Juicy Couture, Viva La Juicy Noir* - £41.99 at Fragrance Direct
Hi lovelies! Recently, I was offered the opportunity by the lovely team at Fragrance Direct to choose a perfume to try out. While I have one or two perfumes that I love to re-buy over and over, I also like to have several perfumes that I switch up, particularly as the seasons change. So, as Autumn is on it's way (or pretty much here, as I'm writing this while it's cold and rainy out!), I wanted to choose a perfume I hadn't tried before and one that was going to be a little more appropriate for the cooler weather.
So, looking through several scents, I finally decided on Juicy Couture's 'Viva La Juicy Noir', which is the night time version of the classic Viva La Juicy. Of course, what drew me to it initially was the insanely gorgeous bottle, I know some may find this slightly tacky and OTT but I love it! I think the metallic pink, huge black bow and glass top make it such a feature on my dressing table. So, after taking a peek and reading about the scent - the description on Fragrance Direct says 'Viva La Juicy Noir is a succulent blend of ripe berry notes, sultry amber and bright gourmand accents. This is for a sultry, daring woman who makes a lasting impression, with smoky eyes and rouge lips. Never afraid to show off and get noticed, confident and seductive.' - I looked into the actual notes a little more and I was sold!
The top notes in this scent are Berry and Mandarin, followed by floral middle notes of Gardenia, Honeysuckle and Jasmine with base notes of Amber, Caramel, Vanilla and Sandalwood. I have to say, On first spray, the Berry notes hit you fist with just a small hint of citrus, which I was pleased about as I find very citrussy scents more appropriate for warmer weather, the floral notes are all there after a few seconds, mixed with the berry, keeping it from being an overly floral scent (again, pleased about this!), then the dry down after around 30 minutes to an hour is very warm, still a slight fruity sweetness from the berries, but mostly a deep, caramel/ vanilla and slightly woody dry down. It's warm and sultry, without being musky which I absolutely love.
Despite this being marketed as more of an evening scent, I do think this is fine for everyday in the cooler weather, I think it could maybe be a bit heavy if it was particularly warm out. While this is fruity and sweet with the vanilla and caramel, it's not overly sweet in my opinion, it stays quite close to the skin, so if people give you a hug or stand quite close, they'll probably get a whiff but it doesn't fill the room as you walk in, which is why I think it's everyday appropriate. It's warm and definitely a sweeter scent, but not too sugary or very fruity, so if you like a sweeter scent, it's a great time of year to give this a go.
What do you think, would you like to try this? Let me know what your favourite Autumn Perfume is!