It took a few goes, but like my husband, it was worth getting to know after a few dates.
Agent Provocateur Fatale is the latest release from the Agent Provocateur stable and the face of the scent is the beautiful Monica Cruz, who has a rather attractive brother in law called Javier Bardem (obviously not a patch on Mr IScent, of course).
It took me a few tries to like this but on Day Three I drew my conclusion. I love it.
At first I thought it was a bit of a generic new release that smells like so many these days, although it deftly avoids falling into the fruity floral category (phew!). After wearing Fatale for three days, I realised that not only does it remind me of the utterly dreamy coffee-like Valentino Uomo, which I fell in love with earlier this year, but the patchouli packs a punch that I missed on the first two tries.
Agent Provocateur Fatale opens with dark blackcurrant, which despite my aversion to non citrus fruit in perfume, I always enjoy. Along with the blackcurrant comes spicy pink pepper and a whiff of clean, rich Gardenia, followed by the aforementioned patchouli. As all this blends rather pleasantly together in a grown up way, a hint of chocolate creeps in and takes a seat. Now thankfully the chocolate isn’t the nougat-y, overly vanilla variety but more like bitter unsweetened real cocoa. In fact it smells like slightly bitter coffee beans like to my nose, which is partly what swung it for me (I fell hard for Uomo).