Guerlain: “Fresh Amber. Delicate, enveloping, crystalline. Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau highlights an unexpected concentration of citrus notes, bergamot and neroli. Jasmine blends with the fresh top notes and leaves a delicate, sensual and luminous trail. The vanilla and tonka bean base adds a gourmand almond facet, the very essence of Shalimar. For Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau, the Guerlain Perfumer composed a unique jasmine absolute. Jasmine is used in a communelle, a blend of different natural essences. It combines grandiflora jasmine from Grasse, India and Egypt to give a subtle and evanescent character to the fragrance.” My notes: This reinterpretation of the 1925 classic by Jacque Guerlain is a light floral, with hints of the gourmand accord. Although much fresher than the original, it still maintains that old-world glamour character.
L’Artisan: “Skin on Skin awakens our animalistic instincts – to touch, to get closer, to smell. It merges a sensual iris with a suede, velvet leather. The intertwining of saffron, whisky, lavender and rose, melts into musks and skin effects. A carnal creation to be used without moderation. Notes: Safran, leathery notes, Iris, Musc ” My thoughts: Deep and rich saccharine sweet with the heart of a sensual and musky floral. Classic and rather old-fashioned.
Etat Libre D’Orange: Ginger from Indonesia, pumpkin, tangerine, immortal flower, Moroccan neroli, rose, spicy notes, vetiver, woody notes, musk, heliotrope, carrot seeds, cumin seeds A fragrance by the ethereal Tilda Swinton, inspired by the poet and sage Rumi My thoughts: So unique. And one of the most beautiful perfumes I’ve ever sniffed. A gourmand fragrance; warm, cosy, aromatic, candied ginger, cinnamon, heady, seductive, musky
Byredo: Built around the Colour white. Top notes – White rose, pink pepper, aldehyde Heart notes – Violet, neroli, peony Base notes – Blonde woods, sandalwood, musk My thoughts: Laundered linen wrapped around a floral bouquet, with a hint of sexy muskiness.
Penhaligon’s: Head notes – Bergamot, mandarin, lavender, sage Heart notes – Geranium, coffee absolute Base notes – Vetiver, nutmeg, black pepper, cardamom, musk, leather, sandalwood, incense, frankincense, myrrh My thoughts: Straight from the bottle; it is rich, smoky, bittersweet, musky, warm, cosy, enveloping. Stronger and more long-lasting than the average cologne. Love it on my man.
A unisex scent that hubs and I love, and share.
Elie Saab: Vanilla, green floral bouquet, luminous My thoughts: This has a signature Francis Kurkdjian scent. A sweet woody-floral that is unlike anything else. It does have hints of the original Elie Saab Le Parfum, also by Kurkdjian. Both are uber-feminine. But the L’eau Couture is more fresh and crisp.
Sensual and heady, this is not your typical floral perfume. The orange blossom accord usually smells like a white flower with a hint of citrus. But this orange blossom hits and seduces instantly. Interpreted from the brand’s original 1976 cocktail, it is part of the Anthology series. Head Notes: Neroli, Violet leaf, Bergamot, Lemon-cedrat, Cardamom absolute, Pink berries Heart Notes: Orange absolute, Egyptian jasmine absolute, Tuberose absolute, Rose essence, Peach flower, Orchid Base Notes: Sandalwood, Virginian cedar, White musk, Vanilla It reminds me of the flowers that bloom on warm balmy nights, make me pause in mid-stride and take a deep breath. This is not a light and refreshing scent, but it’s a good choice for the day. Bring along a little vial in your purse; it might not last as long as you’d like it to in humid weather.
Hi beauty junkies! I’m in Paris and the summer weather is gorgeous. In this and my next few posts, I’ll be sharing a few of the beauty stops you shouldn’t miss when you’re in the city. First up, the La Maison Guerlain Boutique on the avenue des Champs-Elysees.