“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette „
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
Anyone that knows me, or has read any reviews I have written will no doubt be aware of my Yves Rocher 'obsession'. Yves Rocher are a french beauty company that have been around for over 50 years now and not only have very green ethos as far as (minimum) recyclable packaging is concerned but also their products are natural and plant based and for me suit my skin perfectly which is why I have been a loyal customer for many years now.
It was my mum who first introduced me to the delights of this company's products as she used to use their face creams and perfumes regularly so whilst growing up I was fully aware of the brand having seen various YR products around the home. At age 18 I started buying from the company myself and *cough* 19 years later still am. Although I find their skin care products the most practical buys I can't help myself when it comes to their fragrances and having a large perfume collection (mainly made up of Yves Rocher perfumes) is my guilty pleasure. When I received a sample size of Clea` recently I was transported back to my youth as this was the last time I wore this perfume 'properly', so when my asking my mum if she remembered it she dug out a half bottle of this classic fragrance for me to keep as in her own words she "has far too many" (wonder where I get my obsession from..).
My review will now focus on my experience of wearing this wonderful classic fragrance..
*~*What Yves Rocher have to say about this*~*
Lily-of-the-Valley with its sparkling freshness, rose and jasmine with velvety petals, the deep and sensual notes of moss and sandalwood... For mischievous and sassy seduction on the surface of your skin, a classic fragrance of timeless elegance.
*~*The fragrance itself*~*
Classed as an oriental floral fragrance Clea is made up of the following:
Clea` is only available as an EDT spray though over the years there has been matching body products available but as this was first launched way back in 1980 it seems to be available now just as an EDT.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
Anyone interested in ordering this or any other YR product can do so in a number of ways and at the risk of repeating myself in similar reviews will keep it brief - either order from their secure online website @www.yvesrocher.co.uk, phone their customer care/order line on 0870 049 22 22, in store, via their mailing leaflets (my personal preferred method as they offer a 3 month credit facility subject to status this way) or eBay generally have a reasonable range at much more purse friendly prices.
This is available in one size only which is a 75ml spray format currently costing £29 (Sept 13'). It's been around for several years and is one of Yves Rocher's longest standing fragrances as it never seems to have been retired.
Packaging wise the design of the bottle is more or less identical today to how it looked when it was first launched all those years ago, and I don't know whether this is a good thing or not as quite frankly it looks slightly dated in comparison with more modern fragrances. The only differentiating factor is the older version featured a more rounded orb like lid where as the 'newer' bottles have a golden coloured, slimline cylinder shape lid with the bottle itself remaining identical.
The bottle in question is shaped in a sphere (though with a very slight oval appearance, though it's more circular than it is oval if that makes sense) with a small flatter base for balance and is made from a transparent glass. The decoration here is in the form of an embossed pattern which I've never been able to decide is whether it's supposed to be leaves or flames - I'm going for flames though! The 'flames' start at the base and ascend towards the centre of the bottle where the logo is clearly visible in a black swirly font. Although the bottle is attractive enough it still looks very dated though also has a retro appeal and fits in perfectly with the rest of my perfume collection on my somewhat over crowded dressing table.
*~*My thoughts on wearing Clea - now and over the years*~*
One of the things that I love about this company is that when they send me my order they always include a few samples and even when they send their monthly sales leaflets (they don't do brochures like avon) they nearly always include a small sachet or towelette sample and one I was very surprised to receive a short while ago was a sample of Clea in towelette form. I say I was surprised as the fragrance has been around since 1980 so whether they are trying to reinvent it or just introduce it to newer customers I don't know, but it was a nice surprise in a 'blast from the past' sort of way.
I admit that I haven't gone out of my way to buy a bottle of this myself for several years, if I'm being honest it's at least 10 years ago since I last owned a bottle and then I think it was a Christmas gift (from my mum) so on opening the sample and rubbing the towelette over my skin I was amazed at how beautiful it was, something which sadly I'd forgotten about. When my mum offered to give me her semi used bottle I said yes immediately as on closer inspection there was nearer 2/3 of the EDT remaining in the bottle so I was more than happy.
As the bottle I was given was a newer version the lid is the cylindrical style which though looks attractive from a distance up close it looks cheaper as it's made from plastic and despite its shiny veneer it spoils the style - the 'old' versions looked far classier in my opinion with it's sphere lids but that's just my opinion. On removing the tightly fitted lid the fragrance of Clea is immediately noticeable. The fragrance may only be an EDT but it gives off a very strong scent - initially anyway - with it making it clear from the start that its heavy on both the floral and more muskier notes.
On spritzing just once per wrist and and again once on my neck I had to wonder why I had neglected buying this perfume for so long. The fragrance opens with a floral theme and though I couldn't detect the lily of the valley I could definitely smell the strong - but not over powering - jasmine notes which when mingling amongst the ylang ylang it helped to create the obvious oriental theme here, which as I'm a big fan of these themed fragrances it was perfect for me and I was actually really excited to be wearing Clea again, which after seeing it continuously in the YR leaflets over the years it just didn't stand out enough for me to want to wear it again.
The dry down is quite long with Clea and it took quite a while for the fragrance to start to settle on my skin as it was at least 40 to 50 minutes later that the heart notes were at all noticeable. Once the fragrance did start to settle it started to develop into something more softer as though it was a 'calmer' version of itself and this is where the romantic rose notes really started to shine through, though strangely the vanilla, which can often dominate I've found, was very subtle indeed but added a much needed sweetness and balanced out the heavy floral notes.
The fragrance for me is at it's most perfect once it has been worn for just over the one hour mark. It not only gives off an appealing oriental/ floral scent with it's opening and heart notes but it ends with a musky woody feel and gives off a truly warm and comforting scent due to its base notes with patchouli being the most obvious (to me anyway).
I'm no perfume expert and certainly don't try to come across as one but I do love perfumes and EDT's and have a vast collection, though they tend to be of the 'cheap and cheerful' variety as opposed to the designer brands as my budget doesn't stretch that far unfortunately. My one vice is my lifelong obsession with Yves Rocher which is why when it comes to their fragrances I've pretty much tried (and ended up buying..!) almost every single release over the years.
When I rediscovered Clea recently I really was quite taken in with its romantic, feminine and classic scent and so when my mum gave me her bottle I couldn't wait to start wearing it again. My husband normally takes very little notice of perfumes I'm wearing but he has commented on several occasions on how nice this is, as have a few school mum friends on the school run so I think for me I'm ready to welcome Clea back in to my life.
Once sprayed this is quite strong but does start to wane slightly around the 30 minute mark before settling to a comfortable degree to which it then lasts approximately 3 to 4 hours. Although this doesn't sound very long I think for an EDT it is quite an acceptable length of time and also given the fact that YR's 'premium' EDP's only last around this length then it's actually quite impressive. The size of the bottle isn't exactly small but it is compact enough (depending on bag size) to carry around if top ups are required and also the bottle's glass is quite thick and sturdy making it robust enough to withstand being 'bashed about' in a bag - within reason of course.
This is a quite a sexy and heady scent - despite it's bottle's demure appearance - so I tend to stick to wearing it on an evening time mainly though there are no rules and each to their own I say.
I'm very glad I rediscovered Clea and will be definitely buying myself another bottle once this one runs out.
Top marks from me as I really can't find anything negative to say about it.