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IS THERE A RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO REVIEW A FRAGRANCE
How to write a good Fashion or Beauty review
Member Name: suziebenn
How to write a good Fashion or Beauty review
Date: 16/06/10, updated on 17/06/10 (197 review reads)
Advantages: Worth a read
Disadvantages: Some might disagree
After lasts weeks shake up of the dooyoo miles system I think most of us realised that for the benefit of the site dooyoo would like us to review the products that the general public is interested in reading and would reward us more for our efforts in those areas.
One of these categories is fragrance, which most of us own several of at the very least. I am a perfume collector and own dozens as I am sure a lot of dooyoo members do also, but do we need to be an expert on perfume making, terminology, have alchemy or botanical skills to review a fragrance?, and can we expect the general public to understand our review if we do have these skills and implement them.
I have seen many posts lately where people are afraid to review a fragrance as they have no clue as to notes and things, but in my opinion the people who are reading these reviews such as the general public have no clue either.
For the purpose of this review and to help me write a good fragrance review I conducted a little experiment, I wrote a practice review that is not posted on here, it was merely an experiment to get some feedback on my perfume review, but it was along the lines of my Estee Lauder Youth Dew review that I composed and posted yesterday only a different perfume and sent it to 12 of my friends and family, 9 ladies and 3 men all from different walks of life, housewife's, a bank clerk, a secretary, a fitness instructor, a waitress, a car mechanic, and a gardener, all ordinary people without specialist knowledge of perfume and the type of people who would indeed read a review before buying. None of these people belonged to or had ever belonged to any review site.
In my practice review I included a brief history of the scent, included, top notes, middle notes and base notes, I told them how the perfume had settled on me in these various stages, how long the perfume stayed on without going too sweet or fading, the packaging and the price. I then sat back and waited for their responses which I received back over the last couple of days,
10 out of 12 people told me they had no idea whatsoever what top notes, middle notes and base notes were, some had in fact sprayed on some of their own perfumes but still could not detect specific ingredients in any of the stages other than what the perfumes were actually supposed to end up as i.e. floral, woody, spicy, citrus etc
The information on the notes I had given for this perfume was
Rose, Tuberose Mimosa Plum Pittosporum
Jasmine, Patchouli,Orange flower
During the course of this practice review I selected a few of the ingredients that I had picked out from each note, but my practice subjects were confused, as all of them had no clue as to what many of the ingredients actually were or indeed smelled like, particularly Patchouli , Oakmoss or vetiver or Amber.
I had a short question and answers on what my friends and relatives would want to know from a perfume review, the answers were as follows: - (One person admittedly it was a guy said "couldn't you have put this in layman's terms I have no clue what you are going on about what is a note and what the hell is Veliver Come on Suzie stop waffling") lol.
The overall smell of the perfume once it has settled down, spicey, or floral, woody or citrus and the main overall smell that you are left with
Was it sickly, overly sweet, or cloying
Did it linger on the clothes and go stale afterwards
How long did the scent last
Was the packaging suitable for a gift and would the bottle look nice on a dresser
Was it girly and sexy women love a fragrance to make them feel sexy
How much is it and where to get it from
So in short if you have some nice fragrances at home and would like to review them the conclusion that I have come to is no you do not need to be an expert in this field to do so, as long as you write an honest review of what it actually smelled like on you and what your opinion was of it strengths then that should be fine.
A list of notes is useful then people can pick up on something that they definitely don't like, such as a lot of citrus or spice in a perfume.
It is worth noting as well that perfume smells differently on individual people, this is because the smell of a fragrance on one's skin can be affected my different things such as, diet or medication or hormonal levels. So it is always necessary to use a tester and let it settle for a few hours before purchasing, this is also useful information to put in a perfume review.
For those people who do have an extensive knowledge fragrances and can therefore write a technical review, well done I have read some very in depth perfume reviews lately and thoroughly enjoyed them and intend to test out some perfumes because of those same reviews when I get opportunity, so I hope nobody will take offence, I just wanted to point out that in view of the fact that dooyoo would like us to review more in this area we do not need to be an expert, it is a personal review they want and people's opinions.
I am not telling people how they should or should not write a perfume review but stating in my opinion if you base it on your own personal experience of that product then the review should be fine as it is with any other review.
Summary: Base your review on personal opinion as you would with any other review