Imari…A Popular Staple From Avon for 29 Years…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Imari by Avon.

Imari by Avon.

After a few seconds of the aldehyde blitz, the oriental spices announce themselves. There is a slight resiny bitterness mixed with a hint of bergamot, reminiscent of a cup of China Black tea. Sandalwood and cedar give appreciative woody notes along with musky vanilla in the dry down.
With the vintage, you must wait for Imari to work its magic. After a bit, Imari rewards you with an incense-like aroma that surrounds you. There’s a reason it’s been around for over twenty years. Because Imari delivers a good bang for the buck.
If you can get an older bottle, do so, there is a difference. Regardless, this is a strong, sultry perfume that comes back at you when you least expect it. Imari can be soft when worn at the pulse points. It can be elegant. This is an Avon perfume that has withstood the test of time. It is seductive and more of a night perfume for mature women. Best used in the cooler weather. Lasts a few hours and sillage is good.
Imari is not one to sprayed without thought unless you want your perfume to introduce you. Wear it sparingly for a beautiful effect.
Imari is not a mind-blowing knock your socks off scent by any means. It’s a good scent to wear to the office, around other people in the colder weather, or if you’d like a lighter dose of an incense perfume. But do not overspray. It comes back to haunt you.
Vintage Imari opens with resiny notes that embrace musky tones. Mild woods envelope and bring it together. The beautiful saving grace of Imari happens about four hours later. It gets stronger on your skin and turns into a heavier incense. You’ll be surprised, especially if you spray it on a piece of clothing. In Imari’s case, the beginning is not like the ending at all.
My review is for two vintages, one dated 1992 and the other dated 1995. For a very inexpensive Avon offering that one can purchase for a few bucks, this is a good choice.

Imari was introduced in 1985 and is considered a floral aldehyde. The newer versions are much lighter and have less incense and more of an aldehyde effect. There is a definite difference.

Imari can be purchased from the Avon catalog online, from Avon representatives or through secondary sources such as Ebay.

Top Notes:  Aldehydes, Galbanum, Bergamot.

Middle Notes: Tuberose, Orris Root, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-of-The-Valley.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Cedar.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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