Archive for May, 2009

Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane Review

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Yes, you did read that right – Nuit de Cellophane. As in a glamourous transparent wrapping for a fragrant bouquet. Or as some blogs would have it  ‘a nod to bondage’.

When I first smelt this I thought it resembled Datura Noir.  However, on comparison NdC is much lighter/transparent, but they are both hothouse florals. NdC – think gourmet fruit cocktail in a light juice.  Everything about this is light/trasparent. This beautiful water/fruit/floral accord  is obscured/spoiled by a ‘dirty’ note that just doesn’t seem to fit at all.

I wore this for a few hours but we just didn’t get along sadly. I begin to wonder if SL’s search for minimalism means that he’s just not creating beautiful fragrances these days. The export line all seem to be toned down versions of the original Export Line. However, this one just doesn’t fit at all.

………….and after a few days I found out what it really reminds me of, CK’s Contradiction (that’s where I first smelt the ‘dirty’ note), but with a lot more mystery,panache and elegance.

Here’s the official line:

"Remember those wonderful old movies when the heroine answers a ring at
the door to find a delivery of a sumptuous bouquet of flowers or a spray
of orchids enveloped in cellophane?. She tears off the wrappings and
inhales their wonderful warm, damp scent: here is Serge's latest
fragrance, encapsulating the moment with a sinuous creation of osmanthus,
peach, iris, jasmine and violets all ready to grace a romantic evening for
two".

Worth trying tho’ – you may love it ! I give it a meagre 5/10 !

PL&P

Tom Ford Private Blend Amber Absolute Review

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Oh Heart of Darkness, this is what I thought when I tried this.  It is much darker than Noir de Noir, which is uplifted by its floralcy.  Amber Absolute is the epitome of Catholic Mass fragrances.  I LOVE incense and I found this breathtaking. Darker even than CdG’s Avignon, which sparkles in comparison with Amber Absolute. Much drier than Etro’s Messe de Minuit.

As to amber itself, I’m not that fussed generally although I love Orientals. In this composition it is the one note that lightens the intensity of the Incense.  This one I’m keeping !!!

Any incense lovers out there really should try a sample of this magnificent gothic fragrance.

Again Mr Ford 10/10 !

PL&P !