At the risk of sounding like a gushing fan, I adore Fragonard. With packaging that makes my dressing table weep with joy, scents that go back to their Grasse roots ( pun intended), ingredients of high quality and prices that are very reasonable indeed, the only fault I could find with Fragonard is that they weren’t near enough for me to try and buy.
Well that last niggle has finally been solved by dear old Marks and Spencer, provider of knickers to Britain’s women in times of peace and crisis. Even in my tiny local M and S, there is now a decent Fragonard range and after dropping some subtle hints around my recent birthday, my husband and children bagged me a box of three mini Fragonards in parfum strength and today I am wearing Emilie. (I got the soaps too).
Emilie has been compared to Yves Saint Laurent Paris since it has dominant roses and violets, but I think Emilie is more intense and more of a classic blend. Whereas Paris has a whiff of the eighties about it (no bad thing, I love Paris and I love the eighties) I find that Fragonard scents remind me of thrice milled soap- the kind you find in hotel bathrooms in high end establishments.
There is a timelessness about Emilie. It has the roses and violets, but it also has my favourite ingredient- Lily of The Valley, which makes Emilie the choice of a modern girl with taste, but could just have easily been found on a dressing table in the 1930s.
Today and yesterday I have been wearing the parfum and boy, does it last! After ten hours of wear I got back home and thought I had just sprayed something on my sleeve ( I usually have) but no, it was just Emilie enjoying a little renaissance after I had come in from the rain- it was almost self renewing.
So if you like your roses, your lily of the valley, the smell of expensive pure white soap, a hint of violets and a whisper of heat from an ambery basenote, then you have a treat in store, just left of the Food Hall if you’re local to me.
The box I am using is this one ( see left) but you can buy full bottles of Emilie from Marks and Spencer for just £26 for 100m. Just look at that packaging- I’ll take ten!