Continuing my March Mojo Trifecta, today we have Natori – which in some ways is less interesting than Miyake´s A Scent. It´s also something I´d really like to own. Is it genius? Nope. But it sure smells good.
When I was first trying to describe it to Louise I called it a “lingerie scent.” That seemed a little vague; what kind of lingerie? But Louise got it immediately. I´m not thinking of some vampy man-trap stuff. Instead, Natori is the perfume equivalent of an expensive but very soft, flattering set of underthings that you´d wear as much for your own pleasure as anyone else´s. Amusingly enough, I figured out while writing this post that (duh) Natori is a lingerie company, and judging by the photos online, the fragrance meshes with the brand perfectly.
Natori´s notes are aldehydes, rose, plum, ylang, peony, jasmine, patchouli, amber and musk. I have to say, I get very little in the way of aldehydes, even up front where you expect them. Instead it´s got a broad, sweeping profile with a little of the (dare I say it? I don´t want to scare anyone off) almost candied sweetness of Poison. Must be the plum. The rest of it is as seamless a surface as a lacquered box, with the florals and amber presenting as a rich, creamy, slightly spicy sweetness rather than individual flowers. The patchouli on my skin is very clean, and there is just enough musk to keep things sensual rather than blatantly sexy. It wouldn’t be my first choice for office wear, but it wouldn’t be ridiculous either.
Please don´t run away screaming – Natori doesn´t smell anything like Poison, really, and it doesn´t smell like Annick Goutal Passion either, which I blogged on recently, but I´d drop Natori in to the same slot in my perfume wardrobe as Passion. Natori is unabashedly pretty without being girly. It goes through a middle phase where it´s a tiny bit gourmand, which makes it feel more “now,” but mostly it seems timeless (neither “current” nor dated) in the same way that Passion seems timeless to me.
I am a person on whom scents last, and Natori was going strong eight hours later on my skin. I could still smell it on my inner arm, if I looked for it, a full 48 hours later, although at no time did I regret my generous application. And remember, this is in August heat. So the worn-out-your-welcome factor on this one seems to be surprisingly low for a scent that wears as richly as Natori does. Back to my lingerie comparison, it´s so well constructed that no individual parts begin to emerge and chafe over time.
I didn´t whip out my credit card on the spot for this – for one thing, I hate paying retail – but I´m thinking about it. I´d certainly wear it if a bottle fell into my lap. And let´s talk about that bottle – I am not a big bottle nut and I can´t think of a bottle recently I´ve coveted more. My only complaint is that the hole in the middle is – practically enough – translucent, so you can see the liquid inside. (I think either the juice and/or the window is tinted pale purple.) In photos it looks to me like it´s a hole in the bottle, like the thing´s donut-shaped, and I personally would have preferred that. What do you all think?
Natori is, I believe, an EDP. I sniffed it at Saks and was told it is an exclusive there, at least for the time being.