New collection by Avon – Studio 1886: Gilded, XXI, Techtopian
As Avon's website states, 34 years before women won the right to vote, in 1886, David H. McConnell started Avon based on the revolutionary concept that women could earn an independent income, run their own business, and contribute to their community.
This year, in order to mark the birth year of the company, Avon has launched three fragrances, united as the Studio 1886 collection: Gilded, XXI, and Techtopian. All three of them are addressed to women.
XXI, which is obviously named after the new millennium, is a fresh fruity feminine fougère based on a balance of cool and juicy fruity notes (orange and sweet fig) and their earthy aromatic counterparts (patchouli and sage).
Sage is traditionally a masculine accord, at least judging by its prominence in men's colognes. It was deliberately put in a fragrance for women to mark their decisive yet graceful step into the new millennium as independent partners to men. Sage adds its stimulating earthiness, which I can't help but admire. Despite its aromatic hue, the fragrance is far from being masculine; it is rather interesting and likable, juicy with sweet fruits, however, not cloying. It evokes a summery carefree atmosphere and fits lightweight clothing.
Notes: angelica, orange, fig, sage, patchouli.
Gilded refers to the Gilded Age in American history and the women's suffrage movement. This fragrance is probably the brightest in the collection. It has a very appealing sour-sweet, fruity-green note of rhubarb, blended with black currant, which, by the way, shares the same characteristics. They are cheerfully loud and edgy, crowned by fresh rose, and cushioned by white musk. Violet leaf infuses a drop of soft aquatic freshness.
Notes: rhubarb, black currant, rose, violet leaf, white musk.
An unusual name for a women's fragrance, that puts technological progress in the center of modern life. Despite the name, the fragrance is the most conventional feminine fragrance of all three. It is composed of fresh peony-like crisp roses with a citrus start and a clean soapy aura. An assertive fresh floral fragrance.
Notes: magnolia, white rose, lily-of-the-valley, white musk.
The fragrances are poured into sleek opaque bottles of 1.7 fl.oz (50 ml) and retail at the price of $50 each on the official Avon website. Gilded and XXI are complemented by a matching lotion and shower gel.
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Elena Knezevic founded Fragrantica together with Zoran Knezevic in 2007. Since then Elena has taken care of its design and content as the Editor-in-Chief. Elena was born in Russia, studied Slavic languages and literature in Moscow, and lived in Sarajevo and Belgrade, where the idea of Fragrantica was born. Now she resides in California.
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