This week's perfume pick is Butterfly by Hanae Mori. Butterfly is a rare blend of berries and flowers, with a distinctive tone of strawberries and almond - which gives off an impression of vanilla. The bottle's top is distinctly made from glass, a first for any fragrance. The top represents the beauty and delicate shape of a butterfly with folded wings.
The first spritz is very sweet and the light, fruity floral top-notes shine through. The fruity tones are more noticable when the spritz is still wet. As it begins to dry, it also becomes warmer --allowing the woodier characters to come through. The fruity scent lingers, but it is in the drydown that this fragrance really matures into a scent that is sweet and soft without being overly sugary. At this point it will tend to resemble almonds and vanilla with just a hint of sandalwood.
You won't leave the house in a cloud of perfume after applying Butterfly. Rather, people will notice a pleasing aroma waft around when when you walk past, brush your hair behind your ear, and adjust your collar. This doesn't mean that you will need to apply more to be noticed, but it does mean that it won't knock down your officemates with killer headaches with an extra little spritz, as it's okay if you feel like you need it.
Also, the bottle is just so classy - not particularly glamorous, but the simple, clean design topped with the pretty glass butterfly cap is almost a perfect reflection of the perfume itself -- subtle, with a surprise note of stand-out femininity. Butterfly usually retails between $65 - $90, but you can purchase a 3.3 oz bottle on sale now for only $44.25 at FragranceX.com.
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