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If you are one of the (Lovely) people who read my other perfume op then you will know that I often have problems with perfumes as a number of them give me headaches(If you didn't read it, shame on you!)However Les Belles De Ricci isn't one of those evil headache inducing perfumes and so I thought purely for this reason deserved an op.
Les Belles De Ricci was created in 1996 by the designer Nina Ricci and is made in France. There are 3 different variations of Les Belles De Ricci eau de toilette but the most popular is known as Liberty Fizz (The one in the green bottle). The price of this eau de toilette can vary dramatically as I have seen 100ml sold on the net for 34 pounds but actually managed to buy 60ml for 15, so a bit of a bargain there then, David Dickinson would be proud!
I would say this perfume is not for the faint hearted and this seems to be reflected in the somewhat gaudy packaging. The box is one shade away from being fluorescent green and has a Taj Mahal shaped pink splodge in the middle on which Les Belles De Ricci is written in gold lettering (It also says all the usual stuff; dont spray perfume anywhere weird and a list of bizarre ingredients!) The only way I can describe the bottle is by saying it looks like a frosted green Walnut Whip (Thats the polite way of saying it!) and is topped with a metalic pink crown/flower shaped lid. Although the packaging is quite unusual I would say that it is attractive and as its so distictive I dont think you will ever confuse it with any other perfume!
I would say this perfume is definately non greasy and it has never stained my clothes. It evaporates very quickly after you spray it on so I think it contains a lot of Alcohol, so I wil echo the words of the box and say careful where you spray!
When I first smelt this perfume in the shops with my friends I thought that it smelled a little of Tomatoes but decided to keep my mouth shut, I mean who says a perfume smells like Tomatoes!? Well apparently Nina Ricci does as this eau de toilette contains extracts from the leaf, flower and fruit of the Tomato. When you first spray it on all you really smell is the alcohol, which isn't very pleasant, but once it has settled you get a very delicate fruity Tomato fragrance with very citrusy undertones. Now you might say who wants to smell like a Tomato and you would be right if this smelt like a traditional salad Tomato, but it doesn't. You know when people are always saying that the Tomato is a fruit, well when I smell this perfume I can totally see where they're coming from as this perfume is fruity, flowery, fresh and light.
I would say the scent lasts for about 4-5 hours but to be honest the lingering trace of it is almost nicer than the actual perfume as it smells really soft and sweet.
This is probably one of my favourite perfumes, in fact the only thing that I dont like about it is the fact that it is very hard to find. Since I bought the 60ml as a little present for my mum a year or so ago I haven't seen it in the shops. The really annoying thing is she doesn't even use it, but I feel guilty using it myself as I bought it as a present for her, Oh well I suppose I will just have to resort to plan B making my own, now wheres that Ketchup!