Our darling Musette posted last summer about how Frederic Malle’s Noir Epices fragrance didn’t move her, but its body lotion/cream sent her over the moon. Well, her experience inspired me to rethink several scents. Case in point: I wanted to love FM’s Portrait of a Lady, but even one light spritz was just too, too much — too much rose, too much spice, too much of everything. I almost felt as if I were being rolled up and smothered in a heavy, albeit gorgeous, dark red Oriental rug.
So I got my mitts on a bit of the body cream a while back and tried it on a particularly cold day. (Cue angels singing “Hallelujah!”) And then I was very nearly cutting that proverbial rug, dancing with joy at the sheer beauty of it. The oppressive weight was gone, leaving me draped in a sumptuous cashmere throw, rosy, warm and enveloping, yet at the same time as light as angel wings.
Alas, the price of the divine black jar that is Portrait of a Lady is on par with that luscious fabric, so my wallet must sorrowfully decline. But that’s all right; I know where my next windfall will be spent, should I ever get one.
I had a similar experience with Ormonde Jayne Woman. It’s a stunning fragrance, no doubt, but on some days, it feels a bit overpowering to me, and has me wishing I could dial it down a few notches. But after slathering a sample jar of the body lotion on my hands and arms, I found it to be just right for those days when a spray is just too much. Ah … now this lets me have just a little peek into OJ Woman’s dark, lush, fairy-tale forest.
Have you found a fragrance that you love as a body product but aren’t as crazy for the actual juice itself? Or vice-versa?
BTW, I’ve since discovered that I CAN wear Portrait of a Lady if I use just a tiny dot or two out of the sample vial.
Portrait of a Lady body butter is $200 for a 6.8-ounce jar; available online and in-store at Frederic Malle, Aedes de Venustas and Barney’s New York. Sample jars of Ormonde Jayne Woman body lotion are available at Surrender to Chance.