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).
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.
What 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.