Avon Femme Exclusive is one of three fragrances in the Avon Femme range. I’ve already reviewed Avon Femme and Avon Femme Icon, so here’s my review of Avon Femme Exclusive.
Avon Femme Exclusive opens with pear. I also detected some plum as well: this is deeply, darkly fruity. . The jasmine in the middle comes out at pretty much the same time as the pear and makes for a pear jasmine combo that, whilst not particularly original, certainly runs with the pack and is bezzie mates with the popular set. To be honest, the pear dominates so all the others notes tend to fall into the background, except for vanilla. It says here that there is black vanilla in this, but that’s sort of corporate speak for extra strong evening style vanilla. In fact the vanilla is not my favourite boozy liquor vanilla, it’s more of a milky vanilla, and alongside the pear, I couldn’t help thinking of pear, pastry and custard. There’s just enough jasmine to stop me thinking this is pudding flavour.
All in all, this will do the job nicely and is priced affordably. It does smell very similar to Avon Luck (all the vanilla), so if you like that, you’ll like this. It’s not my favourite, but there’s certainly a fan base out there for this bargain.
Avon Femme Exclusive is available from Avon UK or from your Avon rep if you are lucky enough to have one. My little purse spray was just £3, and it’s a great way of living with a scent for a bit before deciding to get a big bottle. Viva purse sprays!
It is a perfume of its time in so far as it joins legions of fruity florals already present on the shelves and in years to come we will smell this and think it smells dated, like a typical perfume of the mid Noughties.
However, in its defence, the fruit used in the opening notes is the citrus Yuzu fruit, which tempers the sweet florals of Magnolia, Peony and Lotus. Had this been complemented by Strawberries or red berries, it would be too cloying and sickly, but the Yuzu seems to work. Incidentally I don’t smell any pomegranate here, but the sea notes in the opening give it a slightly metallic tang, which unfortunately, made me think of melon/cucumber notes and was therefore a turn off. I’m rarely a fan of Calone cologne. The base notes are plasticky and fresh, like a spotless bathroom. Maybe it’s those everlasting Sea notes that just don’t quit.
I had heard that Bright Crystal was similar to Avon Femme so I decided to run an experiment. I applied Bright Crystal to one arm and the recent Avon Femme to the other (also reviewed earlier in my blog). For the first ten minutes it was hard to tell them apart. However, Bright Crystal retained its clean floral notes whilst Avon Femme began to smell like the basenotes of Avon Incandessence: like plastic flowers with a hint of synthetic Peaches. The bottles are similar though.
To conclude my experiment (I have new glasses that make look very serious) I will say that Versace Bright Crystal is a good everyday scent for the modern girl, and it is clearly better than Avon Femme. However, whilst it’s not terrible, it simply isn’t my cup of tea with a sugar and milk. Not bad for a summer scent though.
There’s an air of mystery in this week’s Avon brochure. There is a full page advert for a forthcoming perfume with a little silhouette and a call to “ask your representative for a sample today!”. Well my Avon lady, the lovely Jill, didn’t need to be asked and I had my sample with today’s order.
Top notes are: Lemon, Plum and Violet.
Middle notes: Jasmine, Orchid and Magnolia
Base notes: Amber, Peach, Wood, and Musk. (Thank you Fragrantica)
Avon Femme opens with bold Magnolia and Plum and wouldn’t smell out of place alongside many other shimmering treats on any beauty counter today. It reminded me of both Next Just Pink and Ralph Lauren Romance (another smellalike! It’s hard to stop seeing them once you start looking). One reviewer on Fragrantica compared it to Versace Bright Crystal and I will take their word for it since I am not familiar with many Versaces (yet).
However, and herein lies the rub, as is the case so often with Avon, the basenotes go all Avon-ade on me. You know how Guerlain perfumes have the Guerlainade accord? Well the Avonade is always there too, except unlike Guerlain, it’s not very good. So many Avon perfumes have been ordered by me. So many times my hopes have been raised and dashed. So many of them have ended with the Avonade base which smells like a cross between sweet plastic and cardboard. Sadly, Femme is no exception. One reason for this may be because Avon is are churning out new fragrances at a rate of knots, hence the sarcastic title of this article. In the last two months Avon has launched Instinct, Ultra Sexy, Our Story, Avon True Life, and now Femme.
Another reason could be that their low prices means that they compromise on good ingredients. This shouldn’t be the case when Coty can churn out the excellent Coty L’Aimant for just over a fiver. Perfume can be done cheaply and well. Sadly Avon seems to be just doing it cheaply.
Avon never used to be like this. They had a great stable of reliable perfumes that were ordered again and again by loyal fans. Foxfire, Topaze, Odyssey and Charisma were just some of my favourites. We could even talk about the delightful bottles which are now collectibles on eBay. (I had a beautiful glass and gold giraffe with Occur in it!)
Wouldn’t it be better if Avon brought back some of their heritage perfumes and made their stable of scents better quality, and with fewer of them? I feel that we customers are being labelled as having very short attention spans, when most people find something they love and become loyal, if not monogamous, for life.
The only Avon scents I can think of that do not have the Avon accord/Avonade are Soft Musk (which I can’t wear because my mother and my sister wear it) and Rare Diamonds. The celebrity scents also seem to sidestep the Avonade too, so they’re a safe bet, especially the LaCroix range. Quality not quantity Avon!
I guess I’m saying make me President of Avon Fragrance. Not much to ask. You will find me in the Avon archives for most of the week. Lots of freebies to take home and test. I can start Monday.