I recently had the opportunity to sniff the first of a new trio of fragrances by Reese Witherspoon, her Expressions collection. I’m a fan of Reese’s, and I cheered her on when she became an “Avon Global Ambassador” in 2007. She cited Avon’s philanthropy in women’s issues as the deciding factor behind the partnership (specifically breast cancer research and their mission to end domestic violence, though the Avon Foundation also supports disaster relief and environmental issues). But on a smaller front, I also respect that Avon is a brand that is accessible to women everywhere — both geographically and fiscally.
Love to the Fullest is described as an “oriental floral,” and I confess I was expecting something more dark and sexy — I get the “floral,” but not the “oriental.”
The notes are black cherry, peony, amber and woods — and I usually feel I can usually pick out a few notes of any fragrance — but Love to the Fullest smells so blended, I was unable to describe any single element. Well, maybe one element: I detect a note of sweet clay, like you sometimes smell in coconut body lotions. It gives me a slightly beachy feel.
Though I would have classified this fragrance as a floral, Mr. Salt thought it smelled like cologne — so I guess it’s somewhat unisex. The staying power is also very good.
All in all, I think Expressions’ second fragrance, Laugh Often might be more my style. I’ve read that it’s citrusy, with notes of white tea, mandarin, freesia, and rose.
And if you can wait until August, you’ll be rewarded with Live Without Regrets, a fragrance inspired by Reese’s mother (who wore gardenia). The notes include bergamot, black currant, gardenia, muguet petals, magnolia, freesia, jasmine, amber, and musk.
The Avon Expressions fragrances are $22.50 each (EDT, 50 ml/1.7 oz).
This post is part of my participation in Avon’s blog ambassador’s program. Avon provided this fragrance for my review, and I am compensated for my participation in this program.