“And you sip your Napoleon brandy, but you never get your lips wet”
I was recently sent a bottle of this by a dear friend of the blog, and of me, Rachael. For which, many thanks. Paul Smith Portrait was inspired by his love of travel and photography and Portrait is the result of a collaboration with Barnabe Fillion.
I was unsure what to make of Portrait at first, but the more I have worn it, the more I like it. My initial thoughts were of roses, and the rest came together later, like a jigsaw. The roses are restrained and demure, and stay neatly in their place. This is a very classy scent that never puts a foot wrong.
The rose note has been coaxed out of its tendency to dominate by the inclusion of bergamot and green tea. These classically green notes transorm the rose into an airy scent with a translucent feel. The middle notes add jasmine to the chorus, establishing this firmly as a green floral. In fact, the inclusion of the tea note made me think of Penhaligon’s Malabah.
In the base there nestles clean laundry musks and a hint of resin, although just a faintly spiced toe in the water, rather than fully formed spicy rocks and balsam.
Paul Smith Portrait is subtle, feminine and clean. It’s a gentle floral that will appeal to your girly side when you’re trying to tone down your inner tigress. Paul Smith Portrait For Women is that wide eyed face you pull when you say “Who me? How could you think it?”
Acknowledgments. Photo from PaulSmith.com. Opinions are my own Bottle from Rachael P. Big cwtch from me to you. x