Avril Lavigne has been through a lot in her 28 years on Earth, with the majority of it under the public eye. But that’s what people love about her – she’s the underdog, the one we’re all rooting for! She released her first perfume, Black Star, in 2009. This was followed by Forbidden Rose in 2010, and Wild Rose in 2011.

     Don’t get me wrong, I love Avril. I love her punk attitude, her (oddly not punk) music, and the fact that like me, she’s a Canadian. So, it pains me to say that I hate her second fragrance, Forbidden Rose.

     I bought this perfume at Shoppers Drug Mart this winter, partially because the bottle looked charming, and because at $20 it was a total steal. Unfortunately, their tester was broken and I didn’t have a chance to sniff it before buying – big mistake! Read on to find out why.

***The following information applies to the 30 mL version***

            This fragrance has a commercial, which features Lavigne (in a purple dress and a purple bow in her purple-streaked hair) exploring an ‘enchanted garden’, where she finds a (surprise!) purple rose that blooms when she nears. She proceeds to throw the rose towards the camera, where it fades into the 100 mL bottle and its box. I find this ad to be very magical, almost enchanted, but completely unrelated to the fragrance.

     The box (pictured) this perfume comes in is really nice. It’s just big enough for the bottle to fit inside, and it is made of thin cardboard. The front, back and side panels are black and the top and bottom ones a light purple. The front reads AVRIL LAVIGNE / Forbidden Rose / EAU DE PARFUM VAPORISATEUR / NATURAL SPRAY / 30 ml e 1.0 FL. OZ. In addition, the front features a stencil-like raised rose, with purple petals and a silver stem wrapped in silver barbed wire. The back has the same rose, plus the ingredients/warnings/copyright. It also features a picture of the ring that comes with the fragrance. The bottom of the box is just a bar code and some safety and disposal symbols.

     Like Avril’s first fragrance, this one comes with a ring accessory (pictured). It sits between the main part of the bottle and its cap, and looks good on it. My fingers are too chubby (big boned?) to fit the ring, but I like it anyways. It’s made of metal and has a barbed wire design all around. Not something all people might wear, but it definitely adds personality to the fragrance.

     The main reason I purchased this fragrance in the first place is because of the bottle (pictured). It’s shaped like a four-cornered star, made of a rounded pale-purple glass that gives the bottle a slim, chic appearance. The liquid inside is a light purple, and the little pipe that is attached to the sprayer mechanism is black to look like the stem of the cap – a blooming black rose made of plastic. This bottle is one of my favorites, although I’ve found that the black cap gathers dust quickly and is difficult to clean with a cloth. Instead, I run it under hot water and dry it well afterwards.

     Now we get to the smell. As you know by now, I’m not a fan of this one. I find it soapy and generally not very pleasant. I’m currently looking at the list of notes, and I’m realizing exactly which parts of it I don’t like. The red apple and lotus are overwhelming to me, creating a soap-like scent that is not good at all. Peach joins the party shortly after, adding a bit of warmth to the whole deal  but not enough to make me like it. I can’t seem to get past these though – they seem to linger on my skin instead of morphing into something great. This is particularly annoying since this one lasts forever. Every time I force myself to spray it, I cringe because I remember the first time I did – running home to wash it off.

I’m curious to know what other people think of this one – what do you think of Forbidden Rose?


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