Fragrance

By Liz Bekesz

My mom can be a challenging one to please; the first few times I treated her to flowers for Mother’s Day she semi-complained, “Flowers die…don’t waste your money!” As a compromise, I now indulge her with the flowers that last: Fragrance! Here’s what she may receive this year – IF she behaves, wink-wink.

Love, Chloe is aptly named; it’s what I exclaimed the second I discovered its beautiful, powdery elegance: “LOVE!” My first impression took me way back, to an innocent old favorite: Love’s Baby Soft(!). But where the retro classic of my youth sports rhinestone studs from the mall, Love, Chloe does only pure diamonds, 2 karat minimum. This powdery beauty shows itself as a soft floral bouquet: there are some violets and lilacs there, as well as a breath of a rose – but it’s not overt rose; rather, it’s a quiet suggestion of the bloom. Other notes include orange blossom, pink pepper, hyacinth, wisteria blossom, heliotropine, powdery musks, and rice flower; together they make for an allure that’s hushed, yet unmistakable. Love, Chloe is unabashed femininity done with class, and without apology.

Purchase Love, Chloe at Bloomingdales and http://www.bloomingdales.com

Prada Infusion de Rose is the latest addition to the Prada infusions series, and is a perfectly fitting spring scent. Bright, crisp, and clean, Infusion de Rose is a bracing splash of chilled rosewater, spiked with fresh, crushed mint. Italian mandarin adds uplifting zest, while a hint of exotica emerges via notes of Brazilian mate and beeswax from Laos. A vibrant, sparkling fragrance with great brightness throughout, Infusion de Rose is not a sweet rose; nor is it a dark one: if anything, it’s a green rose -. vivid, though a touch sharp around its contours. Maybe that’s what makes it feels so modern and right, right now.
Prada Infusion de Rose is available at Bergdorf Goodman and http://www.BergdorfGoodman.com

From the founders of niche NY fragrance house Le Labo comes Bouquet Blanc, one in a collection of fragrances created exclusively for Anthropologie. This white floral bouquet is comprised of cassis, bergamot, jasmine, tuberose, and vetiver, yielding a delicate delight. All sweetness and light, Bouquet Blanc is a spray of innocence that’s simple, fresh, and cheerful; yet this sweet-around-the-edges breath of spring air is no ephemeral romance: it has character and lingers, growing more and more beautiful as it develops on the skin. Floral, girly, magnetic, and, well… just really darn pretty! For excellent contrast, suggest pairing with tough leather jacket, or similar.

Available at Anthropologie and http://www.anthropologie.com.

If the only gardenia you’ve worn is of the creamy, voluptuous variety, why not unearth a less familiar, less cleaned-up interpretation? Strange invisible Epic Gardenia eau de parfum is more raw and rugged than it is heady or sweet (I’ve affectionately nicknamed this one “Gardenia-Gone-Wild”). This takes nothing away from the gorgeous composition by perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, who uses certified organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic and hydro-distilled essences in her Strange Invisible collection. The result here is a highly aromatic, lush, “alive” fragrance that Balahoutis advises is “”not for the faint of heart.” She refers to Epic Gardenia as “an impressionistic rendering of the flower’s humid, velvety scent.” A beautifully complex, sometimes misunderstood, yet all-the-while charming creation.

Available at anthropologie and http://www.siperfumes.com.

Originally published May 2011
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