Early last year, I was obsessed (and I do mean completely obsessed) with this perfume to the extent that I carried both the eau de parfum and the fragrant essence around with me, and forced all of my perfume pals to smell it at every available opportunity. I was so happy and delighted to have found a beautiful, and clever, celebrity fragrance at last. Everyone loved it (and I know a few people bought it as a result), but then my sense of smell disappeared for a while, and sadly, so did my ability to write, or even think about fragrance properly.
But now my sense of smell is coming back, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a spritz (or three) of Joan Collins I Am Woman, and finally getting to write about it. I Am Woman opens bright and slightly citrussy, with subtle bergamot giving it a sense of sparkle and fizz which quickly gives way to a fuzzy and warm peach-effect. The peaches in I Am Woman smell like they have been soaked in an expensive wooden brandy barrel for some time, giving them a slightly boozy tone, and then dusted with a little baby powder, which lends them a little softness, taking the edge off the booze. Once you get past the peaches, there’s a rich and dark wooded base, which is smooth and silky with sandalwood, and there’s just enough cedar in there to stop the whole thing being too sweet and ladylike.
Whilst the perfume is rich (not to mention replete with powder, booze and fruit, and bearing in mind that it bears the name of Joan Collins), you’d almost expect this to be a HUGE fragrance, but it’s actually surprisingly subtle, and the sillage stays close to the wearer – it definitely does not enter the room before you do. It’s sophisticated, and the first time I smelled it, I knew, this is exactly what a perfume from Joan Collins should smell like. That what is essentially, boozy peaches and baby powder, should smell so sophisticated is the real wonder.
I love the peripherals from the range, too, which is unsual for me. The body lotion is very subtly scented and a very light formulation which makes a great layering base for fragrance – any fragrance – as it is very subtle, and moisturised skin holds fragrance better than drier skin, plus this is a good moisturiser too. The darker bottle in the top picture is actually a “Fragrant Essence”, which has a slightly deeper scent than the spray eau de parfum as the oily formula doesn’t hold onto the citrus notes as well, but it can be used to scent baths, linen sprays, and my own personal favourite; diffused in a scent diffuser. A brilliantly simple idea!
You can find Joan Collins I Am Woman at Urban Retreat in Harrods, on QVC (where you’ll also find the rest of her makeup range too), and online at Joan Collins Beauty. I Am Woman scented products begin at £12 for the fragrant essence (bargain!) and go up to £50 for the full-size fragrance.
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