A while back I wrote about various scents that have come out and if you waited too long to try them — poof! — they were gone. Helena Rubinstein’s Wanted, fronted by Demi Moore, was one such fragrance.
When I looked for it, it had vamoosed from the department stores, with no way to sample it. And I am definitely not a blind-buy kind of gal, no matter how inexpensive something is at the discounters, so that was out.
What really made me want to try this was the fact that it was done by well-known perfumers Dominique Ropion (he of Carnal Flower fame and many more) and Carlos Benaim. That assured me that whatever this turned out to be, it would have some redeeming qualities and wouldn’t be dreck.
So you can imagine my delight when a very generous perfume lover sent me some in the mail, along with several other lovely goodies. Thank you, kind lady!
Notes are: magnolia, ylang-ylang, iris, vanilla, cedar and sandalwood
Wanted kicks off with a soft, lightly citrus opening that feels like there’s a bit more than ylang-ylang and magnolia in there singing harmony — perhaps an unnamed supporting player? A hint of plummyness surfaces a bit later on, then it eases into a creamy, slightly woody finish that’s smooth, smooth, smooth. It hums along nicely for several hours.
The magnolia component had me itching to compare it to Acqua Parma Magnolia Nobile, but they seemed to be from two different schools. The Wanted comes off softer, creamier and a bit drier. The Nobile rolls out quite the tangy — potent, even — opening, courtesy of lemon and bergamot, and as it develops, it’s clear that this scent is taking its magnolia down a sunnier path that winds closer to the citrus grove.
Anyway, the Wanted is lovely on its own merits, and it gets bonus points for not being fruitchouli or pink, and having a fairly classy bottle (would love this in a mini).
All in all, it’s pretty good for a celebrity scent. As my generous gifter said, “Demi Moore should be proud she signed on for it– it really is better than so many other celebu-sniffs out there.”
When writing about a fragrance, it helps me to find another scent or two that seems a bit similar and has the same type of feel, so it’s easier to place it in the perfume universe. The Wanted put me in mind of Dior’s New Look 1947, not so much for its olfactory similarity (the Dior’s more powdery, floral, and expensive smelling, natch), but that it falls into that same class of soft, lovely and refined scents that are a pleasure to wear and unlikely to offend anyone.
Wanted strikes me as a good go-to perfume for those times when you’re not sure what to put on but want something pretty, polished and dependable, not overly fresh and not too warm. I’ve found it a nice fit for the fall days we’ve had recently that started out in chilly mornings and hit the high 70s to low 80s later in the day.
I’m not sure if I’ll end up investing in a full bottle, but I’m quite happy to have my decant and enjoy it while it lasts.