Thursday, 16 May 2013

New Favourite: 'New York' Perfume

Perfume isn't really a big thing for me. I wear it almost every day but am not up to date with the latest releases or  forever adding them to wishlists. Having said that, I am on a life-long mission to find a perfume worthy of the 'signature scent' title. I have a fair amount of typical  sweet, floral scents which are nice but are just not quite 'right'. I always want something more clean, fresh and neutral but am left disappointed when I test the perfumes that are advertised as such. Lots of citrus scents and strange undertones!

Now this may not be THE answer, but it's certainly getting there...

Next 'New York' Eau de Parfum 50 ml: £8

I used to love a bit of Next's 'Just Pink' when I was at school but it's a little sweet for my liking now. However I did notice Next's latest perfume offerings, named after several cities, and couldn't resist having a spritz.

I was torn between New York and London, but after my friend and I each spritzed one and wandered round wearing them for the rest of the day, we decided she (New York wearer) definitely smelt better. So we both popped back and purchased the next day.

I really like the simple packaging, and the price is obviously a big bonus, so you can spray away to your heart's content (without working out the average price per spritz in the your head and wincing at the answer).

I have now written half a page and not mentioned what the perfume actually smells like...essentially the most important point. That's because I'm basically rubbish at describing smells other than saying 'it's really nice, go and try it!'. But I will give it a go. Because it's not very helpful for you if I don't.

What the box says: Top notes of Bergamot and Orange blossom. A heart of Tuberose and Gardenia. Base notes of Amber and Patchouli. 'A radiant, white floral fragrance with elegant jasmine and sun-kissed orange blossom. Inspiring and cosmopolitan, it captivates and engages the senses'.

In my own words: Fresh with a bit of depth. Makes me feel a bit more grown up, but not in a 'I'm wearing my Mum's perfume' sort of way!

Where I would wear it: Everyday, work or play. Inoffensive enough for the office but nice enough for you to still notice it.

Longevity: The scent itself is on the subtler side once spritzed, but does tend to hang around for most of the day, which is no worse than I find with more expensive brands.

So if you're looking for a new scent, go and have a spray and tell me what you think. They also do 3 others in the same collection: London, Florence, Milan. Although one of them honestly smelt like the end of a night out to me. Like you'd spilt an archers/lemonade down yourself. I won't say which one though, just in case it turns out to be your favourite. I've also just seen they do a little set of all four too. And candles if you're that way inclined. Which I am.

Anyone else tried these perfumes or have any similar suggestions? I'd love to hear.

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