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Avon Seeing Stripes Cool Collection Blush/Highlighter
Vintage 1980s Pavi Elle by Avon 1 oz Cologne Spray PERFUME
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on 11/15/2017 11:21:00 AM
More reviews by sekhmet
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is the story of Imari and me. We go way back--this was one of my staple fragrances in the 1990s, and I remember being complimented on it. In 2005, Avon advertised a 20th-anniversary bottle of the perfume, and I bought one. It's in a lovely little bottle with a stopper. I guess it wasn't my 'thing' then, so I put it away and forgot about it. I found it a while back, but was hesitant about using it. In some cases, I've found that bottles with stoppers lose their scent faster than sprays. And I'd read the reviews here. They made me wonder: Would my old friend smell stale? Would it smell like some fierce and fiery dragon perfume from the 80s?? Worst of all--would it make me smell like an 'old lady'??? (I'm at an age where I'm particularly sensitive to the 'old lady' issue.)So I prised the stopper out of the bottle last night before bed and put a good dose of Imari on my wrist. I turned off the light, cuddled down into the bed, and sniffed my wrist. And there was nothing stale about my old friend at all, and it was *incense heaven*! Spicy, delicious, slightly sweet, and overall just gorgeous. This is a beautifully constructed, classically elegant fragrance, and if it smells like an old lady, then this is one old lady I'm down for smelling like. Imari does what a good perfume should do, which is make you feel beautiful, and I will always want some in my stash. I will also definitely be cracking my bottle open more often.Now, I don't know if my Imari is the same as the one Avon is selling now; I saw somewhere that the fragrance was 're-launched' in about 2000, whatever that means. Also, after many decades of being cruelty-free, Avon decided to sell in China so they have lost their cf status, and I would prefer not to buy from them. Still, when I have some extra cash lying around, I may look up a bottle of vintage Imari on the auction site. And if you like incensy or spicy perfumes, you might want to do the same.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 10/15/2015 12:38:00 AM
More reviews by OrdinaryGirl24
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine
This is a man pleaser! Spicy and soft. Sultry and romantic...If you like being different give it a try this winter.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 5/23/2015 3:02:00 PM
More reviews by MeisterK
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I'm Asian so I thought the Oriental theme it had going on was adorable, and when I wore it I really liked the scent. However my younger sisters and niece (age: 12, 16, and 6) were not a fan of how I smelled, and they would complain when I wore it. I tossed it out before I used it up because I was sick of them complaining.Perhaps another scent since the younger folks don't like this one smells.
on 4/5/2015 4:29:00 PM
More reviews by offender
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
I do not throw the old lady fragrance accusation around lightly, dice many of my favorite fragrances are deemed old lady! I think to some young girls 'old lady' simply means no sweet. So back to Imari, I had one bottle one time. It is not horrible but it does remind me of the scents of the 80' s but the cheap stuff sold at drug stores. Yet I finished the bottle, and for some strange reason did enjoy Smelling it. It had a hard to describe shocking quality. When this goes on sale, it ridiculously inexpensive. So it is not bad, but Imari Seduction is so much better. There are just many better options in the same price range.
4 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 1/12/2015 10:06:00 PM
More reviews by Aimbl
Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I read someone else's insightful review on fragrantica that Imari should not be thought of as an oriental based on its red container. Basically, it's a balsamic (I think) green floral aldehydic wood. I suppose it's technically an oriental because of basenotes, but it reads to me as a cross between a floral aldehyde and a chypre (though it contains no moss). (It's not overtly Galbanum, or uber leathery or challenging though, so if you aren't a fan of vintage green chypre, no worries). I am so accustomed to Galbanum powerhouse fragrances (vintage Balmain Vent Vert, vintage Guerlain Vol de Nuit), that this seems like infant Galbanum on training wheels. Mild green powdery opening segueing into a soapy (think old fashioned bar of perfumed hotel soap) mixed floral aldehydic scent that most likely appealed to a broad range of consumers at the time of launch. It's not all that far from a floral aldehydic fragrance, even one that is not technically greenish, such as chanel 5 minus the civet (I have vintage EdC and I am not really a fan of chanel aldehydes; I prefer the softer treatment of guerlain aldehydes). It's certainly more pleasant to my nose than my recollection of vintage Arpege (I am not a fan of Arpege). I do have a tiny bit of vintage Guerlain Chant de Aromes, which is a bit green, and I wonder if Imari and CdA have notes in common. It is powdery, but gentle, not throat parching. I do get a sense of hay in the dry down. Obviously Imari doesn't have the mirabelle plum that Chant has, but they do have similar greenness, floral middle notes and wood. Vintage avon Charisma is much more green and sharp and dark than. Imari. When the red container led me to expect a powerhouse oriental, I did wish that I got a sense of the resinous bitterness or tea tannins, smoke or incense or even a lot of musk that other reviewers seem to describe. Perhaps I am anosmic to certain types of musk. No idea. I do get a sense of lift from soft aldehydes. I consider Imari and Perle Noire (launched in 1992?) as modern avon. I decided to try them based on my experience with vintage avon fragrances (topaz, Persian wood etc) And I decided to just forget my horrific experience with avon Extraordinary (2005) that I am classifying as just a gourmand aberration. I had read numerous reviews that discuss how vintage avon scents contain more quality ingredient than modern luxury niche perfumers today. If you decide to buy vintage avon, I recommend buying splash bottles, stored in their boxes, as the kitschy cute avon bottles probably tempted people to store fragrances improperly in light and heat. If your bottle smells at all skunky, then it has spoiled. Note: I do feel that once I work up the energy to pry off the atomizer spray top, so that I can dab Imari, that will take care of any issues re powderiness and hopefully emphasize some of the other aspects, as the fragrance notes are right up my alley. Given it's extremely reasonable price, ready availability, and the fact that it is easily wearable, I am not going to demote the stars for my inability to smell some of the notes.
8 of 8 people found this helpful.
on 8/16/2014 9:01:00 PM
More reviews by flashdanzer
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
I love this classic perfume and always get lots of compliments when I wear it. It's intense but lovely and has good staying power. Imari is not for the faint hearted.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 2/28/2014 2:26:00 PM
More reviews by grayeyedkat
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
This so far is my all time favorite scent. I've tried everything from cheaper and younger fragrances like Anna Sui and expensive fragrances from Chanel. This is by far the most amazing fragrance that I've ever experienced and I'll continue to buy it. (If Avon stopped making it I'd seriously cry.)It has a very unique, exotic spicy-sweet scent that seems like it could have a touch of vanilla in there very faintly. It has a strong musk that's, in fact, just delicious and sweet. Extremely feminine without being traditionally rosey, floral, or overly sweet. This is a confident, sexy feminine. "Exotic" is exactly the right word for it. Mainly, what surprises me the most about this fragrance is its ability to meld to any body chemistry I've encountered and create VASTLY different results, none of them horrible. This is a perfume that you could wear as a 20-year-old and it smell sweet and innocent and still as a 35-year-old and it smell confident and sexy, and still as a 60-year-old and it smells sophisticated and mature. The ability of this fragrance to adapt to changing body chemistry has endlessly impressed me. And the best part, affordability. You don't have to break your bank for this top-knotch fragrance. (If you buy from Avon, they have yearly sales where you can buy one and get one free so you can always stock up. And get the scent in powders, lotions, soaps, and deordorants.)It's ideal for any age, ideal for any body chemistry, and ideal for affordability. Pros: very affordable ($23 for 1.2 oz), you don't need to use much for it to work, long lasting, great for any age group, incredible adaptability, wide availability and high potential for getting good sales on itCons: Boring packaging, so extremely popular that you could run into a lot of other people that also wear it and think as highly of it (but that's a stretch, I never have met anyone else in my entire 13 years of wearing it regularly)
on 9/20/2013 10:22:00 PM
More reviews by SorceressOfTheDark
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
After a few seconds of the aldehyde blitz, the oriental spices announce themselves. There is a slight resiny bitterness mixed with a hint of bergamot, reminiscent of a cup of China Black tea. Sandalwood and cedar give appreciative woody notes along with musky vanilla in the dry down.If you can get an older bottle, do so, there is a difference. Regardless, this is a strong, sultry perfume that comes back at you when you least expect it. Imari can be soft when worn at the pulse points. It can be elegant. An Avon perfume that has stood the test of time. It is seductive and more of a night perfume. Best used in the cooler weather. Lasts a few hours and sillage is good. Imari is not one to sprayed without thought unless you want your perfume to introduce you. Wear it sparingly for a beautiful effect.Top Notes: Bergamot, Galbanum, Aldehydes.Middle Notes: Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang, Orris Root, Lilly-Of-The-Valley.Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Cedar.
on 4/16/2013 11:10:00 PM
More reviews by FancyShmancy
Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure
This was the first bottle of perfume my mum ever bought me as a teenager :-) And I still love it! Not sweet (like SO many others are!) And for such an affordable price, has good staying power. I haven't purchased this perfume for years, but think its high time I call my Avon lady :-) Beautiful.
on 1/26/2013 4:09:00 PM
More reviews by Kellergirl
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
I tried this on me in a sample, and when I first put it on, I thought it would not be for me. I went on quite strong, and not so pleasant. But wow, they dry down is gorgeous! It dried down into a beautiful soapy floral. This smelled gorgeous! Will purchase this!!!
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