Perfume Review: Salvatore Ferragamo F for Fascinating Night

It has been a really long time since I have done a perfume review.  Partially it is because I wanted to work my way through the perfumes I had before trying out any new ones. I found several that I kind of liked in the past year and a hand full I really liked and would consider purchasing in a full size. Before I made the purchase, I wanted to be certain I would use an entire bottle. So I used up many of my so-so fragrances in the spring, clearing them out of the way and determining that no, I really didn’t want to purchase them. And then of course the summer hit.

The truth is that during the summer I tend not to wear a lot of perfumes.  I spend a lot of time outside, especially in the garden and perfumes tend to insure that I will get eaten alive. When I wear perfume it seems to trigger an attack. The scent itself is irrelevant, and while the Miss Honey and Mr. Flower face cream may have simply caused a temporary curiosity, perfumes just get me bitten. At least until the heat breaks.  

So once the fall garden chores were complete and the beds left to winter away under mulch and dream away until spring, I was able to start wearing perfumes again.  And I have missed it. Even when I am going nowhere but to my desk to work, wearing perfume makes me feel as though I am thoroughly put together. Even if I am wearing pajama plants under the desk.

Well the right perfumes tend to make me feel put together. Even though I haven’t been wearing perfume for a while, I have several newer ones I haven’t really gotten to try and so those are the ones I wanted to start with before going back to my clear out the okay but not spectacular products. The one I have chose to try this time around was the F for Fascinating Night by Salvatore Ferragamo

Take your fabulous aura to a higher level with just one spritz of F for Fascinating eau de toilette spray, an elite women’s fragrance by Salvatore Ferragamo. Captivating and luscious, this signature scent introduced in 2007 opens with juicy mandarin orange for a burst of flavor that is reminiscent of a spring day. Shower your skin with this delicious fragrance featuring a sweet heart of jasmine and a dry down of earthy patchouli notes that linger in your wake.

I will have to say that for once, I actually agree with the description.  And not just because I think I have a fabulous aura all on my own. This is a good scent for spring.  It is light and floral and tends to evoke a newly emerging spring.  It is, however, a little on the sweet side. hile I don’t object to sweet scents, there are in fact several I like, I think I prefer a sweet scent to have at least one slightly earthy note to ground it and add balance.  This one is just slightly too sweet.  It feels a little off balance to me.  I would have thought the patchouli notes would have given it a little bit of grounding in the earthy zone, but alas, they did not. 

I sometimes have issues with patchouli. Often times it will make me sneeze. A lot. It is not pretty. It’s one of those reactions that I think might be called a sensitivity rather than an actual allergy. I sneeze but I don’t have break outs or anything. I had no issues with it so if patchuli is truly one of the scents in this perfume, it is an undetectable one. At least to my nose.

This is definitely a day scent.  It isn’t something I would wear out at night or on a date. It is a little young and flirty and actually reminds me of some of the scents I might have worn in high school. While a bit on the younger scented side, it is a scent you could get away with in an office space without causing too many issues.

The perfume comes on strong when first sprayed, but if you wait about twenty minutes it fades back to something that is more wearable. It doesn’t travel though so you don’t really have to worry about having a large scent cloud around you once you apply it. It stays pretty close to the skin once that initial spritz fades down. After about four hours of wear, the scent tends to fade away completely.  If you do reapply for the afternoon, remember that twenty minutes of airing time before you join others as it really is quite strong when first sprayed. You really will want a few minutes to air out before returning to the office.

This is one of those scents that definitely has a season and autumn is not it.  This is a day time in the spring scent. While I like it and will set the sample size I have to the side to wear again in the spring, I doubt I will actually purchase a full sized bottle.  I like spring and I like the scent, I am just not certain this is for me. It is at best a so-so scent for me. I can and will use up the sample sized bottle. It is just a little too sweet for me to feel confident that I would actually use the entire bottle should I purchase it.