“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette „
I think anyone that knows me or indeed reads any of my reviews will no doubt be aware of my love of products from the french beauty company Yves Rocher. I've been a loyal customer all of my adult life as I was introduced to their natural plant based beauty products from an early age as my mum always favoured them, and so I grew up with Yves Rocher items being a firm favourite in our household. Some people may love Lush, but for me I'm in my element whenever I receive a new edition of their beauty listings which are normally in the format of several leaflets. I admit to looking forward to scouring for what's new at any time of the year, but in particular I get very excited when I receive their Christmas listings which mainly focuses on limited festive editions of both new and popular brands. When I received last year's Christmas editions leaflets I wasted no time in ordering several beautifully described products which were advertised as being 'limited editions' with this one - Italian Mandarin EDT - being one of them. My review will now focus on my experience of using this product..
*~*What Yves Rocher have to say about this*~*
"...Savour a beautiful Christmas with the limited edition Les Plaisir Nature - Mandarin from Italy. Surrender to this eau de toilette with its luminous, sparkling scent with the citrusy tang of Mandarin from Italy which is the ideal antidote to winter.."
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
If wanting to order this, or any product from their collections, then there are a few ways to go about it:
*Order from their easy to navigate and secure website @www.yves-rocher.co.uk
*Pop in to one of their stores that are sporadically dotted about (the nearest to myself in Bradford is in York which is small but adequately stocked)
*By phoning their orderline on 0870 049 22 22
*Placing your order through their mailing leaflets which are sent out (by request at phoning the orderline/customer services number). They also offer a 3 month credit facility this way subject to status and I tend to take advantage of it when placing an order with them.
*Checking out the likes of Ebay where there is always a plethora of assorted Yves Rocher items at knock down prices.
This fragrance is available in an EDT format only and comes in just one size which is 20ml. This may not seem very big but it is adequate enough given the fact the fragrance is quite (impressively) strong for simply an EDT. This was launched last November (2011) priced at £4.90 and though was only supposed to be available as a limited edition for a short period of time, it is still available now through their website at the same price.
Italian Mandarin EDT is part of the Les Plaisir Nature range and comes packaged in a similar designed bottle as all of the rest in the collection, being in a cylindrical 'tubby' shaped glass which is curved slightly towards the neck. The bottle is made from a thick and sturdy glass and is totally transparent so the rich orange liquid can be clearly viewed within and apart from a very basic logo on the front there is very little else in the way of decoration here apart from a slender orange opaque plastic lid which covers the nozzle area.
*~*My thoughts on using Italian Mandarin EDT*~*
I'm not normally a fan of anything particular citrus based as I tend to find the aroma it emits is more masculine than feminine and so I tend to avoid at all costs if I can. Around September time of last year (2011) I received a leaflet through the post with hints of some of the upcoming collections that would be available as part of Yves Rocher's Christmas range. What featured quite solidly I found was that mandarin and orange scented products seemed to domineer quite prominently throughout this particular collection, and though put off slightly at first I soon came around when I realised there was a sample sachet enclosed which was drenched in this EDT's fragrance.
On removing from the sealed sachet I was greeted with an intense burst of mandarin but it was like nothing I had come across before, and although was mainly orange based there was also something else that I couldn't quite pinpoint at the time but it was enough to win me over and therefore the 20ml bottle was added to my upcoming Christmas order.
Once my Christmas order had arrived I wasted no time in opening the 20ml bottle of this fragrance and spritzing lightly over my skin..
*~*Results and recommendations*~*
On removing the tightly fitted lid I was greeted with the mandarin aroma that I remembered from the sampler a few weeks previously and I proceeded to spray onto my wrists and neck. I found that although the nozzle had 3 tiny pin prick holes the actual EDT emitted at quite a rapid pace and covered quite a large area so a word of warning if using as one or two short sharp spritzes are all that's required.
The mandarin used here is fresh, fruity and so succulent it's enough to make my mouth water but I couldn't honestly say I would know they were italian mandarins! There is also another level to this EDT as once applied to my skin and the initial burst of sunny mandarin starts to settle another note lurks it's head during the dry down. Although there is no mention of it I can definitely detect a hint of spice as once settling it starts to give off a warm cinnamon type aroma which is actually quite befitting given that this is a festive EDT.
To say that this is an EDT I found it's longevity to be reasonably acceptable. It offers at least 3 to 4 hours of recognisable aroma and though fades slightly after spraying it retains a noticeable strength for a god few hours. I've found in the past with YR fragrances that although they can be quite overpowering on first applying they tend to fade far too quickly but the EDT's seem to be quite good when it comes to the scent lasting.
For the price I paid of just under £5 I have found this to be an excellent fragrance which has been ideal for everyday use. The bottle is made from a thick glass as mentioned so I feel confident enough to literally 'throw' the bottle of this in my bag for general top ups throughout the day if required. The scent may be advertised as being a festive edition, and whilst it does have a spicy element to it I've found that the warm juicy aroma from the mandarin not only compliments it perfectly but gives it a more universal feel as it could be used at any time of the year. Although it offers a nice balance of strength I personally feel this is best suited to wearing throughout the day as I prefer a more musky, oriental type of fragrance for evenings.
This was supposedly just a limited Christmas edition for last year but has been available ever since and can still be bought now through the website and for £4.90 I would highly recommend it. Its not too cloying and even if you are not a fan of citrus as I'm not you may be pleasantly surprised by this..