Fragonard provides everything I want from a perfume: Fantastic packaging, traditional scents unswayed by fleeting celeb fashions, good longevity and extremely good value for money. Not so cheap I’m worried, but just expensive enough to reassure me.
Fragonard Étoile is no exception when it comes to divine packaging. Just look at it. I’d probably buy it even if it smelled horrible just to have that bottle in my possession.
Étoile is in a Lime/White flowers mash up that smells like an expensive soap I once owned which was called French Lime and made both me and the bathroom smell amazing. The more Étoile blooms on my skin, the more I love it.
Étoile has dominant Bergamot that works exceedingly well alongside Jasmine and Gardenia. Gardenia can be a little cloying, like its friend Tuberose, but the Bergamot cuts through any cloying-ness and lifts the white flowers from creamy to refreshing, even chalky, like wet cliffs. It’s utterly delightful and growing on me by the minute.
What I particularity admire about Fragonard is that despite their high quality and beautiful packaging, they offer very big refills at very good prices. You can buy 600mls of Étoile for only 57Euros. Compare to that many High Street scents and you have incredible value. My only concern is that if I did have 600ml of Étoile I would be splashing it everywhere, pouring it in the bath, and using it like Eau de Cologne, and then being sad because it would run out after a week. Sometimes small rations are best, so I would opt for the 100ml bottle, still a steal at under 30GBP.
If, dear readers, you can get yourselves down to Marks and Spencer, you can bag yourself a 100ml EDT bottle for a mere £26. You may see me in the queue with an overflowing basket. Oh! and have you seen the little sampler boxes? My dears! I’ll just have to tell my children that only one of them can go to university. Did I say basket? I meant trolley.
The Fragonard range is available at larger branches of Marks and Spencer and also online.