Review of Avon Imari by violette
I'm sorry, but I don't like this one. All I could smell on my wrist was plain floral-scented soap, maybe mixed with a bit of talcum powder. I really don't understand why this perfume is still around when the company's other classics from the same era & before that have long been discontinued. Unfortunately, I've never had the chance to try those other classics (& probably never will), but judging from the many glowing, nostalgic reviews of them, all I can say is it's absolutely mind-boggling why Avon would cease production of those wonderful scents forever but still retain the unremarkable Imari to this day. Looking at the company's current crop of generic, mediocre wishy-washy perfumes that are being churned out by the dozen each year, they desperately need to bring back some of their popular classics to help resuscitate the ailing image of their fragrances which, beginning of the 21st century, has seriously gone down the toilet... It's so sad to think that for a company that has been around since 1886, at one time, their perfumes were well-respected & legends in their own right, but are now commonly viewed as 'cheap & tacky' & have become the butt of jokes everywhere (the same fate which has befallen Coty & Dana).
Back to the review, if you still want the Imari name, I suggest buying Imari Velvet, which is a fruity-floral-oriental (I don't know if it's still available elsewhere in the world, but the Avon in my country still carries it). If you're not able to get hold of it anywhere, then another alternative is the company's Vanilla Soft Musk (it has the same raspberry/caramel undertones, in fact, the two are almost identical). I don't recommend Imari Seduction though, as it has a somewhat annoying powdery/medicinal edge (to my nose). Sadly, on me, the purple orchid note completely overwhelms the plum note, so I don't get the same smooth, delicious scent that many others seem to experience on themselves. If you have the same perfume tastes or body chemistry as I do, don't bother with this one.