As I may have mentioned, I’m a big fan of Yves Rocher products. Their fragrances are all good quality, beautifully packaged and very good value. Every now and then I treat myself to a box of stuff from them and it never breaks the bank. This month I spent £10.70 (plus postage) and received the following: A 50ml bottle of Comme Une Evidence EDP, a small tube of anti ageing cream, seven samples, a bottle of Lily of the Valley shower gel, a mini bottle of Lagoon shower gel, and a 125ml bottle of Fraîcheur Vegetale de Verveine. Not bad, eh?
My primary purpose for ordering was bagging myself the aforementioned bottle ( it’s a bit of a mouthful!) of Verveine/Verbena cologne which I’d had my eye on for a while. As luck would have it, the price went down, so it only cost me £7.75.
Here are the notes, and as you can see they are simple but beautifully done: Musk, Lemon, Lemon Verbena and Honeysuckle.
I initially thought it strange to see Musk alongside a zingy citrus, but this works beautifully. The initial note when first sprayed is a very zingy blast of lemon and lime, smelling like a long remembered fizzy drink from my childhood. It’s thirst quenching and refreshing, with the slightly soapy Verbena making this a gorgeous pick me up. Despite being an eau de cologne, longevity isn’t bad at all at around four hours. I don’t mind that about colognes as half the fun is refreshing yourself with a bracing respray.
Packaging is quite similar to the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea range, and there is in fact a green tea version too. All in all, great value and a bargain for the summer.
When I reach a milestone I like to do a top ten, just for fun. Today’s milestone sees me reaching 400 posts.
Being June it seems apt to write about my favourite summer scents, although if I was guessing the month by the weather, I would probably think it was November. It’s hard to choose ten favourite summer scents. As soon as I complete the list, I think of another ten and I have to rearrange them all again as if I’m doing a seating plan at a small wedding. The other factor of course is that British weather is so very changeable. As soon as I dust off the astringent colognes, the sky goes dark and the winds go chilly so I’m dusting off the winter stuff again. Here I am talking as if I ever put any of my perfumes away ever! Of course I don’t, and it’s just as well as I’m looking out at a very gloomy damp day here in Wales.
However, I have managed to cull it down to ten, which doesn’t mean that I don’t love about fifty or so others, but you can’t go far too wrong with the following mash-up. Do let me know if you agree or if you have a favourite yourself. I love to hear from you.
1. Chanel Cristalle
To me, Chanel Cristalle is the definitive classy green scent. I’ve worn it for two decades and I never tire of it. In fact its mossy base is just as good in winter. My review is here.
2. O de Lancome
O de Lancome fizzes like lemonade on my skin and smells like summer in a bottle. It’s all bergamot and mosses and leaves and stems and citruses. What more can we ask for in a summer perfume? Lasting power is also excellent. My review is here.
3. Un Jardin en Mediterranee
Since fig seems to flourish in the continental heat, you can’t go far wrong with Un Jardin en Mediterranee in summer. Created by Jean Claude Ellena, everything has his characteristic lightness of touch. As a result, this is thirst quenchingly good ,with a fruitiness that works well in chilled wine too. My review is here.
4. Eau D’Epices
A Tauer spice with dewdrops in it. Similar to L’Air du Desert Marocain, there is something about the Eau in Eau D’Epices that means this is never too heavy on a hot day. It lasts from dawn til dusk too. My review is here.
5. Yves Rocher Fraicheur Vegetale de Verveine (Verbena)
I’m a recent convert to Eau de Sisley 1 having reviewed just last week. Totally unisex, this is earthy and fresh at the same time. Longevity is excellent. My review is here.
7. Muelhens original 4711
When budgets forbid and profligacy is out of the question, you can never go wrong with this steadfast classic. I never tire of 4711 Original and wish more people would wear it.
8. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, and its many good flankers, are often available for under a tenner, the combination of Green Tea and Bergamot cuts through the heat. Longevity isn’t brilliant, but the price permits frequent resprays without breaking the bank.
Comme Une Evidence Eau de Parfum Intense was launched in July 2013, ten years after the original Comme Une Evidence. It was created by the prolific Annick Menardo, who also created a few legends such as Bulgari Black, Hypnotic Poison and Xeryus Rouge.
My bottle of Comme Une Evidence EDP Intense was very kindly sent to me by Yves Rocher on hearing my disappointment that Rose Absolue had been discontinued. I am under no obligation to like anything that is sent to me, and I am free to disparage as I see fit, but I actually do like this very much.
An impossibly feminine floral, with dominant Rose, this is made with Damascus Rose, which, to quote the blurb “Damascus Rose is picked at dawn and provides a fruity-honey scent”. This, along with the praline note, is the little something that lands this somewhere between the aforementioned La Vie est Belle and Pleasures.
It is light, clean and floral and the Rose does indeed dominate, but in a rich velvety way, rather than being like Turkish Delight, as Rose so often can be.
The notes are few and simple: Rose, Jasmine, Wood, and Praline. I would say that’s a fair description and I would heartily recommend this pretty scent. The Rose stays true and lasts long on my skin. Longevity is around six to seven hours.
You can find it on the Yves Rocher website, for only £22, and do take note that they always send freebies, and three free samples with every order, so it’s worth checking out other scents when you order.