Oiseaux de Nuit
Designed as the new and exclusive line Oiseaux de Nuit collection illustrates fantastical fragrances tales complete with high drama and emotion that goes along with anticipation of an exceptional evening...Overwhelming nervous energy takes control and the chic eccentricity of Parisian evenings that promise lovely encounters through a magical night...I present the second fragrance from this carnal and precious collection aptly titled Nuit te Confidences that loosely translates as night tales and the telling of private matters, revelations and whispers...
Nuit et Confidences
"A distinguished and sensual scent that plunges us into the heart of an oriental sensuality...
Nuit et Confidences, the second chapter of the Oiseaux de Nuit collection"
Top: Bergamot, Black Pepper
Heart: Tonka, Incense, White Flower
Base: Vanilla, White Musk
I am particularly biased to Annick Goutal scents and there is not one that I have ever disliked ever since I had the chance to discover them, whether its the iconic Eau D'hadrien from 1980s which was a tribute to Annick's deep passion for the Italian countryside and the Tuscan region, or the more recent 1001 Ouds from 2016, that brings to life an image of Arabic princess from the 1001 Nights, covered with gold and gemstones, as we go on an enchanting journey to the Middle East.
So its no surprise that I was eagerly awaiting the release of this scent from the latest pillar collection from the house to launch in 2017, that pays homage to the brand's origins in the mesmerising city of love Paris where it was first conceived and brought to life.
When we think of Paris, and I mean the millennial generation, the idea of a city comes to mind one that is rendered in rich hues of great history and culture, robust monuments and iconic facades, eras of renaissance, goth, post-modernist and hipster all at the same time, an electric-eclectic, yet romantic, subliminal yet edgy and with an unmistakable attitude that only a Parisienne can carry...
Tenue de Soirée, the first one of this collection paid tribute to the 'hour of metamorphosis-time spent getting ready for an enchanting evening ahead that holds promise of love and excitement...'
Nuit et Confidences however immerses us deep in that very evening of encounters with film-makers, poets, writers and artists, seduction through words and play of charming gestures that one can only experience in the city of Paris.
Effervescent opening that is reminiscent of sparkling crystals and champagne bubbles, a sensual heart where Vanilla and white flowers meet to create a sensual combination of high-drama and sophistication. It possesses a tenacious quality, that feels like velvet, accentuates all the right highs and deepens all the right lows. The vanilla is of the more boozy-liquer variety than of the sweet-dessert type. White musk really enlivens the overall mid-night fantasy vibe. There is subtle smokiness that evokes mystery, and there radiance that adds a sort of rhythm to the effect of this scent, as you wear it through the night.
"A touch of poetic rêverie
Luxury is rediscovered
Perfume as a poem | From the makers of Memo Paris comes an offering with palette of 11 scents all surrounding the ancient ceremonies of the orient practised in the Far East. An Ikebana ceremony that celebrates enigmatic blossoms of Japanese gardens surreal and serene, an O Cha ceremony that captures essences of secret teas and spices, healing and energising and a Kodo ceremony that brings to life forbidden incense aromas, intoxicating and purifying. Clara Molloy, the founder, creator and aesthete, explains that each scent is a complete experience on its own but Floraiku gives us the chance to "shadow" each scent adding newer and more surprising nuances with two Shadow scents...keep watching this space to know more on these very rare but heavenly scents as I sample through this box.
O Cha Ceremony
"The Second ceremony is of secret teas and spices
Wind and memories
Clara derives her inspiration from the Far East, as she took me on a journey as I discover the complete floraiku palette...we talk about Haïku, the traditional form of Japenese poetry which serves as inspiration behind this most unique brand. Each fragrance is an olfactive personification of a Haiku poem which is valued in the Japanese culture for its simplicity, openness, depth and lightness much like each creation that brings to life a myriad of floral, incense, and earthy aromas in an artistic and subliminal style.
This collection of scents revolve around the 'O cha ceremony' which is the Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea. It is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (抹茶) powdered green tea....
One Umbrella for Two | Developed by perfumer Aliénor Massenet. "Our Eyes Raise To The Sky | No Rain | One Umbrella For Two."
Precious ingredients - With Blackcurrant, Genmaicha tea and Cedar.
First Impressions - The first whiff suggests a sharp sweetness at the opening of the black current accord, a strong hay-like-nutty-footy almost milky nuance of the Genmaicha tea which progress to smoky nuances that linger in the background as the blackcurrant sweetness intensifies to something more resinous. Cedar adds woody depth to this mystic blend.
I am Coming Home | Developed by perfumer Sophie Labbé. "Shivering Lights Far Away | Tonight I Am Coming Home."
Precious ingredients - With Ginger, White tea and Cardamom.
First Impressions - Zesty opening of Ginger and uncanny Citruses, that are brightened by a clear, refined nuance of delicate white tea, the aroma wafts gently around the potion while the luminous sweet aroma of cardamom livens up the blend by adding a luxurious quality.
The Moon and I | developed by perfumer Sophie Labbé. "In This World Of Dreams | The Moon And I | Contemplating Night Flowers."
Precious ingredients - With Maté Absolute, Matcha Tea and Cedar.
First Impressions - A tangle of vines with string deep-green whiff, herbal and earthy owing to Maté Absolute, quickly followed by intoxicating bitter-gourd like nuances of the famed Match Tea. A concoction of aromas that seem to possess healing and purifying properties, a magic blend to rid one of all vices, and bring one closer to the concept of beauty in simplicity, subtlety and balance. This is perhaps the best olfactive representation of what a "green tea" scent should smell like.
During the day its a delicious fresh honey with the wonderful scent of gardenia and blood orange, and by night its SCANDALOUS!
Blood orange, gardenia, honey, Patchouli, and creamy, woody undertones that create a warm earthy effect.
So whats the big SCANDAL here? As the story goes Madame La Ministre, stays out all night, painting the town red, and doing it all so discreetly as to avoid the prying eyes of the paparazzi. Just as she arrives at at the ministry ready to step out of her car and maker her way to her office, they are already waiting for her at the doorsteps and the shutterbugs go into frenzy of blinding buzzes and clicks and sensational allegations...
This story is not surprising and totally believable considering how men and women of significance holding positions in high offices or in the government or in film/music/sports industries are always subject to intense media scrutiny and voyeuristic intrusion into their personal affairs. So when a modern day woman who is young, beautiful and also successful with an imaginative non-conformist free-thinking disposition, makes her way into the formalist world of politics, she is bound to ruffle a few feathers.
This idea of a female that does not always choose to 'colour within the lines' especially in situations where one is bound by strict protocols and expectations, is one that always intrigues me. Though some might find this particular backstory slightly cliché and speaks to a primitive ideal of femininity, that a woman who breaks norms can only be a rebel, I find Jean Paul Gaultier's representation harmless and fun and coming from a good place. That women are sexy, capable, independent and confident, with their heads firmly on their shoulders but with wink in their eye!
The fragrance aims to highlight this dual aspect of something idealistic, feminine, charming and sweet while still having a elusive, dark, androgynous edge. The fragrance brings out warm honeyed, perfumed florals that have a light bitter orange glimmer but soon take the form of something more velvet, gourmand, hints of wood and thick syrup...
I do wish however it did not remain linear throughout and one was able to explore this progression from something feminine floral to something deeper. richer and chypre-gourmand.
All day every day type of scent, it is on-trend with the vanilla-floral gourmand scents of today and the bottle is a keeper!
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