Fragrance

By Dianne Stannish

You, mademoiselle, have done just about enough planning. Your heavenly dress is finished, and yes, you do look like a goddess wearing it. You’ve placed every call, you’ve sent out the last invite (bah-bye!), and like magic you have divined the dreamiest colors, flowers and food one wedding party could handle. In all this madness, somehow you’ve even hooked up a husband – cherie, you are so on.

Now then. Would you please sit down, close your eyes, and forget about it? Forget about the wedding day, that is – and turn your thoughts to the wedding night. In all the publicity of your special day, where every detail is someone’s (or everyone’s) business, it’s easy to forget that getting married is about you, and some private little details are best left to your own discretion. While everyone under the sun may know where the two of you are going, the sexy business of your honeymoon is yours, and yours alone.

Now then. Would you please sit down, close your eyes, and forget about it? Forget about the wedding day, that is – and turn your thoughts to the wedding night. In all the publicity of your special day, where every detail is someone’s (or everyone’s) business, it’s easy to forget that getting married is about you, and some private little details are best left to your own discretion. While everyone under the sun may know where the two of you are going, the sexy business of your honeymoon is yours, and yours alone.

Here to assist creating such secrets is Agent Provocateur, a name known by most New York women for its Soho boutique and scrumptious, often downright scandalous, lingerie. In addition to its collections of intimates, Agent Provocateur is home to a signature perfume, and carries an entire line of fragranced body products explicitly designed for the boudoir.

The Fragrance
Agent Provocateur is a fragrance with the bedroom on its mind. If “trendy,” “sporty,” or “androgynous” are what you’re after, then this perfume is not what you’re looking for. Agent Provocateur has a serious romantic agenda, and while I wouldn’t classify the fragrance as “strong,” it certainly evokes images of plunging necklines, little bistro tables for two, and did I mention the bedroom? The openly seductive blend of Moroccan Rose, French Magnolia and Egyptian Jasmine is lifted with spicy top notes of Coriander and Saffron oil. The effect is heady and potent, with a soft powdering out that lingers.

The Pink Box
With its suggestive name and romantic pink and black wrapping, this little package is obviously a perfect choice as a present for the bride. Another suggestion: you, bride-to-be, can give it to yourself! What better night to introduce a new fragrance, and forever associate all those fluttery feelings?

Inside your Pink Box you’ll find a 50 ml of Agent Provocateur partum, stored in a shiny pink egg-shaped bottle, made of porcelain (porcelain is the finest material to keep a fragrance, allowing no light to penetrate and alter the chemistry). Snuggled up against the perfume is your AP Sauce Glamour Body Lotion, in a matching pink, egg-shaped bottle with a little black pump. This lotion is the mysterious counterpart to the parfum – blended with shea butter, so it penetrates skin easily, and replete with light-reflecting particles so your skin takes on a rosy-gold glow. The Pink Box is truly a memorable gift to treat any bride…and the groom too!

Agent Provocateur sells Strip & Tease votive candles, Bubble Luscious bath foam, and a larger, “Ultimate” Pink Box which includes six different products. All feature the signature scrumptious fragrance, and can be ordered online at http://www.agentprovocateur.com and specialty stores such as Henri Bendel’s.

Of course, Agent Provocateur will service your pre-wedding lingerie fun as well. Stop by the Soho shop at 133 Mercer St. to check out the gorgeous collections. Or call 212 965 0229 to arrange a fitting and customized bridal registry. (I promise, it’s the last call you have to make, really it is!)

Originally published May 2004
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