something pink, something floral, something fruity and something powdery, something light yet something thick....
Lemon, mandarin orange, peach, rose, pink pepper, sandalwood, cedar, musk, vanilla, amber
When Givenchy's Dahlia Noir Eau De Toilette came out in 2012, it was intended to be an extension of the Dahlia Noir Eau De Parfum line from the year before, which was met with some justifiable confusion pertaining to the scent's disconnection to its name. Dahlia Noir EDP which wasn't dark to begin with, got softer and more powdery with the EDT version. A luminous fruity floral, opens with a soft citrus opening and trails into a fruity pale rose heart, laced with generous peach, hints of pink pepper. The scent fades quickly off of my skin as is the case with most fruity-florals with me, however I smell sweet soft vanilla Amber slightly musky dry down as I bid it goodbye! The pretty pink flanker is saving grace and adds some charm to my dresser, other than that this fragrance could do with better longevity and a name change...any suggestions?
If you love your scents classically feminine, soft and floral, makes for a perfect gift it to your mom or an aunt
A shrine, a temple, a holy place, a spiritual city, a morning chant, echoing sounds across an old town, a serene sky but a bustling place of worship....a mecca and an alter.....
Jasmine, musk, sage, tobacco and tea
A Ladakhi proverb says "on a spring day there are three colds and three warmths" which speaks of the belief that misery and happiness balance out in life...this served as inspiration for perfumer Jahnvi Dameron Nandan who sought to create warm and cool facets of smells in this debut launch called #Aphtoori. This scent is Jasmine in its purest most vibrant and narcotic form with piercingly animalic facets in the background. The tea accords add a cool and green effect to the overall profile. Though this scent remains fairly linear, I do pick up on a particular warm smokey leafy accord perhaps from tobacco lingering in its background, as it dries down and the effect is enchanting. This is an abstract scent that's artisanal, celebrates richness in purity and rarity, and will appeal to all those who are not charmed by the glitz of commercial numbers lining up on departmental shelves or in the malls.
If you are a free spirited, creative being that detests pop culture, if you appreciate beauty in crafts and are intrigued by history, wear it at a meet, or to an art gallery
Aphtoori Absolu, the newest fragrance by The Perfume Library Launch Event at OGAAN New Delhi, 20th November 2015
The charming perfumer Jahnvi Dameron Nandan hosted us to explore the an exclusive 'niche' perfumery collection up on display at @ogaanindia in the heart of New Delhi, India. Her own creation #Aphtoori which marks her debut as a niche perfumer is an embodiment of cultural influences of her Indian origins and the French art of perfume making with its 3000 year old heritage. The star of the evening however was intoxicating #Jasmine, a versatile floral accord that comprises the heart of @theperfumelibraryfragrances on display!! Review for Aphtoori coming soon...
Raw earth craves moisture as the unforgiving sun shines bright and glorious, a village home thats one with the sand hued surroundings is being bathed with fresh water, as it instantly cools and simmers down the heat....
Something couture yet something effortless, something subdued yet something bold, something warm yet something cool, something airy and something deep....
Pink Pepper, peony, freesia, rose,white musk, violet, leather
Alaia, the fragrance that marks its entry point into the world of international designer fragrances, comes encased in stunning black and gold glossy flanker, that looks and feels like ceramic. The sculptured bottle is a representation of the brands high couture esoteric sensibility. I immediately think Black Orchid by Tom Ford as soon as I spray the first spray on my wrist, with its distinct balsamic peppery opening, however within the first hour the profile takes on a very distinct character. A beautiful metamorphosis happens where the sweet-pepperiness gives way to an airiness, that suddenly cools it down, much like the inspiration reported by Alaia himself of a childhood memory of his grandmother bathing the hot walls with cold water under the scorching Tunisian sun.
I get particularly drawn to this alchemy of hot and cold, this transition and this progression, as each hour passes a different association and affinity to different tones is experienced. And as I get more and more into it, I suddenly realize Alaia takes on a deeply musky masculine animalic character towards dry-down which actually persists on my skin until the next day, much like a couture gown that clings to the body and envelopes you in its sophisticated allure!
To a gala dinner, a ball, or a grand event, mark your unique distinguished place in the crowd
A little dirty, a little clean, a little light and yet a little intense...
Bergamot, rose, juniper, lemon, neroli, sandal, musk
Nouveau typically means new age, and this warm citrus woody blend is new age interpretation of a rich cologne that’s quintessentially masculine and timeless. Signature Fragrances base their creations on the ideology that your scent deserves to be smelt by others. This holds very true in the case of Nouveau, which is a scent for the ‘ones who smell it’ as opposed to the ‘one who wears it’. It is an unusual and bold interpretation of a fresh citrus scent.
Fresh in this scent is interpreted in a classically male, rustic yet refined manner. To me its like the effect of a citrus bathing bar that leaves you smelling fresh like the pure scent of green lemon without any other distraction to overpower this clean and green trail. The opening notes are particularly intoxicating, the bergamot adds a bitter facet to the fresh citrus opening while, juniper adds a green herbal gin-like nuance that gives this scent its characteristic high quality cologne feel. A cologne that’s a true signature, as it lingers on your person for hours if not days, a little dirty, a little clean, a little light and yet a little intense. The lemon is vivid and dense but very unadulterated and frankly quite natural smelling. Rose makes its appearance intermittently, and is rather smoky than sweet in Nouveau. It adds a floral tone that’s almost fruity. I love how I discover newer facets with each sniff and this is the type of scent that does kindle memories. There is subtle tobacco-like accord that lingers subtly but is also quite present, that smells almost nicotinic, like the smell of cigarette in room long after the smoke and the smoker are gone. I’m not sure what creates this unusual chemistry but it pleases me since it is a familiar scent I can remember from my childhood. No I did not grow up in a home of smokers, but it’s a smell that’s distinctly etched in memory and so am able to resurface it. All in all I am quite drawn to this layered masculine unusual warm citrus-woody number by SF London, who have managed to create this memory stirring potion that’s charming, rustic, aromatic, relatable and yet distinguished.
If you like your scents classic and bold, if you are visiting a country home, a forest lodge, going hiking or fishing...
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