I thought I’d start the year with a bit of Agent Provocateur for no other reason than I’ve been spraying it on for the past three evenings and pulling sceptical faces. I need to get it out of my system.
I have previously reviewed Agent Provocateur EDP and Agent Provocateur Petale Noir, both of which I liked and would definitely wear ( Also very reasonbaly priced!). However, Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque sadly did not deliver anything like the promise that its name suggests. Speaking of suggestive, have you seen the design on the front? I’m clutching my pearls and reaching for the smelling salts.
The fragrance opens agreeably enough. I rather liked the first couple of seconds, but any longer than that and I found this plasticly and sickly. Straight away there’s pear and orchid which gives this a very synthetic feel. I have yet to find a good orchid scent that doesn’t smell plastic and this is no exception. After that it gets sweeter, but not in a pretty-petals way, more in an artificial vanilla sort of way. Note-du-jour jasmine sambac has been switched to “nuclear” and poured in at the end, drowning bystanders. Honestly, when did jasmine sambac become government issue in every new mainstream release?- or am I being a grouch? The basenotes purport to be amber and musk, but were finished off by the jasmine sambac in its quest for World Domination.
The verdict on Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque is thus: Guilty of being generic and nothing special. I sentence it to indefinite exile from my dressing table. Stick to the earlier AP stuff because they are unsung heroines and deserve serious love. PS if you like the sound of pear and orchid, you can also try Avon Incandessence, because it’s very similar indeed.
Stockists: Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque is available from The Fragrance Shop and you can find a sample in the Discovery Club Box December edition. I recommend them! Fab quarterly boxes at only a fiver each.