REVIEW - Illamasqua 'Freak' Eau de Perfume

When Illamasqua launched 'Freak' a few years back, it sounded just my thing - however, samples were not available for purchase and I was unwilling to part with cash for something I might not even like... 'Freak' sat in the back of my mind along with other curiosities, until I received a sample with an order and knew I had to make a bottle mine...

Please remember that perfumes and scents are hugely reliant on personal opinion and body chemistry - while I love 'Freak' and it works on me, it may be different for you :)

Black davana, opium flower and belladonna.

Poison hemlock, datura and queen of the night blossom.

Aromas of frankincense, oud and myrrh.

Truth be told, the only notes I know the scent of off the top of my head are frankincense and myrrh thanks to Christmas room sprays (what?! Christmas smells gooood!) However, the witches brew sounding notes were enough to get me interested! When choosing perfume, go for base notes that you love before anything else, as these last the longest - then heart notes, then top notes.

To me, 'Freak' smells warm, mysterious and a little decadent. Upon first application, it smells like a really beautiful mens' scent - not spicy, woody or cheap like a lot of blokey scents on the market! After about an hour the scent starts to soften down, eventually becoming something a lot more feminine after around three hours. While 'Freak' is overall fairly masculine, I would say that it is more delicate than your average male scent and crosses into the 'unisex' boundary confidently. However, if you're more into your typical ladies floral or sweet scents, perhaps track down a sample before taking the plunge.

And, of course, the bottle! The 30ml version (like mine) comes in a simple glass bottle with 'Freak' scroll text and snail logo, which personally, I love. How many perfumes would use a slimy little mollusc as their symbol? The 75ml version's bottle comes at a jaunty angle with a little silver snail crawling up the side - beautiful!

I bought my bottle in the sale for £15 (bargain) - if you fancy treating yourself, the sale is still going on, and if you use the code 'sale10' you get an extra 10% off!

Do you own 'Freak'? What do you think of it? I'd really want to try 'Scarab' next!

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  1. I've tried a sample of Freak and absolutely loved it!

  2. I'm contemplating getting this as I've loved it since first whiff, but I've heard rumours they're discontinuing!

  3. I've always wanted to have a sniff of this purely because of the name but I have never got round to it, I'm just going to have to find somewhere that sells it!

  4. Ooo I need to try this out!
    Sounds right up my street :)
    Thanks for the review!

    Please check out my beauty blog xx

  5. I just adore it. I wish I could afford it!

  6. I´ve been thinking about buying this for months, but still the same, without a sample... Love how thw bottle looks, so glamoruos!


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