As perfumistas, we wear scent for ourselves, but also for other people: our significant others, family members, even friends (I have one pal who always asks me to wear Coromandel in the fall/winter when we get together). But sometimes I find myself wanting to wear just the lightest of fragrance, a whisper of scent that’s noticeable only to me. So when the sample of Parfums de Nicolai’s Eau Soleil recently arrived on my doorstep with an order and I sprayed it, that’s exactly what I got.
It opens with a hint of bergamot and citrus, then slides into the softest of neroli. Jasmine and ylang-ylang steal in a bit later, and a soft veil of musk wraps up the lovely neroli package. Of course, there’s more there, but I’ve never been good at parsing out notes. Anyway, one spray on my wrist gave me gentle puffs on and off for several hours, so it makes me curious how it might do with multiple spray points. Although no matter how heavy the application, this is never going to be a bombshell scent. But with that lovely whisper of neroli and company, it doesn’t need to be.
I could tell right off this is from Patricia de Nicolai; it has that PdN hallmark. In fact, something in its later stages wafting to my nose put me in mind a little of Odalisque, a longtime fave of mine. So I ran upstairs and dabbed a bit of that on just to see and found that there is a slight family resemblance.
I think I’ll be reaching for my little Soleil spray sample quite often for the rest of this summer – it’s that pretty. And who knows? Perhaps a FB will be in my future. Their 30-ml bottles make it relatively painless. Thank you, PdN, and please — never stop making this wonderfully affordable size.
So share with us: What do you wear when you want something lovely just for you, a whisper of scent that wears close to the skin and doesn’t project much –- just gives you your own private little scent show?
BTW, does anyone out there know when they reformulated Odalisque? And how can you tell old from new (bottle changes, etc.)? I’m not sure which samples I have. Perhaps I have been wearing the newer one all along. One of these days I’d like to do a side-by-side comparison. Thanks!