I was at the Goodwill store today and there was a bottle of this in the case. I smelled it. I was not impressed. There was nothing about it that made it stand apart from any other mainstream floral from any decade. Lancome has a history of excellent scents, so I was surprised at how run of the mill this was. Oh, you could tell it had quality ingredients and any perfume from France is just going to be good. But this could've been some non-descript Elizabeth Arden also ran. Or worse yet, an Avon creation. Lancome should not be putting out bland stuff when they don't put out that much to begin with. It was a full 2 ounce bottle too, marked .95 cents. But even at that price, I couldn't be bothered. Now that's pretty sad.
Not bad, but not wonderful either.
My opinions on this fragrance keep changing. One minute I'll dislike it, the next minute I'll be somewhat intrigued by its scent.
When I first applied Attraction to my wrist I was really confused as to why the gardenia, neroli and ylang ylang blend smelt so spicy and almost bitter on my skin. I guess it's a matter of chemistry although my friend also had the same reaction.
Finally when the intial blast of the top notes pass, I am left with a rich and heavy blend of flowers, which in my opinion is pleasant but not very soft or feminine.
When Attraction begins to fade and transcend into the drydown the scent becomes sweet and 'vanillery'. This drydown makes me like this fragrance, yet for the first hour I really did not enjoy Attraction in the slightest.
To purchase this fragrance simply because I am 'attracted' to the drydown is silly and a waste of money, especially when this fragrance is extremely overpriced.
I'd say that overall Attraction would have many positive responses, yet for me it just didn't have the 'wow-factor'. The lasting strength was phenomenal, I guess that's one good point, however I'm not surprised that Lancome has decided to discontinue this fragrance.
There is a very sweet element in the floral and green opening—I’m surprised that there are no fruit listed in the pyramid. Possibly what I’m smell is the vanilla and amber rising up from the base. Whatever it is, this sweetness dominates to my nose, and the opening accord lasts quite a long time. Attraction deserves to be called linear. The sweet floral accord itself is quite strong with full-bodied sillage, and I would have guessed that it’s a fragrance from the ‘80s instead of 2003. The middle notes remain floral—perhaps a little less sweet than the opening—but I don’t get any patchouli to cut the sweetness, nor can I separate out the individual notes, not even the iris: I don't find the fragrance's notes very clearly presented. And in the base I don’t get the cedar wood—just amber, vanilla, and perhaps a light musk. It's not a bad fragrance... just rather ordinary.
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Attraction opens with green notes and florals, but the musky, vanillic "skin" scent dominates the composition. It's billed as sexy, modern evening scent, which it is.
But it's sweet - almost sticky sweet. The cedar, patchouli and iris have to work to keep the scent "grounded." It's a mature scent, something I could imagine a ladder-climbing buisness woman wearing once "juicy couture" was no longer acceptable but before she gets her "perfume clue."
Overall, it's not bad. It's just not great.
04th May, 2010 (last edited: 12th July, 2010)
I am not sure about everyone's else, but the scent reminded me of tobacco. It's a bit woody to my nose anyway, but I really love it. It blends pleasingly with my body chemistry, I couldn't help felling fresh and sexy at the same time. Definitely would come back for another bottle.
I bought this blind without testing it and I like it. Although it is a sweet smelling perfume and not particularly fresh, it is not sickly sweet. The flowers dominate the scent and I don't really smell the vanilla. Attraction to me is a mature scent and I mostly wear it on formal occasions. The scent lingers around me for a very long time after I have sprayed it only once, as is the case with other perfumes by Lancome. I suspect that someone who is sensitive to fragrances might not like Attraction because it is not light and might cause a headache especially if oversprayed.
The shop where I use to buy perfume (the entire region actually) didn't sell Attraction anymore by the time I got fond of it. So I bought a bottle on ebay. And I still like it. Allthough I can't seem to put an occassion on it. It's a smell you have to be in the mood for. Warm, sensual and very smooth. No surprises, just warm and feminine. Something you want to return to.
This is a sexy fragrance that really smells fresh and beautiful. Very similiar to Chanel's Chance but a little more tart and lasts longer on the skin. I never tire of this fragrance. Just gorgeous.
The first thing that this fragrance brought to my mind was Christmas -- midnight mass to be specific -- wreaths and maybe a whiff of incense, and spice cookies baking down the street.
I like woods, incense and spice notes individually, but something about the combination is slightly off-putting on me over time. I think the scent seems more like room fragrance than perfume -- like something they spray in an upscale gift shop to encourage holiday spending.
In fairness, haven't had much luck with Lancome fragrances over the years, but this might be nice around the holidays.
I see that most people are saying that this perfume is sweet on them, but I don't get that at all. This is a very warm fragrance with lots of vanilla and amber. Love the patchouli in this one.
I see his one hasn't got too many positive reviews.I've smelled this on others and i own it myself.on others it sems very sweet,and it has a certain caramel feel to it.On me however the first note that comes through is ylang ylang and gardenia.It gives me a certain "spa treatment" feeling whenever I smell that note.After a while it totally smells of iris on me. I find this perfume interesting.Not too heavy or sweet. It is a very romatic scent to me.Nice and fresh, with a touch of sweet.It aways makes me feel comfortable and relaxed ths one.My "feeling good"perfume:)
I don't know why everyone gives this one such a hard time. Yes it's not very interesting and not very classy and not very fresh. It's a bit sweet but it's very much a product with no age and a pretty one too. Much refined than the usual in the same category and even than Lancome's own Miracle pour femme. It has a modern sensuality that is very carefree. Flowery and atractive, that doesn't open new grounds.
Oh, no, this one must get a "thumb up" too! It's a beautiful, lovely fragans, with great personality, as Lancome-fraganses usulaly have. It's flowery but also has vanilla, amber and musk in it. It's a very good all-round-fragans, disctere enough for daytime wear, exiting enough for evenings! The bottle is pretty, too!
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Yet another sweet one note scent on me. Next!