Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Eau Flirt by Harvey Prince: Review

Harvey Prince is a company that was founded by two brothers who were looking to create a unique gift for their mother for Mother's Day. This was the inspiration behind their fragrance Ageless, and the start of a wonderful company. 

Harvey Prince manufactures every kind of perfume, scarves, exfoliating bar soaps, body cream, and liquid loofah. Harvey Prince is fair fragrance and fair trade. They are very eco-conscious and use no toxic chemicals in their fragrances. Each perfume is manufactured in the US, using high-quality, essential oils from across the world. All perfumes are regularly tested for quality and "are hypoallergenic, 100% cruelty-free, with absolutely no animal testing, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, or triclosan".

Harvey Prince has been making waves in every media outlet, including features in The New York Times, Vogue, The Early Show, Cosmo, The Huffington Post, The Today Show, and Prevention Magazine. Eau Flirt specifically was featured on "The Doctors" awhile back, with lots of praise.

I was supposed to conduct this review for Eau Flirt awhile back, before life got crazy and I had to take my unintentional hiatus. Since then, I have found several websites claiming that Eau Flirt is now known as the perfume "Temptress". It makes sense, because this perfume as the same ingredients, and Eau Flirt is no longer available on the Harvey Prince website. I am unsure why the name has changed, but to my best knowledge, the formula remains the same. 

Eau Flirt or "Temptress" have strong blends of lavender and pumpkin, with smaller notes of Citrus, Jasmine, Freesia, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Ambers. It is an "irresistible and flirty fragrance with a subtle, sexy allure of flowers and spice". The unique combination of pumpkin pie and lavender has been shown to increase arousal and blood flow in men in many scientific studies, which is thought to be linked to the triggering of positive and stimulating memories. The New York Times alluded to Eau Flirt as "the olfactory equivalent of a little red dress".

Originally, this perfume retailed for $55 for a 3.4 oz bottle, though there were other sizes available. Now, Temptress retails for $55 per 1.7oz, $26 per 8.8 ml, and $21.00 per 8.8 Mini Roller. 

Harvey Prince Temptress - 50 ml - temptress
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I was lucky enough to receive one 3.4 oz bottle of Eau Flirt for the purpose of this review. If there's one thing besides makeup that I am obsessed with, that would be perfume! I feel like you can never have too many bottles, because every day I feel like wearing a different scent, depending on whether I'm going to dinner, to the gym, out for a beach day, or just lounging around the house. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to review Eau Flirt, and this wasn't only because I love perfume -- I realized that Eau Flirt was made by the same company as Ageless. My mom won a bottle of Ageless a few months prior and we were basically fighting over it! She already has her signature scent, and I was in love with the smell. I wore it when I was going out quite a bit, or when I was working at the grocery store, and I have NEVER received so many compliments on perfume before. I thought it was funny, because the idea behind Ageless is that it will make you smell "younger". I don't really need that aspect of it, but there sure was something about the smell that seemed to intrigue people -- men and women alike. I RARELY have men comment on my perfume.

I must say that Harvey Prince certainly matches its claims. I don't know how they come up with such innovative and fresh combinations of fragrance, but Eau Flirt smelled just as good as Ageless, in a totally unique way! Although I love perfume, I am also very picky. I was skeptical at first, because I heard some people refer to Eau Flirt as having hints of "musk", which is something that usually really bothers me, but I didn't get that from this perfume at all. I love fruity and clean scents for the most part, and tend to shy away from musky, wood, or heavily floral fragrances. Eau Flirt has that kind of scent that you just want to keep smelling. It isn't the lightest perfume I have ever owned, but it isn't overbearing, either. It lasts for the good part of the day, when you put it on your arms and the back of your neck. When you initially hear pumpkin and lavender, you are probably a bit perplexed, as I was. I actually don't really like lavender scents, but I have always been a fan of pumpkin. Somehow, together and blended, I was in love. 

I received just as many compliments on Eau Flirt as I did with Ageless, and I think I prompted a lot of people to go and buy it! My boyfriend loved it, so I guess I can attest to the science behind it. I don't know if it's a love potion, per se, since I already had a man. However, I know that smell is, biologically, a powerful sense. We associate smell with memory, and some of us are just more tuned into it than others. I can definitely tell you that there have been men with certain colognes on in the past that I wanted to be around, simply because they smelled so good! I think it can increase that "put together" and "sexy" appeal that someone has, just like how a bad cologne or body odor can do the opposite. I get the idea behind it, and I believe that some scents increase hormones and get people "in the mood" more than others. When men tell you you smell good or specifically ASK what perfume you are wearing, you know that you've found something special. I also realized that I felt special myself, since not a lot of people in my small town had heard of this company. I was happy to spread the word.

All in all, if you can't tell, I am in love with this perfume, and I urge you to go try what I BELIEVE is the new version, Temptress.

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