Hi there Posse. Fantasia de Fleurs is alleged to have been created for Empress Sisi of Austria (1837-98). I was living in London back in the 1990s . David, one of my mates I was at ballet school with, was a soloist in the Vienna Stat Oper Ballet. We would meet in each others cities, catch each others shows and get crazy in the clubs. Austria had way less English speakers in the 90s. Especially for a crazy Aussie kid to chat to during the day/evening times while David was in class, rehearsal or performing. Consequently I spent a lot of time happily exploring Vienna on my own.
Empress Sisi’s story was much less Disney-ised back then. She was seen back then as crazy, selfish, vain coot with a pretty face and incredible hair. She took half a day just to get ready to leave her chambers. The emphasis was on her lack of doing the royal job and more on the exercise, travel, horse riding and other stuff she did as procrastination and fleeing from the amazing life of an empress. Now she is presented a damaged beauty with mental problems exacerbated by her thrust into the spotlight as wife of the Emperor. Her problems, brazenness and charismatic wielding of beauty to win her battles captured me. Every visit I religiously toured her city palace rooms and country house Shonnbrun. Her books and biographies were constant companions and I loved her.
Fantasia de Fleurs by Creed
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Heart: Bulgarian rose, Iris
Base: Ambergris, Iris
Fantasia de Fleurs had been created for Empress Sisi? (I think it may just be ad copy rather than reality). A bottle was ordered blind in a fabulous sale very early on in my fall down the perfumed rabbit whole.
Jammy Bulgarian rose is the leading protagonist. A full bodied rose that smells like you’ve fresh picked one from the garden at dawn. You’ve buried your nose in its cold, dewy, powdery petals. Then you multiply that scent by one thousand. Add a little touch of dry, earthy, rooty iris to balance it. Add unnoted white flowers, some leafy greenery, a touch of narcissus, tropical ylang and vanilla. Then drizzle the whole lot over the warm, slightly salty depth of ambergris and voila, Fantasia de Fleurs.
Soliflors aren’t generally in fashion much nowadays. It’s easy to see why we don’t read much about something as dated and simple as Fantasia de Fleurs but if you want to smell a pose so pure and glorious. A rose that is sweet and comfortable and doesn’t have that sour edge so often associated with it fragrance. This could be something you’ll love.
Projection and longevity are moderate. I find Fantasia de Fleurs very fragrant for about an hour before it softens considerably. Leaning towards traditional feminine perfumery but don’t let that stop you gents.
Ann loved Creed Aberdeen Lavender too
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