Thursday, 5 June 2008

Hugo Boss Femme

RRP: £25.75 for 50ml from Fragrance Direct
£26.95 for 75ml from Fragrance Direct

--What does the promo say?--
"Boss Femme, the new interpretation of femininity, is a floral sheer oriental fragrance that represents ultra feminine beauty. Complementary ingredients form a radiant cloud of sophisticated femininity. The fresh citrus Tangerine note lifts the emotions, preparing the senses for the floral bouquet."

Comes in a lovely square pink cardboard box with silver embellishments, the cursive feminine script of the perfume's name contrasting nicely with the stockier Boss logo. The bottle itself is a thing of beauty that looks really pretty on the dressing table. It's 8-10cm tall, and about 6 or 7cm in diameter, with a clear lid (plastic, but it certainly looks like glass) and bottle (glass this time), revealing the pink perfume within. The top of the lid is flat, but where the lid and bottle meet, the bottle and lid are both cut curved rather than flat, making the bottle look really new and different. The 'femme' logo embossed onto the curved edge of the bottle is also a really nice touch. The lid comes off easily and is equally easy to click back on, with there therefore being no risk of spillage. The bottle is a spray mechanism, as many modern perfumes are: in this age of travel and convenience, I think many perfume companies are seeing the error of bottle designs that aren't conducive to this. It is slightly heavier than many other perfume bottles, though, but other than that, so far, so good.

Remove the lid. Spritz.

As promised, it's sophisticated and floral, with a slightly Oriental feel to it. However, I really couldn't pick up the tangerine notes at all, and I perhaps wouldn't have been able to put my finger on the Oriental-ness if I'd not read the promotional material. Perhaps they need to inject an Oriental flavour into their advertising slightly?

Really disappointing. A shame, as it's a lovely scent. If you'd paid full price for this you'd probably be feeling slightly ripped off as you have to reapply it every couple of hours.

--Value for money--
Pretty good if you buy from Fragrance Direct or any similarly reputable discount fragrance store. However, I don't think it's worth the RRP and wouldn't want to pay more than about £25 for a bottle.

perfect partners
Hugo Boss Femme Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel, £14.95/200ml (Fragrance Direct)
Hugo Boss Femme Deodorant Spray, £14.95/150ml (Fragrance Direct)

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