I am a big Avon fan, although as I have said many times, the fragrances are hit and miss. The bestselling Avon fragrance, and one which they dare not discontinue for fear of riots, is Far Away. In fact, as I walk around my local town centre, I smell the slipstream of at least three people wearing this, every single time. It is immensely popular. However, to me it smells like Vanilla and Coconut talc and it’s not to my taste at all. It could be worse though, and I certainly don’t object to it. It is instantly recognisibale, however.
You can imagine my surprise then, when I tried Avon Far Away Exotic and thought it smelled very pleasant. It opens with ripe and juicy fruit: thirst quenching, like freshly cut apricots (I found out it is actually Mandarins and Mangos). So juicy and unexpected was this that I could not stop sniffing and even briefly contemplated buying a bottle.
However after three hours of genuinely enjoying the lush fruits, Far Away Exotic reverted to type and the basenote ended in the familiar vanilla/coconut talc of the original Far Away. I was nearly there! And for under 6GBP (current price), I wouldn’t call it bad value at all. To be honest, anything that doesn’t smell like fruity floral candy floss deserves a chance. We need to encourage changes of direction.