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I first used Panache when I received it as a gift from my grandmother, when I was around 13 years old, half a lifetime ago for me now at 26!
I used to love it and have been through a good few bottles, but I haven't had it for years and I forgot what it smelled like to be honest.
My fiancé offered to buy me this perfume a few months ago when I was telling him about it. I have been wanting to buy it again for a while, but never got round to it. There was another scent I used to love as a teenager, which I bought again, Kindred Spirit (see my review) and it wasn't as good as I used to think it was so I thought this might be another one I wouldn't like as much now, but I was keen to remind myself what it was like.
~ Scent ~
The postman kindly left this in our recycle bin one Friday and when I opened it, OH WOW! It is AMAZING! I absolutely love it. I probably love it more than I did the first time around.
It has a sweet floral scent, but it is given depth by another note in this fragrance, which smells a bit like incense.
I wouldn't say the perfume itself is sweet, but there is a sweet floral note in this. My description really doesn't do this perfume justice.
It is described as having floral, aldehydic and musk notes.
The floral notes are light and fresh. I don't think anyone would find the scent offensive. There are no sharp notes in it at all.
It is so nice I can't even describe it!
I was going on a night out that Friday night and I wore it to go out. It is a perfume that I think works for day time wear as well as night time wear.
It has fantastic sillage and I could smell it on myself all night and even the next morning I could still smell it on myself.
The staying power is about 12 hours, which I think is fantastic.
I loved this when I was a teenager and I still love it now and I can imagine that this will appeal to more mature women as well. It is timeless and I don't think it gets the attention that it deserves.
~ About Panache ~
This fragrance was first launched in 1976. It was formerly part of the Yardley range and it was under the Yardley category on cheapsmells.com and it is also sold using the Yardley name on Amazon.
The female fragrance division of the Yardley Company was acquired by Fine, Fragrances & Cosmetics Limited in 1999. The box of the perfume has no mention of Yardley on it. The manufacturer appears to be Taylor of London Limited.
The box has had the same design since my first bottle, which would have been around the year 2000.
~ Packaging ~
The box is a dark blue colour with a swish of light blue, pink and purple and the word 'Panache' in white lettering across the front.
It is a very simple design.
The bottle is not as pictured. It is tall and thin. It has a square shaped base and the edges of the bottle aren't straight. They twist around the bottle. 'Panache 50ml' is in small white lettering at the bottom of the bottle and on the back of the bottle 'Taylor of London' is also in white lettering at the bottom of the bottle.
The lid of the bottle is made from silver plastic with a deep blue coloured circle on the top of the lid.
The bottle is very simple and it is not something that would jump out at me. I am not a huge fan of the bottle design.
~ Price and availability ~
My fiance bought the 50ml bottle of this eau de parfum for £11.45 from cheapsmells.com. The recommended retail price is £14.99 for 50ml. It is available in a 50ml bottle for £14.99 from Boots.
It is also available in a 30ml bottle, which is available from Boots for £10.39.
You can buy a 100ml bottle of this as an eau de toilette, but I have never seen this in store or from a reputable seller. I think I have only seen them on ebay.
I'm sure this perfume used to be available for much cheaper. That is probably the reason it's taken me so long to repurchase it. I have eyed it up so much in Boots.
It is not always with the other perfumes in Boots. It tends to be on a shelf rather than being in a cabinet with it being a cheaper fragrance so it can be found with perfumes such as Charlie, So..? and Yardley fragrances. It is usually located not far from the perfume cabinets. The bad thing is there is never a tester available.
I remember about 3 years ago I picked up a gift set with a Panache perfume and a Panache body spray in it from Netto for just £3.00, which I gave to my sister as part of her birthday present! I wish I'd bought myself one as well!
~ Conclusion ~
I love this perfume and I wish I had repurchased it again earlier.
It is absolutely gorgeous! It lasts for 12 hours on your skin and the sillage is great. It is very reasonably priced for a perfume. It is very versatile, being suitable for women of all ages and suitable for day time and night time wear.
I would really recommend this perfume. I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't like it! I'd love to read more reviews of this perfume. It has 5 stars on Boots website.
If you don't want to buy it for yourself why not ask for it for your birthday or buy it for your friend, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, auntie or niece and ask if you can try it when they open it? Or don't ask and wait until they go out to try it, if you live with them!
Postage is free from cheapsmells.com or you can collect advantage points if you buy it in Boots!
I don't remember having tried the body spray so I worry that if you try that to get an idea of the scent it might not be completely the same, which I found with the Kindred Spirit fragrance I mentioned previously, although I'm sure it will still be lovely.
Launched in 1976 Panache is a popular and established fragrance with contemporary packaging / Panache contains floral aldehydic and musk notes / Note / Formerly part of the Yardley range / The female fragrance division of the Yardley Company was acquired by Fine Fragrances and Cosmetics Limited in 1999 /