Britney_spears_believe Do you believe in Britney? I do – or I believe in her new fragrance anyway, which is probably as surprising to you as it was to me, because I’ve always been highly skeptical of celebrity fragrances.

When this review package arrived, then, I was pleasantly surprised. "Great bottle!" said Mr Dollface and I, as I took it out of the box, and indeed, it is a great bottle – satisfyingly chunky and heavy, and nice enough to put out on display. Other than a tiny little heart on the cap, there’s absolutely no other Britney-branding either, making it surprisingly subtle for a lady who’s made a career out of being anything but.

As for the perfume itself, it has topnotes of guava pulp and tangerine, middle notes of honeysuckle and linden blossom, and base notes of patchouli, amber and pink pralines. What does this mean in real terms? Well, it means it smells sweet: so sweet, in fact, that it will undoubtedly be off putting to some people, who might find the scent sickly. As for myself, once the initial hit has died down after a minute or two, I found myself liking it, and have been using it daily since it arrived: it’s still sweeter than my regular choice of scents, but the scent lingers for longer too, becoming muskier as the day goes on, and not needing to be refreshed, which is always a good thing.

The matching body lotion, which I’ve also been using, is a more subtle version of the scent, as most lotions are, and is pleasant to use and easily absorbed.

You can get your own free sample at the new I Believe in Britney website, where you can also leave your mark as a show of support for the beleaguered pop princess. Go on, you know you want to…


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