Avon Sensuelle EDP is the latest addition to my little Avon collection. It’s not my most favourite-est in the whole world, but for every day, and for the laughably cheap price of £4.75, I am jolly pleased with my swag.
It not only looks like a J-Lo fragrance, but it smells like one too. Opening with soapy fruity floral notes, it beds down into a milky musky subtle scent that would suit a day in the office or a day in pyjamas equally well. If this were a colour it would be pale pink, as would your pyjamas.
The florals are quite dominant, although they do smell a little synthetic (but hey, I had change from five quid!), and there was a worrying phase that resembled Avon Incandessence a bit too much ( probably the very faux orchid which is prevalent in Incandescence). However, overall, if you like pleasant, girly scents with a hint of white musk around the edges that makes you smell like you’re wearing clean clothes, then Avon Sensuelle would suit you just fine. It’s often on special offer and my bottle was from a recent Avon brochure in the sale segment. With a pretty bottle of frosted glass and a nice box, it would make a nice gift if I hadn’t decided to keep it!
Avon Sensuelle is available from AvonShopUK, or from your Avon lady ( mine is called Jill and she’s lovely) and you can often find it on Amazon or eBay too.
In the past, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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
2. Avon Timeless: created in 1974, discontinued in 2012 and bought back by popular demand in 2014. Ambery spicy and powdery. A winter treat.
3. Avon Premiere Luxe: A fabulous chypre with blackcurrant, gardenia and woods. Could pass for something three times the price on the High Street.
4. Avon Soft Musk : A classic floral musk that lasts for hours and costs the same as a bottle of wine. (in Lidl)
5. Avon Tahitian Holiday: Reviewed earlier in my blog. A coconutty white floral. Perfect for hot weather. The poor woman’s Bronze Goddess.
6. Avon True Life For Her: A light and pleasant rose/peony combo ideal for everyday casual wear and cheap as chips.
9. Avon Summer White Sunrise: a change from the norm for Avon: a refreshing floral scent with notes of pear and orange blossom.
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.
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
Regular readers of IScentYouADay might be familiar with my views on Avon. If not, here is a potted version: 1. The Golden Oldies were fantastic, 2. To me, many of the current scents have the same cardboardy basenote 3. Now and then they throw a real gem into the mix.
Avon Summer White Sunrise falls into category three “Now and then they throw a real gem into the mix”. Sunrise is new to me: I hadn’t seen a big launch anywhere and I never miss an Avon brochure, but looking at Fragrantica, I see there are three in the series. Summer White, Summer White Sunset, and Summer White Sunrise. I can happily report that Avon Summer White Sunrise is rather lovely and will not be given away or sold on eBay as I have often done in the past.
Summer White Sunrise opens with very distinctive Pear, which lasts from Top Note to Base Note. There is often a slightly sharp tinge to Pear, akin to the Acetone/Pear Drops similarity. If you like Pear, read on, if you don’t, then this might not be your cup of tea.
Along with the Pear is a pleasant burst of Mandarin, which prevents this from being a typical fruity floral, and more of a citrus floral. The middle notes include Orchid, which you may recall was also present in all its synthetic glory in the dreadful Avon Incandessence. Thankfully, it’s not detectable here, or at least to my nose it isn’t. This is a simple scent with simple notes done well. You may also find Orange Blossom and a hint of Rose in there- I certainly did. The whole thing is pleasantly rounded off with a Musky base: not too much to be sexy, but just enough to calm the notes down pleasantly before they retire for the day. I often find a Musk base rounds things off smoothly and this is certainly the case here.
There is a hint of hairspray when you first spray this but that could be the association between Pears and Acetone. Summer White Sunrise is delightfully light and pretty, and makes a good summer daytime fragrance, especially since it only cost me five quid in the last brochure. Bravo Avon! More like this please!