Thursday, 15 March 2012

Benefit Crescent Row: Laugh With Me Lee Lee Perfume Review

Benefit Cosmetics is undoubtedly one of the quirkiest brands around. With witty names and fun packaging, their products never fail to attract attention. These ingenious ideas extend beyond makeup – their fragrances are equally cleverly designed.
The Crescent row collection comes on their own little mini houses, with interiors to match the owners unique personalities.
Benefit founders Jean's daughters (and Jane's nieces) Maggie and Annie were inspired to bring the concept of Crescent Row when they stumbled upon the incredible Royal Crescent whilst on a trip to Bath, England.
The perfumes were entrusted to perfumer François Demachy of LVMH and developed by Jean and Jane Ford over two years with fragrance companiesRobertet and Firmenich. The scents are housed in flacons inspired by a cocktail shaker Jean and Jane found in their grandmother's belongings from the 1920s in their home state of Indiana. The design was modernized and recreated by Ateliers Dinand. Each is packaged in a mini dollhouse-esque townhouse complete with interior design reflecting the furnishing and decorations of the corresponding fictional gal's eponymous fragrance. (Source)

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Today, we are taking a stroll down to lee lee's place.
What a beautiful Georgian style front door! She has a bottle of milk and today's newspaper waiting on her doorstep. Is she even home? Let's knock and find out...

 Lee lee comes out all dressed in blue. Fresh, with an innocent smile. Oh my! she has invited us inside to have tea in her beautiful garden.
 The entryway has a cute little pond and a path leading inside.
Just like lee lee, the inside of her home has an airy, whimsical feel to it.

What a beautiful summer's afternoon, and you have lovely Gazebo. The garden smells heavenly. Is that jasmine and lilies I smell?
  • Top notes: cassis, melon, citrus
  • Middle notes: black violet, lily, jasmine
  • Bottom notes: blonde wood, amber, santol (a tropical Asian fruit tree with a scent often used in incense)

A poem on the back of the box describes the girly and carefree LeeLee:
her playful wink
and mischievous smile
the flirtatious side
of her innocent style
no thought or worry
of what’s meant to be
first laughter, then love
“…along came leelee”

 Lee lee open fresh and breezy on my skin with a slight hint of floral and fruits. Lee Lee is inspired by the aromas of an English garden, and holds that airy, fresh feeling in it's opening for quite sometime. 
The strongest flower that I can detect is definitely jasmine. It manages to stay right till the end. But the jasmine here doesn't have that typical heady aroma that it's famous for. Mixed in with citrus and melon, it's soft as a whisper.
The amber/woods take a while to develop but even when they take the stage, they are still softened by the flowers. 
CATEGORY: Floral/Woody
GOOD FOR: Spring, Summer, Daytime, Casual.
Overall, a nice, safe, pleasant scent that smells more expensive than a $36 fragrance, and the scent lasts all day long. 


Rakhshanda said...

the packaging is very unique <3

Pooja_G said...

Amazing review as always :)
the box along with the story is so pretty :D

Emm said...

You know, even if the smell had not been as good as it is, I would buy it for the packaging:D

ZatZ said...

thats really pretty :)

Pandora`s Box said...

@Rakhshanda: Yes, it is almost like a doll house.

@Pooja_G: I'm glad you liked my corny lil post :)

@Emm: You're right. Benefit has always had great packaging.

@Zathy: Thanks hon, smells nice too.

ReeBz said...

Sounds sweet!

nayabloves said...

I would love that house by itself haha! soo cute :)

Cheeky Chic said...

wow.. great packaging.. they really put an effort in.
Hey,I tagged you in this 11 Question post.Have a look

batul fazal said...

I love benefit, but never gave much thought to their perfumes. Your review has changed my mind :D

Pandora`s Box said...

@Reebz: It is a bit sweet, but thankfully not a candy bomb.

@Nayabloves: Ypu can get it from Dwatson F-6 for Rs.1900

@Thanks for the tag. I'll take a look.

@Batul Fazal: Do have a sniff, there are a lot of perfumes in their crescent lane collection. I'm sure there is one just right for you.

Maria said...

OMG....amazing packaging!!! such a pretty story :)

Thank you so much for stopping by :)

I really like your style and your blog!

Maybe you want to follow each other? I'll follow you back for sure :)

Have a fab weekend!


"Dicas de saúde, beleza, e exercício físico em casa"

Hunter87 said...

I have one I have the peach color one LOVE them the packaging is super cute =)

Mary said...

OMG!Such a great packaging:)So cuteeeee
I love Benefit products and .. I can't wait to try this perfume too!
Thank you for sharing ,dear!
Fashion tea at 5

Pandora`s Box said...

@Maria: Thank you so much :)

@Hunter87:I think you mean "There's something about Sophia" it's really pretty.

@Mary: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

UnA said...

ahh BENEFIT has always the cute packaging.

Thanks for the cute review.

DEf following you blog dear

hopefully you can do the same?

<3 Una

SadeeStyle said...

aww i thought its a doll house

Namita said... comment disappeared somewhere :)

As always a deep and a honest review :)
your blog is sort of a boon for perfume lovers :)
And the packaging is awesome,, I left this one to buy VS sexy little things,,now your review on it makes me wanna have this one.. hihihi :D


Sana said...

i just love the packaging .. great review :)

The Beautifier said...

Your reviews are always fantastic! Love the packaging ...its quirky and nice

ayesha x said...

My sister owns Carmella from Benefit and the smell is amazing if you love your sweet scents! I always love the packaging from Benefit - so quirky!
Ayesha x

maha said...

this is very nice....u have a nice space vth wonderful pics n nice reviews.....

Follow foodie said...

You have a wonderful blog..Thanks for visiting my space.

Pandora`s Box said...

@Una: Thanks hon.

@Sadeestyle: It almost is :)

@Namita: I actually prefer sexy little things over this one. Great pick.

@sana: Thank you :)

@The beautifier: Thanks for stopping by.

@ayeshax: Carmella is really nice for gourmand lovers. Yes the packaging is always nice from them.

@Maha: Thank you so much for stopping by :)

Glamarama said...

I LOVE it! I would buy it just for the box and the bottle ;P.


What a perfect pack..Enjoy this :)

ravenamaru said...

Oh I love it....really interesting packaging. I would buy it if it smelled good =P

And if you ever try any of my DIY's send me a photo and I'll post it on my page =)

I have a new DIY!

Jayme and Mendi said...

Great review!! We just love Benefit and they really went all out on this packaging!!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Venus Loves Virgo said...

Such cute packaging! Great review on this. XOXO

Emma Kershaw said...

I tagged you in this post! :)

Fictitious Fashion said...

The perfume looks lovely.. Nice packaging :)

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog <3
Maybe you have time to read my new post :)

Faye Curtiz said...

Very nice packaging its unique and looks lovely.

Faye of Under Eye Cream

Ayantika said...

Looks like a vintage perfume :D

mama to ja - blog modowy said...

Beautiful and so original packaging!

Farah said...

I love Benefit and I love this post,was glued to the screen till the end:-).... Hv read so many reviews about this perfume,its definitely on my list!

Farah said...

Really,is it available in dwatson? only the perfume or other benefit products too?

Pandora`s Box said...

@Farah:Yes benefit perfumes are available at D Watson Super Market for Rs.1990.
Unfortunately all the benefit products they stock are Fake! I'm so mad.Lurve benefit.

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