[unpaid/sample] Oh my! Because of my love-hate reaction to Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry fragrance, I was really keen to try this cherryfied offering from Banana Republic. I initially had intended to make this post about Father’s Day which is always difficult because it means different things to different people and can be as sad as it can be happy, so at the bottom I’ve got a couple of Banana Republic suggestions for that but don’t read past the Cherry review if you don’t want to go there.
Blimey – this is punchy! If you love a fruited amber you’ll be in 7th heaven. The initial spritz is all about the cherry and thereafter it becomes all about the amber. It’s a floriental with a bit of praline (which I swear I can smell to the very word!) that settles to a deep, amber and woods laden, kind of sweet, kind of heady aroma. The last is good on this and I think it’s another love-hate fragrance for me! I can see it being somewhat addictive, but it’s not a dupe for Tom Ford – similar story with completely different endings. It’s £55 HERE.
Designed to be unisex, Linen Vetiver is a gentle and clean wash of citrus and green notes – it is soft and fresh with a little bit of zing that’s just lovely and wearable. I’m not great at picking out individual notes so I’ve just cut and paste the official notes list as follows – Italian Bergamot, Sparkling Petitgrain, Cardamom, Hyacinth, Wild Iris, Watery Jasmine, Crystal Amber, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Musk – but evident is the bergamot, petitgrain, jasmine, oakmoss and musk. Definitely unisex, definitely summery and an absolute crowd pleaser.
Neroli Woods is a riot of orange and my favourite of the three – the creator talks of orange blossom flavoured yoghurt cake and I totally get that – a blossomy sweetness cut with something sharp or tart so it’s pleasing rather than cloying. The notes are as follows: Mandarin Leaves, Neroli, Coconut Water, Peony, Orange Flower, Solar Frangipani, Ebony Woods, Amber, Sandalwood, Cedar. I can pick out the mandarin, neroli, orange flower and frangipani – there’s something a bit beachy about it with a cologne style backdrop – I can easily be transported to the South of France with this which is probably as close as I’ll get this year! I’ll take it. I’ve found them both for £12.99 for the 15ml versions HERE and £25 for the 75mls at Fragrance Direct but that’s not a site I’ve used before – there’s a bit of a distribution issue I think because these crop up in different places at different prices but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re pretty damn good.
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Lovely review Jane and thank you for being considerate about Father’s Day. I remember trying valiantly and failing to persuade my dad to upgrade from Old Spice to Guerlain, Dior, Chanel etc – whatever I could get a sample of 🙂 It was fun trying plus I got some lovely stuff for myself to try.
I’ve used Fragrance Direct before and they were all genuine products. Been eyeing up the Banana Republic range for a while as their prices are very reasonable. The Vetiver and Neroli get my vote as I have overcherried on L’Occitane’s stuff (and liked them less each year) and battled with LPRN by Guerlain over the last few years.
I also saw the M&S collection scents are available in super handy 10ml sprays and a fab trio for a little budget friendly treat or two. Have a lovely weekend xxx
Oh that’s good to know – at the price, it’s definitely worth trying them I think. I’m really impressed.
Looks like it’s currently down to £25 at Superdrug – could that be right?!
Some of the Banana Republic fragrances are on Superdrug – the site was glitchy yesterday anyway but I didn’t see Cherry & Amber specifically at half price although there were others that were.
I’d not heard of this range before, so it’s all very good news. Like you guys, I’d pounce on any neroli within reach, plus orange flower/blossom. I love the simple bottles, too. Thank you.
(Which reminds me, I’ve still not bought any of the Jo Malone colognes from Zara, and I’d better get a move on)
Chrissie, you’ve brought back memories of a similar early ‘70s campaign to shunt my Pa onto more delightful scents than Old Spice. I recall one he was enamoured of by Max Factor, specially designed for those using electric shavers. I wonder what the difference was?!
Oooo this sounds amazing!