Hey Posse! Today we are talking BARGAIN BUY! Yep. Since Agent Provocateur tanked I’ve suddenly had an urge to buy them ALL! What the hell is wrong with me? Sure, I loved the original but the rest seemed kinda lame until the possibility of never having them. BOOM! Needed every damn one I could get my hands on. Working on the historic use of the word blue in fragrance I figured Blue Silk would be an aquatic riff on the original Agent Provocateur EdP. That sounded kinda good to me too. Spoiler Alert! It’s not.
Blue Silk by Agent Provocateur
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Pink pepper, Lemon, Mandarin orange, Juniper
Heart: Rose, Jasmine, Nectarine, Cinnamon
Base: Musk, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Tonka bean
First can we take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous blue colour of the bottle. It’s simple but makes the whole thing look so much more luxurious than the pink. It’s probably glass but feels cool and heavy in the hand like a very fine ceramic.
OK, so how does Blue Silk smell? The opening is so much smoother than the notes list would leave you expecting. I’m definitely getting a luscious hit of effervescent gin and squash. That sounds terribly sweet and fizzy but it isn’t. It is sweet but not like candy, it’s booze. An excellent opening worthy of a much more niche house. In fact, if this cost $300 you’d hear rapturous swoons from the scentrbloggosphere.
Here’s the problem though. The heart is not nearly so interesting. It smells fine. Lightly spiced bouquet with a little bit juicy undercurrent. Actually, it’s lovely but it smells so safe compared to the opening theatrics. Also, the volume drops noticeable after about 15 minutes.
Once we head towards dry down Blue Silk starts to feel a little less every-perfume. The slightly salty vetiver gives a lovely lift to the fruit/bouquet and then it wears very comfortably for another couple of hours as a soft wash.
Blue Silk is surprisingly unisex. In fact, it could easily have been marketed towards men.
Tom had an Agent Provocateur EdP overapplier friend. HILARIOUS!
Lately I’ve been wearing Blue Silk as my go-to from the range.
Does it sound like you might like it too?
P.S. I blind bought my bottle from FragranceNet for next to nothing. Not affiliated but LOVE to share a super bargain.
Oh, Portia. I’ve had such a bad day. Pollen, aches, bad vibes. And then I read your post. And I can retire feeling much better. Thanks for the happiness infusion! You made me laugh.
That’s excellent news that we brightened your day here at Perfume posse!
Sorry to hear the day was shit but so glad to be part of the remedy!
I’ve got Blue Silk. Can’t remember what it smells like because I don’t know where it is. Quelle Surprise !!!!!
HA! Welcome to the too much perfume club Matty. So nice to see you.
Tom’s review had me HOWLING! (h/t for the use of ‘poitrine’, one of my favorite words). I love that blue bottle and the AProv script is so elegant. But this sounds like a… well.. ‘eh’
and you asked ‘what the hell is wrong with me?’. You, darling, are suffering from Grail Disease, a near-universal human trait. ‘Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone’ and all that. If nothing else, those AProv bottles will make a lovely display in your glass cabs!
HA! I probably dp have a terrible case of Grail Disease. No known cure.
Yeah, they do line up nicely.
Well dang it Portia, now I want Blue Silk! Won’t buy because I don’t need 100mls of ANYTHING. I bought a bottle of the original AP a couple years ago because I had finished a small bottle years ago and I’ve worn it maybe twice, so there’s another 100ml bottle taking up space. I need some self control.
HA! Sorry Rosarita.
Yeah, I do the same thing. Blue Silk has had a few more than two wears though, it’s so easy breezy. Once it gets put in a box though it probably won’t come out again for a couple of years.
Morning, Portia. That bottle is lovely. Definitely displayable. I love the original AP and wish I’d bought a bottle (another thing to look for in charity shops) and continue to wonder what the company did that it tanked. Weird. To be perfectly honest, this lost me at pink pepper and mandarin. Why has pink pepper become so ubiquitous in perfume? Anyway, that beginning does sound at least interesting. Your whole description reminded me of Laura Mercier’s (the makeup brand) amber perfume (can’t recall the name) which opened up so deep and surprisingly dirty, which was great. But then it trust retreated into this nice, sweet, ubiquitous (that word again) amber fragrance.
Hmm, just looked. AP is still trading. Maybe bought by private equity (or maybe PE mucked it up first time around — I do recall it going into administration). And original perfume is still on website at £69 for 100ml of EdP. So, still out there.
OOOOHHH! This is WONDERFUL news Cinnamon.