Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Coming Attraction: NEST Fine Fragrances

Mid-September, NEST Fine Fragrances is introducing new products, Eau de Parfum ($115), Body Cream ($50), and fragrance Rollerballs ($30), in three fragrances: Amazon Lily, Midnight Fleur, and Passiflora. This is an "event" because I'm a NEST chicken. Are you? If not, you don't know what you're missing.

I have NEST products everywhere - in my bathroom (liquid soap), in my hallway (NEST diffuser), and at my Mom's house (NEST diffuser). That's just at this moment! NEST's home fragrance scents are divine, and now I'm thrilled that NEST is extending its "reach" with personal fragrance. NEST started with the introduction of bath and body products in its most popular scents. Now perfume!

The NEST Fine Fragrances collection was inspired by the 18th century British artist, Mary Delany, who, at the age of 72, created a new art form, mixed-media collage. By cutting shapes of paper, painted to capture nature's colors, Mrs. Delany cut and designed them to mirror the exact likeness of various plants, including flowers. She became famous for having created over 1,000 cut-paper, botanically correct works of art.

Laura Slatkin, creator of the NEST Fine Fragrances Collection, explained, "While her work was highly regarded for her technique, what moved me was the actual beauty of her botanicals. There is an elusive, sensual quality to them that resonated with me. Her botanicals are beautiful works of art, and they inspired me to create my Fine Fragrances Collection.

Slatkin selected the Russian artist Alexander “Sasha” Solodukho to interpret Delany’s work for the fragrances’ black glass flacons and outer packaging. She asked perfumer Christophe Laudamiel to create Amazon Lily and Passiflora and Jerome Epinette of Robertet to develop Midnight Fleur. I'd like to spend a day with Mr. Laudamiel. He created my kind of fragrances.

Amazon Lily is describe as being "infused with refreshing hints of Brazilian lime, tangerine, and bergamot with a base of Galapagos driftwood and white musk." OK, must have.

Midnight Fleur is composed with exotic woods, patchouli, and black amber, blended with the sensual notes of night-blooming jasmine and vanilla orchid. It sounds lovely to me - all the notes except for the patchouli, which is a nightmare to my nose when I can detect it. Those who love sultry, sexy fragrances should love it.

Passiflora carries notes of passion flower, water hyacinth, and lily of the valley, infused with an overdose or lush signature green notes as watery nuances. Can I have it now, please? I know I'm going to adore it. Those notes, the green - it's my kind of fragrance!

The DC-area Neiman Marcus stores will not be receiving the fragrances at launch (sadly), but many other Neiman Marcus stores will, and, I assume they will be available at Neiman Marcus online. Bergdorf Goodman will be in on the launch, so you'll have a shopping choice. Maybe they will arrive in time for Bergdorf's gift card event. There will be a huge spread for these new NEST fragrances in the Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalog, but you heard it here first.

I'm eagerly awaiting my chance to try the fragrances. I promise I'll report back here as soon as I do. Keep your eyes peeled for them.

Photo courtesy of NEST

2 comments:

Dovey said...

Hi Charlestongirl, the bottles look gorgeous! (And I'm certain the scents inside smell that way too). I'm curious as to the origin of the NEST Chicken, do you have any insight?

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Dovey!

NEST refers to its faithful fans as NEST chickens. It's cute. Imagine all of us sitting on the nest.