Avon has turned my head yet again. In fact, this is the third Avon scent that I have bought that I can’t seem to leave alone. Last Summer I wore Avon Perceive Oasis on more days than anything else, and just before Christmas I bought the wonderfully tuberose-y Avon Rare Platinum. I am now the proud owner of a 50ml bottle of Avon Little Black Dress Eau Fraiche. It cost me a mere six pounds and I smell grrrreat.
The original Avon Little Black Dress is not vastly different to this fresh take on it. You can tell they’re related, even if the original is the richer cousin and the Eau Fraiche is the flaky, day dreamy sister. Where Little Black Dress has plum, heady white flowers, sandalwood and musk, the Eau Fraiche has lighter white flowers, no woods, and light, clean musk.
Little Black Dress Eau Fraiche opens with lemons. It’s a light and pleasant debut and the juxtaposition of lemons over the middle phase of creamy white flowers gives me the faint impression of the billowy pillowy topping of a lemon meringue pie. This however, is thankfully a sugar free version. No sickly sweetness here- all is fresh and pretty. The base notes fade into a musky, clean laundry accord, with a touch of girly peony for a feminine flourish at the end.
This is light enough to please the kind of perfume palate that also appreciates such scents as Marc Jacobs Daisy and Chanel Chance. It’s light, inoffensive and passes the commuter test with flying colours (i.e nobody will try and climb out of the carriage window if you get on the train wearing this). I know it’s January, but this is what I can’t stop spraying right now. Dear diary, today I tried a flanker that I preferred to the original.
You can buy Avon Little Black Dress Eau Fraiche from Amazon UK or from your Avon rep. I can’t find it on the Avon UK website at the moment, but it’s still in brochures. I paid a mere six quid for 50ml of EDP in a pretty box. Hurry up though- I’ve got a feeling it’s occasional scarcity means a future discontinued label.