“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum „
**Introduction and reason for purchasing this particular fragrance**
I love my beauty products and as most people who read my reviews will know I adore Yves Rocher which is a french beauty company that has been around for over 50 years now. I first became interested in their products when I still lived at home as my mum would often use their products and when I started working I used to order quite a lot from them so have grown up using the majority of their beauty items.
Because I'm *just* a housewife now and have a family and children I only buy from them every few months but I take full advantage of any offers they may have such as B.O.G.O.F or up to 70% off, and this latest product was ordered when I received a £10 voucher from them due to a product I'd previously ordered had arrived broken (resulting in spillage over the rest of my items). I decided to use this £10 off towards one of their classic fragrances which I've worn a lot in the past but haven't owned for at least a year or two now.
My review will now focus on the classic Yves Rocher fragrance 'Ming Shu' Eau de Parfum..
**What Yves Rocher has to say about this**
Ming Shu is described by Yves Rocher as:
"...A breath of air, fresh with aquatic and floral notes...
the essence of a water flower (Nymphea Stellata) that releases its most intense notes at dawn.
The Ming Shu eau de parfum flower of the dawn, wraps you in harmony.."
**The fragrance itself**
The fragrance belongs to the Aquatic Floral group and the composition is made up of the following:
**Price, packaging and availability**
The bottle that Ming Shu comes housed in is quite simplistic in design, but at the same time is equally stunning. Presented in a triangular shaped flacon with soft rounded curves, this may not sound anything spectacular but with the style of font for the logo and the cone shaped lid it gives the unusual and very original appearance of chinese architecture, making the bottle definitely something worth displaying rather than hiding in a cupboard.
Ming Shu was first released back in 1997 and is one of YR's 'classic' fragrances and is available in a 50ml EDP which is in spray format (and the one I own and am reviewing) priced normally at £28
and 30ml spray which is also an EDP and is priced at £16. Although the 50ml works out cheaper to buy I only purchased as it was on offer price at the time of £18 and with my discount of £10 it meant I paid £8 making a bargain price. I never buy at full price anyway and quite frankly there is no need to as I've been a customer for many years and find that just about every product is on offer almost every other month so it's worth bearing this in mind.
If interested, as per usual, this and other YR products can be picked up either:
*By mail order
*BY phoning 0870 049 22 22
*Perusing the likes of Ebay
**Wearing the fragrance**
This is one of those classic fragrances that you can come back to at any point and still smells just as fresh and new each time. On removing the tight fitting cone shaped plastic lid there is a matte silver/ blue nozzle housed underneath and is raised up adequately to be able to depress sufficiently. The nozzle features one tiny pin prick of a hole though the parfum disperses itself well when applied to my skin and to say the hole is tiny the parfum emits in a rapid mist which covers a large area so only one or two spritzes suffices (for me anyway).
The fragrance is very light and airy though on first applying it has a very strong scent which fades to a comfortable degree within around 10 minutes I find. The aquatic notes make themselves known quite prominently and early on, and though some say it reminds them slightly of Cool Water by Davidoff I would disagree as I'm not a fan personally of Cool Water and this is very different in my opinion as it reminds me more of Romance by Ralph Lauren. Ming Shu comes across as strong at first but does soon fade as mentioned, though doesn't fade to the point it's all but gone as it can be detected lightly on the skin for at least 5 hours after applying.
Ming Shu is one of those fragrances that stays the same once applied - even during the dry down - and the fragrance you smell when applied to your skin is the same that lingers throughout. There are times when the more floral elements are noticeable but on the whole this starts off as mainly an oceanic scent and continues this way despite the base notes all featuring warm scents such sandalwood, cedar and scent. To say vanilla is supposedly used here I can never detect it and normally vanilla makes itself quite noticeable in perfumes I have found but not here.
This is probably the 6th or 7th bottle of Ming Shu that I've owned over the years as it really is a classic scent. It's a very feminine fragrance and exudes romantic tones making it ideal for evenings out with a loved one. It is light enough to wear during the day and holds itself well scent wise if worn on an evening though if you prefer heavy fragrances then this isn't really recommended.
I am not normally a fan of aquatic scents nor floral ones, preferring instead deeper sensual fragrances with a much more oriental theme, but there is something very enchanting about Ming Shu which makes me come back to it time and time again.
I would recommend this thoroughly as it's a beautiful fragrance that stands out without being too cloying and a little goes a long way.