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Ten Bottles Please: L’Absolu Narciso Rodriguez for her EDP 2015

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Narciso Rodriguez is a rare thing these days: a brand that is as popular with critics as it is with fans.  Even the big name bestsellers have their fair share of critics, but the NR range appears to be pretty universally loved, like Joanna Lumley or Sir David Attenborough.

I was recently sent a sample of L’Absolu NR For Her, (Patsi, was this from you? If so, thank you!)  and despite there being many, many NR flankers, they are good enough to stand alone and are not merely mass churned money spinners.  Narciso Rodriguez Poudre is a particular favourite of mine ( see why here).

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L’Absolu turns up the volume on three of my favourite notes. It opens with powdery tuberose and jasmine, making a fluffy edged cloud of creamy white flowers. The background of white musk starts emerging slowly until it joins the white flowers in size and volume. White flowers and white musk together needs a bit of grounding,  so along come robust patchouli to anchor it down and give this a musky, musty, loud but chic accord that makes me want bottles and bottles of it. There’s a bit of aromatic sandalwood in there too, which just sort of smooths the edges a bit.

labsolu bottleWhat I love about this is that fact that there are many fragrances with jasmine sambac and patchouli out there, and they smell platitudinous i.e. so familiar they all smell the same. Usually, they add vanilla too.

With L’Absolu Narciso Rodriguez For Her, this doesn’t happen.  The ingredients are blended beautifully into a final accord that smells like white soap, clean musk, earthy patchouli, and big tuberose, all in one big beautiful long-lasting flourish.

This makes me feel impeccable, like a proper lady. It won’t go with my school run outfit of jeans and a stripy top. This is what I will wear with grown up clothes and everyone will admire me and want to do my bidding because I am so chic.  When a perfume makes you feel this good, you need to buy it all.

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L’Absolu Narciso Rodriguez For Her eau de parfum is available from The Fragrance Shop UK, allbeauty and Escentual. Sample was a gift from friend of the blog and of me, Patsi. xxx  Opinions are my own.

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Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian 2012

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Kilian Hennessey, the hottie of the perfume world, has just opened a By Kilian boutique in the exclusive Burlington Arcade in Knightsbridge.  You may recall that I mentioned my visit in my recent post Pia and Nick’s Smelly Cakey Perfume Meet Up.

On a day where sniffing perfumes was the number one activity, it seemed ironic to me that I fell for the first one I smelled and could find nothing to compare during the rest of the day. To be fair though, all subsequent scents were drowned in a general miasma and were hard to distinguish.

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Good Girl Gone Bad had been sprayed prior to me entering the boutique and that big tuberose was my first scent of the day. “What is that amazing tuberose-y smell?” I exclaimed as I crossed the threshold. Dear reader, this good girl went mad for it.

Good Girl Gone Bad opens with Indian tuberose. There’s a lot of Osmanthus in there, (which smells like apricot blossom), but the tuberose kept tapping me on the shoulder. There’s jasmine too, but that didn’t get much of a look in, nor did the rose, nor the narcissus. To me, this was all about the tuberose. Sometimes it can get so intense that it almost collapses into a vegetable note- usually celery or even  fennel.  That’s exactly what happens here. The tuberose, so rich and creamy, becomes both celery like and slightly salty at the same time. It’s borderline savoury, but doesn’t quite  put its toe over that line. At the same time, this is feminine- almost exaggeratedly so. There was talk of a Parisienne countess who owns a carafe of it- or did I imagine that?

I’ve never smelled tuberose quite like this. It was like a drug to me. There’s allegedly amber and cedar in the base,  but you know when you fall in love and can see nobody else in a crowded room? That’s the tuberose in Good Girl Gone Bad. I only had nostrils for you, my darling.

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You can buy this at By Kilian, or at Harvey Nichols. It’s really expensive, so if you buy a bottle, you have to give me a decant. I’ll be your best friend.

 Photos: Fragrantica and The Telegraph