Because it’s a Monday, let’s get down to business and do something un-glamorous. (Tee hee hee!) So I have a bottle of Givenchy Reve d’Escapade perfume that I purchased a while back. It smells like roses and fruit tea, and I absolutely adore it. It also happens to be a limited edition that is no longer in circulation, so you can only imagine my grief when I accidentally knocked the bottle from my nightstand. I was relieved to learn that the thick glass bottle didn’t actually shatter, but the sprayer broke off with its tube still awkwardly stuck inside the stopper. Because of that, I couldn’t replace it with a spare sprayer.
Givenchy Reve d’Escapade in happier days
Luckily, I was browsing YouTube videos and thought to search for instructional videos on how to pop busted bottles open. I found 2 useful vids that I will link below, and I will recreate the steps here with photos. (Recreate, because I didn’t initially plan on documenting the process. But I might as well give a rough guide…)
My biggest splurge of 2015 has got to be on perfume. I think I’ve exercised more restraint last year than I did in 2014, and it was a major end-of-the-year warehouse sale that finally got me. Then again, most of the purchases were for Christmas presents, so does that really count? (Humor me, dear readers.) I walked away with a few fragrance purchases to last me the whole of 2016. One of them was Givenchy Reve d’Escapade Eau de Toilette.
Givenchy Reve d’Escapade
Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.7 fl. 0z ; made in France
Do you have a childhood scent? Let me rephrase that… Did you have a favorite scent you used all the time, when you were younger? It’s one that you didn’t quite outgrow, but being an adult probably requires something more sophisticated. For me, it’s vanilla. I don’t mind smelling like birthday cake, but it might be a different story for the people around me. That’s why I was lucky to get Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Perfume from Lucky Citrine’s blog sale for a sizable discount.
Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Eau de Parfum
I’ve been transferring my fragrances to small spray bottles, so that I can have a smaller version in my purse for quick re-applications. As you know, the next best thing to a spritz bottle is a roller ball fragrance, so I got Avon Far Away Bella Purse Concentre as a handy bag staple.
Avon Far Away Bella Purse Concentrate
Quick Specs: 9 ml roller ball bottle; available in 50 ml eau de parfum spray for PHP 1,250 regular price; made in the Philippines
Roller Ball Applicator
Five Things About Far Away Bella:
- I may have said above that the alternative to spray bottles are roller balls, but I’d still take the spray bottle over the roller ball any day of the week. It’s just easier for me to get the amount I need to the place where it needs to go with the use of a spray.
- For the bigger perfume bottle, I’m not a fan of the packaging. Avon’s later fragrance releases are certainly sleeker. I find the piece of tulle fabric a little awkward and tacky, to be honest. Very 90’s.
- According to Fragrantica, Far Away Bella is composed of Italian clementine, Chinese magnolia, and tonka beans. I initially get the zesty, sweet of the clementine followed by the warm, powdery tonka beans. In choosing fragrances, there’s a part of me that likes fresh, citrus scents that I equate to ‘clean’, while there’s another part of me that appreciates the warm, comforting powdery or vanilla scents. This Avon release has a bit of both, so it instantly attracted me from the rub-and-sniff brochure page.
- I’ve used enough scents from different brands to know that there are some that just don’t last long when applied directly on my skin. Philosophy Amazing Grace is one such example, and Avon is no different.The longevity of this purse concentre is about an hour on the skin, but much longer on my clothes. Let’s give it about five hours.
- While it was on pre-holiday sale, I was quick to snatch up this PHP 99 roller ball. Wait for a sale to get the most competitive price.
Verdict: I’d stick to the roller ball version of Far Away Bella, knowing the longevity isn’t that impressive on me. The scent is not one that is usually associated with Avon fragrances, but that’s the beauty of it . (Read: Not like Sweet Honesty.)
Trying out new products is loads of fun, but finding keepers is even better. I can finally heave a sigh of relief that there is an expanding list of no-brainer items I’d pick up at the drop of a hat. Several items I got to try last year convinced me to come back for more. They are…