I received a deluxe sample of Fresh’s Hesperides GrapefruitEau de Parfum in a Sephora order this week.
Look how cute that little 7.5 ml sample spray bottle is!
FRESH’S OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:
Hesperides Grapefruit Eau de Parfum features an intoxicating medley of citruses that surrounds a crisp grapefruit accord.
Top Notes: mandarin, Italian lemon, grapefruit
Middle Notes: bergamot, lotus flower, transparent jasmine
Bottom Notes: rhubarb, musk, peach
I don’t typically wear grapefruit fragrances because, as much as I love them, they wick from my skin faster than you can blink. I didn’t have much hope that Hesperides would wear well on me because it’s predominantly a grapefruit scent, but also because Fresh perfumes (again, as much as I love their scent), disappear from my skin almost instantaneously.
Imagine my surprise when I applied Fresh Hesperides, and not only fell in love with the juicy, dead-on grapefruit top note, but when it dried down, and an hour later I could still smell it on my skin! It’s not one of those fragrances that will last all day, or even half a day on me, but any Fresh scent that lasts more than 10 minutes gets me pretty excited – especially when it’s loaded with bright, uplifting notes of citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin. The fruit juice notes aren’t unnaturally sweet – they don’t smell like sugary candy or a sugar-loaded summer beverage. They smell like the scent of droplets of citrus fruit spritzed from a freshly-sliced wedge. Amid the juicier notes is a hint of summer florals – on my skin, the jasmine is particularly noticeable, but it’s not cloying; rather, the jasmine note is soft, and gentle, as if I’m catching a faint hint of a jasmine flower’s scent in a gentle breeze. After the brightest top notes have dissipated, I mostly smell a soft, sweet, predominantly grapefruit scent, with bits of sweet, ethereal florals wafting around it, and an earthiness grounding it that is unmistakeably rhubarb – not rhubarb drowning in two cups of sugar and baked in a pie shell, but rhubarb stalks pulled fresh from the earth. There is also a hint of skin musk that helps meld the entire scent to my body.
The Fresh website recommends layering Hesperides Grapefruit with their Brown Sugar EDP for a "sparkling citrus with sheer caramel undertones." I will definitely be trying this combo since I adore Fresh's Brown Sugar fragrance.
Overall, this is a really wonderful, crisp, clean, and delicious summertime perfume. I do wish had a stronger sillage and lasted longer, but considering it’s both a Fresh perfume and a grapefruit perfume, I am delighted that it lasts as long as it does on me.
Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Eau de Parfum retails for $80.00 for a 100 ml / 3.4 oz bottle on Fresh's website.
If that’s a bit steep for you, Fresh also offers a 10 ml / 0.34 oz rollerball for $20, or a 30 ml / 1 oz bottle for $38.
If you prefer to tack one on to your next Sephora order, all of the above items, with the exception of the largest 100 ml size bottle, are available at Sephora.