Confession time: Reader, I broke my No Blind Buy Rule because of a scratch’n’sniff. You know those little patches in Avon brochure that say “rub me and buy one?” well I did just that and ended up the delighted owner of a full bottle of Avon Rare Platinum.
I was slightly miffed when Avon stopped selling Avon Rare Rubies. I was a bit more miffed when they stopped selling Avon Rare Diamonds, but having just got my hands on a bottle of Rare Platinum, I can honestly say all is forgiven.
Rare Platinum is all about the tuberose. I have been thirsting for tuberose ever since my visit to By Kilian. Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad made this respectable citizen want to tell fibs and steal. Good Girl Gone Bad is way out of my league. I can’t justify that sort of money this near to Christmas , especially since my ten year old son has just got “into clothes.” However, Rare Platinum scratches that tuberose itch and cost me a paltry SEVEN QUID.
It opens with thick, heady tuberose and jasmine with a touch of grapefruit to cut through the cream. This agrees with me very much, in the way that sharp fruits and thick double cream agrees with me. The tuberose is good stuff, especially when you think of the tiny price. It has that crescendo where it builds from white petals to thick and creamy to borderline teetering-on-the-brink-of celery before relaxing and making me think of the loud tuberose scents of the 1980s.
Lasting power is pretty good and it smells especially good on sleeves and coats ( I am joyfully plastered in it!). What I really love about it is that fact that there’s no sugary sweetness or caramel or vanilla. This is an honest to goodness straightforward floral. If you like your white flowers big and blousy with a hint of lilies, buy this. Actually, buy several and stash them away. When perfume is this good, and costs so little, you need to pin it down.
You can buy Avon Rare Platinum from your Avon rep or from Avon UK online. Prices are currently £7 a bottle at the time of writing.
Photos: Top photo by Avon, Tuberose photo from Fragrantica.