By Candice Sabatini

Imagine a day of perfectly glorious weather, a leisurely stroll down Fifth Ave with your favorite someone and enjoying NYC at its best; a little window shopping, shared smiles, and unexpectedly coming upon Takashimaya, NY’s most elegant temple of retail. Enter and instantly feel its uniqueness. The serenity of the store, the gorgeous merchandise artfully displayed, the charming sales people, and then sipping tea in the Zen-like tea-room. Afterwards, a visit to a beautiful and tranquil Japanese garden.

At a recent meeting in Takashimaya, the striking 6’6″ perfumer, Neil Morris tells me that this ‘perfect day’ scenario is the inspiration behind his latest fragrance, Neil Morris for Takashimaya, New York. The passionate Boston-based perfumer loves New York, loves Takashimaya (who doesn’t?) and was asked to create a fragrance exclusively for them, which would blend the east and the west. And so, while visiting a Zen garden, he created the story which inspired the notes for a fragrance which would “incorporate the beauty and serenity of the Japanese culture with the stylish sophistication of 5th Avenue”. He succeeds. This scent is a winner.

Neil tells me that he “creates fragrances that dance and move on your skin. They’re not linear.” This evocative new fragrance certainly does dance on skin, and dances to a different tune on each and every wearer. The top notes consist of black currant, bergamot, aldehydes and mandarin for an opening as sparkling as a kickass Can-Can. The heart of the scent is as intense as a Tango with rich plum and cherry blossoms, jasmine tea, bamboo, dossinia orchid, and narcissus. The base of cedar is enriched with accents of oak, tonka, orris and oud, which leaves a very unique lasting scent on different people. On my friend Nancy, it brings back the memory of a rock garden after a rain, on Neil it’s almost mossy, and on me, its last dance is most definitely a delightful floral.

Available: Takashimaya 693 5th Ave &

Originally published November 2008
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