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Giorgio Beverley Hills Red Eau de Toilette 90ml

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Oh yes, Giorgio! This was popular when I was in High School in the late 80s. A loud, floral, fruity bomb, much different and louder/stronger than the fruity- florals of today. I remember the advertising for this, it wasn't sold in regular stores at first so you really had to have money and access to get your hands on this. Its 2018 and this is still in every single chemist and fragrance store ive ever been into, and yes,as others have mentioned she's been placed low on the dusty discount shelves..Oh how the once mighty has fallen. Top notes consist of specific fruits which are briefly reminiscent of the fruit notes in Krizia Teatro and the peach in aldehyde fruit floral top notes like Samsara and Coco. The aldehydes are quite the test here. If you can get past the opening of strong alcohol-aldehyde waterfalls, then you are going to be ok! The fruit is slightly reminiscent of hairspray a la Aquanet or the opening to Avon Persian Wood. There's an osmanthus which in and of itself is a fruity flower smell with an apricot scent. There's ylang ylang too which smells of banna. Then of course the typical citric hesperidic notes of oranges and a peach and a touch of cassis grape/currant. A touch of booze like grape wine. A bit of litchi or lychee sweetens it up and has a dark gourmand aroma. Finally the biggest note of sweet fruit is the cherry. It's like a big cherry on top of a dessert. But instantly dark and almost like a dark red berry or cranberry. To my nose these notes are there not to be too sweet but rather fresh and to compliment the aldehyde blast. Giorgio released in 1981. The 1980's was impossible to live through without having people that you knew wearing the original Giorgio. The notes include: "top notes of orange blossom, peach, apricot and trails of sweet and fresh bergamot. The middle notes bring ylang-ylang, seductive tuberose, gardenia, jasmine, rose and orchid. Floral bouquet spreads itself in the base, with warm sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, amber, cedar, oakmoss and musk" (borrowing from the Fragrantica description).

I had this a few years ago and LOVED it! A little goes a long way. I love its sweetness - like biting into a chewy fruit candy paired with more sophisticated woody tones - YUM! I decided this would be my new signature (as Elysium is sadly discontinued) and bought a new bottle. To my horror the new one smelt awful! The sweetness was overpowered by something else - something so awful I can't even describe it! Not sure if I got one that was off or if they changed the formula. Either way, I haven't been game to try again.

Let me tell you my little story with this one (apologies beforehand, it got rather long): Born in the 80s I grew up with some powerhouses worn by my mother. She smelled (smells) fabulous and looks the part. She also had a bottle of Giorgio, which at some point stood on the counter of the guest bathroom (she is more the Opium kind of girl). However, I always smelt it now and then because its so gorgeous, a happy scent. Powerful? Sure! But, as stated below - never cloying. It’s not a goth vamp scent but it has a shady ashiness to it that makes it incompatible with frou-frou or overtly womanly.

The story of Giorgio Beverly Hills began in 1961 with the opening of the famous boutique behind the distinctive yellow and white striped frontage on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Another drugstore gem, sold cheap enough to overspray if desired (but hardly necessary). Almost too agreeable to be a love for me, I don't find it defined or controversial enough when the elements I enjoy in it are amplified and exemplified in other scents. It is a rich floral chypre---I don't get the cherry note that some people are talking about. It's a complex fragrance that starts boozy then mellows to a nice mix of dirty mossy roses and woods. It smells best when worn on the skin that is covered by clothing---that way it sort of gets heated and you get varying facets of it. with exposed skin, like the arms or wrists, it goes straight up cigar and fireplace. I experience the same thing with Chanel Cristalle, which after years of study have discovered that the best place to put it is on the nape and at the tummy.In my opinion, the scent is just like I remember it. Dark, rich, and sweet. Not sugary sweet. More like cigar sweet. Maybe now that I'm more mature I simply appreciate scents more, but I think it's better than I remember. I can't say it's the same or if it's different in some way. I can say this. It's sublime. Now it's not just dark, but dark and brooding. Not just rich, but rich and musky. Not just sweet, but sweet and sensual. It has attitude.

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