Sunday, May 19, 2013
ME is a new fragrance from Lanvin. A completely original creation designed by Alber Elbaz, ME is a Lanvin accessory - refined and sophisticated in every detail. Created for the self-confident and empowered woman (no meek gals need apply, I guess), the sheer gourmand eau de parfum opens with notes of sparkling blueberry "for a bright and addictive sensuality. The voluptuous white floral heart is hyper-feminine and elegant, while magnetic liquorice black wood leaves a sensual and addictive trail." That description attracts me, so I'll have to dash into Nordstrom this week to catch a whiff.
Passerelle has its roots firmly planted in French perfumery, and we're told it shows in the richness of its composition. It is elegant, feminine, exceptionally beautiful, and provides the full sensory experience that only truly masterful perfumes can accomplish. Wit h notes of jasmine, tea tree, myrtle, boronia, silver wattle (mimosa), yellow rose, honeysuckle, wintersweet, golden trumpet, Australian sandalwood, and petigrain, I'm so there. I love Tommi Sooni's fragrances, and Passarelle has gone on my buy list.
Eau Absolue is a memoir steeped in her love for the Mediterranean. Composed in her signature olfactory chiaroscuro construction, the scent envelopes with warmth, bringing a summer breeze with a zesty bouquet of bergamot, mandarin, clementine, and petitgrain. The cirtruses splash against the epicurean spice of pink peppercorn.
The scent dries down with earth, but softly floral, with whispers of geranium, dry vetiver, and balsamic St. Thomas bay leaf. "The nocturnal shade intensifies, arching ever deeper, until plunging directly into a caress of cistus labdanum, the ambry smell of the Mediterranean, and sensual musk, an elegant and intoxicating denouement. Eau Absolue - Les Nombres d’Or Notes." Mona's fragrances have always been complex, and I'm sure Eau Absolue is too. Still, I want to try it.
Bedel describes his scents using the concept of the atom, as opposed to the model of a pyramid. Instead of referring to top, middle, and bottom notes, Bedel envisions the primary note as the nucleus and other prominent notes as electrons, orbiting around the nucleus. Although there may be as many as a hundred components in a particular formula, Bedel limits his descriptions to three major notes. The first note listed will be the central “nucleus” of the fragrance. Each fragrance comes in a recyclable glass bottle in a hand-made wooden box, crafted from wood from fallen trees. So far, I've put several on my buy list.
What's enticing you these days? Do you wear and enjoy fragrances? If you do, you might want to join one of the Facebook groups dedicated to our love of fragrance. The largest one to which I belong is Facebook Fragrance Friends. You can go there and request membership.
Photos and some descriptions courtesy of the makers or Luckyscent