Friday, 18 November 2011

Fragrance Friday: Valentino Valentina

I've been drying to try the latest fragrance from Valentino ever since I caught a glimpse of the gorgeous bottle a few months ago. Since then it's always slipped my mind to sample 'Valentina' every time I've been passing through a perfume hall, but this week I finally remembered and went over to have a look (and smell!)

There is no denying the packaging is stunning. It's ultra feminine, with something rather elegant about it (I think its the shape of the bottle neck?) while still managing to keep a hint of fun girlishness with the pretty flowers that adorn the front. I think these are made out of some kind of ceramic. From the pictures, I was expecting leather.


The scent itself is much like the bottle. Feminine and elegant, but nothing too 'out there' or wild. It's a 'floriental' as the fragrance buffs like to call it... a floral oriental that I adored upon first spray, despised after two minutes, and came to rather like once it finally settled into the skin after about twenty minutes. It's quite a nicely balanced fragrance, with notes of bergamot, white truffle, orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine, strawberry and quite a distinctive base of amber and cedar softened with a little vanilla.

Overall, it's a fragrance that I can't quite put my finger on. Part of me wants to love it, the other thinks it just isn't really 'me'. This is definitely more of a classically feminine, softly sophisticated scent and would make a great choice for those kind of people. I however, like to go for extremes... fruity, sweet, spicy etc. and somehow 'Valentina' is not quite extreme enough for my liking. I think this could be a good choice for my mum this Christmas though...

Valentina is available now, from £40 for 30ml Eau de Parfum. ( On a side note, the 30ml bottle actually only comes with two little flowers on the front, not three. A bit disappointing considering the price in my opinion!)

I'd love to know what you all think about the scent? Have you tried it yet?
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19 comments

  1. Beautiful bottle!
    Looking forward to trying it!

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  2. i haven't tried this scent, but i'll keep it in mind for when i go to sephora or macy's. and i also think that the packaging is really beautiful! :)

    <3, Mimi
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  3. I loved this scent :) I think I might be turning into a lady ;))) because I've been enjoying scents that I'd never buy in the past :D (i've just turned 30 :D)

    My current faves are Lancome's "Tresor In Love" and Burberry's "Body" :) (I usually wear ONLY one maximum 2 perfumes at a time.. for like MONTHS!)

    xx all the way from Portugal ;)

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  4. Wow, that sounds amazing and the bottle is beautiful! From looking at other reviews, it seems the bottle does have three applique flowers. I wonder if your bottle was defective? Strange!

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  5. Nevermind! I see you were talking about the smaller size bottle. Oops!

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  6. Yes, this wouldn't be my kind of scent either from your description xoxo
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  7. I love the packaging of this bottle, so feminine and I would love to add it to my scent collection but the scent simply didn't do it for me sadly! My mum loves it though so I've bought it for her for christmas :)


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  8. The packaging is amazing! so beautiful! thanks for sharing!

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  9. I always love looking at perfume post but alas they all give me instant headaches :(

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  10. love the bottle :D

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  11. The bottle is so beautiful! :) xx

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  12. the bottle looks really cute :)

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  13. Gorgeous bottle, really want to try this now! :)

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  14. Beautiful bottle, I really want to sniff it.

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  15. this bottle is toooooo gorgeous!
    I would love to try this!
    nice post! thank you!
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  16. I HAVE THIS IN 80ML and it's amazing !!!!!!

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  17. love the bottle xx

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    RavingBeautyx

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