“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / Gender: for women „
I've been a fan of Yves Rocher for many years now, and there isn't many of their products (apart from the cosmetics range) that I haven't tried..particularly their fragrances, which I have a soft spot for.
Their products are certainly not the cheapest around, but as I don't have *money to burn* these days (not that I ever have had come to think of it) I never buy anything from Yves Rocher at full price, and almost every month when I receive their monthly mailing 'brochure' it normally features several special offers, which brings me nicely to this review..
This is Eau de Toilette is actually a limited fragrance that was available to buy around last October/November just in time for the Christmas season.
I mention Christmas because it is marketed as a seasonal scent and indeed features Christmas in it's title (Christmas Chestnut) but more on that later.
The fragrance comes in an uninspiring little glass bottle identical to the one in the picture shown. It's a simple upright standing, transparent bottle with a plastic brown cap that protects the nozzle.
It's not the fanciest of designs and is very basic but for something I purchased to 'throw' in my handbag I wasn't too fussed if it had a designer look or not.
The reason I am just reviewing this is though it was available to buy last year at £6.89 I only decided to buy it recently as it's 'out of season' price was a mere £2.10.
This comes in a standard size of 20ml up to press.
One thing I like to know when I buy a fragrance is what notes it contains. Not for any particular reason, I just like to know, and rather frustratingly I cannot find any in depth information anywhere of this knowledge apart from the very basic of facts.
It states on the Yves Rocher website that it contains chestnut, no surprise there then and a hint of vanilla.
My thoughts on this~
Having bought this at the discount price I was going to put away for a couple of months to wear in the winter months it's supposedly suited for.
Having tested it first, I was surprised how un-christmassy (sorry not a word I know) this actually was.
The first thing I noticed on spraying onto my skin was the vanilla. I would not describe this as a faint hint at all as it's very domineering, and though it's quite sweet it's not overly sickly.
After the initial hit of vanilla starts to fade, the chestnut becomes apparent but it's very delicately in the background and this balances out the sweet vanilla notes very well.
After the scent had well and truly settled on my skin, about half an hour later I would say, the scent was totally different again.
What remained was what I would describe as a slightly woody perfume with only a faint hint of vanilla, but also an obvious caramel note which smelled divine.
It's a definite warm fragrance for certain but I would not say this is a Christmas scent, despite it's claims. I have worn it during the summer months as it's actually very light and airy, and perfect for daytime wear.
Although it's not a heavy scent it has very good staying power and once the fragrance has settled it doesn't fade for several hours - unlike some other Yves Rocher perfumes of a higher price.
This is ideal for keeping in my bag as the size is compact, whereas the glass bottle is sturdy enough to *throw* back in after use without too much worry.
Even at the normal selling price this is a bargain and highly recommended.