Christian Lacroix - Absynthe (2009)

Christian Lacroix - Absynthe by Avon
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Christian Lacroix - Absynthe (Avon)
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Christian Lacroix - Absynthe is a perfume by Avon for women and was released in 2009. The scent is green-fresh. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesFreesia, Star anise, Vermouth
Heart Notes Heart NotesNarcissus, Orchid, Saffron
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Ebony, Musk, Myrrh

Ratings

Scent

6.7 (55 Ratings)

Longevity

5.9 (42 Ratings)

Sillage

5.7 (36 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (46 Ratings)
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Bottle 6.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 1.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
Helpful Review    2
I'm torn
This fragrance confuses me a little bit. It smells better far away from my nose. Just like with Thierry Mugler's Alien, this turns into a dirty little fungus when I stick my nose down on my arm. I don't like that note at all! I have no idea what is giving off the mushroom/damp earth smell. Sometimes perfumes list "oakmoss" and I wonder if that is the culprit, but it is not listed here.

I do get the top notes when I initially spray. They come out in a big swirl of alcohol, which apparently they're calling "vermouth." I'm glad when the heart notes swing into play because the narcissus and orchid really deepen the aroma; no idea what saffron smells like! Or ebony. I do like the amber and musk, but I love pretty much any musky and/or amber-y perfume. The myrrh might make this a little more "incense-y" than most people (ladies) would like, but it's well-grounded and doesn't take over.

The bottle is kind of a sickly shade of greenish-yellow (think ectoplasm), but it is called Absynthe, so I would be shocked if the bottle were hot pink or something like that. The name screams green, but the fragrance really doesn't. It smells more ambery brown-yellow, in my opinion. (A green scent to me would smell like grass and herbs, etc.) I do like the shape of the bottle; it fits nicely in my hand, and I don't feel like I'm going to drop it when I spray it, like I do with other, awkwardly shaped bottles (i.e. my favorite Liz Claiborne). The sprayer is a sharp little squirt, not a big misty cloud, so I feel like I am dripping wet until it dries. I typically run that drippiness through my hair.

Longevity is extremely poor. Barely two hours. I had to reapply it to write this review because it had sharply faded since 7 AM. Sillage (i.e. projection) is pretty good, maybe within arms' length or a little more.

I wanted this to be a favorite because my kids gave it to me several years ago for Mother's Day, and overall, I do like it, but it isn't a favorite due to that mushroom note and the poor longevity. It definitely smells better when wafting around me, which I think is unusual. My husband can attest to the amount of time I spend sniffing my wrists. I would not attempt that with this perfume, except while writing a review. But now that task is done.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
A Green Fairy Lost in the Woods
This is a fragrance that I'd call dark and mysterious, but it's also somewhat gentle at the same time. Probably because of the anise note and dark mood, I'd class it with Lolita Lempicka and Poison. The anise and vermouth in this make it smell mysterious, while the florals make it gentle and the woods, musk and myrrh round it out nicely. I like the green earthiness of this: I swear I can smell wet soil in this, and I love that. This is one of my favourite offerings from Avon for some time.

The only drawbacks to this lovely fragrance are the sillage and longevity which are both decidedly average.

I sometimes layer this on top of Poison, and it smells like the best of both.
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
A musky green forest rather than a bottle of absinthe
Absynthe is very chemical in a sense. However I don't mean that I'm repulsed by it, I just find it that little bit odd.

When I first sprayed this on, my immediate thoughts were that it smelt like menthol and a cosmetic aisle. I was a little disappointed that it didn't smell anything like absinthe, the very potent alcoholic beverage that has been banned in my own country.

Absynthe is only slightly green, but not in a grassy or rainforest sense. It smells damp and musty to me, like a heavily timbered area which barely sees the light. It reminds me slightly of Eden by Cacharel.

This fragrance is floral, but not in a feminine or delicate way, they sit on the skin quite rudely with their complexity. There is also a subtle spiciness brought about by the saffron and a bitterness caused by the wormwood additive which is the most common ingredient found in absinthe.

Despite liking the idea and concept behind the fragrance, this is not really a true homage to absinthe itself, but rather a unique green floral with an interesting muskiness. The lasting power is unfortunately very poor.
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Aromatic Woody Scent
This is a green fresh and woody -aromatic scent.The opening is a sharp fresh note of Absinthe which is a very different from other greenish notes.Then comes the freshness of the aromatic note of narcissus and orchids and fresh cut florals...the aroma gets more sweet and deeper.
The silage is great and turns to a soft ambery and woody base.
The scent in general is very fresh and green ,long lasting and soft woody.

Statements

Bcars10 18 months ago
An unusual fragrance that smells best when wafting through the air, not on my skin.+1
Bottle 6.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 1.0
Scent 5.0

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