SCENTS TO HAVE is a section dedicated to a new (sometimes old) scents that I feel absolutely deserve a place in your perfume wardrobes, owing to the fact that they could either be extremely unique, ingenious, rare or a collector's dream.
Today we have Apsu by Ulrich Lang.
Described as "Minimalist, Directional, Clean and Inviting".
Apsu, was the name of god of fresh water from underground which was associated with mystical fertilising qualities Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. In the story, he was a primal being made of fresh water and a lover to another primal deity, Tiamat, who was a creature of salt water.
The story describes Apsu, the deity of fresh water and this made me keen to experience these mystical aspects in Lang's Apsu. I particularly love the piercing green nuances from violet leaf and cucumber-like accords, that glimmer with hints of flowers, but not the sweet kind. The fleshy nuances of jasmine combine with chilly iris, and water lily and round off the initial greenness. The scent is very aqueous and ozonic and barely progresses to the amber woodsy dry-down which is great for me since it never really loses its power.
This is the type of scent that can immediately transport you to another place within the blink of an eye or in this case your first sniff. I am reminded of a private beach, discovered after walking through a wet rain forest, just when the first rays of sun break open the sky....
Apsu is a scent that really compels one to form their own personal association and experience and so I urge you to try it, for the fact that I find Ulrich Lang fragrances to be so modern, minimalist and esoteric.
Top notes are citron, mandarin orange, orange, galbanum and chamomile; middle notes are neroli, jasmine, lavender, geranium, cedar and marjoram; base notes are patchouli, oakmoss, sage, labdanum, sandalwood, civet and musk.
Nicholas Chabot states "Eau Noble was created in 1972, Paul Vacher's last creation before his death...it is the spirit of 70s with citrus and spicy notes, warm leathery accords and the raw aspects of Patchouli representing the flower power and The Sexual Revolution which was a social movement that challenged the traditional codes of the behaviour related to interpersonal relationships throughout the western world..."
I am testing a miniature and directly applying to my skin as opposed to spraying it, and upon the first dab I pick up abundant citron which has a timeless and mature quality to it. However it is quick to fade and loses a bit of its original power that was displayed in an extremely fresh opening. What i found to be rather interesting is that 30 or so minutes in the skin adheres to the skin so well that it almost feels like one isn't wearing a scent at all. This gives the illusion as if the wearer smells this good just naturally and emanates this fragrant aura of all aromatic, fresh, slightly green, slightly animalic, rustic yet refined accords.
I find this modern day interpretation of what a classic men's cologne should smell like, with a natural sex appeal very irresistible. Though it is not a bold fragrance with a very loud message, I find it is a close to skin scent with a monster sillage and longevity.
If you are someone that appreciates timelessness, have exquisite taste and seek great quality in all aspects of life but are not one to bother with too much experimentation when it comes to your fragrance - this one is for you!
Quintessence...the art of perfume
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO Messe Frankfurt, Beauty World Middle East....."“Quintessence is not only a display of fragrances produced by the world’s most talented perfumers, it’s also a journey where the art of perfumery in all its complexity is conveyed..."
More updates coming soon....
In January 2014, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a stone’s throw from Monaco glamorous atmosphere and Cannes glittering Movie Festival, was born LEBON: a love story between Art & Natural Science Beauty.
I received a lovely gift from LeBon!
As I sit in my Grasse home, with all the beautiful gilded boxes and tubes strewn around, adorned with pop hues in an array of delicious flavours, I can only imagine and understand far too well why this historic provencal town also known as the birthplace of perfumery, inspired Stephanie, Art Historian - professional Photographer and her husband Richard, Pharmacist MD, Dermatology - Cosmetics Certified to create the Organic Collection.
This collection boasts of ethical and natural ingredients combined with delicious and exclusive perfumed natural notes from Grasse – France which are making LEBON Toothpastes so healthy and delicately tasty.
While I decided to take my time to sample each of the flavours in this gorgeous collection, upon opening the brown box I immediately took to my camera to click these beauties to share on the blog.
Eco friendly brand with wonderful heart!
They all contain Certified Organic Aloe Vera and Green Tea to naturally help protect gums and prevent tooth decay. LEBON Toothpastes are vegan and naturally sweetened with Stevia Rebaudiana. They also have a non-ending “free of” list: cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfates, fluoride, titanium dioxide…
Keep watching this space for more on the LE BON organic collection....
The snowy peak of Mont Blanc is the iconic emblem for the maison, the six-pointed snowcap representing the six glacier tongues of the snow-covered mountain. In existence since 1906, Mont Blanc, the company has been crafting collections for over a century for those that lead and are visionaries and are people of power that appreciate understated, reliable luxury.
Scent – EBLEM Intense for men
Year – 2014
Coriander, Clary sage, Cardamom
Frozen violet leaf, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Pomarose
Precious woods, Patchouli, Tonka bean, Suede
Mont Blanc Emblem Intense is stronger, deeper, more sensual and spicy version of the original. Though an under-rated fragrance, I find Emblem Intense to be quite something. With a strong opening abundant in aromatics such as green spiky coriander, sweet dry sage and balsamic cardamom, Emblem intense progresses to an intense heart that reveals the signature accord of crispy frosted violet leaves. Wrapped in fruity Pomarose ™, the warmth of the heart is enhanced with spicy notes of nutmeg and cinnamon bark.
The scent develops further into a smooth and elegant concoction of exquisite woods, finished nicely by tonka and suede and refined by Patchouli
Emblem Intense really stands true to the brand’s 100 year old heritage which has continuously evolved but never succumbed to sensational trends or fads, or resorted to swaying much further away from its strong and refined image. I find Emblem intense to be a scent that is rich, but not overtly oriental, balsamic enough just to tickle your sweet-tooth and very reliable.
An everyday scent that men of all ages could carry right from a board room to cocktail hour.
Comes in 100ml and 60ml variants
La Mer, famed for having a NASA scientist develop its original Crème De La Mer, that was initially developed to fight chemical burns but eventually gained cult following for its superior anti-ageing , moisturising and pore minimising effects, creates this powerful age-fighting serum that accelerates the natural renewal process of the skin. With its heavy promises and the brand's already excellent reputation for constantly delivering rich (on pocket too) though highly effective products, I was eager to eat my piece of the La Mer pie!
I have always been a firm believer in products that infuse marine ingredients, and since long contemplated buying the right product for my skin woes from La Mer. On a recent transit at an international airport before boarding my flight to my next destination I was engulfed in the fear that plagues all 20-somethings who discover those dreaded expression lines' for the first time....'smile lines', 'crows feet', 'under-eye lines' were traumatising me while I traumatised my husband who can barely notice any of these on my face at all! As we walked and I complained he pointed me in the La Mer direction - "Isn't this supposed to be the best for anti-ageing products?" I immediately leapt towards the lovely German woman at the counter.
Next moment, I was happily carrying a bag full of La Mer Sérum De La mer with a few extra samples thrown in by the lovely German, and I have to say my 'smile lines' seem to be diminishing but not my smile!
What is it - THE LIFTING INTENSIFIER part of the Serum De La Mer range for deep lines and wrinkles
What it contains - This targeted treatment's mesh-like matrix contains a Blue Algae Lift Ferment™ that promotes skin's natural collagen and elastin network, as well as the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth,™ the heart of La Mer's profound powers of transformation.
The Promise - It instantly tightens skin's surface and, over time, "trains" skin to maintain a smoother, firmer, more lifted appearance.
My verdict - After a week of use, I have already begun to notice 10-12% and my husband concurs. We are already planning to gift this wonder serum to my mother and mother in-law.
Downside - The only downer is that its is slightly drying, so use it on supple, well-moisturised skin to see great results. I recommend house any moisturiser that works well for you.
Comes in - Size: 1 oz. Price $330.00
The ideal man is a myth. His fragrance, a reality.
Guerlain decodes men’s aspirations and creates for them a concentrate of the ideal.
Top notes are citruses, rosemary, orange blossom and bitter orange; middle notes are almond and tonka bean; base notes are leather, cedar and vetiver.
L’Homme Ideal Eau De Toilette starts of with a zesty citrus accord that sets the tone for this scent. However, unlike its contemporaries that typically boast of either a perfect citrus cocktail evocative of the bright-sunny tropics, or an aqueaous-oceanic wave of fresh ozonic notes and warm salty facets that transport you to a boat braving the deep blue seas, or one that is abundant in rustic woody facets amplified with musk and made richer by amber, L’Homme Ideal travels an unchartered path by giving us a richly nuanced almondy gourmand scent for men.
This masculine scent takes a very different form 15 minutes in. The rich balsams and beautiful aromatics take center stage and a vision of crisply dressed men, charming with their clean-cut salt-peppered hair, liquor glistening in crystal glasses, well-humored chatter, masculinity with a metro-sexual edge, attractive enough both for women and even men.
"Perfumer’s secret…A transcendent almond from top notes to base notes, as an inspiration from Jicky.
The intelligence of a sparkling and perfectly fresh top note: citrus, rosemary, orange blossom.
The beauty of an incredibly sensual “amaretto” heart note based on an almond/tonka bean duo.
The strength of a woody leather base note, definitely masculine: Indian vetiver, cedar and leather given a contemporary interpretation. "Excerpt from Guerlain official website…
The amaretto heart which is intoxicatingly sweet develops further with a leathery edge, while vetiver lingers lightly in the background. The aromatic accords are fresh that help smooth out the gourmand sweetness , and leathery accords add loads of depth while cedar creates a woody balance.
Radical matte black lacquer side faces. A decidedly masculine, heavy cap that is also matte and borrows its guilloché detailing from the world of watchmaking.
Suited for men that fancy nice watches, suits and whiskey.
Wear if you are someone with a lot of confidence and charisma to maybe a cocktail party, or wear to an opening party of a fashion/art/design store...this will win you the attention of all the ladies and gents.
"Workshop of artists"is a unique concept that aims to bring best of contemporary luxury to discerning customers around the world. As I walked past stunning bottles that compel second glances, these sculptural works of art made me covet them instantly. Each and every one with a distinct artistic style, that could have been born in different cultures and regions in the world, evokes a new sense of emotion, inspiration and cultural association. I just had to check it out, and here are my favourites from the collection....
It was the beginning of 20th century, a new style of visual arts started to make appearance in architecture and design. Art Deco was a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes contradictory, united by a desire to be modern. From its outset, Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism; the bright colors of Fauvism and of the Ballets Russes; and the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe and Louis XVI; by the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and Maya art.
Alexander J reprises his signature style with this geometric design combining materials such as mother of pearl, and enamel corseted in metallic bands.
ART DECO is an aldehydic woody masculine offering with seductively fresh citrus opening and a robust fragrant core which is a medley of patchouli, amber and white musk.
ART DECO II inclines towards sick woody, with a radiant orange and bitter orange fusion and an intense benzoic and elemi heart. Cedar and vanilla elegantly uplift spicy patchouli.
Spectacular showcase of flamboyance and colour as sensuous feminine forms gyrate to the sounds of exotic tunes and beats, as feathers ruffle in the festivities and embellishments dance against the lights...CARNAVAL comes to life in a bottle with a magnificent crown that both disguises and embellishes and a bottle that mirrors the woman's body. Effervescent orange and orange blossom epitomise a queen that leaves behind a trail of soft florals in her wake. Fiery and soft this fragrance is passionate and spell-binding.
And last but certainly not least....Alexander J brings to life a mythical hybrid born a utopic specimen of fascinating looks, power, elegance and masculinity. To enhance this myth, the bottle is adorned in an ebony black robe carved in enamel with mother of pearl stripes.
EQUID comes alive as lively notes of grape fruit and bergamot jostle with enticing coffee while vetiver, patchouli and amber reveal an animalic harmony tinged with soft cedar.
ATELIER D'ARTISTES collection is available exclusively at CITYWALK Dubai.
Alexandre.J reinvents the notion of fragrance by turning it into an object of luxury.
An architect of materials and the senses, Alexandre.J makes unusual use of exceptional materials. He sculpts them, pushing the limits of creation to give life to objects that arouse emotions.
'Carnaval' scent bottle adorned with opalescent glass that mimics a women's sensual form, from Atelier d'Artistes Alexandre.J
Each fragrance explores a wide range of olfactory notes ideally dosed for a unique design and composition. The raw materials used are noble and valuable. As each of them reacts differently to heat, a slow development process is carried out to reach a perfect balance.
A unique and creative spirit, Alexandre.J wishes to share his vision of the world, which he perceives as a work of art. Each creation explores a wide range of olfactory notes ideally proportioned for a unique design and composition. The raw materials used to create Alexandre J products are noble, rare, and precious. Finding the perfect balance is a slow, painstaking process. Alexandre J does not shy away from challenges or compromise: the olfactory experience is all that matters.
Advocating luxury craftsmanship, Alexandre J containers are unique and elegant, demonstrating handmade art and painstaking design.
'Meili' scent bottles adorned with mother of pearl and black enamel inlay work from Atelier d'Artistes Alexandre.J
The Collector collection by Alexandre J. released its first creation in 2012. A mix between the Oriental desert and the French baroque architecture, this collection of 6 fragrances evokes a timeless journey, the warmth of elements and the change of scenery.
The brand has launched its latest scent titled Altesse Mysore.
"This visit to a market of the East has impressed the senses of Alexander. He liked these powders in bright colors, their softness to the touch. He admired the precious and carved woods. He has let himself be imbued with their majesty, their power. But the most striking was the profusion of flowers. Sewn in crowns, braided in thick mats, they radiated like jewels fragile but eternal..."
Alexandre.J captured these emotions, slipped them into a flask. On a background of noble and amber woods, the jasmine blossoms. Sensual highness, carnal flower, the jasmine is magnified by the merry fire of the spices and the delicacy of the rose.
Coming next Atelier D'Artiste collection by Alexandre J...
This fragrance showcases a beautiful medley of white musk accord courted by a luscious bouquet of savoury jasmine and fragrant white flowers, delicately sweetened by pear and brought to life by a powdery amber...a fragrance that starts off with a sweet fruity opening, quickly develops into something more rich and nuanced.
It is quintessentially feminine and though quite commercial, its rather elegant, sensual and surprising at the same time.
For something that promises to be the olfactive rendition of White Gold, this one lives up to all the opulence, pristine sensuality and glamour.
Wear it to a lavish launch party for a jewellery or clothing boutique, while a glass go bubbly resides comfortably in your hand.
Fiery and Feisty, she's full of passion. Her feminine form is emblazoned with her irresistible sexuality. She dances with a spirit thats free and rich, as if one can see every hue in the world radiating off of her skin. But her heart is mellow, soft but tough to break. Once you go close, one finds darkness behind this brightly burning exterior....a story of a heartache or lamentation of a loved-one lost...it is this brilliant contrast of light and shadow is what makes her so special...
Quince, Saffron, Rose, Osmanthus, Leather, White Musk
Fiesta yet Elegant
A stunning oriental by nose Christine Nagal newest in the kin of Hermes, who took the baton from Hermes long-standing perfumer extraordinaire Jean Claude Ellena.
I smell so many wonderful aromas in this complex yet refreshing offering. It starts off with a zesty saffron-quince spice bomb that immediately warms up my skin. And as it develops further I delve deeper into this vision of a carnival, flaming red feathers and luscious hips gyrating to the sounds of exotic beats, air filled with splendid hues and festivities and a celebration of the human spirit...I smell a honeyed-rhubarb facet thats really enriches the heart and creates a wonderfully avant-garde take on rose scents that are typically cooler, more musky, and more powdery. The longevity is excellent and I was able to experience the dry-down only after a good 8-9 hours. Thats when the beautiful contrast of mellow and fiery, dark and bright, floral and leathery really comes to play...Nagal herself states "What I want is that there will be a balance between the two, which is hard because usually leather overpowers anything else. So it was a lot of technical work to achieve the balance where they are both equal—the rose and the leather." (via Elle...read more)
And she achieves this harmonious effect of two virtually opposite ends of the olfactive spectrum so beautifully with a lush well rounded mellow leather that gives Galop D'Hermes its edge!
Wear this if you are looking for something avant-garde, exquisite, modern yet traditionally sensuous, If you are feminine, out-going and love a good night of passion and fun...this ones for you!
Iris, lavender and leather
Fabrice Pellegrin champions the lavender in Bucoliques which is polished and captures both the natural and spontaneously energising nuances, rounded with just a hint of the spicy facets of the original flower, slightly honeyed but not warm or cloying, full-bodied and so lovely! Iris lends a beautiful icy-floral quality while pale leathery facets pay homage to the regions history filled with leather tanneries. This fragrance is a modern, edgy and fresh take on lavender/Iris fragrances which is a theme most often smelt in a lot of the early traditional scents from the region of Grasse.
Test it well on your skin and consider your specific fragrance preferences, this may work for some may not work for others...
From the website of Lubin....Korrigans are mystical creatures that haunt the moors of Ireland, Scotland and wales and whisk away to the folklore and legends of Celtic civilization.In the aromorican countryside they come to harvet juniper berries and wild beechnuts and forlic at night. In dark caves they distill barley into spellbinding spirits spicing them with saffron, making them with ambrette and scenting them with lavender. During the solstice festivals they dink their elixirs out of leather pouches, causing bodies and souls to capsize....
Blueberry, Saffron, Cognac, Ambrette, Lavender, Whiskey, Leather, Musk, Vetiver, Agarwood and Cedar
The house of Lubin dates back to the 18th century, founded just after the French Revolution by Pierre François Lubin at rue Sainte Anne in Paris. Since then the house has produced several perfumes to crowned heads of Europe with many a princes and princesses and emperors and queens who began to bestow trust in Lubin and his creations and eventually making this house famous all over the world. The legacy continues on till today with the release of several creations that tap into modern sensibilities as well as carry forward the age old regal charm of the brand.
Korrigan was launched as a part of the Talismania Collection that explores stories ancient mystics, woods and elves and pagan festivities set set in medeival times.
Perfumer Thomas Fontaine imagines "caramelic wood" thats creamed with warm milky facets, and brought to life with boozy-rummy ambrette. This unusual gourmand champions the milky-woody-cognac theme that is not often explored and I wonder why. The scent starts off with a sharp whiff of aged liquor, that quickly reveals a rich spicy saffron.. And as the heart is beginning to develop, very distinct "burnt wood" facets come to the front, insidious and very sharp. At this point the fragrance takes a turn to reveal this unusual heart thats laced with acrid ambery tones. What surprised me the most is that this fragrances changes quickly and drastically as it develops to reveal a dry down that's rather creamy and soft woody as all the whiskey notes fade away just as a night of festivities comes to an end and the fire that danced bright and high dies down to crackling embers, while bamly dawn approaches.
This fragrance is complex and its progression is quite rich.
Perhaps for an older man, who knows endless tales of travels, and histories of wars, who wears his beard scruffy yet clean and who loves his whiskey and leather antiquated and aged.
From the Byredo Website...In the xeric wilderness of the Mojave Desert, trees and vegetation more ancient than many civilizations defy conditions that prey on human vulnerability. The Ghost Flower is a rare species that dares to bloom above this baked, hard ground. Despite its arid surroundings and inability to produce nectar, the Ghost Flower or Mohavea Confertiflora, maintains its perfect, majestic beauty and thrives year after year. In an astonishing feat of ingenuity, the flower uses mimicry to attract the pollinators of a neighboring plant species by developing markings that resemble those of a female bee genus attracted to its subject and duping the male bee into following suite. This moving human-like behavior and captivated tale of survival lies in he foundation that inspired “Mojave Ghost,” an homage to this most bewitching flower.
As befitting to its name this scent is haunting, light and majestic.
A scent thats so sheer that it conjures up an image of a delicate veil caught on a thorny bush of a leafless tree in a land that knows no abundance or life, and as it catches the wind it rises high above the arid ground baked and cracked, it dances delicately with each gush all pristine and white, and offers a rare sight of something so fragile yet majestic amid barren surroundings rendered only in brown hues....
This scent remains fairly linear on my skin without much transformation, as violet and vanillic musk shine through intermittently. I am enveloped in a cloud of fleeting aromas, where the foral notes are luminous almost icy and are played up by subtle ambrette. This blend is seamless and no notes can be isolated or distinguished individually. This scent offers a truly intimate experience and develops quite close to skin, almost as if each accord is warmed and brought out by the heat of your body....Soft woods contribute to really balance out the overall effect of something ghost-like, something present yet whispy, something endearing yet endangered.
Though it fairs poorly in terms of projection, this scent more than makes up for it with its longevity.
This fragrance is genuine, effortless and every fragrance wardrobe needs a Mojave Ghost.
Wear it in an intimate setting, on a dinner date, in bed, even when you want to enjoy some qaulity time by yourself....
Here's a reason-to be jolly-this holiday season....TLN brings to you the "TLN Holiday Haul" where all this month we bring the most popular, most intoxicating and most sniff-worthy scents in the market.
We offer a unique opportunity to share with us what you like or dislike, your favourite scents and aromas and whats on your wishlist, while we whip-up suggestions that perfectly match your personality and taste using our unique diagnostic tool!
We can also create delightful hampers with our suggested scent for you or your loved one and throw in a special "surprise" gift to complement that scent. Think a sparkling citrus scent thats on your christmas wishlist and a refreshing body balm with the scent orange blossom, yuzu and patchouli to complement that scent!
Now this sounds like a jolly good reason to get your perfect scent this season!!
A warm spicy heart, reminiscent of the spice smells wafting in and out of Indian kitchens, that all those who grew up in homes where mothers and aunts dished out Indian meals generously infused with rich aromatic spice mixes, would instantly identify with...for others that do not share this particular Indian heritage, selfie is slightly confusing, complex yet inviting but in the most exotic way...
Elemi Resin, Ginger, Star Anise, Incense, Angelica, Maple sap, Lily, Cabreuva, Cinnamon, Suede, Styrax, Tonka Bean, Labdanum, Sandal, Oak Moss and Patchouli
Kitsch, exotic, spicy and unusual...Selfie, a 2015 scent by Olfactive Studio is bold, heavy with resinous sweetness, that quickly fades to a very characteristic warm spicy heart. Upon the first spray or in my case the initial dab, since I'm testing it from a decant, this fragrance leaves a boozy cloud of resin and incense in my nostrils. This quickly develops into the warm spicy heart that I described previously. A bouquet of whole spices, mixes with the balsamic nuance of maple sap and styrax with an ambery angelica to create a profile that immediately transports me to my mother's and grand mother's kitchens. Warm aromatic aromas that are all too familiar waft in and out of most Indian kitchens, as they are the soul of each dish. Each generously infused meal is rich in flavour and so distinct in its aroma, that people from world over are drawn to it and look forward to trying or buying these dried, powedered or whole spice mixes.
Though this scent is hard to pull off when it comes to wearing it on my person, and its development is slightly chaotic, I do appreciate the ingenuity of this balsamic-spicy-incensy blend. It aims to evoke vague or specific memories/experiences rather than highlight distinct olfactory facets or notes, and as someone that appreciates the 'art' of perfume making as much as the scent itself, I do find that this scent may find a place in your perfume wardrobe.
Wear it in cooler weathers, and at least half an hour before stepping out since the best part about this scent is the dry-down.
There are days when I just want to nestle back to a place of vulnerability, surrender and total femininity...mind you I am not equating being vulnerable or yielding to being feminine, those are simply three separate states I assume for a brief period of time to disconnect with the surroundings. They are moments where I become unassuming, basking in the comfort of surreal ignorance, and indulging in my thoughts...no matter how bizarre and it somehow seems to help with my creative processes and overall way of life....
Bergamot, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom, New Caledonia, Sandalwood and Musk
Grand Bal was created by master perfumer extraordinaire François Demachy, who has authored some of the most commercially successful and iconic scents through the years, from Fendi Furiosa and Fan di Fendi to Givenchy Dahlia Noir to Dior's most beloved scents - Dior Homme and Homme Intense, Hypnotic Poison, Fahrenheit, J'adore to La Collection Privée...these are only a few from his infinitely awe-inspiring portfolio of truly timeless creations.
Demachy's fragrances are always an embodiment of a rich medley of high-quality ingredients and creativity, thats evocative and imaginative. Every creation he signs allows the wearer to embrace it, relate to it and love it for a long period of time.
For me Grand Bal is not only a beautiful luminous floral scent, which is centred around flowers such as jasmine and orange blossom that radiate with aromatic purity, it is also a scent that creates a specific association....
I imagine a great Ball, grandeur and opulence at every step, tiny cinched waists, and the delicate sway of the hips, to haunting tunes that fill the room in this magnificent soirée....
But what I imagine even more vividly is that return home, when a sense of quiet and calm takes over as the night draws to an end. And as she begins to remove the riches adorning her person, a sense of relief sinks in while freeing herself from the clutches of unforgiving corsets and high heels and societal expectations. Her body loosens up as she rids herself of the silk gown and the gloves and he pretence...She experiences the sense of being 'one' with self, and gently embraces vulnerability, while ignoring all external sights and sounds, as only the picture of how enchanting she was tonight plays in her head....and as she slips into a blissful siesta, a subtle smile passes through her lips....
Grand Bal is a comforting yet radiant scent that is just like that 'return home'. It lets me escape to a safe place, and by that I do not mean that the scent is safe in terms of its profile. I love its wonderfully simple feminine approach and the fact that it taps into those sacred cherished emotions nestled in the confines of one's mind.
I am a patron of all things fine
Perfumes, jewels, and also wine
If it teases my nostrils and tickles my taste buds
It has got be mine
An experience I hold close,
Robust full-bodied in its full dose
If it embodies a sunlit citrusy note,
You know its the one from that lovely Pinot
And if its sweet and sparkling
It's got to be my fav Riesling
Dark cherry laced tongues and ruby stained lips,
could only be a result of repeated Cabernet sips
The real magic comes to play
When the sommelier brings out that glorious Chardonnay
and the room fills with the decadent aroma of burnt crème brullée....
Above images and poem shot, styled and written by Avantika Bedi
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