Hey there Perfume Posse! Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and today I want to tell you about a sample that Musette sent me recently. Apparently it is ME! So I thought we could discover it together today, just for fun. I am a little wary of people whose taste I completely trust sending me stuff that they think fits me because I don’t like to less than love such an obviously thoughtful gift. Especially from someone as gorgeous and giving as Musette. So I’m a little worried, also worried because having someone send you something that is you can raise the bar to unimaginable heights. So with my feet planted firmly on the ground and trying for little to no expectation HERE GOES! Geranimooooooooooo
Reem Acra Eau de Parfum by Reem Acra 2012
Pierre Negrin (of Firminiche)
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, peach, orange blossom
Heart: Ginger, jasmine, lily of the valley, peony
Base: Amber, cedar, patchouli, musk
I must also note that when Ann wrote about Reem Acra for the Posse I was already half in love with the scent and the bottle, which BTW is as lovely, hefty and elegant in real life.
The peach is sweet and pretty, without being sickly or celebuscentish, nor is it grown up like Mitsouko. Here we have an elegant fragrance that is modern, sheer and beautifully noticeable, sillage is excellent but projection not huge. Though you could happily wear this every day I’m guessing that most buyers will wear it evenings or dressed up. The orange blossom reminds me a little of the way Elie Saab treated it but with this juicy canned peach and crisp ginger that melt into watery peony and jasmine and they to and fro gorgeously with warm amber playing its tune as though you are wearing two different fragrances. I also get that wonderful hairspray and nail polish reminder that vintage fragrances so often give me. Ooo La La! The effect is quite beguiling and though it’s not N E W, it’s also different enough that being itself is all it needs do. Pretty, charming and lovely. Reem Acra have done a good job, they have created something that is both pretty and engaging. I can imagine Reem Acra EdP being something your friends and date would notice. Mainly for its voluptuous perfuminess, it’s an obvious choice and will resonate well I think.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Dry down is a lovely musky amber with a patchouli that I find slightly scratchy, it gives a lovely earthy vibe to what is a very sweet amber, maybe it’s the cedar? Whatever it is it does a good job of grounding what could have been supersonic sweetness. Around 3-4 hours of fragrant wear before the whole thing scales down to a very light warmth hovering close but noticeably that a hug would reveal as gorgeous. I think Reem Acra too perfumey for close work environs and you would have to spritz moderately for it not to interfere with your enjoyment of dinner.
Musette! You know me better than I know myself. What a fabulous fragrance. Just so you know, I now have a 50ml bottle sitting in front of me.
Do you love it when people give you stuff that is “So You” or are you wary like me? What has worked for you that was given as a “So You” scent and what hasn’t? Go on, dish it with me.
See you next week.