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I have very little experience of Yves Rocher so was slightly surprised when a friend gave me a miniature bottle of their Comme Une Evidence Eau de Parfum which she'd received as part of a free gift after placing an Yves Rocher order online, she has ridiculously sensitive skin and can't wear perfume of any description so I get the odd freebie here and there - although to be honest she's got six sisters of varying ages so they tend to (rightly, of course) get first dibs on anything she may have available, I was lucky this time around as she happened to open her Yves Rocher order while we were having a coffee!
The bottle is definitely what I'd call 'understated'. It's very pretty and has an elegant look but is very basic in design, the beautifully soft pink hue makes it an incredibly feminine bottle but I'm not sure it's going to be one I'll display with my collection on the dressing table when it's empty. This is a spray bottle and has a fabulous metallic pink spray mechanism which appeals massively to me (pink is my favourite colour), the thick plastic lid is a little cheap looking though and definitely spoils the stylish line of the bottle in my opinion - I took it off and haven't replaced it (in fact it's lost), the lid was a squeaky nuisance to pull off and on again and also had a horrible gritty sensation sometimes that made me worry I was going to scratch or damage the top section of the bottle.
The perfume is dispensed in a surprisingly fine mist, the arc is very narrow when spraying so you can be certain you're not losing your fragrance to the air as it's so well directed to your neck, wrist, cleavage or wherever else you usually spray your perfume. I love the fact that the bottle doesn't spray out too much perfume each time as this allows me to build up the layers of fragrance to end up smelling exactly how I want to, comparing it to the Escada perfume I used this morning (which dispenses FAR too much with each spray) I'd say the spray mechanism of Comme Une Evidence is just about perfect.
This is what I'd personally categorise as a daytime perfume; it's stunningly beautiful but lacks any real punch, the initial girl next door floral fragrance is replaced by an extremely sexy grown up musk but by this time the perfume has faded too much for this to be really noticeable. I'm finding it hard to define this perfume as not many of the notes are readily available to my nose - the perfume is simply made up of the most wonderfully feminine and romantic florals; I'm pretty confident that rose is in there, perhaps a hint of poppy, but these are pure guesses as I honestly can't pick anything specific out at all.
Comme Une Evidence is a very powdery fragrance, after a while it takes on a vague scent of baby powder and although this is overlapped by the floral tones it makes Comme Une Evidence so incredibly down to earth and romantic. I think the perfume has a delightful strength, after you spray it there's a few minutes where it seems to cloud around you but this quickly dies down to create a delicate but rich fragrance. I have worn it on nights out in the past but it can't compete with other 'louder' perfumes so I tend to keep it as something pretty to wear in the daytime. This perfume has actually come into its own during this hot spell we're having as the harsh sunlight seems to bulk the fragrance out to the point where it seems much headier than when I originally started wearing it in the winter.
I wouldn't say there are too many differing notes within this beautiful perfume, the bouquet alters very slightly over the hours but the powdery rose/poppy fragrance is the one that lingers throughout the lifespan of the perfume. Once the musk breaks through towards the end it becomes sexier, but underneath this musk the florals compete to continue with the wonderful femininity of the perfume and I find this last minute jostling for attention absolutely delightful - even if I *do* wish the musk would make itself known a little earlier as it's such a gorgeous element of the perfume.
I've found myself surprised and impressed by the longevity of Comme Une Evidence; after spraying twice (leaving twenty minutes between sprays for good layering effect) I'd guesstimate I get at least six hours of good strength fragrance, which is followed by another hour of a vague powdery floral scent that may or may not be apparent to other people (I can certainly smell it on myself). This is excellent for such a very delicate perfume, I'm always surprised when someone compliments me on my perfume hours after I've applied it as I never think it's as strong as it really is.
Another added benefit of wearing Yves Rocher Comme Une Evidence is the fact that hardly anyone else uses it so the fragrance really stands out as an 'unusual' one. I've been asked at least ten times (maybe more) in the past three months what perfume I'm wearing and two of my friends have since bought themselves a bottle (as I intend to do very soon, now my 17ml miniature is about to run out). The beauty of Comme Une Evidence is that the fragrance seems to suit all sorts of skin types, perfume is notorious for smelling 'different' depending on your skin type but this one smells equally good on everyone from my 67 year mum to my fourteen year old daughter - and me too, obviously!
If you want a bottle head to www.yves-rocher.co.uk where a 50ml spray is currently priced at a bargainous £16 (reduced from £32); delivery is free when you spend £25 so I heartily recommend bulking your order up with some of their excellent shower gels, which I first tried when another friend sent me a selection to sample as she's a huge Yves Rocher fan and I don't think she could quite believe it when I mentioned that I'd never used anything by the brand at that time!
Group: Chypre floral
I have a 20ml purse spray of this which came in a miniature set I won on ebay. Over the years, different editions have been launched of this fragrance, the one I'm reviewing is the original, 2003 Eau de Parfum version, the same as in the product description.
Yves Rocher used to be known for their imaginative and meaningful vintage bottles however modern additions are simple and functional. The fragrance therefore comes in a tall, slender, rectangular clear bottle with - contrary to the successive editions - no adornment whatsoever apart from the fra-grance name.
Top notes: rhubarb, violet leaf
Within seconds as the typical perfume alcohol notes disappear, my nose catches a fleeting sweet and sour accord which I cannot identify, so instantly it is gone. What is evident to my nose is lily of the valley so the other almost entirely drowned elements only act as a quick prelude of to the warmer, more elaborated phase to come.
Heart notes: lily of the valley, rose
Blending in with the sweet, fresh, springtime lily of the valley is a note that is not a true rose, but the scent of rose soap, clean and quite watery in feel. Soon, the freshness is joined by a touch of creamy aspect that gradually develops into a baby powder note over the hours that adds softness and depth.
I was a bit disappointed that the softness came from the powder and not from the florals themselves which were rather faint, abstract and linear at this point This fairly stable, powdery white floral and water fresh duality lasted for a 4 - 5 hours in total and had a medium projection.
Base notes: musk, patchouli, oakmoss
The baby powder accord also persisted into the drydown however its depth has greatly diminished and was now enveloped by a powdery skin musk note. At almost 6 hours it stayed so close to the skin that I had the impression I wasn't wearing fragrance anymore. What remained detectable was an aquatic and slightly green lily of the valley - white musk combination that gave the impression of linen clothes.
The remaining accord was a tad linear and most importantly it had zero projection so I had to reapply halfway through the day to stay fresh and scented. Despite the promising 'chypre' type ingredients, the ending was right on trend with the multitude of sheer and musky floral fragrances having a clear aversion to anything deep and substantial.
To sum up, Comme Une Evidence is a no-surprise, slightly tangy, very very clean but at the same time soft, inoffensive floral without a twist. It's ideal for spring or summer as it's light and never becomes cloying however not all light-weight musky floral scents need to be bland unexciting. Unlike some I love, (Yves Rocher's Rose Absolue for the spice, L'occitane's Cherry Blossom for the cherry note and Cyclades for that unusual pinch of salty note it has), Comme Une Evidence has nothing that stands out to make it memorable or individual.
The fragrance is like a skeleton that could have been fleshed out or developed further and made into a more interesting, themed floral by bringing out the rose more or playing with the tart / fruity head notes. For those who like it safe it is actually an advantage, for me the consequent flankers year after year, only slightly changing the names and tinkering with some of the ingredients seem to justify my hunch. Comme Une Evidence is really a safe and basic choice. Evidently.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The full RRP is £31.50 / 50ml however there's currently a 30% off from every item so it currently sells at £22.05
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Yves Rocher was born in the French Gacilly and there grew his passion for plants. When in 1959 the village was threatened with depopulation he decided to stop this and started his own factory. At the beginning on a attic, but soon he created work for the whole population. He produced products based on plants and undertakes to use only plants and also to take care of them. Yves Rocher from the beginning does the harvest (organic farming), production (not tested on animals and according to strict ecological principles) and distribution (cardboard packaging from sustainable forestry.
The parfum comes in a pink rectangular box that has an extra protection on the inside and the outside is wrapped with an additional transparent colorless film. On the front you see a fluffy flower under this you see the brand name Yves Rocher, the name of the product and stating that it is an eau de parfum. The back features product information and a list of ingredients. The eau de perfume itself comes in a glass bottle that looks light pink and transparent. Actually you see the light pink liquid. The whole is be covered by a light pink transparent cap. On the glass is the name and brand printed in pink.
It is a light pink liquid that smells very sweet and tasty. The scent is floral and you can clear recognize both the roses and the scent of lilies of the valley. It's the roses that you will notice first and then you smell freesias with after a few minutes the lilies of the valley comes clearly trough. When you spray the parfum it might first be a bit overwhelming but when it comes in contact with your skin it settles down. It is a feminine, very soft and sweet scent. I don't smell the scent of moss. I do notice the more spicy wood scent that smells like patchouli.
For an eau de parfum, this still remains relatively concentrated and stays long on the skin. In an eau de parfum is the alcohol content is higher than a perfume. You don't need to spray much to get notice and the trick is to distribute the scent well. You can use a bit of the product behind the ears, the neck and the inside of your wrists. You get the same effect as if your whole body is perfumed.
This eau de parfum is very pleasant and is affordable too. Yves Rocher mainly makes products based on plant extracts and essential oils. There are no animal products used and is not tested on animals. Yves Rocher has a good nose for scent combinations. A bottle of 30ml comes for 32 pounds.
I've been given this product as a birthday gift and so far I simply adore it. I've heard a lot about Yves Rocher perfumes before, but never tried one myself- mainly due to the rather outrageous price! I don't however, think, that this perfume will actually please a lot of people out there. I have quite peculiar taste in perfumes and tend to favour musky, deep and intense smells rather than light, floaty ones. This perfume suited me perfectly since it was really deep. I think I could honestly say that it was just a tad overpowering, but it lightened a bit after some while.
The bottle is really girly and attractive. Had this not been a gift, this might have attracted me off the shelves. The bottle is very pink, and rather squarish in shape. It might be just a little too small as value for money, but the hot pink splashes definitely made a wonderful addition to my vanity table! It comes with a bear spray, and this adds a very antique and elegant touch to the rather modern bottle.
Now to the scent itself. It's quite heavy floral, and I liked this at once since I despise light floral scents. According to the box, this contains lily of the valley, green tea, musk, sandalwood and jasmine. The first spritzs definitely cloud you in a rather strong smell of lily of the valley and green tea. I noticed that as it lightens up, the musk and sandalwood start overpowering the first notes. This was fine by me since I wouldn't have liked it if the perfume lost its strength. But to be perfectly honest, I didn't get any whiff of jasmine. Moreover, the floral scent completely lost its power after a while and I was left with a vey musky smell which wasn't supported or broken by other scents.
This perfume holds on more than my other perfumes, but I noticed that if I wear it on a hot summer's day, it can fade away after just a couple of hours. However, the rather short-lasting scent didn't really bother me since I wasn't overly fond of the musky scent which lingered on as it started lighting up.
I would recommend this perfume if you like something quite foresty and powerful. The price is £35.00. My bottle is 30ml.
I've always loved Yves Rocher products and the Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde fragrances. Comme une Evidence was the first time I was stepping out of the Jardins du Monde perfumes and while it's an okay-smelling perfume, I don't think that I'll be buying it again. Frankly speaking, this doesn't smell like any perfume I've tried before- it has a somewhat husky, woody smell which I wouldn't ordinarily go for but there was that particular originality about the blend of fragrances which made me want to purchase it. The smell is nice, but the staying power is rather weak. Also, I found myself not wanting to wear it often because as original as the smell might be, there is something a little synthetic or artificial about it which put me off a bit. I usually go for Yves Rocher because of the very low doses of alcohol which their perfumes contain, since I have extremely sensitive skin, but this one flared my skin up a little.
The bottle is quite gorgeous actually: Small, square and pink. It's really simple and firm to the grip, therefore allowing fantastic ease of use. The same perfume can also come in other, taller bottles in other shapes but I have to admit that I personally prefer this one- looks more original and elegant, and complete with bear spray (which again facilitates ease of application). However, I don't think that the bottle is an accurate reflection of the perfume itself since I didn't really find anything elegant about the smell, even if it smelled really original.
The smell which is most dominant on the first spray is undoubtedly floral: I would say a blend of lily of the valley and something like green tea or the likes. This is very rapidly followed by more earthly scents like musk, sandalwood, and it's also supposed to contain oak moss but I'm not sure what oak moss is supposed to smell like so I can't really identify this in the perfume. It however, does smell very, very outdoorsy and slightly exotic. It's not really a spicy perfume but comes close to it. I would say that it's a blend of oriental and tropical scent. The mélange of woodsy and floral really does produce an extremely original scent and this was surprising to me since Yves Rocher perfumes usually include fruity scents. I don't however recall smelling anything remotely fruity in this one. In fact, after the initial lily of the valley scent fades off a bit, another blend of floral scent whiffs off; I can't be entirely sure but I believe that it's a blend of roses and something mossy or leafy, but definitely woodsy. I have to say that the fragrance does provide an overall impression of freshness and really does bring to mind the various scents of nature and woods.
However, on a darker note, one of the reasons why I don't think that I'll be purchasing this again is because of its rather weak staying power. For me, this perfume is definitely daywear and not at all suitable for evenings and believe me when I say that this does not stand a chance in a hot summer's day. If I wear it in the morning, it can be completely gone by eleven or noon- it barely (or doesn't even) stick to skin or clothes. Also, like I mentioned in my other perfume reviews, I tend to be quite liberal with the atomizer and really do put on a lot of perfume before I go out but I unfortunately cannot do that with Comme une Evidence. While it's a rather light and airy perfume, I noticed that more than a few sprays will result in an extremely heavy, extremely intense and quite overpowering smell which doesn't fade away easily- until it just completely evaporates altogether!
Like I said, this also tends to irritate my skin a bit. While it thankfully doesn't cause the burning sensation which I get with some other perfumes, it definitely leaves my skin tingling and reddish in color. However, the good news is that I can apply it on my clothes since it doesn't stain at all. I even tried it with a satin blouse and there wasn't any stain- but after a couple of hours, there also wasn't any perfume either. If you buy this perfume, I personally find it suited for day-wear: casual dates, lunches or job interviews. This is not something which I would wear at night or for more formal occasions since as great as it smells, the perfume is more outdoorsy than elegant.
I think it's a real shame about the staying power because it really did smell extremely divine and original. Overall, three stars for the smell and two off for the weak staying power and for not being gentle on sensitive skin. This is available for purchase on the Yves Rocher website:
The price is £35.00 for a 30ml bottle.
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Yves Rocher is a French based Mail order company that are similar to Avon but without representatives. They sell plant based products.
You can order by post or online. They sell beauty, makeup and perfume. There are a few aftershaves for men and some shaving lotions. I have been a customer along with my mother for about eight years now.
My Comme Une Evidence bottle is different to the one shown it is tall and narrow but the same item. Currently 50ml it usually £29 but have just checked their website and they have a 50% offer for £14 which is cheap.
Yves Rocher regularly has offers such as two for one so your better off waiting to see if its in one of their deals. I got mine free as a surprise gift along with some other items when I spent £40.
"The Eau de parfum comme une Évidence is a modern interpretation of the cypress accord, a soothing luminous fragrance, an elegant imprint and full of gentle harmony." Quoted from Yves Rocher.
Contains essential oils as well as rose and jasmine absolutes.
This has a floral fragrance, is light so is prefect for daywear and the summer.
The bottle is tall and elegant and the box is pale pink with a flower on the front, the box comes wrapped in sellophene. Contents are recycable.