Sorry this is late – I’m still getting the hang of things.
<sigh> Lord, I love a fruit. I do. I have run through nearly every lemon, lemon/lime concoction out there and I was Jo´s Grapefruit gal back when you could only get it in London and her husband would take orders over the phone. The whole reason I´m even on the Posse is a tortuous journey. a quest for my high school love, Bigarade by Nina Ricci ( I got it and, uh….well, okay – what was all that about?). So I know my fruit. And fruit is funny. Lemon can so quickly turn to furniture polish and while I usually luck out on that drama I can still get smacked in the head by too much sugar or the Evil Musk Drydown indigenous to so many Lemons. Grapefruit can be beautiful (helloo, Pamplemousse Rose, you weasel) or scorch your nose hairs (sorry, Jo).
However nothing incites as much polarity in my fruit-lovin´ self as orange (my love for Agraria Bitter Orange is legendary). But bitter orange can go so razory it makes your teeth hurt, like my one night stand, Bigarade Concentree. I swear I loved you,BC. I did. But you sunk your fangs in the pith and green rind and it was a Sad, Sad Day in Orangeville.
So I was excited when I literally stumbled (as in, I tripped and sent the bottles flying) across the Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine at Neiman Marcus. Notes from the N-M site:
Cologne Absolue concentrated at 15%.
Top notes: blood orange, bitter orange
Heart notes: jasmine, geranium from South Africa
Base notes: amber woods, tonka beans, sandalwood
Well, alrighty then. If there´s jasmine or tonka bean in there it has been stuffed in the back of Orange´s gym locker. Orange isn´t goofing around here, trust me. And she´s gonna be on the playground for awhile. You would think orange´ + cologne´ would mean gone in 20 seconds. Uh, no. I was surprised to find this bad girl with her claws still in nearly 3 hours after application. Very exciting!
Too bad I can´t stand the stuff.
Turns out that for all my fruit lovin´, it seems I love the idea´ of fruit better, at least with orange. Most of the orange scents I adore whisper in the ear of an orange, while veiling themselves in other, complimentary, notes. Orange Sanguine is like you just spilled orange juice all over the kitchen (and in your shoooes!), the ants are coming out of the woodwork, you´re late for a meeting (so you’re stuck with – and in- the shoes). It´s sticky-schweeeet. And very orange. I´m thinking it might take the pith out of that Bigarade, if it doesn´t kill it outright. My money’s on the new girl.
So the Orange Sanguine was a sticky mess. This did not bode well for the new Marc Jacobs splashes with all the fruit and cookies and everything. I´ve never been a huge Marc Jacobs fan, beyond his handbags but he did an excellent Lemon and hey! I was right there so…what the heck. Nerves shot from the orange juice and the ants I squinted at this year’s splashes from the corner of my eye – he has Apple, Pomegranate and Biscotti (apparently the Biscotti is a reissue). Well, I don’t want to smell like a cookie so I passed Biscotti by and, liver aquiver, gingerly approached the Apple. “Oh, crap. Apple? This is gonna smell like a county fair, I just know it”
Waitaminit! This is what I´m talkin´ about! This is not about smelling like an apple. This smells nothing like an apple. It smells like the ideal of an apple – a crisp, juicy, tart Granny Smith, all freshness and springlike and full of zesty life. I was stunned at how much I liked it. According to Nordstrom´s site this year´s offerings are supposedly ” inspired by the decadent indulgences of a patisserie” . Well, maybe if the patisserie just put a dewy, chilled bowl of Granny Smiths on a sidewalk table. And that sounds just fine by me. I don´t know how it will play in intense heat but it´s a perfect late-May Saturday morning scent, maybe with that first sleeveless dress of the season?
Sources: Atelier Cologne – Neiman-Marcus (all over the) counter ; Marc Jacobs Apple Splash – Nordstrom counter
(update: Bigarade Concentree + Orange Sanguine = YUM! perhaps, like its juicy namesake, it’s the perfect mixer)