I've got a collection of all the "rare" scents like diamonds, pearls and amber. I love them all and how each is so different. Couldn't wait to try the new release of Rare Rubies in the star bottle. The scent is a very powdery, soft oriental fragrance. Nice for evening or the winter, but it also reminds me of a powdery old lady scent. That's OK, I do enjoy that it's different.
My only beef is with the bottle. It's not a spray, it has a cheap old screw cap, and the star-shaped bottle will not stand on its own. Unbelievable, why couldn't they make two points flat on the ends? So it's very annoying, I have to lean it against two areas, since I don't want to lay it down and have the bottle leak. When they come out with the regular spray bottle, I will certainly repurchase and use this bottle as a tree ornament :-)
I had never tested Rare Rubies when it was available in the catalogue. I received my What's New? with my last Avon order and ordered a demo of the star bottle (marketed as a spray, even the box says spray, but it is indeed a 50mL splash). I can't believe it. I agree with the review I read that stated it was "ahead of its time" because if this same fragrance were released by a high end house, it would fetch 10x the money and would be a best seller. On my skin it is reminiscent of the Maroccan spice mix Ras El Hanout. Complex and seamlessly blended with great longevity,I am smitten. Will definitely purchase backups my next order. If this version is a reformulation of the original, I don't know. The notes listed on the box are: rose, coriander, and amber, but that is just the short list for ad copy. All I know is that this fragrance is exactly the spicy oriental I've been looking for -and I am not usually fond of rose or amber. This is what I think Yves Rocher's Rose Ispahan aspired to be but missed the mark landing firmly in the cloying zone. Rare Rubies is warm, spicy, sophisticated and just plain feels good to wear. Perfect for a nippy, autumn day or night.
I usually hate Avon fragrances, however, Rare Rubies smelled like a beautiful, warm fiery cinnamon. It is such a shame Avon stopped making this. I agree with the reviewer who said it resembles Giorgio Red, I used to layer the two. (I also agree RED is a nicer fragrance) Avon almost never keeps a product that I like... I wish they'd bring it back!!
Smells alot like Giorgio Red. I like this but I like Giorgio Red better. Red has a deeper more complete scent. but this is a good Spicy scent to wear in the winter.
The old bottle was much prettier IMO. This is one of my favorite scents. The older formula smelled like a much higher end perfume. Rich, warm & spicy. Very long lasting- great for work and for a night out. The newer formula is missing something that the old one had. The new formula I'd give a 3.5. Luckily I still have some of the old formula left. I wrote this heading up too, someone had started the thread under Rare Ruby; I wanted everyone to find it. :) continued >>