Sunday, 27 March 2016

Scent of a Woman | Coco Noir by Chanel

As a Belles-Lettres graduate I could never resist the beauty of pretty everything that may refer or be a personification of art/aesthetics. Do you know what I mean? Interwar (and not only, La Belle Epoque is also full of 'wow') stories and ways of living, literary movements and currents of thinking, architectonic masterpieces, music.  La dolce vita as Italians put it or that savoire vive if you're more of a French. And that's why I decided to share with you today a very dear scent to me, which also happens to be a perfect blend of classy and modern, my everyday guideline and life philosophy.  Coco Noir is dark, but not extremely heavy, elegant and refined which makes me think of Baroque velvets, rich, intricate embellishments and somptuous jewelry. As Jacques Polge stated, this scent was designed to illustrate Chanel's love for Venice and its Byzantine influences, which were later incorporated into her life and her creations.

At first glance, this perfume (like many other from Chanel) might seem to reveal neither the image of a lost culture and civilization nor the magic of its decorative art; but as everything in life, there is a certain beauty, but on a deeper level and it is up to you to find it or leave it undiscovered. Anyway, you get a hint of what lies inside that perfectly shaped black bottle (which ressembles those sophisticated crystal whiskey decanters or maybe the design of Charvet toiletry bottles) immediatly after you take off the lid.

The scent itself opens with citrusy, zesty undertones of bergamot wrapped in a balsamic 'cloud' that gives elegance and boldness to the entire composition, but in a seductive, vamp-like way; This fades out slowly to take on a secret sweetness (given by sandalwood and geranium) and finally settles into the most amazing balance of 'tamed', soft patchouli and sweet spices; moreover, being such an aromatic concoction it can be very easily passed for an unisex fragrance. 
Also, Coco Noir seems to be, in my opinion, a very interesting combination between Coco and Coco Mademoiselle, keeping the Oriental, spicy touch of the first and the citrusy sparkles of the latter, but lacking its (Mademoiselle's) feminity.

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Narcissus, Rose Geranium Leaf
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Indonesian Patchouli, New Caledonian Sandalwood, Bourbon Vanilla, Olibanum and White Musk

Created by Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake. Launched in September 2012.

*It comes in 15 ml extrait de parfum and 50 as well as 100 ml eau de parfum along with body cream, moisturising body lotion and foaming shower gel.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Scent of a Woman | So Elixir Purple by Yves Rocher

Hello again! Today's Sunday which means - as you already know from my previous posts - another great fragrance is going to be in the spotlight; for this session I picked up Yves Rocher's So Elixir Purple, a beautiful concotion released in September 2012 and signed by Marie Salamagne, the parfumeur who also signed the very first version of the So Elixir line. She described this new fragrance as a "woody floral fragrance that is both sensual and modern with a strong signature that leaves an enveloping scent in its wake." Balsamic, aromatic and spicy topped with beautiful tuberose and wrapped in a cloud of smoky incense. That's the way in which I perceive this purplish juice. The vetiver is such a raw, earthly note, but in combination with the milky, honey-kissed turberose becomes very elegant and captivating; moreover, the sweetness of vanilla and tuberose altogether is perfectly balanced by the zesty bergamot, which, along with those woodsy notes, encloses this scent in an absolute harmony. A slightly tint of jasmine can be sniffed in here, but it might be one of the various facets of tuberose, giving this scent a dark, fascinating and sensual side. Like Thierry Mugler's Alien this perfume has something special in it and that's because flowers and spices are always an appropriate combination. 

The bottle resembles the original design, the only difference being the colour, which, in this case, is a beautiful deep purple that reminds me of ripped grapes. The box featured in these pictures and also the one in which the perfume came is a combination of extremely dark and "normally" (does this exist?) dark purple with the tuberose flower on it. The new boxes are a bit different, more modern and minimal (you can check the design here), the colour combination for this So Elixir version being purple (obvious, you smart-ass!) and silver.

I recommend you to check this if you are a big fan of heady, dark and sweet fragrances as I am. And, as always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Top Notes: Bergamot essential oil

Middle Notes: Tuberose, Vetiver

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Benzoin, Incense, Vanilla and Woodsy Notes

* It comes in 5 (in sets of three mini perfumes), 30 (limited edition, not always available), 50 and 100 ml eau de parfum along with scented shower gel and body lotion.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Scent of a Woman | Avon Femme

Well, hello! Quite a long time no see! But because I was so busy doing my work stuff I forgot to share my last posts, which you can find here and here. Also, just in case you've missed my other perfume related post feel free to check it here. :)
It's Sunday again which means that we have a new scented post for you. Today's star is Avon Femme, a chic floral fruity eau de parfum launched in 2014 and signed by Harry Fremont (who has also createad CK One). I received this fragrance as a gift and it was quite a surprise for me, even if I'm not that much into florals (yes, this one is quite a floral) because as you might have guessed already I'm much of a a strong blends aficionado. Crisp, light, floral. Interesting choice if you want to add a twist to your daily routine.
You want something light, good for daytime, ladylike but still classy and glamorous during nightime? Then go for this baby! If you check the advertisment you will see that this perfume "lets you shine like a star". I wouldn't go that far, though. But beware! Its lasting power is good, but not wow. Just so you know. Ok, this might be my own perception based on my own body chemistry (a huge factor in choosing a perfume), but still.

Now, about the package: it came in this quite rectangular black and silver box which reminds me of a gradient glitter on an all black manicure. Classy but edgy at the same time, don't you think? Yup. Same thought here.

The bottle is simple, hexagonal and quite similar to Diamonds by Armani. The lid is squared and balances the entire look very well. 

Go check this out and tell me what you think! It's an affordable fragrance so you won't lose anything!
See you next time!

Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Plum, Violet

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid, Magnolia

Base Notes: Amber, Peach Skin, Musk and Woody Notes

*It comes in 10, 30 (limited edition) and 50 ml eau de parfum along with body lotion and deodorant.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016


March 2nd. Officialy, today is the first day of Spring. 18 degrees Celsius. Whaat? That was my reaction when I left my work at 2.00 P.M. Had to run some errands downtown and then decided that a walk in the park would be a great bonus and also a healthy way to end a day.
But as you already know, I'm quite of a seaside junkie and my trip to the park quickly transformed into a trip to the beach. Everything was so quiet and peaceful, you could only hear the seagulls squawking,the waves crashing onto the shore and then ebbing away slowly. What can I say? Beautiful! Oh, so refreshing!
As for my outfit I went for a mix of basic items and colours. I do enjoy wearing simple garments that can be easily upgraded through accessories and/or makeup. After all, the violence of the black and insane purity of the white are always "tammed" by a third colour; moreover, even when worn together there's a certain harmony, a certain equilibrium.