Perfume, Reviews - December 21st, 2012
Bath & Body Works really hyped up the launch of their Eau de Parfum Forever Red. In the past, they’ve done a lot of body mists, etc., but apparently this is their first “luxury” perfume. Influenster included a 0.25 fl. oz mini bottle in the Cosmo Vox Box, so I get to check it out!
The perfume is sweet. Really, really, sweet. It’s got notes of pomegranate, peach, apple, red peony, night marigold, red osmanthus, vanilla rum, marshmallow, and oak wood. It’s also quite fruity in the opening, and a bit boozy in the drydown. I like it, but it’s certainly not unique or special. It reminds me of a host of other perfumes in the genre, like Britney Spears Fantasy or Taylor Swift Wonderstruck. Honestly, both of those perfumes do the fruity-sweet thing better than Forever Red, in my opinion, and I’ll stick with them. I’m having a hard time really differentiating this scent from some of Bath & Body Works’ others, like Be Enchanted (which I actually like, especially the shower gel) and Paris Amour (and their bottles are WAAAY CUTER). They just smell really similar to me, so I have a hard time fingering Forever Red as the “luxury” scent. At the ripe old age of 33, however, I am probably not the target market for this perfume, and I’m guessing there are plenty of teen to twenty-something gals who will really love it.
The price point ($44.50 for a 2.5 fl. oz. bottle) is in line with department store perfume prices. (That’s cheaper than Wonderstruck, for example.) There are matching body products, if layering is your thing. For comparison purposes, I did spray one of Bath & Body Works’ eau de toilette’s on one wrist and Forever Red (an eau de parfum) on the other, and Forever Red did last longer – as it should, since it’s an EDP.
So. Would I splurge on a full-size Forever Red? Nope, it’s not for me. But reviewing this scent did get me in a Bath & Body Works store, where I was reasonably impressed to see that they are offering EDT versions of their scents – and I would consider picking up one of those, they’re a good value.