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Gorgeous and a Bargain: Avon Far Away Bella

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Avon Far Away is Avon’s best-selling perfume by a country mile.  Even the flankers are good.  You may recall my review of Avon Far Away Infinity and Avon Far Away Exotic.   Today I am reviewing Avon Far Away Bella, and let me just say that it won me over  as soon as I saw that it was wearing a little scarf.

So how does it smell? faraway Pretty darn good, especially when you think that I bought it from a recent Avon brochure for the princely sum of five pounds for a 50ml Eau de Parfum.

Did I mention longevity? Around six or seven hours, so a few squooshes in the morning should set you up for the day.   Incidentally, don’t expect this to resemble the original Far Away, which is a cosy feast of vanilla and coconut, because it doesn’t.

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Avon Far Away Bella opens with a refreshing fruity note, namely oranges.  This lacks a sickliness that some fruity overtures can have.   So often the red berries and the pink pepper brigade can drown any notes to come, but this mandarin note is rather pretty and uplifting.  The middle goes floral, and we’re talking magnolia, so again, not too sweet, and not too far away exoticheady.  I definitely got a blast of jasmine too. The base is simply tonka bean. This is a hay like note with a faint background of almondy vanilla notes.  In Far Away Bella, the use of tonka instead of ubiquitous vanilla extract is an understated touch that I appreciated.  You may have gathered by now that too much vanilla turns me off, but this is a pleasant  sweetness blended with a light hand.

Over on Fragrantica, some readers are saying that it reminded them of Gucci Flora Glamorous Magnolia, no less, as well as Yves Saint Laurent Cinema Festival. I have smelled neither, so cannot comment, but these people usually know what they’re talking about.

My verdict is that Far Away Bella is a heck of a gem and a heck of a bargain.  It’s a light and pretty fruity floral that smells very current and holds back on the sugar.  I reckon the youngsters will go for this, as well as the 47 year old perfume bloggers.  Nicely done, Avon.

How about you?

How about you?  Do you have a favourite Avon fragrance?  Do let me know.  I always love to hear from you.

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You can find Far Away Bella on Avon UK, or from your Avon rep, if you have one, or on eBay.   The current brochure price is £9 but this can vary from month to month, depending on offers.  I purchased my own bottle and opinions are my own.

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Avon Viva La Vita: Viva La Spring!

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Avon Viva La Vita is a fresh fruity floral that has enough sharpness to take you into Spring without being cloying or sweet.

viva-la-vita-parfum-2-300x131The most noticeable notes are apple and grapefruit, both of which smell fresh as a spring morning with just enough zing to get you going in the morning.

The middle phase is all about the roses and magnolia, adding a feminine touch to the fruity opening.  I couldn’t find the mimosa, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment.

The base is sandalwood and cashmere, although both were indistinct. I prefer the uplifting fruity top notes and the floral middle phase middle notes to the base, which I found a bit “meh.”

Viva La Vita smells impossibly girly and pretty and I would consider getting a full bottle. I’m craving light feminine florals as winter begins to outstay its welcome.  avon femmeOver on Fragrantica,  some readers are jadorecomparing this to Dior J’Adore, but others claim it is a generic Avon scent that smells like the existing Avon Femme and Avon Dreams. I can’t remember what those two smell like, but I do have some Avon purse sprays arriving next week so maybe I can check it out then.

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Avon Viva La Vita is due for release this month, so I can’t tell you the price yet.  Check out Avon UK for news. I’m guessing it’ll be pretty good value though. I tested the EDP sample, which I paid for (75p!). Opinions are my own.

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Happy New Year from IScentYouADay! Plus What’s New in 2017

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Many tiny snowflakes make an avalanche.

2016 was a terrible year in many ways. It made my heart feel heavy. There was a marked increase in hate and prejudice, a colossal amount of celebrity deaths and the world in general seemed a darker place. Like many, I feel a need to accentuate the positive. I have been counting my blessings and feeling determined to put kindness back out into the world. Prozac and affirmations help too.

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One of the things I am particularly thankful for is the fact that I have made several dear friends via my blog. I truly treasure them. It has always lifted my spirits to read your comments and share your scent stories.lizsam

The kindness and generosity of perfume loving people ( fumeheads? Perfumistas?) is legend. They would give you the shirt off their backs and their last drop of anything you “quite fancy trying.”  Back in October, I was lucky enough to meet a gang o’perfumistas  and ended the day feeling like I had taken part in a giant cuddle.  Thanks to Pia Long and caronNick Gilbert, we gathered in London and talked and sniffed all the day long, ending with a bellyful of cake and tea. Sheer bliss. People like that make me hopeful. Kindness is rife, rampant and contagious.  Long may it ravage us all! Many tiny snowflakes make an avalanche.

Looking back, 2016 was an interesting year scent wise. I got to know several new brands and perfume houses. Perfume trends in general, are, I think, changing.  Celebrity sales are down and niche sales are up. The tide is turning and I like it.

What I Am Most Looking forward to in 2017
papillon-samLiz Moores of Papillon Perfumery has promised a new release sometime in 2017. Rumoured to be a chypre (claps hands and whoops) I am already in the line with a Thermos of tea and sleeping in Liz’s teepee so I can be first in the queue.  Despite having made only four perfumes so far, Liz’s fragrances already have the permanence of classics. There are no weak links. Quality is outstanding.  By the way, for some reason I always wear Papillon Angelique to christenings. It seems to “go”. New life, optimism, pearls…

ruthsam3In other news the  Ruth Mastenbroek promises us a fourth scent in her range. I know little about it so far as it is still in development stage, but rest assured, it will be reviewed right here..

I also plan to head London-wards to drop in on the 4160 Tuesdays studio. I haven’t been since 2014 and I want to see if my new smaller bottom will fit in the swing.  I’m hoping Sarah McCartney will let me sniff a few single notes that I sometimes get stuck on, and sell me a load of scent swag. (I’m taking a very large bag).

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I am keen to see what Avon comes up with this year. They made two of my most frequently worn scents this year and neither cvost me more than £7.  Rare Platinum is a tuberose lover’s dream and Perceive Oasis is peonies and roses on a summer day. I’m also excited to see what else Beaufort London has in store after the show stopping Fathom V.  More to come from this audacious house and their wonderfully named “Hell or High Water” range.

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And one last thing.. oh yes,. Watchthis space as I put my very shy self into YouTube territory. I’m scared just writing that, but one has to move with the times. Scary!

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Avon Rare Platinum: Tip Top Tuberose

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Confession time: Reader, I broke my No Blind Buy Rule because of a scratch’n’sniff.  You know those little patches in Avon brochure that say “rub me and buy one?” well I did just that and ended up the delighted owner of a full bottle of Avon Rare Platinum.

I was slightly miffed when Avon stopped selling Avon Rare Rubies.  I was a bit more miffed when they stopped selling Avon Rare Diamonds, but having just got my hands on a bottle of Rare Platinum, I can honestly say all is forgiven.

tuberRare Platinum is all about the tuberose.  I have been thirsting for tuberose ever since my visit to By Kilian.  Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad made this respectable citizen want to tell fibs and steal. Good Girl Gone Bad is way out of my league. I can’t justify that sort of money this near to Christmas , especially since my ten year old son has just got “into clothes.” However, Rare Platinum scratches that tuberose itch and  cost me a paltry SEVEN QUID.

It opens with thick, heady tuberose and jasmine with a touch of grapefruit to cut through the cream.  This agrees with me very much, in the way that  sharp fruits and thick double cream agrees with me. The tuberose is good stuff, especially when you think of the tiny price. It has that crescendo where it builds from white petals to thick and creamy to borderline teetering-on-the-brink-of celery before relaxing and making me think of the loud tuberose scents of the 1980s.

Lasting power is pretty good and it smells especially good on sleeves and coats ( I am joyfully plastered in it!). What I really love about it is that fact that there’s no sugary sweetness or caramel or vanilla. This is an honest to goodness straightforward floral.  If you like your white flowers big and blousy with a hint of lilies, buy this. Actually, buy several and stash them away. When perfume is this good, and costs so little, you need to pin it down.

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You can buy Avon Rare Platinum from your Avon rep or from Avon UK online. Prices are currently £7 a bottle at the time of writing.

Photos: Top photo by Avon, Tuberose photo from Fragrantica.

 

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Avon Cherish The Moment: New for 2016

cherish the moment I have just been handed a tiny phial of Avon Cherish The Moment by my lovely Avon Lady, Jill, and having no patience, I have tried it already.  Cherish The Moment is the first flanker to Avon Cherish, and I suspect more may be along later.

The top notes, according to trusty Fragrantica, are: Champagne, tulip and cassis. Middle notes are white ginger lily, lily of the valley and orchid. Basenotes are cedar, musk and patchouli.

However in the Avon brochure, it lists the notes as Sicilian mandarin, iris noir and dark patchouli.

Here’s what I reckon it smells like:

Cherish the Moment opens with a fruity overture: I can definitely smell mandarin and Ribena-lite cassis.  There are big tulips too. Tulips always smell synthetic to me when found in Avon fragrance, but not always in a bad way. The middle is more floral, but I would have said jasmine, not lily of the valley. The ginger lily is there: there is a  slight tang of spice going on, which leads nicely into the woody base. However, I find that the tulip and orchid kind of take over a bit. I can’t help feeling they could have had the manners to take a back seat and let some of the other stars shine.

cherish-c9-fCherish The Moment reminds me of Avon Incandessence: sadly an Avon I didn’t get on with. However, Fragrantica users have compared it to Bombshell from Victoria’s Secret, so if you can’t find that, then Avon Cherish The Moment might make you happy in the meantime. The price is  a bargain at only £12 for a 50ml EDP, 10ml travel spray and a body lotion (correct at time of going to press in today’s brochure). You could find something similar on the High Street and pay a heck of a lot more. You can’t knock Avon prices.

Avon Cherish The Moment is as edible as a big pink jug of cocktails.  Fans of gourmand scents will already find something to like in Cherish and in keeping with that, whether by accident or design, Cherish The Moment also smells good enough to eat. It’s a bit sweet for my palate, but if I was a betting woman, I’d put money on it being a big success.  If you like your fruity florals big and sweet, you’ll love this.

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Avon Cherish The Moment is from your Avon rep or from AvonShop UK.

 

My Top Ten Favourite Avon Fragrances

 

photo by totallymystified on Flickr
photo by totallymystified on Flickr

I may have mentioned before that I find Avon a bit hit and miss as far as fragrances go, but I have noticed a definite change lately. Whilst I still question the relentless frequency of new launches, every now and then they come up trumps and deliver the goods, and this has been happening more frequently of late.  The strongest quality in Avon’s favour is the price.  Competitive doesn’t even begin to cover it.  Sometimes the low budget really shows, and sometimes you may find that you have in your hands a genuine bargain.

I also like that they listen to their customers.  When Timeless was discontinued in 2012, Avon customers clamoured for its return.  To their credit, Avon listened and brought it back earlier this year.  I like it when that happens.

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In the last six months, I have tried a number of Avon fragrances that have really impressed me.  When you think that they usually cost around between £5 each when on special offer or £13 for two at full price , then the value is unimpeachable ( only Premiere Luxe reaches the dizzy heights of £14, but it reminds me of Armani Si).  However, the question remains- at these prices do you have to compromise on quality?  Well the answer is yes and no.

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One range that I don’t get on with is the Today Tomorrow Always range.  I have tried them all and don’t like any of them.  They seem to have a flat synthetic base note in common that seems to disagree with my skin.  Full marks for gorgeous heavy glass bottles and glossy packaging though. I know the range has many fans, so it may just be me.

Avon 1968 from Mew Deep on Flickr
Avon 1968 from Mew Deep on Flickr

Avon, if you are reading this, thanks for years of fond memories of trusty favourites such Eau Givrée, Foxfire, Charisma and my first ever perfume, Pretty Peach.   Many a childhood Christmas was enhanced by novelty soaps almost too pretty to use and pretty perfume bottles and all sorts of wonders that my mother and grandmother ordered for me from their Avon lady.  For all those memories, thank you.

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And one last point- please can we have Avon Odyssey back in our UK brochures?  It’s available in the USA and we would like it too.  Thank you very much. As you were.

 

You may have noticed that here at IScentYouaDay I like to slip in a Top Ten every now  and then,  so here’s my Avon Top Ten. Prices vary between £5 and £14.

 

1. Avon Little Black Dress: A light white floral that keeps its shape: gardenia and honeysuckle with a woodsy finish

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2. Avon Timeless:  created in 1974, discontinued in 2012 and bought back by popular demand in 2014.  Ambery spicy and powdery.  A winter treat.

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3. Avon Premiere Luxe: A fabulous chypre with blackcurrant, gardenia and woods.  Could pass for something three times the price on the High Street.

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4. Avon Soft Musk : A classic floral musk that lasts for hours and costs the same as a bottle of wine. (in Lidl)

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5. Avon Tahitian Holiday: Reviewed earlier in my blog.  A coconutty white floral. Perfect for hot weather.  The poor woman’s Bronze Goddess.

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6. Avon True Life For Her: A light and pleasant rose/peony combo ideal for everyday casual wear and cheap as chips.

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7. Avon Eternal Magic: a dead ringer for Lancôme Hypnôse for a fraction of the price

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8. Avon Rare Diamonds: reminds me of Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely and even Narciso Rodriguez For Her. Nice bottle too.

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9. Avon Summer White Sunrise: a change from the norm for Avon: a refreshing floral scent with notes of pear and orange blossom.

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10. Avon Far Away: not my personal favourite but I couldn’t leave it off the list.  This is Avon’s bestseller and I know several people who adore it.  It’s rich with Vanilla, coconut , sandalwood and floral notes. It’s instantly recognisable, and a customer favourite.

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And sneaking this one in on the end in the hope that our friends at Avon are reading this…

Top Ten of fragrances I Would Love Avon to Bring Back

1. Avon Eau Givrée

2. Avon Odyssey

3. Avon Charisma

4. Avon Foxfire

5. Avon Ophelia

6. Avon Rare Rubies

7. Avon  Topaze

8. Avon Tasha

9. Avon Casbah

10. Avon Ariane

 

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photo from saltycotton on Flickr
photo from saltycotton on Flickr

 

 

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Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essences Neroli: Hmm…About Neroli…

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 I recently ordered a set of minis from Yves Rocher and included in that set was a cute little 5ml bottle of Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essences Neroli.  The Secrets D’Essences is a superb range  and frankly, you can’t go wrong with any of them.  The standard is higher than the low price would lead you to expect.

Sadly, I didn’t get on with Secrets D’Essences Neroli as I simply don’t like Neroli on its own.  I’m not saying this is a bad perfume, but it’s not for me.  I prefer my Neroli in a choir, rather than doing a solo. If you are a Neroli fan, you have found a real treasure here and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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So why  am I not taken with it?  Well, there is the faintest hint of orange jelly in the background, then some white petals desperately trying to get in the door ( and I really want to let them in, but they are too weak to barge in). Then there is the honey, which I always, without exception, find too sickly in perfume.

So if oranges, honey and  a flutter of white petals is your thing, then this is a safe bet.   If you like your Neroli next to sturdier ingredients, then this is probably not for you.  Don’t forget about layering though- this would be good with musk or a green scent over the top.  If you’re on the fence, you can buy a purse spray on the Yves Rocher website for just 7GBP.

Avon Pur Blanca: When Pure and Clean is Needed

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 Avon Pur Blanca is one of the few Avon scents that doesn’t end up smelling samey in the basenote phase.  Having tried many Avon fragrances in the past, I can honestly say that this is a common fault. There are exceptions, and I have bought many bottles blind trying to find them.

 Pur Blanca is the kind of scent you get when you’ve just got out of the shower, washed your hair and applied a touch of baby lotion. It is the smell of pure white soap and freshly shampooed hair.  It reminded me a little of J-Lo Glow, another clean soapy scent.

 Pur Blanca is currently 7GBP a bottle and shows no signs of slowing down, so I wouldn’t panic about the Avon of habit of discontinuing the good stuff just yet.

 The strongest notes in Pur Blanca are Musk and Peony: always well behaved and respectable. There is a touch of Freesia, keeping it pretty, and even a faint hint of Sandalwood to warm the base up.  You could wear it to meet prospective in-laws without causing offence.  In fact, inoffensive is the word here.  It’s suitable for office wear, church, and PTA meetings.  It’s not sexy, it’s perfectly wearable and the worst accusation I can throw at it is that it is safe. But sometimes safe is required, and this serves its purpose nicely.

 I don’t think it smells expensive, and the ingredients are a little synthetic smelling- another frequent Avon characteristic- but when you are producing scents to a low budget market, it’s an occupational hazard.

 All in all, not a bad use of seven quid.

Sarah Jessica Parker Covet Pure Bloom: Not Lovely

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I had high hopes for Covet Pure Bloom, since I rate SJP Lovely very highly indeed. It may be a celeb scent but it’s easily good enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with some recent greats, and it taught me not to rule out celeb-u-scents, some of which are excellent.

 SJP Covet was the follow up to Lovely and the memorable TV and cinema advert involved a Imagezealous SJP breaking into a shop to steal a bottle “Covet, I HAD to have it.”  Sadly I did not feel the same. Most of my recent  “I HAD to have it” moments have been directed towards Tauers and a replacement bottle of Lanvin Arpege. Now that I HAD to have.

 Covet Pure Bloom was intended  as a floral version of Covet, but there are no similarities between Pure Bloom and the rather strange chocolate/lavender combo that is Covet.

 Covet Pure Bloom starts with a rather shrill opening of Jasmine and Tuberose, with a hint of Coconut making it slightly comparable to JLo Deseo (which I much prefer to this one). Once the bright, shrill flowers have died down, you are left with a Glade effect. That is, the air freshener likenesses now emerge full throttle. The basenote was so awful and  high pitched and sour that I couldn’t help but wonder (forgive me, Sex And The City fans) whether this was in fact, one of Avon’s latest factory farmed rent-a-scents.

Considering the fact that SJP made the incredibly lovely Lovely, on a par with Lanvin Rumeur, and wonderfully affordable to boot, I was very surprised at the cheapness of Covet Pure Bloom, and I don’t mean the price.  This smells like it was done on the cheap, in a hurry, from an Avon blueprint.

However, I am so besotted by Lovely that I can forgive Sarah Jessica Parker anything.