We are having the scariest Autumn. It’s freezing, with constant rain…and it’s not even October! I haven’t seen sunshine in ages…and was in despair…until it showed up in my mailbox! Remember how I was talking about gratitude and appreciation for …well, for nearly everything – and certainly everything to do with my journey through the world of Perfume! This is one of those ‘things’.
I wrote the backstory on the Midnight Flower Collection by Amouage awhile back – if you are not familiar with how it came to be, I urge you to give it a quick read. It is, in essence, a Love Story – and like so many love stories, begins, ends..and begins again, weaving Love and Loss and Love Again, together in a darkling tapestry that shades to brightest gold.
Christopher Chong’s latest perfume offering, Sunshine, is that brightest gold! It’s the summer sunlight as you emerge from a shaded canopy in a primeval forest, where darkness really does have its own backstory. You can sense the spirits of Nature that have gone before but there is also a thread of new life that is woven within that forest and once you come out of the canopy the brilliance of the sun affirms that life. Sunshine weaves all of those feelings into its composition – this is no sparkly little citrus, with a frilly sort of charm. It’s a grounded, warm scent, with a core of burnished brightness – and I know I sound a little twee? But it’s true! That is exactly how it feels! I don’t know if Amouage could even create a little sparkler – and there’s certainly no need for them to try. Plenty of lovely little fizzy citruses out there. This one is heftier, as if it had an actual piece of the burning sun at its core.
I am an unabashed Amouage Lover, as you know, and I consider it a Very Good Thing that there are a couple of the line that I do not love (remember Honour, with the kid wielding the axe?)…because then, when I ‘do’ fall madly in love, as I have here, I can legitimately shout from my metaphorical rooftop. I can say, in all sincerity, that I adore this. ‘Sunshine’ is one of the most complex of beautiful, ‘happy’ scents. It’s a celebration of happiness! but with a nod to what you have to sometimes experience in order to achieve that happiness. Wearing this, I think of all the beloveds that all of us have lost in our lifetimes, all those who have cherished us and, in turn, have been cherished by us.
isn’t this gorgeous?!
Here’s the PR from Amouage:
International luxury fragrance brand, Amouage, has launched ‘Sunshine’ for Woman exclusively at its 17 standalone stores across Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Italy. Created under the guidance of Christopher Chong, Amouage Creative Director, the exuberant, white floral Eau de Parfum is an extension of the ‘Midnight Flower’ Collection that comprises of ‘Hope’, ‘Love’, ‘Happy’ and recently introduced ‘Smile’ candles and complementary room sprays.
Youthful top notes of Almond, Blackcurrant Liqueur and Davana open to an intense bouquet of Osmanthus, Jasmine, Vanilla and Magnolia in the heart. Notes boldly culminate in the magical, earthy base of Cade, Patchouli, Papyrus and Tobacco Blond.
The bright and joyful fragrance is presented in Amouage’s iconic glass crystal bottle in a brazen, iridescent sunshine hue. The refreshingly white cap is accented with a golden Swarovski crystal to resemble a shining overhead sun at high noon. The bottle is housed in a cool azure, mosaic box with gold foil illustrations of swirling flares in rhapsody around the Amouage insignia. With removable inserts, the boxes are designed to be reused to safe keep ornaments and mementos.
Alas. Alas. If you do not live or have friends in any of the locations mentioned in the PR, you are going to have to travel – or wait. It’s not here and it’s nobody’s fault but ours, USA! Why..oh, WHY don’t we have a standalone Amouage boutique? WHYYYY? I ask you? Well…why is irrelevant. It is thus and so we shall have to wait until February! In the meantime, Russia and the Amouage standalones will have it. So! Make New Friends! ???? ??w ???????! (here’s hoping the conversion worked and I didn’t just Make an entire continent of Enemies!)
For candle lovers, there’s Smile, the fourth installment in the Midnight Flower Collection. The original Posse post was all about Christopher’s creation of these candles. This candle is playful, energetic, peaceful and uplifting – that’s a heavy load for one little candle to carry – but it does so with aplomb. It’s a pretty, pretty scent (I love the Hawthorne note!!!) in a gorgeous package – I don’t think there is anything prettier than deep pink and bright gold!
“Smile is the next stage in the healing process when a person can begin to let go and learn to hold onto the truly joyful moments their loved one left them with,” says Christopher Chong. “To reflect this stage, I incorporated playful ingredients like Raspberry and Almond in the top notes and Madeleine, Biscuit and Hawthorn in the heart. Vanilla and Musk in the base softens the fragrance for closure.”
‘Smile’ is available in all stores 6 October 2014.
I don’t know if one can ever really gain closure, when one loses a beloved. But I do know you can close chapters in the passage – and the journey does smooth out a bit, after Time has taken you on its travels – and you can emerge into the sunshine – and you can, once again, Smile. And at the end of it all, that’s pretty much what I hope for.
I can’t share Smile – but I can share ‘Sunshine’. Drop me a note in comments and tell me a love story – I’m missing Bruno during these random.org draws. But I soldier on. I’ll spin the button and pick a winner and someone will get to sample the Gorgeous!.