Hiya Perfume Posse,WOO HOO! Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and today we are going to look at one of the currently most worn fragrances I own. Since I got this bottle it has never left my desk and it regularly gets spritzed for beauty, sheer ease of wearing and longevity. Whenever I’m rushed or unsettled over the last six months this is the one I reach for, sweet, warm and comfortable and a no worries go-to that has a certain flamboyance as well.
Vanille & Narcisse by Karine Dubreuil for L’Occitane en Provence
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Blackcurrant, bergamot
Heart: Gardenia, Narcissus
Base: Tonka bean, vanilla
Right out of the Vanille & Narcisse gate I get a swoony rush of resinous vanilla with a very faint bergamot sparkle (I wonder if I’m becoming anosmic to bergamot’s charms?) with a soft fruity wave like the first bite into a blueberry, kind of tart, sweet and watery all at once. Then a creamy, rich undercurrent of flowers that aren’t really definitive enough to have the names narcissus and gardenia tacked on to them, nevertheless they are very pretty and if I really suck the air deep into my lungs I do get a little bit of a daffodil mood. More like the smell of the cut stems and water than the flower, it’s a green-ness but it really can’t compete with the gorgeous base which is basically fully in place by the 30 minute mark with minor re-incursions of the other notes but the vanilla/tonka base is the force in the fragrance. To be honest I am surprised that there aren’t woods mentioned in the list because my nose when I wear Vanille & Narcisse says that there are woods with the vanilla, both creamy and dry woods and a little bit of a heated milk or cream with sugar nod too.
To my nose Vanille & Narcisse could be much more expensive, from a niche or exclusive designer range like the CHANEL or DIOR exclusives, it would even fit in Patricia de Nicolai’s stable neatly and it could be a warm Aqua Allegoria at Guerlain. That’s the kind of fragrance we’re talking about. Beautiful but simple and restrained. An elegant everyday into evening scent that will have you fragrant without being over the top, a quiet, self confident statement of authority with curves. A perfect spring or autumn scent that I also found excellent company through summer in Sydney. Great all rounder and a wonderful present.
Further reading: Now Smell This and Beauty Blog Of A Kind
L’Occitane World Page<< JUMP will take you to the site in your countryVanille & Narcisse is around US$75/75ml and has a range of matching bath & body products
Have you tried any of the Collection de Grasse range from L’Occitane? What about Vanille & Narcisse? Do you like the,? How did you rate them?