9 September 2013

Product Review: Clarins Eau Ensoleillante Sunshine Fragrance

I love perfumes. Especially light, summery and citrusy scents, so I was excited when I was asked to trial the *Clarins Sunshine Fragrance. Here are my thoughts;

What They Say:
"Radiant, Refreshing, Spirited, the Clarins Sunshine Fragrance has captured the scent of the sun. Uplifting and sparkling, it combines aromaphyto benefits, aromatic essential oils and plant extracts to make you feel happy, feel radiant and feel spirited...all year long. Feel happy, feel radiant, feel spirited!"

RRP: $30 (50ml) – Available from Clarins counters

What I Say:
The fragrance comes in a round bright orange bottle, which is simple, yet very modern and stylish too, and just seeing this bright orange bottle makes me think of summer.

The Sunshine Fragrance is not new as it was launched in 2007, but regardless it is still a best-seller. The top notes in the fragrance contain sicilian mandarin, grapefruit, watermelon and bergamot, while the middle notes are mimose, chamomile, ylang-ylang and carnation. The base notes are tonka bean, patchouli, lime (linden blossom) and osmanthus.
Similar to other Clarins fragrances, the Sunshine Fragrance is a treatment fragrance combining the fragrant benefits of essential oils with the skincare benefits of natural, unscented plant extracts to provide soothing and moisturising benefits. In fact, it contains essential oils to help "awaken the happy high-spirited sensations of summer, even in the depths of winter".

The actual scent is very light, but warm floral scent, as well as there is a hint of the citrus from the grapefruit and mandarin. As it is very light, it is perfect for daytime use, especially during spring and summer. Because the fragrance is so light, I have heard some say that it doesn’t last long, but regardless I can keep smelling it throughout the day, and at night my hubby also comments that I smell nice.

It feels lovely on the skin, and in spite of being a treatment fragrance, it doesn’t make the skin feel sticky or tacky. And actually, the fragrance is non-photosensitising, meaning that it doesn’t react with the sunlight and cause the skin to be more sensitive, burn and get damaged.

As for the claim of feeling "wakened and happy", I am not too sure it really makes any difference to my mood and well being. I have always preferred spring, so enjoy this time of year when everything comes to life again, so I automatically feel more awake and happy!

What I Like:
  • The bright energetic orange bottle
  • The light fresh citrus scent
  • That it treats both my skin and my senses at the same time
  • The price – at $30 it is a good price for a quality perfume-treatment product
  • That I can use it during summer without worrying that it may damage my skin

What I don’t Like
  • I like everything about this fragrance, though I would have liked it to have a stronger citrus scent.

All in all, this is a lovely fragrance, and being a lover of anything citrus scented, I was sold the minute I heard it contained grapefruit and mandarin, although I would have liked this component to be slightly more dominant. I will enjoy using this throughout spring and summer, and if you’re like me and like citrus scent, I am sure that you will enjoy the Sunshine Fragrance too!!
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you tried any of the treatment fragrances from Clarins? Do you use Clarins products? What’s your preferred fragrance?



  1. Ooo I have this one too. I dont LOVE it but i do like it. It is very fresh and springy!

    Luc xx

    1. I agree, it is very fresh, and perfect for spring. I do really like it, but again would prefer it if had a stronger citrus scent.


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