Van Cleef Feerie and David Yurman

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Two new scents out this month, as we start to go full-tilt into the fall release season, are Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie and David Yurman.

Feerie has a bottle just TDF. I mean… look at that. My little sample bottle doesn’t have the cute little fairy on it, darn it, so I’m going to have to get this one. do I care one whit what this smells like before I buy it? No, I do not because I will have that bottle. Notes of violet, red berries, mandarin, rose, jasmine, iris and vetiver. It opens with a candied violet smell, fairly sweet, I suspect amped up by the red berries and mandarin notes. A little too sweet on the open, and I was very much worried that we had another fruity candied violet on our noses. I mean. that bottle!!! I know I don’t care, but I don’t want to buy a dog just for the bottle deep down. After about 15 minutes, the sweet aspect diminished, and the iris and vetiver asserted themselves enough to talk Feerie off the sugar ledge it was on. The rich jasmine meandered through, but it stays very much a violet/iris scent, but a rich, sumptuous one. It’s not powdery on the iris or earthy. Those of you that don’t like your violet or iris sweet at all probably won’t be wearers or buyers of this scent. Since I’m buying it regardless for that darling bottle, it’s good that it fits the kind of violet/iris I do like, because it’s a pretty great violet/iris. Nothing groundbreaking, just a scent that’s easy to wear.

The famous jeweler to the up and coming rich, David Yurman makes his entry into the perfume market with a concotion of mandarin, fresh green petals, cassis, peony, water lily, natural rose otto, patchouli, exotic woods and soft musk. This one couldn’t go on any different from the Feerie. Just the opposite. It’s a big-shoulder-pad floral that shoves its way into the room with sillage floofing about like dust-devils on the Kansas plains in summer. That’s not a bad thing, though, because one thing it is not — shy. It knows what it is- it is a rich, luxury perfume made for those who want to make the statement: I.have.money….lots.and.lots. As Robin notes, it does change remarkably about 30-60 minutes into it, morphing into a still rich, but much more woody, musky perfume, but it keeps a metallic tang on me – the water lily? Chandler Burr is right, they will make a fortune on it. This is what I hoped Donna Karan Gold would be. As long as you let that open settle down before you head to the office and you do a teensy spritz, you can wear this for day and not be banned from the office.

Up next week: My Wii, which should come to live with me hopefully yet this week.

14 Comments

  1. Oh my…Feerie. Must….have…a…factice. Promise to self. No more “easy to wear fragrances”. Bottles collect dust. Perfume should be kept in the box away from light. Blah, blah, blah. Hmmmmm…Great bottle, eh? Love iris and violet. Must try.

  2. Morning Patty
    How would you compare Feerie and Creed’s Love in Black? I got a sample of LiB, the violet/iris hit me over the head and turned into a powdery mess and stayed there. I’m reading that others get that lovely Virginia cedar note in this, but alas, I do not. I don’t mind sweet, esp it it’s not gonna stay there, but powder is a no-go for me.

    As always, fab blog. I just love it and TPC! Keep up the good work. You allow me to samp the scents that I dream about!!

    • They are similarish. So I’m thinking if LiB was a no-go, Feerie may be too. I don’t get powder from either of them much, though lib has a little bit more powder on me than Feerie.

      Thanks!!!

  3. Hmm. If I were interested in bottles, the Feerie bottle would have me excited. The color and facets are quite nice against the silver top. But for an easy to wear scent? Not sure I’d go that far. I’m just wa-a-ay too practical.

    I AM curious about the David Yurman bottle though — you’d expect a jeweler would have something rather fab.

    • The Yurman bottle is pretty great. Hefty, gold, glittery, over the top. Not cheap at all. It’s not really my style, but it’s a very well done bottle and reflects the juice pretty accurately.

  4. And I so wanted to love Feerie. That’s one fussy bottle that even I could love, and iris & violet? So far, a recipe for happiness…but candy? =((

    Ah, well, money saved that I didn’t have anyway. And hey…Wii you? Wii me is currently getting Fit…

    • It’s not that candied, except for the first 15-30 minutes. It never loses some of the sweetness, tending towards the sweet side, but it’s not that sweet at all on me after that open.

      Wii fit is coming too. I’m jacked. We put together a Wii room at work for breaks, and we call it the Wii-lax Room. so goofy.

      • Uh-oh… (where’s the “I can’t hear you” icon?)….((guess this one will have to do: $-) ))

        Was e-mailing somebody the other day about the various spots of sample scent I had on: two wrists, two crooks of arm, two knees…one Wii Yoga session. Each pose got its own scent… but Habanita ruled over all in our mutual dry down. Don’t try this in the office… ūüėČ

  5. oooooh! I LURVE MY WII!!!!! ūüė°
    Sadly, I haven’t gotten past Bowling on Wii Sports. And I’ve had mine for almost a year.

    Wish I had more to say about the mondo sophisticated and expensive perfumes you discussed today, but I’m on a cheapy head-shop oil kick right now….

  6. OK, I had to have a bottle of feerie as soon as I saw the name!!!!! I mean come on. Fairy! Too funny. I love that the top isn’t cheap plastic, it’s like heavy plastic, if that makes sense. It’s substantial. I gotta say the sweet opening doesn’t last long on me at all…Thank God. I usually don’t like violet in perfume, but this one (and the Dior Particuliere) are fantastic. (The only thing they have in common is I can live with them). I do love the Van Cleef and the bottle just makes it perfect. Now when asked, I can say I’m wearing fairy. Love it.:d

  7. I was wondering about the David Yurman one since I’ve been receiving almost hourly emails about it’s arrival. Not something I’d wear myself, but I am sorta glad that there are some big-shouldered scents coming in after years of wan, limpid little fruity things.

    As long as we don’t have an 80’s redux, that is. I don’t want to be trapped on an elevator with the toxic cloud of girls wearing Giorgio and the boys in Lagerfeld again ever, thanks… 8-x

  8. “Feerie” (sorry, no accentmarks on this keyboard) really means “fairyland”; “fee” would be “fairy”. But it’s all good.

  9. Aaaauugh!!!!!!!! It’s the little princess coming out in me, I want that bottle so bad I can’t stand it!

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