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I am a fan of Yves Rocher and buy a lot from their skin care section. I have be known to try the odd perfume as well..odd perfume? Well okay, nearly all of them!
One of their more upmarket perfume collections is the 'Secrets d'Essences' range which consists of:
Tendre Jasmine (the most recent addition)
Though I have tried them all - no surprise there - the one I am reviewing today is Iris Noir..
Price and packaging~
The perfume comes housed in a simple, but classic looking glass bottle. The glass is transparent so the fragrance which is a deep blue/lavender, can be clearly seen.
The cylindrical shaped bottle slightly tapers inwards from the neck down to the base. Covering the nozzle is a glass lid, which is larger at the top and again tapers in giving the bottle an elegant appearance.
This perfume doesn't come cheap though and can be purchased at £40 for the 50ml Eau de Parfum spray.
I never buy Yves Rocher products at the full price as I just couldn't afford to, but like with Avon they regularly have offers where items are half price or 2 for 1 etc.
The perfume was created by Nathalie Gracia-Cetto and Olivier Pescheux of Givaudan and are responsible for such creations as Dior Higher, Paul Smith Extreme.
This is the third in the collection and was introduced in late 2007/early2008 and features:
Using the perfume~
On removing the lid and giving my skin that first initial spritz my first impressions were that this is quite a heady scent that has an oriental feel to it. My experience of this until now consisted of a small tester that was sent in amongst a previous package, and I thought it was quite floral having tried it which is why I bought the the large bottle when it was on offer recently.
The floral notes (the Iris) really started to become known once the scent had settled onto my skin. I like floral perfumes but I prefer oriental ones so this was a nice collaboration as the scent is quite captivating once sprayed.
After a while when the scent started to fade the perfume turned woody and there was a definite vanilla note but it wasn't too sweet it was very subtly in the background. The scent was almost powdery and though is quite strong on first applying to the skin it does fade after a few hours. For a 'premium' perfume costing around the £40 mark you would be under the impression it would last longer but that's it's only downfall in my opinion.
Would I recommend this?~
It depends. Out of all the Secrets d'Essences range I think I prefer this one for the oriental/floral combination, but the iris is very apparent so if you are not a floral fan then leave well alone.
It is a warm, feel good scent that lingers for a few hours before disappearing almost immediately which is disappointing. Though the bottle is quite thick glass I don't think I would risk 'throwing' it in my bag to top up the scent during the day although there is a body spray available which may suffice for top ups if preferred.
I find this to be more of an evening/night time scent as it's just a little too heavy (for me) for general daytime wear unless it's a special occasion.
If you get the chance to sample this then by all means do but wait for it to be on offer first!
Available from Yves Rocher stores, or through their mailing system or online at: www.yves-rocher.co.uk
Check out Ebay for cheap Yves Rocher products also.
Perfumed shower gel (200ml bottle) ~ £11.90
Perfumed body lotion(200ml bottle)~ £16.90
Perfumed deodorant~ £14
*note* I bought the 50ml bottle of perfume that I have just reviewed for £6.95 whilst on offer.
For the lack of staying power I am going to deduct a star
Group: Floral oriental
:: Introduction ::
I'm a miniature perfume collector and received a 3 x 5ml mini set of the Yves Rocher Secrets d'Essence range from a friend in France that contained Iris Noir Eau de Parfum. This fragrance is currently the latest addition to the collection which are themed compositions centered around some of the most well-known and used essences in perfumery such as the rose, amber or jasmin.
:: The bottle ::
The fragrance is contained in a simple-looking, clear cylindic bottle that sligtly widens at the top. The fragrance itself is light purple in colour that gives a soft and oriental feel, like Lancome's Hypnose and indeed the comparison isn't accidental.
:: The fragrance ::
Top notes: coriander, bergamot
The opening notes of are somewhat sharp, rich citrus notes that are underpinned by vanilla and a powdery, musky feel. It isn't overpowering or too heavy, but I felt the fragrance just revealed a little bit too much of itself in the first few moments. A few minutes later I get a softer and rounder version of the same juicy-powdery oriental opening that is reminiscent of Lancome Hypnose except that Iris Noir is a lot less sweet and sparkling. It has a toned-down, 'dark' velvety side that makes it quite different from other floriental openings.
Middle notes: iris
After about a half an hour to an hour on my skin, the fragrance turns into a warm and powdery iris scent. It's a dominantly iris note I would describe as powdery, slightly soapy fresh. To my nose it's like a lily-of-the-valley scent tinged with a camphorous edge. There's very little sillage which is a weakness here as most oriental florals would be brimming with flavours in this phase. The iris being alone, it just cannot have the same strengh. Overall, a nice, subtle floral phase that lasts for 2 - 3 hours.
Base notes: tonka bean, patchouli, ambrette seed
At the same time the iris note dies down, a strong vanilla-theme note develops that mixes with a sharp, earthy tone, like one that you can smell at the root of cut flowers. To my surprise, I'm also detecting a chocolate note here. As the vanilla disappeared, I started to get an even stronger, woody scent underlying the camphorous, earthy tone of the patchouli. The bases notes lasted for another hour or two.
:: Conclusion ::
I wasn't happy about the 6 - 7 hour staying power which I consider average for a mediocre eau de parfum but not for a high-end one. What I really like about Iris Noir is that it is quite well done amongst the hundreds of similar sweet smelling modern floral oriental - vanilla offerings currently available on the market. It doesn't try to copy but it still wants to fit in with the trend which I felt a tiny bit of a letdown.
Iris Noir isn't original but it does have an original idea in it that's stopped short and never fully develops. It's a good thing when you want to sell for your audience, but when you want to differ, well, that's a different matter.
:: Price and availability ::
£27 / 50ml Iris Noir Eau de Parfum but currently there's a 2 for 1 offer on the range.
£8.88 / Iris Noir Body Lotion 200ml
£11.25 / 3 x 5ml mini gift set Iris Noir, Rose Absolue and Tendre Jasmin.
Shower gel and deodorant are also available in the range.
Thanks for reading.
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