cardamom and coriander. Then, an intoxicating Bouquet of Florentine orris and English red rose emerges…Vanilla and sandalwood merge with rich amber…” Ah, Jilly would be proud (although she may have added tar, treacle and burnt pandas or something, for a flourish…) *** Staying Power *** I have only sprayed it once on my chest (I keep pulling the neck of my top open to smell it whilst writing this review!) and it has lasted, now, for 5 hours. Goodness knows how long the full-priced parfum would last, then! It has become more delicate as my skin has warmed the scent, and smells mostly or sandalwood and vanilla at the moment. Yummy, I want to eat myself! *** Products In The Range *** I am definitely going to invest these: - Eau De Parfum (naturally) - Boudoir Bathing Balm (in the form of a softening gel to smooth your skin after bathing…) - Silkening Spray (which is supposed to make your body smooth and supple wherever you have sprayed it… I wouldn’t go that far, but it does, indeed, leave it nice and soft. I wouldn’t use this in place of a body moisturiser, though). I’m sure I saw a dusting powder and deodorant stick, too, although these aren’t mentioned in the leaflet. I’ll have to go back and have a look. Well, that’s it. I’m a fully paid-up member of the ‘Boudoir’ fan club. I want everything in the range and I want a feather boa (my last one fell apart and looked like a drowned bird sometime ago…) I want a huge fan to flutter and send secret messages with (there are books that explain the ‘language of fans’ that was used in the 18th Century, perhaps I should get one of those first, in case I’m sending out all kinds of messages!) I must dust off my (boast alert) original Vivienne Westwood corset (got it for a knock-down price in a London Boutique that was closing that day…I skipped for hours…I wore it for days in a row at utterly unsuitable occasions. Now it gets brought out when I want a bit of va-va-vooming confidence ;-) If you see a cleavage coming towards you in Sainsbury’s this weekend, smelling divine and looking more than a little shameless…it may well be me.
Behind every perfume is an idea and behind this scent is a desire to 'reproduce everyone's idea of sex' (Westwood, 1998). However, at first sniff, this perfume is very overpowering due to the sandalwood and patchouli it contains. Once the intial aroma has faded, then come the flowery notes of rose, tobacco flower and marigold, blended with vanilla and cardamon. Although the scent itself does not appeal to me, what is most striking about this product is the container. It is a heavy glass bottle with a regal orb on top (Westwood's trademark) in gold and jewels, headed by a Maltese cross. Finally, it is surrounded by a ring of gold, quite like a planetary ring, to finish off the effect. I feel that this is a scent more suited to the older woman as it is too heavy for someone younger. It is ideal for a person who prefers to wear only one source of scent at a time, as this would ultimately clash with anything else being worn, like deodorant or hair fragrance. But as an overall package, it is awe-inspiring.
A fresh floriental spicy fragrance