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I went through a phase several years ago of buying lots of perfumes as I like to have a choice of what I was going to wear. Nowadays, as I've gotten older (sniff sniff) I prefer just to have a select few and tend to keep one for general daily use, one for special daily use, one for nights out and one for special occasions. Very Valentino is a fragrance I discovered in my days of plenty and has been a constant on my dressing table ever since. The bottle is what first attracted me to trying it. It is a simple, classic looking bottle, short and squat and made of a substantial and chunky clear glass. It's quite square in shape with simple silver accents showing the name of the perfume and an opaque chunky plastic lid. Overall it looks lovely and simple, quite understated really when you think of what some perfume bottles are like now. 30ml of this eau de parfum cost me around £30 in Duty Free but that was quite a few years ago. Unfortunately it seems to be harder to get hold of nowadays and I hope they're not discontinuing it as I'm nearly out now and will be needing another bottle soon! The perfume is dispatched, typically, through a pump squirt action and I generally tend to use two sprays of it, one on my neck and one for my wrists. This amount is perfect for me. I don't like my perfumes to be really strong or overpowering and I find this is just nice and subtle with the amount I spray on, but not so subtle that you can't actually smell it! The reason I love this perfume so much is that it's really versatile. I said earlier that I have certain perfumes depending on occasion or time of day, but this one I can wear either during the day if I'm feeling like I want to make it that bit more special and it also sees me right through to an evening out. As it's quite alight fragrance it is suitable for day time wear but another additional squirt to up the power of it a bit means it can be worn on an evening too. The overall fragrance from this perfume is divine and it's definitely in my top 3 perfumes of all time. It's light, slightly floral, quite fresh and very feminine with just a hint of musk in the background. Apparently the top notes are bergamot, mandarin, blackcurrant, magnolia, citrus and lily of the valley, it has a heart of jasmine, rose and violet and a base of sandalwood, vanilla, amber and musk. I'm not exactly a perfume connoisseur so I don't really know what all of that means but I do know that they all combine to make a delicious fragrance! None of them stand out too much however, which is good as I don't like really fruity or floral scents, but these all combine really nicely. The only slightly annoying thing with this perfume is that the lid doesn't fit snugly on the bottle so if I put it in my handbag to take with me wherever I'm going it always falls off. I don't think this is a design flaw, however, as I previously had another larger bottle and the lid didn't fall off that one all the time so it's either a problem with the smaller bottle or maybe I was just unlucky to get a faulty bottle I don't know, but it is an irritation. Overall, I love this perfume. I find it nice and light and feminine but it still lasts me through the day. As it's also suitable for evening wear too another squirt is all it takes to refresh it so it is a really long-lasting perfume. The bottle design is classy, simple and elegant, although the lid is an annoyance, but overall I don't think I'll knock a star off for that as I love this way too much and it is one of the few perfumes that I will buy over and over again.
i had never heard about this aftershave until a few weeks ago but I just might put some in my friends xmas pressies this year as it seems to be quite new on the shelf. My partner received this as a present for his birthday. It wouldn’t have been one he would have picked for himself but if you don’t try it how will you know whether you like it or not. It’s in a square, very modern smokey grey bottle, it doesn’t look very big but it holds50ml and costs £26 quite expensive. When you spray it at the beginning it’s very strong but after a while it’s actually quite nice and I’d describe it as smelling smokey as well. I think it’s one of those smells that grow on you rather than an instant love relationship.