When this arrived in the mail for me to try, I carefully unwrapped the box and took a delicate sniff. "Gorgeous top notes," I thought. (This is how I speak to myself in my head.) Actually, what probably went through my noggin was, "Damn, that smells 18 kindsa awesome!"
I promptly doused myself in it and prayed the drydown would live up to promise. For whatever reason, most fragrances don't work that well with my body chemistry and after the 20 minute wait-and-see period, I usually end up frantically scrubbing them off. My last "signature" fragrance was the gorgeous & voluptous floral Femme by Giorgio Armani. (Seriously, I would get stopped on the street, followed at times and asked, no demanded, *what* was I wearing??!!) This dearly departed chypre-to-rule-all-chypres still has a madly-disappointed cult following around the world, all of us hoping & praying daily that (a) the idiot-executive who ordered it discontinued is horsewhipped and then, for the rest of their miserable little life, forced to live in Dockers pants & wear one of those horrible antisceptic "clean" citrus scents from the 90s; and (b) that Maestro A. would bring the damn fragrance back again.
It's that good.
20 minutes had passed and automatically, I headed for the sink. My thoughts elsewhere, I turned on the tap and took a final, absentminded whiff. It still smelled...good. Off went the tap.
Technically: Top notes include Asian pear, black raspberry & mango; the heart contains pink peony, orange blossom & violet; the drydown is an opulent brew of cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla & cashmere musk.
Non-technically: if you enjoy *full-on* French-smelling fragrances that ooze femininity & sexiness, snag your own bottle of BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Chic 'cuz I'm keeping mine.
- Lesley Scott