I love Nina Ricci for making L’Air du Temps. I will always have a bottle in my scent wardrobe and if they never make anything again of that calibre, I will still love Nina Ricci just for that.
Nina by Nina Ricci is not of the same calibre as L’Air du Temps, but it’s not a bad little scent at all. I wore it for three days before writing this since at the end of Day One I changed my mind about it.
Initially I was going to mark this down as another fruity floral and review it as such, but then, if I can say such a thing, I listened to my nose, if that makes sense. If you’re reading this you’re probably a perfume fan and you probably know exactly what I mean.
Far from being a fruity floral, Nina is in fact a juxtaposition of Lime and Praline that deftly misses smelling like Key Lime Pie. In fact it was the lime that won me over and got me liking this, and I don’t normally like praline unless it’s in a Thorntons box.
Nina opens with Lime and Lemon, both strong, noticeable and refreshing. The middle section is not quite as zesty, but pretty with peony, and crisp with sharp Granny Smith apples. The praline seems like an unusual add-on, and I would have liked this more without it I think, but it certainly doesn’t ruin a pretty day time scent. The base is sadly a little cardboardy on me and reminds me of Delices de Cartier ( see my earlier review). However after a while, a little bit of shy apple and lime peeks through the door again and I get a second shot at longevity.
Like I said it’s not bad and I would squirt it liberally on a hot day just to get those top notes and the early middle phase, but the base isn’t great on me. I don’t hate the praline and I am utterly besotted by the gorgeous bottle. Worth a try. Worth a few tries actually.