When it comes to perfume and fragrances I usually prefer unique scents with a story and a name behind. This is why I have walked over and completely converted to selective and niche perfumery during the last couple of years. I’ll be making a post (or maybe even a few) about selective perfumes where I’ll explain why they’re the real perfumes compared to regular high-end and designer scents. I never buy those anymore.
However, I still get regular fragrances as presents. My godmother has given me 5th Avenue edp by Elizabeth Arden. I have quite a bad experience with Elizabeth Arden perfumes – I find most of them have a simple “flat” scent and a bad staying power. 5th Avenue was a nice surprise. I tried it and the staying power was great, and so was the complexity of it (at least, for a perfume of this range). I have a pretty good “nose” when it comes to scents and I can smell citric notes, like mandarin or lime, amber and sandal. A little spicy and grown-up. After wearing it a couple of hours I can mostly feel the flowers – rose, some white flowers like magnolia or lily or jasmine. This makes the perfume quite feminine, mild and not overpowering. Musk is listed as one of the top notes, but I can’t smell it, even though I’m very much into musky perfumes.
Overall, 5th Avenue is a nice perfume. Not the sexiest I own (it’s positioned as seductive and sexy), but definitely likable and lady-like. Men like it and women do too. I got three compliments wearing it yesterday.
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