Monday, April 2, 2012

Harvey Prince Ageless edt review

First off, I finally ordered a new camera, so hopefully this is my LAST post with these crappy webcam pics!  YAY!!

But anyway... ever since I finished off my last bottle of Pink Sugar, I've been in the market for a new perfume.  Yes, I still love Pink Sugar and intend to buy another bottle, but I've been using it regularly for the last 2 years and I just want to add something new to my routine.  The only problem is, I live hours from a Sephora or similar store, so it's a lot harder for me to get my hands on samples than it is for most people.

Happily, I was chosen a winner of See, Shop, Love's Harvey Prince giveaway!  My prize was a bottle of Ageless, which I had never tried.  I was given the impression that the prize would be one of the small bottles, like roll-on sized.  Even now, when I read the blog post, it states that the prize is a 50 ml bottle - no ma'am, Harvey Prince sent me the big guy!  3.4 oz/100 ml.  I was surprised and excited!

Here, Rowan's helping me model the size, and the cute box.

 I just recently learned about Harvey Prince when I received a sample of Yogini in one of my Birchboxes.   They're a really cool company!  It's run by two brothers, and they describe their products as "Pure, inspired scents of purpose".  I love that each of their fragrances is based on science - including scents that studies have shown to serve a specific purpose.  Even better, they are cruelty free and free of parabens, sulfates, GMOs, and other nasty chemicals.

As I said, I had tried Yogini and really liked it, but for me, it's not a scent I'd wear out to work or running errands, it's more of an at-home relaxation scent. It reminds me of incense, and not my general sort of scent.  So I was excited to try another of their scents (actually two, they sent me a sample of eau flirt as well).

Ageless is a scent that is supposed to make you smell younger.  Not in a candy sweet way, but it actually includes notes that have been proven to cause people to perceive you as younger.  It smells good, too! I love fruity scents, and this is definitely one.  It has already become my everyday scent, to be honest with you, and that's saying something. The awesome box lists the fragrance notes on it.

Since it's hard to read thanks to my crappy webcam (soon!!), it states:

pink grapefruit
leafy green

lily of the valley
cherry blossom

soft musk
precious woods

Now, I'm not a perfumista.  I can't sniff a perfume and pick out a laundry list of notes.  But I can tell you that when you first open the bottle and spray, the very first smell is the fresh pink grapefruit, and then other fruitiness.  I can't say that I specifically smell every fruit listed (I do detect the apple!), but they combine into a nice fruit scent that manages to still smell clean.  I think that is the leafy green.

It does go on a little strong, but I find that most, if not all, perfumes do, and this one mellows out in just a few minutes.  There is a moment (just a couple of seconds), right after the grapefruit, when it actually reminds me a bit of DKNY Be Delicious (which is a scent I like very much, so I'm okay with that).

I was a little concerned about the mids because I dislike strong jasmine smells, but I am happy to say that it's subtle and fresh, and doesn't really smell overwhelmingly floral at all.  It mellows to a sweet, clean scent.

The dry down is nice!  A few hours later, the fruity notes and the mid florals are still there and subtle, but you start to detect these softer notes underneath.

I can still smell this scent on my wrist after several hours.  It smells nice with my body chemistry.  Do I really smell 8 years younger?  I don't know.  But I'm thankful to have received this, because now I have a new scent to liven things up.  And yeah, this is gonna last me a while!  This is definitely a fragrance that you need only one spray of at a time.

(Sorry for the dog, he was feeling very model-y today.)

Rowan checks it out and approves.

Love that the bottle is simple and pink! And huge. And the dog is posing again.

Got a sample of eau flirt, as well. Haven't tried it yet, but it has pumpkin! And Rowan is fond of his profile, I guess...

In all, I am impressed by this perfume and I hope to try the rest of Harvey Prince's scents.  They're a cool, different company, and I definitely recommend checking out their scents if you're looking for something new!

*NOTE:  I won this EDT in another blogger's giveaway.  I was not paid or compensated for this review, and all opinions are my own.


Ashley said...

First I absolutely love your dog!! Such a ham! I've heard of Harvey Prince and I've been wanting to try them out for a while so cool that they sent you the big one for winning!

yousoldtheworld said...

Haha, thanks! He's always sticking his face in'll be even worse when I have a regular camera again.

I just found out today that they have little rollerball bottles of all of their scents for $12 each (on their site on the samples tab), so that might be a good way to try one or two if you're interested.  I think I'm going to try eau de creme (It's based on ice cream, count me in) and eau de lite.  

Sarah LaMantia said...

I tried Yogini from my Dec birchbox and wasnt too big a fan. But all those notes in this are scents that I normally look for in a perfume! I may need to get my hands on it. 

yousoldtheworld said...

I did like Yogini even though it's not my general kind of scent (I usually go for fruity scents.) I think I liked it because I found it comforting - reminded me of a friend I don't get to see often who is a big fan of incense and "hippie-like" scents, haha...but I don't ever wear that one out.  Just after yoga/at bedtime.

This one smells NOTHING like Yogini, it's fruity with a clean, sweet dry down.  I will be wearing it as a daytime scent, I think it's even suitable for work as it isn't too strong.  So yeah, don't let Yogini scare you away from this if you're more into fruity scents.  It's nice!

yousoldtheworld said...

Oh, and I did find that they offer little mini rollerballs of their fragrances for $12 each on their site, so if you can't get your hands on a free sample, there's an affordable option to try it.  I really want to try the ice cream one!

Rianne Cavage said...

I wish I had received this perfume in my Birchbox a few months back. I ended up with Kate Spade Twirl, which I do really like, but this one looked so cute! I have tried the Eau Flirt scent and it was my roommates absolute favorite, but a bit too strong for my taste. Hope you like it though! Oh and your dog is ADORABLE! :D

yousoldtheworld said...

I tried the eau flirt sample just a bit ago and it's alright...I like the scent, but as you said, it's a bit strong.  I do like the dry down.  It's also a lot woodsy/muskier than Ageless, I like Ageless's fruitiness!
And thanks...HE definitely thinks he's adorable!

Amy said...

This sounds like the kind of fragrance that would be right up my alley! I think I might have to invest in some of those rollerballs on their site.

Congrats on your win, and thanks for the review!

yousoldtheworld said...

It's a nice scent!  I'm being tempted by that set of 6 rollerballs for $60, too...

Ashley said...

 Ohh that's good to know thanks for the head ups I love roller balls. Eau de creme is based on ICE CREAM oh that is so right up my alley lol thanks :)

yousoldtheworld said...

Good news, if you're interested, Harvey Prince is letting me give away a bottle of Ageless to one of my readers! I should have the giveaway post up in the next day or so!

yousoldtheworld said...

Good news, if you're interested, Harvey Prince is letting me give away a bottle of Ageless to one of my readers! I should have the giveaway post up in the next day or so!

yousoldtheworld said...

Good news, if you're interested, Harvey Prince is letting me give away a bottle of Ageless to one of my readers! I should have the giveaway post up in the next day or so!

yousoldtheworld said...

Good news, if you're interested, Harvey Prince is letting me give away a bottle of Ageless to one of my readers! I should have the giveaway post up in the next day or so!

Ashley said...

 Thats awesome I'll be sure to check it out!