Saturday, 27 December 2008

Diesel Fuel for Life

RRP: from £22. Available in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml

--What does the promo say?--
"Diesel Fuel For Life Women is sexy, precious and intensely attractive, with the bold passion of blackcurrant and jasmine, colourful irreverence of mandarin and mysterious waves of patchouli."

The brand and the fragrance has an excellent image, which Diesel has relied on heavily this Christmas. This, in conjunction with vintage trends, means that the future of this scent is promising, as the elasticky lace around the bottle lends the fragrance's image a simultaneously girly, punky and timeless appeal.

As usual: spritz on acupuncture points to be encircled by the scent.

The clever marketing of the fragrance sets the wearer up for a positive experience. However, the reality falls flat on its face: the scent is not unpleasant, but it is forgettable, and it becomes clear quickly that style has prevailed over substance. There is a hint of sweetness and citrusy notes, but the scent is not especially individual and neither of these qualities really come through incredibly clearly. Perhaps crucially, there is little to distinguish the scent from its competitors once you get past the pretty packaging, which seems a shame.

Not good: 'subtle' would be too generous.

--Value for money--
The price is certainly right: however, for it you are getting a poor-quality fragrance and will feel pretty stupid for being duped by the attractive packaging (as well as nursing the space in your wallet). Don't do it - there is plenty else out there for the discerning fragrance lover.

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