Saturday, 9 November 2013

Fit for a snow queen; Live Platinum edp by Jennifer Lopez...

 I think LIVE PLATINUM has the edge over the original Live as - though it is quite similar to it - this is less harsh and is easier to wear. I still really like the spiciness of the original, but the contrasts in this appeals to me more.

It's a shame this is a limited edition, I wish I'd bought more bottles for backups when I saw it in the US a few years ago. I'll have to haunt Ebay for it in the not-too-distant future...

 LIVE PLATINUM is similar to the original Live at first spray, but the energetic citrus notes have been played down a bit and mixed with sweeter & darker plum notes. I love how the sweet and the sharper notes have been blended together to create a startling contrast, making sure that the fragrance doesn't learn either way too far between fresh and gourmand.

In another similarity to the original Live, LIVE PLATINUM also contains a floral heart. Some of the key scent notes are the same as those used in Glow, so there is a sharp fresh vibe in the floral notes to give the fragrance a icy jolt of energy. But this time there is also a hint of powderiness, and the marzipan also develops adding sweetness and a almond-like undertone to create a 'come closer' appeal to things. I think regular rose has been used in this perfume as Helleborus (Christmas rose) is actually from the buttercup family, whereas I can definitely smell something soft and traditionally rose-like here.

The gentle base is also almost the same as the original Live - but the musk, vanilla and amber combination is more distinctive here as the marzipan combines with the notes and gives them a bit more strength. The base gives the last few hours of LIVE PLATINUM a warm feel, which is perfect for this time of year.

Scent notes: Marzipan, plum, ruby grapefruit, Christmas rose, heliotrope, orange blossom, vanilla, musk, white cedar wood and amber.

Coty is behind the Jennifer Lopez perfume releases, so I'm going to repeat the same old line; this perfume has a six hour average on me. It's still not amazingly great overall - but it is very good for the price.

I prefer wearing this in colder weather, as the clashing scent notes are more apparent at this time of year. But considering that LIVE PLATINUM has some strong keynotes and a sweet drydown, it hasn't become sickly or cloying in warmer weather. I do prefer to save my bottle for winter though, for the best impact.

I can comfortably wear this perfume whenever I want [during the day, casually and for work] - over these colder months anyway, as although it is a noticeable fragrance I don't find it cloying or irritating to wear, and other people like it too, so I don't feel that it is invasive to others. In spring/summer when I do wear it I tend to stick to wearing it on special occasions, as I find it to be a bit of a statement fragrance and a bit too much for day to day wear.

LIVE PLATINUM is only available in a 50ml bottle.

It was launched in 2008 but I've never seen it in any UK stores, but various Amazon sellers stock it and it regularly pops up on Ebay. The price constantly changes from a bargain at £16, to a still reasonable-for-the-quality £30.

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