5th Avenue After Five 2005

5th Avenue After Five by Elizabeth Arden
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5th Avenue After Five is a perfume by Elizabeth Arden for women and was released in 2005. The scent is floral-fresh. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Honeysuckle, Coriander, Plum
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Lotus, Lily-of-the-valley, Saffron
Base Notes Base NotesBirch, Musk, Sandalwood, Tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

7.3 (48 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (37 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (36 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (42 Ratings)
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9
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5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
Elysium

373 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
   2  
Spring Supper at Tiffany's
I am generally not a snob in perfumes, and I am also inquisitive. After finding, trying, and loving the 5th Avenue classic, I wasn't sure what to demand from this one. The original is quite heavy but really adorable. After Five was a blind purchase because I found it for a steal, like all other flankers I already own from this line. And it was an absolute hit! The name After Five gave me the idea that it would be a more substantial and even deeper perfume since it is intended for a late day. How rashly I was, and more how mistakenly I expected a 5th Avenue flanker! This perfume is delicate and easy to love, a bit cozy, a softer and lighter one, very diverse from 5th Avenue original. It's a moment of harsh. Just one single spray and the space around you becomes tenuous, the breath calms down. The more I know about the 5th Avenue flankers, the more I am persuaded they are all perfumes apart. When I smell After Five, I imagine an elegant lady in a black dress, a beautiful black scarf, pearl jewelry, and a lit cigarette that contemplatively looks through the window of a jewelry store, on her way to supper at Tiffany's with friends.
For this creation, Ms. Arden relied on Olivier Gillotin's nose, the creator of renowned perfumes such as CK Reveal Men, Z by Zegna, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille and Tobacco Oud, Balenciaga Cristobal, and 5th Avenue Gold just to mention a few.

After Five is sheer and goes through different stages of development, very sour and fruity opening, which develops into a soft floral scent, and closes with moss and creamy wood. On my skin, it oozes with a pile of squeaky citrusy and greenish notes, a pleasant fresh redolence tingle my nostril. The general impression made me think of the ruby grapefruit, but instead, I have found the bergamot. Not at all sweet, somewhat severe, and gloomy citrus explosion muffled by tasteful plummy flowers. I can get the luscious presence of the white and yellow honeysuckle blossoms, which bring me back to my childhoods, a touch of freshly crushed coriander seeds that is more of a flash, still good for keeping the blend fresh like dewy foliage, and luscious freshly cut ripe black plum. So, the opening is sweet, citrus, a bit fruity, with an abundance of white flowers.

After Five gets better and better as it slowly moves to the heart, which boosts with a distinctive aspect. There is a hint of golden saffron that seasons the floral counterpart and makes you blush, jasmine on the top, followed by pristine woodland muguet and radiant, dewy lotus. Elegant, dry, and tingling, I like how the honeysuckle and the Indian lotus are beautifully combined. The resulting concoction is a peppery bouquet of floral and spicy flavors. The flowers have a watery and insubstantial smell, creating an impression of an aquatic vibe.

The dry down announces its arrival with the slight woodiness of sandalwood and perhaps a stronger muskiness of white musk. The tonka bean is not dominant, which makes the scent a bit vanillic but not too sweet. And what disappointed me a bit is the imperceptible birch, which means that I was expecting something similar to the toughest leather male colognes; I suppose the perfumer goes lighter in the case of women's fragrance. Instead, smelling the scent close to my skin, I get an intriguing and surprising sort of white chocolate melted with velvety wax. In the end, I found the overall smell tasteful and excellent, with its animal, bitter, floral, woody, warm spicy, and green aspects.

The fragrance lasts for at most 4 hours on my skin, eventually turning into a very light and woody musk. It is not a charismatic and sparkling club perfume, it is not even profound, but it is an excellent evening perfume just as it was promised in its name. It is also wearable during the day and for the office, harmless but far from boring or not original. It leaves a trail, but it is not overpowering. It is one of the perfumes that doesn't make any big statement, but anyway it smells excellent. The fact that it has a light projection and longevity should not be a problem. In fact, as a warm-season evening fragrance, it is meant to cover the gap between workday and a night out, so perfect for a few drinks after work where everything could happen. It's that time… The night is young when the day is long, and the city is the place to be. Not all fragrances should be robust, impetuous, and exaggerated. The calm sophistication is more than convincing, and the modern oriental After Five convinced me, sensuous, but with a strong appeal for any age. Lovely soft, serene, and, most of all, not-headache inducing. For a night out, you should better look at 5th Avenue Nights. Why is this perfume so cheap is beyond me, but I am not complaining. Just another beautiful creation by Elisabeth Arden.

This review is based upon a 75ml/2.5 FL. OZ I own (Batch code 5pa2, Production date 2015-12).

-Elysium
7.5
Scent
5
Longevity
4
Sillage
8
Bottle
Jazzy76

320 Reviews
Jazzy76
Jazzy76
   1  
Before five!(And not in N.Y)
It is very curious how the advertisers choose the name of the products they 're about to launch. In this case, "After five" is a really wrong name for this flanker.
Many time I saw here on the net this fragrance and, imagining an evening-night version of 5th avenue, a bright perfume I own and I love, I was too curious to find it in the drugstores and to try it.
Finally, Yesterday i found it on sale on one of my favorite drugstores shelves: fantastic!
First of all, I appreciated the elegant and refined skyscraper-shaped bottle similar to the classic 5th avenue's one. Then I finally sprayed the scent closing my eyes and waiting to smell something warm, sexy and "nocturne".
What a disappointment when I realized that it was a very light, at least perceivable scent , almost "watered down "!
The flowery-fruity bouquet is pleasant, but too pale, quite non-existent. i didn't perceive at all the base notes such as the tonka bean, on my skin as well as on the mouillette.
Maybe with its softness, brightness and very light sillage , this fragrance could be the perfect morning scent ( or office scent ) in the hottest season because it's refreshing with a touch of class like a dew on the countryside grass (...but not at all in the Big Apple!).
Anyway, the relation quality- quantity-price is good: you can find at about 20€ or less a 125ml bottle , so don't be shy to spray it generously for a clean, refined and refreshing effect.
Now I say to myself: "To buy it or not to buy it? this is the question!"
8
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
DorothyGrace

73 Reviews
DorothyGrace
DorothyGrace
   1  
Light and Refined
This is such a nice fragrance; light and refined, twinset and pearls, matching shoes and handbag, elegant but lively.

I haven't got this perfume but my aunt has and on her it is a delightfully light, clean, powdery (but not in a dusty way), honeysuckle, bergamot, and soft musk.

Smelling her skin close up there is hardly any smell but the fragrance dances lightly on the air leaving a pleasant perfumed wake.

Projection is good, I catch fragrant wafts of the scent from across the room. I don't know about longevity but certainly she was still leaving a perfumed trail at the end of a full day running errands.

Strength is good, auntie only ever sprays one or two short bursts.

My Aunt has always stuited this style of perfume; on her skin Chanel No. 5, No 19, No22, Blue Grass, Anais Anais, this one, all exude elegance and light.

Actually one thing I have learnt from this is that smelling one's own skin is highly unlikely to be representative of the impact one's scent is having on one's surroundings, indeed I was most surprised at how much fragrance was in the air and how little could be smelt on auntie's skin. Thank goodness I am a chronic undersprayer myself because I like to wear well known heavy hitters (I'm looking at you early Aromatics Elixir - still love ya baby).

New bottle purchased December 2015
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7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
LadyRogue

166 Reviews
LadyRogue
LadyRogue
Helpful Review    2  
Clean & Fresh
Elizabeth Ardens scents are getting plentiful in my wardrobe. I find that I like most of them and that they are very well made.

After finding and loving "5th Avenue" (the original) I didn't quite know what to expect from this 'flanker'. The original is quite heavy yet oh so lovely. Calling this one "5th Avenue After Five" gave me the impression it would be a heavier and even more deeper scent since it is intended for after work. How wrongly they named it! And how wrongly did I expect a clone of 5th Avenue! For this one is nothing like it!

After Five is a super-pretty-expensive-smelling-soapy-clean-slightly-lemony-almost-aquatic-super-fresh-scent-with-wood-notes. So very different from 5th Avenue!

Plum with honeysuckle on a bed of (lots) of bergamot. Birch and sandalwood notes embracing the entire scent evolvement to the dry down. It's classy, clean and super fresh. After Five is perfect for many all round occasions: office, home, gym, leisure and summer. To me however it's not 'naughty' enough to be an (After Five) evening scent; but that is a personal preference and in no way a reflection on the fact that I can see people wearing this as an evening scent.

It's a truly unusual all-rounder that is very well made. And I agree with the statements below that the name is misleading since one can hardly call this a 'flanker'. And that it should've been released under its own 'identity'. So if you expect what I expected. Sample it first! It is quite different from 5th Avenue! But very much worth discovering in its own right.

Silage is: "super-clean-pretty-soapy-aura-of-freshness" -- Longevity is: "all day long".
7
Scent
5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Icekat

97 Reviews
Icekat
Icekat
Helpful Review    3  
Elegant crisp floral bouquet suitable for a daytime
After Five is an elegant, clean and pleasant scent. I would not call it sensual or fun scent that I want to put on for a night out but I could see this as a nice daily perfume. The floral bouquet is pleasant, polite and interesting enough not to bore me during the day.

At first I smell a nice fresh bergamot note mixed with a slightly sweet plum. There is also a nice pinch of pepper. But very soon the scent develops into strong floral bouquet with predominant lily of the valley. I have to admit that I love lily of the valley and it is decent here but it is not my favorite as the composition is a bit too sharp and crisp for my tastes. I prefer more delicate lily of the valley. Still, it is a nice clear and clean floral that exudes elegance and class. The floral bouquet lasts for at least 4 hours on my skin finally transforming into a very light and woody musk. I do not find the dry down to be particular interesting.

After Five is an elegant and pleasant daily floral but I will not repurchase it once the bottle is done.

Statements

ElysiumElysium 141 days ago
9
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5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
Not linear with different stages, very sour fruity opening, it develops into a soft floral scent and closes with the musky and woody accord.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 24 months ago
7.5
Scent
5
Longevity
4
Sillage
8
Bottle
No sillage? no party! it seems weird, but this scent, in spite of its name,is bright and clean : perfect in the morning and when it's hot!
FirasmalanzyFirasmalanzy 2 years ago
8
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7
Longevity
6
Sillage
5
Bottle
I buyed this cologne blindly, good perfume, light and sweet, i gived it as a gift to my little sister i hope she'll like it :) .
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