I had a sample of Versace Eros Pour Femme in the most recent Discovery Club Box from the Fragrance Shop. This might be a good time to confess here that I am shamefully unfamiliar with a lot of Versace scent, having only actually reviewed two or three. Something about the brand leaves me feeling like I can’t identify with anything they have to offer. No offence Versace, we’re just from different worlds. However, I rather liked Eros, but enough to buy a bottle? We shall see.
Versace Eros Pour Femme opens with citrus and pomegranate, both of which were very much present and correct. The opening is sharp and refreshing, and the pomegranate provides a little juiciness. Then straight away, we’re heading into Jasmine Sambac territory. Now Jasmine Sambac seems to be this year’s caramel. Last year caramel and praline notes seemed to be everywhere, and this year I have noticed Jasmine Sambac, (sometimes called Arabian Jasmine) has been providing lots of rich white floral notes to lots of mainstream new releases.
Jasmine Sambac is that white flower note with a seam of not-quite-spice going through it- an almost metallic, borderline oriental richness that screams floral , but not the light petally delicate floral, more the rich gilt chaise for the delicate Laura Ashley cushion. It seems fitting then that it used here in a Versace scent- so renowned for the dripping luxe that is synonymous with the brand.
The Jasmine Sambac very much dominates and drowns out the initial lightness of the citrus, though if I’m not mistaken there is a faint note of lemon curd if I close my eyes and concentrate.
This is described on the sample card as belonging to the olfactive family of “floral, woody, musk” and I would say that’s a fair description. The basenotes meld into a sandalwoody, musky, jasmine miasma. This is not quite a daytime summer scent, but would be at its best on hot oily skin after a day at the beach.
The bottle and packaging is suitably luxurious as you would expect, but I baulk a little at the high price tag. I think you can get similar for less, but I’m blowed if I can think of any names right now. This is a bit like a Marc Jacobs without the lightness maybe? Or maybe its reminding me of Givenchy Dahlia Divin.
Conclusion: Yes, I don’t dislike it, but no I wouldn’t buy a bottle
Almost ubiquitous, you can buy Versace Eros Pour Femme from Debenhams, Escentual, The Fragrance Shop, Harrods, and Boots to name but a few. If you’re outside the UK, you could try all the big department stores and Amazon.com or Sephora.com
The Candy Perfume Boy, once again, writes a review with which I wholeheartedly agree. I deliberately don’t read the reviews of others until after I have written my own, and I found afterwards that Thomas and I both found this rather lacking. Sadface.