When it comes to fragrance, I cannot commit. I am fickle, always willing to try something new, even while I am loving what I am wearing. Sometimes with romance, it's the times you're not actively looking that you stumble into something wonderful, and it happened to me on Saturday. I was visiting Saks as I'd promised Karen I'd try the Giorgio Armani Shaping Foundation (more on that later this week) and right next to the GA counter was the dreaded Perfume Spritzer. She handed me a cloth ribbon sprayed with the new fragrance, and I liked it enough to allow her to spritz my arm. Now, you'd think I'd be more wary, after my last Fragrance Coyote Date (you know, the kind where you'd gnaw your own arm off to get away from the smell). But I was entranced, and now I'm enchanted.
The fragrance in question is a new one, "essence" by Narciso Rodriguez. It's not available online yet, but Saks carries it. When it comes to designer fragrances, I'm pretty much immune to hype. I thought Sarah Jessica Parker's "Lovely" smelled like skunk. I like some of the Jo Malone fragrances, but they disappear in an hour. Pretty bottles are nice, but to me, the only things that matter when it comes to le parfum is how it smells right away, and how (and if) it smells a few hours later. This one works on all counts. It goes on very floral (but not sweet) and the first note I detected was rose (a favorite). A few hours later, the musk base notes predominate, but they're soft, not overpowering. I gravitate toward floral perfumes, but so many of them become cloying after the first hour or so, and this one doesn't. It's sophisticated but accessible, feminine but not sickly sweet. So I'm adding "essence" to my stable of fragrance loves.
The best part: even mon mari approves!
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