I like Victoria Beckham and what she’s done with herself. Not your usual celebrity makeover.
She wasn’t my fave Spice Girl (actually, I don’t have a favourite Spice Girl). But she seemed more in the background that Sporty, Scary or Baby Spice. So, the fact that she’s made something big of her fashion etc ‘empire’ is interesting.
(Per Pexels, a girl band)
In any case, she reshaped herself from pop bunny to something much more elegant. I like her dresses though I have never even considered forking out for one – even at a deep deep discount I think they would be way out of reach. Oh, how I miss the Barney’s Warehouse Sale (wiped the floor with Black Friday – feh). I still moon over that forest green velvet YSL Le Smoking jacket discounted to $100 that fit like a glove. One of my truly stupid retail missteps.
But back to VB and her fragrance release. I had high-ish hopes for this and wasn’t disappointed.
Posh teamed up with Jerome Epinette to develop these which are based on significant happenings in her life.
The initial release included three fragrances: Portofino ’97, Suite 302 and San Ysidro Drive. They have a colour scheme – aqua, white and an almost mustard yellow. The bottles look like fancy flasks for whiskey you (well, someone) pull out at a polo match, and they are offered in 50ml and 100ml bottles priced at £170 and £245. So, per my post last week, above my vague comfort zone for spending. I got the sample set which includes all three 2ml samples in a nice box with helpful cards about each perfume for £30 – a bit pricey for samples but there you go. The marketing guff is not bad at all.
Thankfully, while I think these are very well done and don’t at all feel like your usual celebrity offer I don’t adore any of them*. But, I definitely think they are well worth sampling.
Portofino ’97 (aqua). “A new infatuation. A secret escape. The seductive scent of desire.” Calabrian bergamot, black pepper, crisp white sheets suffused with incense and amber, patchouli and vetiver lingering on the skin of a significant other. This starts oddly but wonderfully of caramel spicy citrus. The caramel is a big surprise but makes the opening incredible. This does not last however and we’re into a very well done citrus modified by flowers and resins. The drydown is slightly acidic. My least favourite of the bunch bar that incredible start. If you love citrus, this is definitely worth a look.
Suite 302 (white). “An alluring rendezvous. An entrancing escapade. The intoxicating parfum of glamour.” Black cherry, red peppercorn, rose centifolia, violet, musk, papyrus, black leather and tobacco leaf. Weekends in Paris. Oh my goodness. This is the best cherry perfume I’ve ever encountered. I hadn’t yet sampled one that did good things on my skin but this is lovely. Proper luscious cherry plus some pepper in the opening. Never too sweet. Then, smooth cherry with musky flowers drying down to a nice cherry tobacco leather. Gorgeous. Clearly, my fave of the set.
San Ysidro Drive (mustard yellow). “A burst of energy. A new beginning. The healing power of perfume.” Passion fruit, pink peony, ocean air, rose, saffron flower, agarwood, black amber, vanilla and possibly incense. Reflects the wellness/ mindfulness vibe of southern California. Fruity soft floral opening, with an ozonic hit. Then, moving into a nice saffron rose vibe. Finally, on to a woody resinous thing with a good hit of vanilla. This seems the most straightforward.
So, well done, Posh. I would anticipate that these will be very popular with customers for VB’s clothes (her makeup line looks nice too). For the rest of us, if these were to pop up in decants, I might well buy one of Suite 302 just for that opening (I think I said this about something else recently – becoming a bit of a broken record).
So, were you into the Spice Girls? Love Wannabe? Are making retching noises? What about trying these?
Pics: Pexels and mine
*I lied. I am starting to really jones for Suite 302. Like, take me to a fancy suite in a fancy Paris hotel with someone fancy.