But before I forget: the winner of Beloved Man is Nina Z! Email me your info (anitaAT PerfumePossedotcom) and…a little while from now, the fabulous Amouage folks will send out a sample. But remember: it will be a bit of a wait. It launches at Harvey Nicks in HongKong at the tail-end of February. The rest of the world gets it shortly after.
Before I start on the perfumes, may I just say how very jealous I am of Maria Candida Gentile? Sigh. She. Is. Gorgeous. And extremely chic. But in that way that is totally ‘real’, totally ‘accessible’ – and So Not Me! LOL! No, seriously. What is it with French and Italian women? sigh. Maybe because you wouldn’t catch her stone dead in a fleece pullover? sigh…….
anyway…not only is she gorgeous, she is a very talented perfume artist (my ‘new phrase’ because I like to celebrate the artistry in creating and creative directing perfumes. Sometimes they overlap in the same person or position, sometimes not, but both require a creative artistry)….I already reviewed the beautiful Luberon in our Best of 2012 post. Today I want to chat about a few others in her line.
My biggest crush of the group: Gershwin. It opens with a sparkly Italian citrus note, reminiscent of my great urban summer love, Cartier Brillante. Where Brillante stays all gin-cocktail sparkle, though, Gershwin softens up with some watery white flowers. I get the Sicilian lemon and black pepper through the entire course of this perfume, and the sandalwood comes in towards the end, providing a bit of lift and warmth. This is a very close scent and, as is usual with citrus scents, the longevity isn’t great. But that’s okay – I think of this much like a Fred Astaire movie. Lots of sparkle and fizz and flirty/floaty fabulousness, which is best experienced in short bursts. It’s a great pick for a grey winter day, when you need some sunshine! And maybe a gin gimlet.
Sideris is another beauty. I had to take off my NPR hat (I kept hearing David Sedaris’s voice in my head, reading off the notes…..that was just weird)….but once I got him out of my head, riffing on ‘cysts laudanum’ I could focus on the herby-rose of this perfume. According to the Gentile website ‘cysts laudanum’ is a very Mediterranean essence and that, combined with the Turkis rose, is what gives Sideris that herby-rose loveliness. The benzoin gives a nice, resinous heft at the drydown makes Sideris one of the more intriguing scents in the line. It has a very faceted journey, from application to drydown. Even though I love the daylights out of Gershwin, for sheer interest this is probably the one I would wear most often. The fact that it has a rose focus probably doesn’t hurt, either! I does love me some rose!
anyway, I promised a giveaway. So here ’tis: drop a line letting me know what your thoughts about this perfume line. Or what you think about me ever having a snowball’s chance in a firestorm of gaining that level of chic ( LOL~ you can fuggedabout it right now – certainly not in Il in January – you can’t pry me out of my fleece until April)…..do you have a David Sedaris earworm now? I do. I will have Carmine hit the random.org button and we’ll send you a couple of MCG samples!