Don’t you just love finding an unexpected pleasure, fragrancewise, out in the mainstream? I stumbled upon a happy accident the other day at Nordstrom as I was in town making some mail-order returns. I had asked the SA what was new, and she pointed me to a very pretty transparent aqua bottle: Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue. I have to admit the original Miu Miu, although nice enough, didn’t knock my socks off. And although this new offering isn’t earth-shattering either, it is enjoyable enough that I’ve been wearing my sample on and off for several days now.
Notes per Fragrantica: lily of the valley, green and white flowers, and akigalawood accord, whatever that is (the site says it’s a molecule from Givaudan that smells of patchouli, peppery notes and woody oud). Thankfully, no oud presence made itself felt on my skin, because that would have had me running for the Tide, and we would have a whole ‘nother kind of post today.
Anything with lily of the valley makes my ears perk up (Coty’s Muguet des Bois was a love of my childhood/teenage years), so I had to give it a go. The lily of the valley starts off obviously enough, but then is transformed and diffused by the green and white flower accord. And the akigalawood business deepens it slightly, lending it a bit more interest and lasting power. I found it to be refreshing but not simple. In comparison, Bleue lacks the fruity aspect and bergamot presence of her older sister and feels a wee bit more spontaneous and carefree, at least on my skin.
Bleue doesn’t really smell like Si Lolita de Lempicka, but it does remind me of it, in that it’s a pretty floral with a unexpected feathery touch of spice to give it more character. Longevity was decent, but I didn’t mind re-spritzing from time to time.
And I love the aqua, see-through bottle with its soft yellow topper even better than the opaque blue of the original, which I still like very much. I will be on the lookout for a mini of this for sure. Thanks to Chanel, I’m quite partial to anything that resembles quilting.
So what about you? Have you found an unexpected pleasure lately, in the mainstream fragrance world or outside? Or even beyond the realm of perfume, such as discovering an unexpected pleasure in food, gardening, or anything else that’s given you a smile.