London Life (Perfume Thoughts: Marks & Spencer Autograph London)

26139792-2585Anyone who knows me also knows that London is one of my favorite cities, so of course it piqued my interest when I saw that marks & Spencer released a fragrance namesake in their Autograph line. Autograph London is one of those “cheapies,” and really there are two ways of looking at this from my point of view.

Firstly, I have more than enough full bottles of quality perfumes, so why even bother with this? I think it’s the collector in me. As I mentioned above, the London name appealed, and I have also been a big fan of the old Marks & Spencer stores (before they became M & S) and when I was a kid, I swore by their underwear. Truthfully, the perfume smells a bit on the cheap side – there’s a lot of alcohol filler, and it is unimaginative, and for sure, generic.

But for what it is, it’s not too bad. It’s a floral blend – cassis, pink pepper – that develops into a warm woodsy middle note melange, and then…gone. It is so fleeting that after an hour or so it was undetectable on my skin (it did stay on my shirt) I mean, it’s not the worst thing in the world. It’s mostly unmemorable, but competent enough. I wore it a couple of days this week, and it was pleasant enough. The press release in the M & S website says it captures the diversity of London, and I guess in a low rent way it does. I have had worse value for my money.

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