Adam Levine For Her: An Unexpected Pleasure

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“Who is Adam Levine?” I thought, and “Why is this shaped like a microphone?”

Well, being a middle aged Mum who listens to Elaine Paige’s excellent Radio 2 show, I had to educate myself on Adam Levine when I was handed a bottle of Adam Levine For Her. He’s the lead singer of Maroon 5, has fully embraced yoga and is an outspoken supporter of same sex marriage. In other words, he sounds like he’s just my cup of tea. (NB I can only do three yoga things, but I’ve yet to meet a yoga person I didn’t like.)

Now I’m no snob when it comes to celeb scents: I’m never without Jlo Deseo or Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights or SJP Lovely, but I couldn’t help but wonder what Adam Levine was going to bring to the party.

Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, June14, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Well, he has very kindly brought not a fruity floral, not a vanilla cup cake concoction, but a really excellent sandalwood fragrance that impressed me no end. The best thing about it is that it costs under ten quid. With this kind of high class white packaging and a bottle that reminded me of not so much a microphone as a sky scraper, I call this an unexpected delight.

Adam Levine For Her opens with  saffron, citrus, marigold and spices. I got green and juicy fig, which always smells like unsweetened sultanas to me. If that sounds like faint praise, it’s not. I love it. Combined with a hint of peppery spice, this was a promising First Act.  The drydown gave me a little fright when I had pencil shavings for about three minutes, (when it should be roses and jasmine) but then it righted itself and the musty, musky sandalwood emerged and stayed put for the next few hours. Oh, and then the jasmine and roses turned up, better late than never.

It’s so refreshing when a celebrity scent takes a different path from the blanket best seller genre of the day. This spicy, woody scent is so perfect for cold weather that I’ll be ordering it by the crate come winter. In fact, it’s also pretty good for Wales in August. It’s cardigan weather. Again.

Longevity could be better. I sampled the Eau de Parfum strength and was expecting a little more from it, but it stayed on my sleeve until the next day and smelled wonderful.

Big thanks to Lisa Wordbird, who loaned me her bottle for review purposes.

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You can buy Adam Levine For Her from Fragrance Direct for just £9.99 for 100ml or Amazon UK for only £8.28.

Photos: Top photo my own, photo of Adam Levine  from The Huffpost

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9 thoughts on “Adam Levine For Her: An Unexpected Pleasure”

  1. I was surprised by this and agree it’s great when a celeb does something different and more sophisticated. Initially I like it on me but the dreaded saffron turned sour on me as it always does and I had to let it go.

    1. Dear Bee,

      Jolly bad luck. So near and yet so far! You’ll just have to plough on through loads more perfume. Oh well. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

      best wishes
      Sam x

    1. Hi Jazzypom! There is supposedly vanilla in it, but I couldn’t find any. You might though. Definitely worth a blind buy at these prices. Or am I being an enabler again? 🙂

      Sam x

  2. Couldn’t agree more. Love this one and managed to snap it up on the Sports Direct website for £2.99. I think there is a marigold note in there, which adds interest. Not sure how I feel about the weird bottle, but can’t complain at that price.

    1. Thank so much Lucie. That means a lot to me. I’m so glad I’m having an effect on your perfume collection! Thank you for telling me xx

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