Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Perfume Review

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Perfume Review

When spring rolls around, there’s always one new launch that particularly stands out to me and this year, it was the release of theAbercrombie & Fitch First Instinct For Her perfume.

If you’re a fan of their premium quality casual wear then you’ll know that Abercrombie & Fitch are not new to the fragrance market.  They have released many different fragrances exclusively in their stores over the years, but this is the first time that they have released a perfume for sale on the fragrance market at a range of retailers from Debenhams andJohn Lewis to Feel Unique.

The fragrance was developed exclusively with Inter Parfums who are the team behind many highly regarded perfume brands from Agent Provocateur, Anna Sui and Jimmy Choo to Mont Blanc, Paul Smith and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Perfume Review

Following hot on the heels of the mens version that came out last year, First Instinct for women is an absolutely beautiful fragrance that in all honesty, I wasn’t expecting.  I can’t lie, when I thought of Abercrombie & Fitch, I imagined either something overly fresh or too sweet, basic and forgettable.

In reality, First Instinct for women is far more unique and has a beautifully layered choice of fragrance notes that make it stand out from anything else I have in my collection… and if you know me by now, then you’ll understand that I’m referring to quite the collection!

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Perfume Review

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct is a Floriental fragrance, inspired by the first moment of attraction between two people; a moment that cannot be put into words.  It represents a spark, initial connection and first glance which translates into a beautiful yet uncomplicated, easy to wear fragrance.

It has a sophisticated yet playful opening of fruit and floral top notes that I think will surprise many people who try this scent.  Think of sun-kissed magnolia blooms, uplifting and awakening grapefruit zest and the sweet dewy brightness that comes with passion fruit.

The heart of First Instinct takes femininity and brings out something sensual and captivating with floral notes of wild orange flower, butterfly orchid and exotic water lily, before settling on the most incredible base.

The base of First Instinct is all about contrasts with warm amber, creamy tonka bean and addictive musk, which we all know by now is my favourite base for perfume.

The result is the most beautifully combined scent that is playful and feminine yet alluring and sensual.  It is the perfect mix of notes for me and one that I think many women will love, especially those in their twenties.

The scent is unique and unlike anything else I can think of.  The eau de parfum formulation isn’t terribly long lasting but that can work in its favour as the scent isn’t overpowering or too heavy, making it a fantastic daytime fragrance whether you’re out at work or uni, as well as it being equally suited to evening wear.

First Instinct would make the perfect date night fragrance, especially for a first date where you don’t want a scent that is going to be too heady or offensive.  It is a fragrance that enables you to smell effortlessly feminine, girly and sophisticated.  There’s a playful, flirty feel to it that I find really endearing.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Perfume Review

Everything about this perfume is beautiful and pretty but in a very authentic, easy to wear way.  It isn’t a scent that is trying too hard; it is effortlessly beautiful and original without even trying to be.  This makes it perfect for wearing day to day.

The femininity of the fragrance transpires through to the packaging too which was developed by Fabrice Legros who wanted to combine masculinity with femininity.  The bottle is rectangular in shape yet is then rounded off to give it a softer, more feminine feel.

The light pink perfume inside the glass bottle combined with the metal cap and Abercrombie & Fitch stamped metal plaque that are also in a light pink hue, give a further feminine touch to what is often thought of as the styling of male packaging.

Undeniably, this is one fragrance that will not look out of place on any dressing table, beauty cabinet or dresser.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Perfume Review

Since First Instinct for her is such an easy to wear fragrance that I think many women will love, I’d suggest it as being the perfect choice when buying a perfume as a gift.  I can’t envisage many women not loving this beautiful scent!

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct for Women was launched exclusively at Debenhams and is now available in stores nationwide and online.

Check out the retailers below or head to John Lewis and Feel Unique where you’ll find 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles of the fragrance.

There’s currently a gift with purchase available from some retailers, including The Fragrance Shop, who are giving away a great quality Abercrombie & Fitch cap with purchases of the 50ml and 100ml size First Instinct.


How does Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct sound to you?  What do you think of the packaging?


  1. Stressed Mum
    May 22, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I have not seen this perfume before, but I do love the sound of it, and I do prefer lighter fragrances for daytime or early evening. This does sound like a perfect choice. I will look out for it x

  2. Elodie
    May 22, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Oh! That sounds like such a great spring summer fragrance! I'll have to give it a sniff! x

  3. Serenity You
    May 22, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    I have never tried any perfumes from Abercrombie and Fitch but I like the sound of this, especially the butterfly orchid (whatever that is)

  4. Gareth Torrance
    May 22, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Gonna have to recommend this to my wife and see what she thinks

  5. ana de jesus
    May 22, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I would have had the same initial impression so it is great that the fragrance can prove us both wrong. I like the look of the packaging x

  6. Emma
    May 22, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    This sounds like a lovely perfume for daily wear for me, even though perfume doesn't last long on meI don't really like too overpowering smells. Easy to wear perfumes are my go to!

  7. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    May 22, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting fragrance I have to admit to being a fragrance lover, so I will have to keep an eye out for this one.

  8. Nayna Kanabar
    May 22, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    What a lovely perfume and the nottle is really sophisticated and very pretty.

  9. Deborah Nicholas
    May 22, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    oh im always on the look out for a new scent! This sounds lovely!

  10. Mummy Times Two
    May 22, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    This sounds beautiful. I need some new perfume so will check it out.

  11. Melanies Fab Finds
    May 22, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    The bottle looks so pretty and feminine. I do love fruity and floral scents so this is one I must get my hands on.

  12. Anosa
    May 23, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Wow, I love the packaging and of course I would want to try the scent! Can't wait to check it out.

  13. Melanie Williams
    May 23, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    I love Abercrombie & Fitch – the bottle looks very pretty and I am sure that it smelt lovely 🙂 x

  14. Stephanie Merry
    May 23, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I love the bottle design and it sounds like it would smell amazing. I love a fruity floral scent so I'll have to give this a try x

  15. Renna Creighton
    May 23, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Love the bottle …. I never knew they did fragrances.

  16. Emily Leary, A Mummy Too
    May 23, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    I'm a big fan of subtle scents and I think I'd like the smell of this one. I'll have to give myself a spritz next time I'm in the shops.

  17. Dannii Martin
    May 24, 2017 / 9:59 am

    When I first went to California, I bought so much of their perfume. It's really great value.

  18. angela milnes
    May 24, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Wow, It really looks a beautiful perfume and I love the packaging this is my favorite color!

  19. Charlotte
    May 24, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I never knew Abercrombie and Fitch made perfume. I need some of this in my life! x

  20. Ashleigh - www.beingashleigh.com
    May 24, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I have never been into an Abercrombie store, but I really must smell this as it sounds like something I would wear. xxx

  21. My life in rose tinted glasses
    May 24, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I do love fruity scents myself!! I've heard some abercrombie perfumes are amazing!

  22. Tanya Brannan
    May 24, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    I never realised the A&F did a fragrance!This sounds like a perfect perfume to use as day wear, and I really want to try it out to see if it suits me xx

  23. Candice Nikeia
    May 25, 2017 / 12:44 am

    Wow this bottle is gorgeous – I really want to smell it very soon!

  24. My Dreamality
    May 25, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I'm not into their clothes, but when you walk into the store it smells divine! I can imagine that the caliber has improved since they are now selling at other major retailers. Sounds like the perfect summer scent! x

  25. Nicol
    May 25, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    i never knew they did perfumes! musk is my favourite base and reading the other notes, this is something i would usually go for

  26. Louise Smith
    May 26, 2017 / 12:02 am

    This perfume sounds absolutely divine. I've just finished off a couple of my bottles so I'll have to check it out in store :)Louise x

  27. Baby Isabella
    May 27, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Ooooo I'm glad they sell it out of the other stores as it's really hard to trace an Abercrombie & Fitch store across here. It sounds like a wonderful floral scent perfect for summer 🙂

  28. Lubka Henry
    May 29, 2017 / 9:03 am

    I'm in the search for a new scent, so I might have to go and give a sniff to this one :)Thanks for sharing!

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