Happy Monday! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend?
If you’re like me and you’re really into fragrances, I have some beauties to share with you today. I love nothing more than a niche perfume – something a little different, something that makes you sit up and take notice. And I have a few of them on the blog for you this morning, as well as a more conventional scent that’s just beautiful as well as affordable…
Annick Goutal – 1001 Ouds.
I actually had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Annick Goutal’s daughter Camille and business partner Isabelle Doyen recently at a fragrance event in London. It was so interesting to hear the process of creating a fragrance from their point of view. It’s so so so much more that just making a scent that smells nice. The thought and effort that goes on behind the scenes really was an eye opener for me.
Annick Goutal’s 1001 Ouds really is a beautiful oud fragrance. Unmistakably intense, you’re instantly transported to a fantasy world reminiscent of Arabian Nights… 1001 Ouds is a stunning yet heavy Arabian princesses’ cloak, beautifully embellished with gold and precious stones.
This fragrance is not for the faint of heart, it covers you like a blanket with its intensity and depth. It’s mature, sophisticated and unapologetic. The opposite of a wallflower, sensual and refined.
Annick, intrigued by the Arabian princesses who come to Rue de Castiglione asking for oud, has always been charmed by this incredible substance. And Camille and Isabelle – who are fascinated with agarwood, crafted this ecstatic fragrance: a harmony of rose, papyrus, and myrrh infuses the wearer from head to toe. Oud is present in all of its authenticity, beating like a heart at the core of this fragrance. It fuses with the rose, is rounded out by the gaiac wood, vaporises with a touch of birch, and bites with a hint of pepper.
1001 Ouds EDP 75ml is available now from Selfridges.
Jimmy Choo – Illicit
I’ve been a fan of Jimmy Choo fragrances for a long time, and I’m so pleased to have discovered Illicit, it’s easily now one of my favourite fragrances from the brand.
Illicit is feisty and fun, daring and tempting. Evoking sensuality and confidence. It’s youthful – but not young – punchy and provocative yet sweet. She is a force to be reckoned with.
This tempting golden elixir exudes a confident and alluring character. Turning heads and igniting attention, it plays on the senses, teasing and tantalising in a swirl of playful seduction. Forget standing on the side-lines, Illicit is about taking centre stage and setting pulses racing. She is dancing till dawn, the heart and soul of every party, she lives in the moment.
Illicit brings an entirely unique olfactory experience, comforting ginger flirts with feminine rose and sophisticated jasmine before drying down to reveal the perfume’s pièce de résistance – a gourmand honey-amber accord. Intertwined with a thread of sandalwood to mellow and smooth the sweetness, it envelops the wearer in a swathe of sensory pleasure.
Illicit EDP is available from 40ml at Boots.
Narciso Rodriguez – L’absolu For Her
My first experience of Narciso Rodriguez fragrances, L’absolu For Her is a beautifully feminine fragrance, sensual with a hint of softness, elegant and rich.
In creating for her l’absolu, Narciso Rodriguez was inspired by modern femininity’s profound evolution and duality. The goal was to capture a more powerful intensity without being overwhelming. “I’ve always been transfixed by women who project strength with passion and radiate grace and beauty from the inside out,” says the designer.
Absolute of jasmin, a voluptuous floral, transforms the signature heart of musc in an intoxicating olfactive composition. Soft amber notes and smooth woody notes of sandalwood and patchouli add a rich depth that envelops tenderly.
“For this new fragrance, we chose a deep aubergine color, a rich tone that is very important in our story. Again there’s this sense of duality, an air of mystery, in the bottle which echoes the fragrance. The bottle is a pure beautiful object; you have to experience it, fall in love with it—just like the fragrance. ”
L’Absolu for Her 50ml is available at Boots.
Etro – Marquetry
The epitome of a niche fragrance – some will love and some will not be so keen on this fragrance. Either way, there’s no mistaking the beauty and craftsmanship here.
Marquetry is the art of mixing minuscule pieces of ivory and hard stone, fragments of mother of pearl, ebony and rosewood, slivers of precious metals and thin layers of lacquer, which combine to create incredible and extremely elaborate designs on tabourets, treasure chests and jewellery.
Marquetry the fragrance opens with an overture of bergamot, lavender and peach, with an iridescence like freshly-dyed silks laid out to dry in the wind before a storm. At its heart is the full-bodied sensuality of the rose, the aromatic cabochon gem surrounded by nuances of tobacco and the almond of the tonka bean, the green reflected light of galbanum – a bush whose leaves are refreshed by the nocturnal rains on the high plains of Persia – and the cocoa-scented accents of the Peruvian balsam which, according to the South American shamans, are considered to be a key ingredient in ointments which bring good luck.
At its base, Marquetry celebrates the triumph of resins: a duet of amber with sweet liqueur notes of labdanum, musk sweetened with a highlight of vanilla which opens the heart and mind. Like a talisman for the soul which opens up tender horizons of happiness.
Marquetry 100ml is available now from Harrods
I’s love to hear which fragrance is top of your Christmas list? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx
This post contains press samples