Sunday, 22 June 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Beauty Review Carven Paco Rabanne Prada Soap & Glory DKNY

When it comes to summer fragrances there are so many different brands to choose from, offering up a great selection of scents, that it's difficult to even know where to begin. So I've put together a few of my favourite fragrances which are available this summer. To get a feel for the kind of fragrances I gravitate towards, I adore floral and fruity scents equally and tend to avoid musky or woody scents. I've included a range of brand new scents that are waiting to be discovered, so if you're on the lookout for a new scent for summer, hopefully you'll find something to fall in love with in this post.

As with all fragrance and perfume reviews, I would always recommend taking a trip to your local department store or drugstore to make sure it's the right one for you.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Carven Le Parfum EDP Beauty Review

Carven Le Parfum EDP* £72
First up is Carven's Le Parfum EDP. As the only EDP, out of the five fragrances I have chosen to include in this Summer Sun-days post, it's definitely the scent that lasts the longest, as you might expect. I can spritz this a couple of times in the morning and I'll still be able to smell the wonderful fragrance later that day. It also leaves my bedroom smelling incredibly fragrant when I return home at night, which is something I really adore. This means a little really goes a long way so I have a feeling this 100ml bottle will probably last me a very long while.
Please don't let the £72 price tag put you off as the 30ml bottle is £38 and the 50ml bottle is £55 so it's actually on par with many other designer fragrances on the market.
This is definitely the most sophisticated and classic scent out of the fragrances featured in this post and on top of that the bottle truly is exquisite. The top notes are mandarin blossom and white hyacinth, which is why I think I love this fragrance as much as I do and the heart notes are jasmine, sweet pea and Ylang Ylang. The bottom notes also include sandalwood which just makes this is an incredibly beautiful fragrance to wear.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Prada Candy Florale Beauty Review

Prada Candy Florale EDT Spray* £46.50

I know appearance isn't everything but I have to admit, what really drew me to this particular fragrance in the first place was the stunningly beautiful and incredibly unique bottle.
Having never tried the original Prada Candy fragrance, I can't really comment on how it compares, although I can smell a hint of the original Prada scent; Prada Amber Eau De Parfum, in Prada Candy Florale. Peony is the heart note of this particular scent, which is beautifully complimented with top notes of sorbet Limoncello and base notes of caramel and musk. However, I wouldn't say it's an overly sweet fragrance even despite the inclusion of Limoncello and caramel, instead I would say it's a wonderfully fresh and floral fragrance which could be worn by a multitude of women, regardless of age. I also think it's more of a sophisticated fragrance than many of the other floral scents on the market at the moment. It's not too girly or immature which is something I find really attractive about Prada Candy Florale.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances DKNY Be Delicious Skin EDT Fresh Blossom Beauty Review

DKNY Be Delicious Skin EDT Fresh Blossom* £39
One of the very first perfumes I ever wore was part of the DKNY Be Delicious range. It was the DKNY Be Delicious Night Eau De Parfum to be precise. Despite it being a perfume best suited for night I remember wearing it on a daily basis to school. Hehe. I guess I was never one to follow traditional beauty rules even back then.
This EDT has really reaffirmed my love for all things Be Delicious. Unlike the classic Be Delicious apple shaped bottles, this is slightly elongated to create a taller and more slimline bottle which is something I find really appealing. The only issue I ever had with my original Be Delicious fragrance and the apple-like shape of the bottle was the fact it was a bit big and bulky for my school bag. I'm definitely taking a trip down memory lane here! Hehe. 
The scent itself is exactly what you would expect; fresh, floral and a little fruity, which basically makes it a dream fragrance for me. In addition to this, the Be Delicious Skin aspect of this, promises to make your skin feel softer and give it a natural and radiant glow. I'm not entirely sure if my skin is more glowing in the specific areas where I apply this scent but it definitely leaves the skin feeling smooth to the touch which can only be a good thing really. It definitely does feel lovely on the skin.
This is currently a fragrance exclusive to Boots so you can either find it online or in store.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion for her EDT Beauty Review

Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion for Her EDT* £48.50

Don't let the dark packaging put you off selecting this fragrance for the summer. I do remember thinking, surely this must be a winter perfume or one that you can only really get away with wearing in the evenings but don't be fooled, like I was, when it comes to this limited edition scent.
As the top note of Black XS Potion is grapefruit it instantly reminds me of summer and the fruity fragrances that I typically reach for as the weather starts to get a little warmer. It's definitely the kind of scent that works equally well during the day and at night as it's one of those fragrances that's incredibly warm, if you get what I mean? I think it might have something to do with the base notes of amber and sandalwood which means it's not a particularly light and floaty fragrance (like some of the other scents in this post) but that's certainly not a bad thing.
As I mentioned above, the Black XS Potion for Her EDT is a limited edition scent so if this sounds like the ideal scent for you then be sure to pick it up sooner rather than later.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Tonic Fragrance Beauty Review

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Tonic Fragrance* £12
If you read my review of Soap & Glory's Orangeasm™ body wash (link here), then you will already know how much I adore this new citrus scent from one of my favourite brands. In addition to the body wash, the Orangeasm™ range also includes a luxurious body butter and something quite novel when it comes to Soap & Glory; a fragrance.
As soon as I found out that Soap & Glory were releasing a fragrance I was incredibly excited and then to hear it would be part of the Orangeasm™ range, well I couldn't believe my luck. I think it's a wonderful idea as it means you can wear your favourite Soap & Glory scent at any time instead of just getting to smell it whilst in the shower. It really compliments the range and means if you're an Orangeasm™ fan, like myself, then you can use the body wash, then the body butter whilst spritzing the Super Tonic Frangrance throughout the day too. I hope it's something they might consider doing for some of the other Soap & Glory scents (just imagine The Righteous Butter™ in spray form!) 
Onto the fragrance itself. The Orangeasm™ Super Tonic fragrance mixes fresh green mandarin, cool mint, Sicilian lemon and sweet orange peel oils to create a gorgeous citrus fresh scent.
The only aspect that slightly lets it down is the fact that it doesn't have the longest staying power. You do have to reapply throughout the day but for £12 (even less if you buy during the infamous Boots 3 for 2 deals) you can't really expect too much from such an affordable product.

So what scent will you be wearing this summer? Have you tried any of these fragrances? If so, what do you think of them? What's your all time favourite fragrance to wear in the warmer months?

The next blog post in this series will be dedicated to travel sized products (ie. products that don't take up too much space in your suitcase). If you have any essential travel sized products that you make sure to pack in your suitcase, please let me know by leaving a comment below.


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