The things I do.. I braved the Black Friday crowds at Barneys to try the new Frederick Malle, only to be thwarted: it was supposed to be here today but wasn’t. I wasn’t going to go to ScentBar and certainly wasn’t going within 500 yards of the mall. I hit the closet to see what was in there that I hadn’t written about and the only thing I could see was a sample of Gaultier Le Male, which is so tied up in the memory of my last boyfriend that I prefer not to trot down that garden path. Besides, the sample was older than dirt, so I tossed it.
Luckily for me a nice person had sent me a sample of Ava Luxe Rasa Extreme.
Ava Luxe is the creation of Serena Ava Franco, crafting handmade jewelry and perfumes from her Providence, Rhode Island atelier. Rasa Extreme is the, well, extreme version of Rasa, a scent she describes as “A sexy and slightly provocative blend of musks infused with spicy red rose”. Rasa Extreme I assume amps up that musk and adds civet (I think), making it much like a feminine Muscs Kublai Kha n. It’s not a BIG scent, it doesn’t reach across the room and throttle you. It’s one you have to lean in to smell, and trust me you’ll want to. It’s a simple combination of musks, rose and a touch of iris; I just watched “Night of the Iguana” and when I smelled this I immediately thought of Ava Gardner: very womanly, with a slight edge of danger.
Sadly for you it’s no longer on the website, but maybe if we make a concerted effort to ask, maybe she’ll bring it back…