Now I’m not going to lie, One Direction are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not what you’d class as a “Directioner” I don’t follow the members on social media, heck I’ve never even watched them live or bought an album. I simply find a handful of their songs catchy and good to dance around to when I’m cleaning the kitchen or cooking my evening meal. So how did I end up with this piece of merch? Well during the run up to Christmas I did a lot of my shopping on Amazon as it is a stress free site where every thing is in one place. Anyway, once day I’d added everything I wanted to buy into my basket and I found I needed to spend around £2 to qualify for delivery. At this point I began looking for add-on items (these are items that cost very little to help you qualify for free delivery) I had a look round and there wasn’t that much that interested me until I spotted this. I’m a lover of fragrance and I’ve never been one to turn my nose up at celebrity fragrances so I thought why not. The best part? The 30ml bottle only cost me roughly £3.30, although it has since gone up in price to £9.99, still cheap but not quite the bargain.
So, the fragrance arrived in a purple box which featured the five young men’s faces (this was obviously made before Zayn decided to leave the group) Inside the box I found the parfum housed in an angled purple bottle which has a very artsy feel about it, although I must admit, it does kind of remind me of a coffin. I also discovered a detachable ring style charm that was gold in colour and had little diamantes encrusted. Sadly silly old me lost said charm so I can’t really show you however, please take my word for it, it really was a nicely little touch. Enough about the charm though, lets move on to the actual scent.
One Direction You & I Eau de Parfum is a fruity and floral concoction, something I would normally love however, I sadly just couldn’t get away with this. The scent has top notes of Grapefruit, Mango and Citrus, mid notes of Orchid, Peony and Peach Blossom and base notes of Sandalwood, Praline and Musk. On paper the fragrance sounds lovely and very promising but for me, it just didn’t deliver. One Direction You & I Eau de Parfum in my eyes is definitely a fragrance for those who are perhaps just starting to get into perfume, those younger teens. Although not absolutely terrible, I find the scent does have a very sweet vibe to it, which is almost sickly sweet and a little bit off putting. It has a very young and fun feel about it and definitely isn’t something I’d wear to work as I feel it is much more of a weekend scent, you know something you’d sport on a warm summers day when you’re having a good time? That kinda scent. In terms of the lasting power, I’d say it is pretty standard but it does have quite soft sillage as it is only detectable in close range from my experience which is a bit odd for a parfum as normally I find their detect-ability to be much stronger.
All in all, do I hate this scent? No. Do I love it? No. Basically it isn’t something I’d buy again. Obviously when 1D made this, they obviously had the younger consumer in mind so it really is no surprise that I’m not a huge fan of it. Having said that, I don’t doubt that there are more mature ladies out there who enjoy this, it’s just down to your personal taste I guess. So what am I going to do with the rest of the bottle? Use it up of course. It might not be my favourite but I’m not a fan of waste and I do find this to be bearable so I’ll be using this up on those “stay in days” when I don’t want to use up my good stuff. If you’d like to try out the One Direction You & I Eau de Parfum it is available to purchase on amazon for £9.99 (link)
Are you a fan of this fragrance? What did you think of it?