I know it seems like all I do is complain about identical new launches, but I appear to have stumbled upon a miracle. In the last three days I have discovered three decent newly launched fragrances that I actually like. Not only do I like them, but they are not made of candy floss, nor overloaded with vanilla, nor are they mere run of the mill fruity florals. I may need smelling salts.
In my lovely Discovery Box from the Fragrance Shop (I’m getting round to writing about it!) was a sample of Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme. Seeing how thrilled ole Gwyneth is with it in the ad campaign did it no favours in my book. I may be getting old but it feels like only five minutes ago that she was equally thrilled with Estee Lauder Pleasures sitting there in her meadow, all smiles.
Gwynnie aside, I was seriously thrilled to see that Boss Jour Pour Femme has a strong lime accord and no soft red fruit of any kind whatsoever. There’s no Vanilla and no sugary sweet note to be seen.
Top notes are Lime and Grapefruit blossom: both present and correct and both of which give this a wonderfully uplifting citrus green opening. Middle notes are Honeysuckle, which if I had my way, would be toned down a notch, but then it has Lily of The Valley, which if I had my way, would be turned up a notch. There are Freesias and White Flowers and the mood is light. Basenotes are Amber and Birch, but neither wipes out the Lime and the Lily of The Valley.
I’m going to stick my neck out a bit here. As you know I am a passionate champion of Gucci Envy and there has been nothing like it before or since. However, I will be so bold as to say this has a little in common with the much missed Envy in that the Freesia and Lily of The Valley are so white they are almost green, if that makes sense. In fact, this smells similar to Isabella Rossellini’s Manifesto too, which also has some notes in common with much missed Envy.
Boss Jour Pour Femme is a follow up to last year’s Boss Nuit Pour Femme, which I pretty much ignored. If this hadn’t been included in my Fragrance Shop Discovery Box, I would never have tried it, so I guess I have to thank whoever decides what to include in those delightful black boxes once a quarter.
Who’d have thought it? A fabulous Lime and Lily of The Valley mash-up that smells clean, non juvenile, and rather wonderful.
I bet Gwyneth got loads of free bottles. Gwyneth gets everything.