Buying new perfume isn’t something I do very often; I’m quite set in my ways when it comes to fragrances and, to be honest, there are many out there that I just don’t like. That’s why samples are great for me – it’s good to be able to check out a scent before buying it.
When I recently purchased the Avril Lavigne Wild Rose perfume from The Fragrance Shop, they sent out a free sample of the Nina L’Elixir perfume by Nina Ricci. At first I didn’t think much of it; free samples come with so many things these days. But when I thought some more, I realised it would make a good review for you guys and decided to try it out!
I love the apple design of the card; it automatically made me think the fragrance was going to be sweet and fruity. The inside showed more of the gorgeous design of the full-sized bottle:
How aesthetically pleasing does it want to be?! The bottle looks magnificent in the photo (made the little sample bottle look a bit sad in comparison!). I do love the fact that the sample bottle has a pump spray on it though – it gives a more accurate representation of the full-sized product and how it works.
So, how does it smell? The card describes the scent as ” a sparkling sweet sensual perfume with a hint of juicy toffee apple to lend a femininity caressed by seduction”. Oo-er! I would have to agree with the first part of the sentence – the perfume is definitely sweet (although in a classy way rather than a sickly way) and does have that gorgeous apple vibe to it. I also think it’s slightly spicy whilst maintaining its sweetness. It really reminds me of Christmas and winter in general.
How much does it cost? Well, from a bit of extremely high-tech Google Shopping research (ahem.) I have come to the following conclusions: 30ml costs around £26, 50ml costs around £35 and a whopping 80ml costs £47. To be honest, I really don’t think the prices are extreme in any way; fairly standard for a designer perfume.
Would I buy it? Not right now – as lovely as it is it is slightly too heavy for me. I prefer a fresher scent, and when I want something more intense I will always wear my Vivienne Westwood Let It Rock. A really good perfume though, I enjoyed testing it out!