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Regarding the two new Armani Prives, Rose Alexandrie and Vetiver Babylone – they´re in clear glass bottles with black stone tops (picture the original Prive bottles recast in Jo Malone glass and with JM-type labels, to give you a vague idea.) They smelled like (wait for it) … rose and vetiver. That´s about the cleanest vetiver I´ve ever smelled, and the rose is pretty tentative – a rose-fruity sparkle with some white musk. We couldn´t find anyone who could tell us anything at Barneys, but we think the price point on these may be lower? I like all the other Prives to varying degrees (perhaps more than many of you do), but neither of these new two was anything to write home about. They were lightweight in all senses, had the feel of a sketch rather than a finished piece, and don´t seem properly connected with the other Prives in terms of design or density. Maybe he´s doing a Prive Lite line? Based on their smell and appearance I would expect/hope they would be significantly cheaper.
On the Molinard Une Histoire de Chypre created exclusively for Aedes – I took the subway down there on Tuesday morning and Aedes is closed on Tuesdays, so I guess I´m off the hook! No? Fine. Here´s the link to Aedes´ blurb about Chypre, which gives a lot of detail. Doesn´t it sound beautiful? I have not reviewed any of these (with the exception of Habanita, but I think my review was for the vintage.) I have a soft spot in general for the Molinard line, even the cheap stuff, and a particular admiration for their back-catalog reissues. In my alternate universe, the shelves at Sephora would be lined with fragrances with classical lines and proportions like the Molinards, as opposed to 70 percent of what´s there now. Having said that, I have been insufficiently moved by any of the 1849 Collection to want to buy one of those stunning Lalique bottles, and that´s just my personal taste. The Chypre I had difficulty smelling because the atomizer worked so poorly (I was going to go back in there with a virgin nose and figure out another way to pour some on.) It surprised me in the same way my first sniff of Coty´s legendary Chypre surprised me; I was expecting something considerably darker and dirtier, based on my reading of descriptions of the scent and its sillage. From what I could smell, the Molinard Chypre reminded me a fair amount of the Coty, and that´s obviously praise, yes? I personally wanted something … more abundant? And I might well have gotten it on Tuesday morning, had I retried it.
Finally, I need your help: here´s a link to the charming Isabela Capeto website, stop by if you have time. But what I really want to know is: what is that piano piece playing on the website? Can anyone tell me? Is it some old chestnut by Liszt that everyone knows but me? A famous Brazilian song? I´ve emailed them and asked and get back a very polite reply that they´ll look into it, but nothing so far. If one of you classical music/piano buffs knows, please tell.
I think the bottle is cute, sure, but seriously, I bought it for the contents. I find Isabela Capeto an interesting series of accords that manage to swing between insouciance (the osmanthus and lily) and fire (the sandalwood, opoponax and spices), with some pretty earthy cedar/vetiver at the opening. I agree with the commenter on Patty´s post that the four holes in her face on the bottle are supposed to be like the holes on a button – the red doll is actually Capeto´s logo, she is a clothing designer and her stuff has lots of whimsical (albeit high-end) crafty-type details like cutouts, appliqué, sequins, ribbons, and buttons. Any of our Brazilian readers (I know some of you lurk!), please chime in with your opinion of the line. The perfumer is Carmita Magalhaes from Mane.
NYC image: poshnosh.com