Halle by Halle Berry ~ perfume review

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Halle by Halle Berry is the debut fragrance from the very popular actress, launching this month under licensing arrangements with Coty. According to Ms. Berry...

[Before my fragrance] I was mixing other brands that shall remain nameless to make my own scent with fig and mimosa. With Halle, I added olibanum, which is an African root, which brings spice to the fragrance, and sandalwood, which smooths everything out and makes it yummy. It’s very sensual, very natural, very much reflective of the outdoors.*

The two nameless fragrances are rumored to be from L'Artisan Parfumeur; if that's accurate, they'd presumably be Premier Figuier and Mimosa Pour Moi? Olibanum is another word for frankincense, which as any seasoned perfumista knows is a tree resin and not a root, but we needn't split hairs: Halle is darned good for a celebrity fragrance, especially given the price — Halle is geared towards "mid tier" and mass market stores, so you'll find it at Kohl's and Sears instead of Nordstrom and Saks.

Halle opens FRUITY and SWEET (and yes, I'm screaming on purpose), as is very nearly requisite for a celebrity fragrance. For the first few minutes, it could be any Britney Spears and/or Paris Hilton fruital concoction featuring a large slab of vanilla cake with caramel icing, but at about the 15 minute mark, the fruits and sugar start to calm, and it slowly evolves into the woody oriental we were promised (the notes: bergamot, pear blossom, freesia, fig, hibiscus, ultra mimosa, sandalwood, driftwood, cashmere musk, olibanum and sensual amber).

The heart is still sweet, but it's far drier than the opening. There are touches of creamy fig and a very smooth mimosa-ish note. It has a warm, almost-tropical feel — not suntan oil, really, although I do catch snatches of coconut early on, but "tropical flowers" (which shall also remain nameless; Halle smells entirely synthetic to me, and doesn't call to mind any particular flower, or, for that matter, any other material found in nature). The base is middling-dark woody-musky-ambery, and by the 1 hour mark, it's still creamy but it's very nearly dry enough that a man could wear it. There is something like the idea of frankincense, although it's very subtle.

It's unusual — and unusually sophisticated — for a celebrity fragrance, and it's very well done. There is something sexy about the far dry down. I can't say I entirely love it, but I'm impressed and I'd certainly wear it. It's nice to find something so reasonably priced that doesn't smell entirely generic, so I hate to quibble, but given that Ms. Berry seems to have good taste, it would have been interesting to see what they would have come up with if they'd gone the "prestige fragrance" route and spent a little more on the materials. As it is, it's very worth checking out.

The bottle, by the way, is fine, although the "metal rings" around the neck don't look quite so much like metal in real life, and even the top of the spray nozzle is clearly made of molded plastic. The lasting power is very good.

Halle by Halle Berry is available in 15, 30 and 50 ml Eau de Parfum and in matching body products.

* via Women's Wear Daily, 10/3/2008.

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  1. monstabunny says:

    I don’t think I can wait 15 minutes to get to sophistication. I guess the fruit is the “gimme” but this fructose-intolerant buyer ain’t buyin! Wake me when the fruity frag era is over, please.

    • Robin says:

      You’re going to have a nice long nap! This one actually reminded me of With Love by Hilary Duff in that if you DID love sweet fruity floral, you might buy it based on a quick test in a store, only to be disappointed by the dry down once you got it home.

    • verboten says:

      With regards to fruity fragrances, has anyone tried Lalique Amethyst? I’d like to hear other people’s thoughts. My roommate says it’s old lady-ish, but she likes Britney’s Believe.

      • Robin says:

        I haven’t, sorry.

      • Nile Goddess says:

        Yes I have. Blueberry and blackberry and yes, OLD-berry :-)

        It actually gave me nausea. Definitely a scrubber.

        • Tommasina says:

          I have, too. This old lady of 43 found it refreshing and would rather like a bottle; 4 reviews on MUA give an average rating of 75%.

          • Nile Goddess says:

            Actually the main frag I was after was Perles de Lalique – a lovely fragrance. But the SA insisted I try Amethyst and – oldberry! It went more and more disgusting thank God I got home in time to scrub it off.

            We talk about old and new fragrances but that’s really such a relative term. I love Opium but will never wear it because it is my mother’s favorite. I would never call it an old lady fragrance, but it certainly has a “generation gap” note in it.

            Shalimar smells like my great aunt’s parlour, and that’s not an old-lady fragrance either, it is timeless and haunting. God knows how I’d have looked at it if it hadn’t been for the fragrant parlour, but as it is – Eau de Generation Gap big time here LOL

  2. Bunny says:

    15 ml? wow, everyone should be doing a tiny bottle like that!
    Well, I’ll give it a sniff if I see it. I hope they get it at Shopper’s drug mart. I don’t want to have to go to my local abysmal Sears store. I hate having to ask to sniff things there.

    • Robin says:

      Agree! Even 30 ml is nice.

      • monstabunny says:

        Maybe they will downsize perfume bottles along with the economy.

  3. MontuPoopC says:

    There’s a Kohls near me; I will totally check this out!

    • Robin says:

      Let us know what you think when you try it!

  4. Joe says:

    You say it smells almost entirely synthetic, Robin, but does it have any of that synthetic “chemical vibe” that can be a bit sickening and gag-inducing after a time? I don’t know quite how to describe it, but it’s something I’ve gotten from some cheaper fragrances. I know that expensive scents can often be composed almost entirely of aromachemicals too, but there are some that just turn my stomach. Almost plasticky.

    This sounds interesting for what it is, though. Glad that they did a good job. Refreshing to hear that for a change!

    • Robin says:

      No, not at all — I find it pleasant, and if I liked mimosa more than I do, I’d probably love this one more. Doesn’t smell like a L’Artisan, but doesn’t smell “cheap” either…actually, doesn’t smell nearly as cheap as some “prestige” celebrity fragrances.

  5. perfumesecrets says:

    I smelled it in the new issue of Glamour.. nothing inspiring for me.

  6. Jill says:

    I’ll give this a sniff as I’m at Kohl’s from time to time. I too am not sure I want to wait 15 minutes for it to get interesting (I am SO tired of fruity and sweet, which is why I was impressed with Lovely and Covet, SJP didn’t go that route) but the drydown does sound rather appealing. And I do like the idea of 15 ml bottles!

    • Robin says:

      This one is not as daring as Covet, and I hear you on the “sick of sweet & fruity”. Still think this is surprisingly well done, but I can see not wanting to wait through the open.

    • Reve says:

      You really like 15ml bottles? Well I admit they look cute, but… idk, too little perfume for me.

  7. helenviolette says:

    Thanks for the review dear! I will definitely give it a spray if I happen upon it (but doesn’t sound like THE thing for me)- I do appreciate that it is a well done affordable celebrity scent (and the smaller bottles!)

    • Robin says:

      Might as well give it a shot!

  8. RusticDove says:

    I’m surprised Halle isn’t by Revlon, since Ms. Berry is a spokesmodel for them. Perhaps Revlon and Coty are affiliated? I’ll be checking this out as I’ve been wanting to sample a fig scent. Nice to hear this is a well done, but affordable fragrance!

    • Robin says:

      Revlon doesn’t seem to be doing much fragrance these days…and last I looked (admittedly a bit back) they were not in great financial shape.

  9. violetnoir says:

    I’m sure she could have gone the prestige fragrance route, and I bet the fragrance would have been fantastic if she had done so. But she probably wanted it to be an “equal opportunity” fragrance, affordable for most women from all backgrounds, and I applaud her for that.

    Maybe next time, she will do a higher end fragrance.

    Hugs!

    • Robin says:

      I am surprised she didn’t…surely she’s a bigger draw than SJP? But you’re right, it does make it more accessible & affordable, and can’t complain about that. Hugs to you :-)

  10. dogloverinmn says:

    I tested this from a scent strip from a magazine last night. I’ll want to try the actual juice, but I’m encouraged. When I got dolled up for working in my home office this morning, I put the same sweatshirt on that I’d been wearing when I rubbed the scent strip against my wrists. I’d applied Infusion D’Iris to the inside of my elbows, but I kept getting a whiff of what I knew was was *not* ID’I, but I couldn’t place it. Then I remembered: the Halle Berry. I’ve been sniffing the cuffs of my sweatshirt all day. I’m not sayin’ I’m heading out to buy it today, but it’s worth a second sniff to me.

    • Robin says:

      “Worth a second sniff” is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, LOL…I don’t personally think it’s as nice as Infusion d’Iris, but it’s nice.

  11. lovethescents says:

    I wonder how long Canada will take to accept this as I look forward to trying it. And as someone commented earlier, 15ml is fantastic! The neck of the bottle looks like stacked up pennies. Thanks for the review!

    • Robin says:

      I don’t know what Canadian stores are getting it, so I’m no help at all. It doesn’t seem to be sold online here at the moment, don’t know why.

      • Robin R. says:

        Hey, you guys, I saw it today at Shopper’s Drug Mart here in Vancouver, 50mls on sale for $26.99, if memory serves, down from the regular price of something around $35 — that’s Canadian dollars.

        It wasn’t horrible. It reminded me, in its sweet, woody way, a teensy bit of Estee Lauder Sensuous. I was pleasantly surprised. :-D

        • Robin says:

          Yeah, I can see that comparison.

      • pyramus says:

        It’s available here in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart. The big local store had a pretty big display with something I’ve never seen before for a mid-tier scent: a pad of coupons for $5 off the purchase of a 50-mL bottle (which I think was about $55). I only saw the 50-mL size: there might have been the larger bottle, but not the smaller, I think, because I would have remembered seeing a 15-mL (because it’s so unusual and so welcome).

        I didn’t try it on my skin but I gave it an experimental spray-and-sniff and all I can say is that maybe it gets better as time goes on, but the top is really boring; it’s like practically everything else on the market in that price range and for that target audience.

        • pyramus says:

          Having read the previous comment, I figure that I saw the 100-mL bottle for $55, maybe. Or maybe I’m just hallucinating the price.

          But I really did smell it!

        • Robin says:

          Yes, I’d agree the opening is dull as dirt. Promise it gets better!

  12. flittersniffer says:

    I like apricot coloured perfumes and the EL PC knock off bottle also appeals. Will definitely give this one a try. The orange bikini might be pushing my luck, though.

    • Robin says:

      Don’t think I’ll be wearing it in an orange bikini either :-)

  13. Daisy says:

    Are the copper bangles on Halle’s wrist supposed to look like the bottle neck or is the bottle neck supposed to look like copper bangles? ah well.
    Not a mimosa fan but I do admire Halle Berry, so I’ll definitely give it a sniff the next time I’m in a Kohl’s. In general mimosa is not my friend, but you never know what’s going to show up on skin.

    • Robin says:

      Who knows, although if I had to guess, would say they probably did the bottle first. Mimosa isn’t my friend either, but it’s awfully soft here.

  14. asuperlongusername says:

    Found a scent strip in Cosmo (which I do not subscribe to; it miraculously appears in my mailbox…) and was not really impressed. Next time I’m in Kohl’s though, I guess I’ll give it a sniff.

  15. smartylicious says:

    It has gotten good reviews so far, sounds like it’s better than many expected :) R, did you see any similarity to Angel? There have been reports about an Angel resemblance.

    • Robin says:

      Gosh, no. No heavy patch. I guess it is sweet & gourmand in the opening, and for a bit early on, the combo of notes smells almost chocolately, but otherwise, no.

  16. Hmmmm. . . I’d try it because I try everything. You know how I feel about fruity florals, but my skin changes things so much, it could turn into a V-8 engine needing an oil change or a pool filter. I never know. But the drydown that’s actually dry, now that’s interesting.

    • Robin says:

      Truly, it is not a fruity floral…it’s an oriental w/ a fruity opening.

  17. Fuddy Duddy 101 says:

    An oriental with a fruity opening a fruiental! *snicker*. Actually, this could be the next theme coming down the pike I guess – fruits mixed up with woods and spices. Thats what the Insolence EDP that finally arrived yesterday is! Oh my god, I forgot how strong it is! I sprayed 2 little sprays, one on each wrist and it filled my whole house up with the smell. I can stil smell it on my wrists this morning.
    I also noticed the EL PC knock off bottle design on Halle as well. It”s worth imitiating though, a very nice classic design
    And I bet this will be sold in H&M in Canada, lovethescents. Good luck!

    • Robin says:

      Hey, but many of the great orientals of the past, maybe even most, open with sweet fruits.

      • Fuddy Duddy 101 says:

        MMMmm I cant think of any or maybe I just cant think of any I have liked!
        and btw I am totally upset because I ran out of my original Magie Noire, I went to the Lancome counter bought a new little ugly plastic bottle and when I got home I freaked cos it is NOT my Magie Noire! How can they do this!? Ahhhhh!I am so returning it!

        • mals86 says:

          Fuddy Duddy, I have a sample spray of Insolence that I sprayed on paper to test – I never do that, I usually just go straight for skin – because the waft from the sample spray was so strong. After two hours it was still blowing neon vapors, and I found it so unpleasant that I had to take the paper to the outside trashcan. (It reminded me of brightly colored tropical birds that never stop shrieking. No. No, no, no. Guerlain, how could you!?)

          And I haven’t smelled the current version of Magie Noire, but I did read that it’s been weakened in a reformulation. Woody chypres are generally SO not me, but on a whim I bought a boxed mini of the vintage (1980′s) MN on the bay, and it is so arresting, mysterious, and powerful… in a good way. (Although I did send Daisy a sample and she says its all pepper on her.) Anyway, I wanted to suggest that you seek for a bottle of vintage on the ‘net. Hope you find it!

          • flittersniffer says:

            This is exactly the issue I have with Magie Noire – it was a haunting, bewitching scent in the 80′s and now it smells like fermented grass!

          • mals86 says:

            Flitter, it’s definitely bewitching.

            Following up on my “find a vintage bottle thing”: ebay currently has 3 1-oz splash bottles, 1 slightly-used 1.7 spray bottle, and 2 minis available, all edt. (Hope it’s okay to list ebay as a source if I don’t name seller names?) If not, please kill post – thanks.

          • Daisy says:

            yup, pepper explosion…but I have problem chemistry…makes me wonder about all the times when my brother claimed I was an alien changling….hmmm (checking for antennae nubs on head…)

      • mals86 says:

        R, could you list a few examples of Great Orientals with fruity top notes? I’m finding that I really like some orientals, after years of thinking that I hated them (I blame Opium).

        • Robin says:

          A million classic chypres come to mind, but now I’m blanking on the orientals, LOL.

          Ok, how about Chanel Coco? And the Kenzo Jungle scents, and Aqaba by Miriam Mirani, Chopard Mirabai. I’ll see if I can think of more later, but you get the idea…there’s nothing at all about a rich fruity top note that prevents a scent from being classified as an oriental.

          • mals86 says:

            Thanks for the examples… if I went to ozmos and looked up “fruity orientals” would I find more?? Just curious, really. Of the ones you mentioned, I’ve only tried two. I don’t care for Coco, and Jungle L’Elephant is something I’d only wear on a FREEZING cold day. (Otherwise, it would be a little like having the elephant on one’s chest.)
            Hanae Mori would be an oriental with fruity top notes, would it not?

          • Robin says:

            Yes, the HM is another example.

            I know Osmoz lists orientals, but don’t know if they have a separate category for fruity orientals.

  18. Filomena says:

    My comment is not about Halle Berry’s new fragrance. I subscribe to a daily newsletter from ItalianNotebook.com. Every day there is a little article (and accompanying photo) regarding Italy. The articles are diverse and I thought some of you on this site may be interested in today’s “note” called “Eau di Vigezzo”–about the origin of the word “cologne”. I found it interesting.

    • Robin says:

      Do you have a link?

      • Filomena says:

        I don’t have a link but if you just go on the web and type in ItalianNotebook.com, you can find it under April 8, 2009 “Eau di Vigezzo”.

  19. Kayliana says:

    At first spray( and the color of the juice) it reminded me of Fancy, but it got better as it it went unlike fancy which gets worse and worse. I love it, I spray it on when I just want to smell good and not interesting. Sexy too, just like Miss Halle! And her man… can we just talk about him for a moment, he is H-O-T!!!!!

    • Robin says:

      I will talk about him if you tell me who he is!

      • TwoPeasInAPod says:

        He is fashion model Gabriel Aubry. Google the name & some pics will come up.

        • Robin says:

          Oh, isn’t he fine? Nice looking couple, & didn’t realize she had a baby.

          • TwoPeasInAPod says:

            Their baby girl is beautiful, and with those two for parents, how could she be anything else? :)

  20. Ayala says:

    Robin, I agree that they top of the bottle looks a lot cheaper in real life. I think it’s disappointing considering how well the design is otherwise.
    And I could not get myself to try the fragrance; it was way too sweet and smelled so much like something else – Coty Wild Musk or perhaps Dark Vanilla? Or perhaps even just Musk Vanilla?
    I still have the paper card though and the scent is nice and not too strong but still not anything exciting – I can smell none of the fig or mimosa. Even though in the land of sugared celeb scents this is seems to be one of the more ok ones. I was really expecting something lighter. For that I guess I’ll just need to layer Mimos pour Moi & Premier Figuier and wear hundreds of bangles while I’m at it.

    • Robin says:

      I was expecting something lighter too…they already need a summer flanker. Luckily it’s a cool spring, at least on the east coast.

  21. cgashley says:

    For the first time, I’ve bought a scent purely on your say-so. I read your blog pretty nearly every day, since your RSS feed is on my home page, but I tend to form my own opinions on fragrance before I lay the money down. Still, I was at WalMart this morning, after reading your review, and saw “Halle” there. Though the box was sealed with no tester in sight, I decided to give it a try (at $26 an ounce, not a bad chance, I figured). I am wearing it at the moment and agree that the beginning is much sweeter than the middle. It’s pleasantly spicy at the moment–not too heavy and not like any of the other celebrity fragrances I’ve smelled. So far, so good, in other words!

    • Robin says:

      So glad you like it so far! But do stop while you’re ahead, I hate to think people buy anything because I say so…I am SO bad myself at selecting unsniffed.

      • cgashley says:

        As I said, I rarely buy just from what I read (in fact, can’t remember a time I did, before now), but it was an impulse I’m glad I followed. I’m a “hugger” by nature, and got the coveted “Wow, you smell nice…what is that?” from one of my “huggees” yesterday.

        • Robin says:

          Oh, how nice! That worked out then.

  22. zara says:

    so i guess i will give it a sniff, to be honest, i haven’t tried ONE celebrity perfume, so i should start out now (not even lovely by SJP). i’ve read chandler burr’s review of britney spears midnight fantasy and it was very positive, so i’m perplexed. and halle sounds, appetizing so i’ll give it a try

    • Robin says:

      I detested Midnight Fantasy, so to each his/her own! But there are plenty of nice celebrity fragrances…

  23. SmokeyToes says:

    I don’t know if I’ll like it, but I like to try celeb scents to see what’s out there. And I like that it comes in a 15 ml bottle too!

  24. Maltesia says:

    Love that someone makes 15ml !!! Why why why can’t they all do that. I for one would probably buy more if they did that.

  25. Bunny says:

    I was out at Shoppers drug mart today and I sprayed some Halle on.(that sounds kinda funny lol) It seems to be staying really sweet on me and now it’s taking on a bit of a lotiony smell (ew). This one’s not for me which is ok. I already have Delicious Night and my fruiental(I like that lol) quotient is filled. Oh and no 15ml bottle at my Shoppers either.

    • Robin says:

      Yeah, wonder if those 15 ml bottles will be hard to find. Sorry you didn’t like it, but sounds like you’re covered on that front :-)

  26. scarlett_flesh says:

    I put a sprtiz on a card and was put off bu the sweet but maby if i try it on my skin i`ll have a better take on it.

  27. APassionateJourney says:

    I’m glad you liked this, Robin! Hopefully I’ll get my bottle tomorrow! It’s GONE from the Kohl’s I went to. When I went to get it they only had a 1.0 oz bottle left and for 7 more dollars I could get the 1.7 oz. I went BACK to kohl’s 2 weeks later and ALL of them were gone. They said they’re going like Hotcakes there. Hopefully I can get the lotion also at JCPenny’s! Still awaiting your “Lovely Collection” review. (I didn’t really like ANY of the three. I kinda did like Dawn. That’s the one I’d get, and the lasting power on Dawn and Endless is REALLY good. Didn’t try Twilight)

    • Robin says:

      Glad it’s selling well — it deserves to! And still haven’t tried that SJP trio. Thought it would be at Macy’s by now, and refuse to go to Ulta…

      • APassionateJourney says:

        I got mine today! I got it from Sears. They also had the 1.0 oz in a set for 35 bucks. The SJP trio was also at Sears. I don’t think SJP’s will be at Macy’s anymore. I’ve seen it at Kohl’s and Sears.

  28. eminere says:

    Ahh Coty… What on earth would we do without you…?

    • Robin says:

      Go without ;-)

      • APassionateJourney says:

        I’m very ashamed to say I bought Vera Wang Rock Princess for 72 bucks (Plus Tax!) And I bought Halle for 35 bucks and Halle lasts a million times longer! I’m really pissed at that! Vera Wang should be top of the line! I find myself refreshing every hour on the hour, and I’m not joking. Some days it may last, some days it won’t. Halle, 1 spray on the neck, 1 on the rest and I’m good to go for 2 DAYS! What gives? Guess you don’t always get what you pay for

        • Robin says:

          Well, I like HB better than VWRP, but have to say that many VERY expensive & high quality perfumes don’t last, & have never seen any correlation between price & lasting power. You’re not really paying for lasting power, in the end, but for other factors: packaging, artistry, materials, marketing, etc etc.

  29. alltheprettythings says:

    The top notes reminded me of those little Strawberry Shortcake dolls from the 80′s – specifically the Peach doll. But about an hour in, it morphed into something surprisingly well done. I just don’t think I can get past the first hour to get to the rest.

    • Robin says:

      LOL — that is not a compelling description!

  30. APassionateJourney says:

    Here is the commercial

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfSs1I_ivbE

    too short, IMO

    • Robin says:

      Agree — too short! Maybe there’s a longer version.

  31. Jill says:

    Was finally in a Kohl’s this afternoon, and gave this a sniff. Not half bad! Something in it reminds me a bit of Miss Dior Cherie for some reason …

    • Robin says:

      Luckily I didn’t get MDC since I’m not fond of sweet strawberry ;-)

  32. Jill says:

    I’m not fond of it either, so MDC doesn’t work for me, but I know someone who wears it and it’s very nice on her!

  33. APassionateJourney says:

    Oh, there is a longer version on the website

    http://www.halleberryfragrances.com

    oh, you can find the 15ml at WalMart. I’m having a hard time finding the 6.7 lotion

  34. Valkyrie says:

    First yahh free perfume, thanks to the oh so generous Robin and her giveaways I won a big ol bottle of Perry Ellis for Women- with the generous but admittedly clean woody drydown it’s supposed to have it sounds like a perfect pretty wallflower scent.

    Just saw Halle in the local CVS today and had to try it. For a good 30/45 minutes I got orange marmelade. Nobody else got this? Quirky, but not really bad for a summer fragrance. Then the very pink floral heart (mimosa) with fig. But being the compulsive handwasher I am it was gone off my wrist before any spicy incense goodness came:(
    I’ve starting testing samples on the back of my hand like you do Robin, but just didn’t think about it in the store.
    If I get some spicy incense goodness when I retest, this is defintinely bottle worthy especially for the price. Also haven’t I mentioned my love for masculine incense frags and weirdos like BPAL and the great CB, I actually need just pretty in my perfume wardrobe.

    • Robin says:

      No orange marmalade for me, but too bad as that sounds so nice!

  35. bech92 says:

    I bought this perfume and I sorta like it but the smell does NOT last! Never had a perfume not stay on me. I think its kinda cheap stuff and overpriced. I ounce for $30.00. Come on, you should be able to buy this stuff in Walmart or Walgreens…..

    • Robin says:

      So sorry — I had excellent luck with the lasting power!

  36. ilianaciqc says:

    I tried this perfume at a CVS counter nonetheless….and as usual, with all the CVS perfumes…it stunk! I felt so disgusted having this stink in my arm…it wouldn’e even go away after I washed my arm!!! All I can say: Ewwwww!!!

    • Robin says:

      Too bad!

    • Dolly says:

      I hear ya! I found it incredibly offensive when I smelled the tester at Wal-Mart, very strong and spicy- couldn’t bring myself to try it on my skin.

  37. jonr951 says:

    I was at Pennys 2day and I really really need this one now!! Its so wonderful!! I absolutely LOVE it!! I cant wait 2 c whats next from her!! She has to make a mens scent! She has to!!

    • Robin says:

      I wonder if she’ll do more…don’t know how this one sold!

      • Dolly says:

        I hope so since I didn’t like this at all. The scent doesn’t even seem to fit the image.I could see her doing an earthy floral.

  38. jonr951 says:

    I ordered me a bottle! Im excited cuz I really like it!!! Got a brand new 1.7oz for 15 bucks!!! Im so excited!

    • Robin says:

      Can’t beat that price!

  39. parfumliefhebber says:

    Finally I got a sniff of it. It is not bad, but I find the dry down too synthetic (on my skin).

    • Robin says:

      It’s true, it does not smell like expensive natural ingredients.

  40. APassionateJourney says:

    Here’s the info on Halle’s new fragrance, Pure Orchid

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13347953#ProductDetail

  41. APassionateJourney says:

    Ugh, Robin! So, on Halle’s website they advertise a picture of the 6.7 lotion that I can’t find ANYWHERE! The only place I’ve seen it is on ebay and it had been a while since one surfaced. The only other Halle lotions I’ve seen were in the sets and those are 2.5 ozs. So, I e-mail COTY and ask them where can I purchase the lotion. They e-mail me back and say that they don’t sell the lotion in a 6.7 oz and that I’ll have to get a set to get the small lotion. Why would they say that and advertise it on the same website?

    So, one pops on ebay again and I buy it. It was cheap. The lotion is DISGUSTING! IT BARELY SMELLS LIKE HALLE! It’s the worst fragrance lotion I’ve ever bought! Something told me it would be bad because when the press release was released COTY said that they would sell the lotion for 12 bucks! This lotion is freakin’ disgusting. I mean, it isn’t watery but it just doesn’t smell like Halle! It’s thick like I like my lotions, it just doesn’t sell anything like the scent! I can’t believe COTY!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, what a shame. Coty really does do a much better job on the products via Coty Prestige than they do with the Coty Beauty. Still, even for $12 you ought to get a lotion that at least smells like the perfume.

  42. kimandnater says:

    I can’t tell you what I was smelling exactly but I sprayed it on and REALLY wanted to like it. After a while it smelled different every time I’d take a whiff but always kinda smelled like this Amber lotion from Bath & Body. I don’t smell frankincense, tropical flowers, coconut or pears or whatever else. It’s okay but if I ever decide I want to smell like this again I’ll just go get that lotion!1

    • Robin says:

      The lotion is probably cheaper too :-)

  43. sarah24 says:

    not sure if I’ve said this before but it really reminds me of Balenciaga Cristobal…need a new bottle shame they don’t sell Halle’s in 100ml!!

    • Robin says:

      Target has some cute gift sets…one of them seems to come with a travel spray that might be handy.

  44. jean21 says:

    I wonder if people still read these old posts. Anyhow, I’d just like to say from a guy’s standpoint this is a great scent. My girlfriend wears it and it is really captivating. I can sense a variety of notes yet it never overwhelms. Musk and sandalwood are definitely there giving it a woody fragrance. I also have noticed the more fruity opening when she puts it on more recently rather than having had it on for a while. I don’t think any vanilla was intended but I occasionally catch a hint of what seems to be it. Overall, it’s a comforting scent that never grows dull for me. Although I think what’s most important is the girl behind the smell and maybe that’s what’s doing it for me.

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