Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Boadicea The Victorious Luxury Perfumes sample reviews
This is why I think having sample sizes available for a reasonable fee at the new online boutique is a good idea. The online boutique is at www.btvboutique.com, and samples are £1.10 each. This gives an opportunity to browse the different fragrances at leisure and sample a few that appeal, rather than risk being confused at a counter. At this price (these start at £90 for 50ml) you'd want to make a well-considered choice rather than an impulse buy.
I was sent a handful of sample vials to try by the online PR officer for the brand, and here are my thoughts on the scents I've tried so far:
Energizer is a green citrus. As well as the grapefruit and bergamot, there's tomato leaf in the opening to my nose, and the heart and base have a good dose of vetiver as well as a clean musk note. This is a good Sunday morning fragrance for me - it's perky without being obnoxious. This would work just as well on a man.
Seductive - opens with herby camphor and eucalyptus notes on my skin (the top note is listed as rosemary). I then get a sweeter fresh pine and the pepper note becomes apparent after about 10 minutes on the skin, slowly morphing into a clean musk. After half an hour the warm amber and patchouli notes develop with the resins, although it's still not heavy on my skin. I don't get a lot of sandalwood, which I'm quite pleased about, as sandalwood isn't something I enjoy dominating a perfume (I can't wear Jo Malone Amber & Ginger Lily due to the heavy sandalwood usage). Overall, I find the effect of freshening an amber/resin blend with a pine/camphor top note very pleasing. Another good unisex fragrance.
Regal - very fleeting green leafy notes at first, then lots of warm floral jasmine and rose with amber. As it warms on my skin I get more rose than jasmine, and the agarwood becomes more apparent with a slight tobacco-y note to the warm woody base. This is definitely an evening fragrance for me, and not an office one; it has serious throw and lasts all day. This is a more feminine fragrance to my nose.
Immortal - well I get bubbles, but unfortunately on my skin they are very soapy. This one doesn't agree with my body chemistry at all, but stayed very soapy-smelling for at least half an hour until I finally had to wash it off. This is a bit odd, because the notes from the description sound very similar to those in Regal: a green opening, rose heart and agarwood base. I suspect it is the aldehyde in the opening that disagrees with me.
Changes I'd like to see on the website: clearer, more consistent fragrance descriptions/note breakdowns. Some of the scents have essays written on them (Immortal), others are so abstract as to be unhelpful; e.g. Pure: 'An innocent fragrance with a twist. The initial simplicity is deceptive as it grows into a perfume for all seasons'. That doesn't tell me what it actually might smell like. It's not until you click onto one of the bottles to buy it that you get a breakdown of the main top, heart and base notes in a particular scent.
Disclosure: sample vials were provided without charge.