You may recall that in previous Avon reviews, I’ve mentioned that the Avon basenote goes a bit “cardboard-y” on me. I have all but given up on many of their scents, and have started to buy a few of the excellent men’s fragrances instead.
However, it looks like things have turned a corner for me. In the most unlikely form, one of Avon’s latest new releases comes in a fairly everyday bottle at a very everyday price. Avon True Life was bought for only £5 for 50ml and I have to say, I’m impressed.
I wasn’t expecting much for my five quid, but I liked the sound of the notes so I thought I’d take a chance with a blind buy. It worked. This is what Avon says about it:
Lemon blossom and sparkly Champagne Rose Accord blended delicately with Peony and Iris, and alluringly finished with cashmere musks.
This is what I have to say about it: I’m not sure about the alleged Lemon Blossom- when this first goes into my skin, there is an is initial vodka smell, bedding down into watery watercolour rose notes. I’m not sure if its a “Champagne Rose accord”, but its certainly got something light about it that stops it from being just a Rose scent. In a blind test I would have said this was a Rose and Peony combo with a Vanilla and Musk base.
What impressed me about True Life is that there is none of the cardboard like base note that I have had before with Avon scents. It goes on as a light, watered down Rose scent and pretty much stays put for around seven hours, still giving little wafts of wet roses from time to time. It’s perfect as an office or a daytime scent and is very pretty and light. It would even make a good present for a younger perfume customer just starting out. It’s not sexy or provocative, just something pleasant and floral for your handbag. I hadn’t expected to like this as much as I do, but it’s a little gem.
However if you’ve read any of my previous Avon reviews, you’ll know I can’t end a review without saying this: “Bring back the Golden Oldies Avon. Bring back Topaze, Foxfire, Odyssey, Timeless and Casbah.” I will buy them all!