Review: Victorinox Swiss Army Ella EDT

Review: Victorinox Swiss Army Ella EDT

Hi guys, hope you enjoyed my earlier review of Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba. Today we’re going to talk about Victorinox Swiss Army Ella. Now I know this is not a new launch (I think this came to stores in 2014-15 worldwide) but I’m not sure if this was available in India till now.

Concept
An ode to Swiss explorer, Ella Maillart, the perfume, Ella pays homage to any woman who is freespirited, has a thirst of adventure and appreciates all things Oriental.

Bottle
I think the perfume makers at Victorinox Swiss Army had every intention of doing something very different from their minimal yet powerful perfumes for men like Swiss Army Mountain Water or Swiss Army Mystique Forest

 

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Sporting cherry blossoms on the cover of the box, I discovered the perfume bottle is designed to be as functional as it can be. It has a rubber body so that the perfume bottle stays intact as you travel. Along with that, the perfume has a round mirror in the middle of the perfume that can help you get ready, on the go. The perfume also comes with a dragonne/string that helps you hang it anywhere–albeit I dunno why you’d need to do that.

First Impression
I wasn’t too impressed to see the bright pink bottle considering everything else from Victorinox is so simple and to the point.

The first spritz of the perfume left me overwhelmed.

Perfumery
Don’t get me wrong, I love oriental fragrances and planned to purchase something different this year but this perfume is just too heavy for me.

Top notes: Kumquat, Fig Tree Leaves, Litchi
Heart Notes: Ginger, Tuberose, Osmanthus
Base Notes: Vanilla, Amber, Rosewood

I think I could smell the kumquat and the rosewood on my first whiff and frankly it was just too much. The balance was off for me and almost made me lightheaded, and not in a good way. After about 5 minutes, the middle and base notes of tuberose (which is a familiar smell in India) along with vanilla and amber take over. The ginger and kumquat lingers on, a bit too much for me.

Frankly, I didn’t expect this from the genuises behind something as clean and suave as Victorinox Swiss Army Mountain Water.

Overall impression

First impression: Too heavy for my pallette; very experimentative,  fruity and floral at its heart.

The perfume is ideal for: those of us who actually like the top notes because this does not sell short on sillage. If you spray it once in the morning, you will smelling off it all day.

Will it give you a headache? Maybe.

Shall I pick it up at Duty Free? I sincerely feel you should try this, keep it on the whole day and buy it.

Victorinox Swiss Army Ella is priced at Rs 5,200 for 75 ml

 


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