Fragrance


Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours, launched in 2017, is a sophisticated and bold evolution of the signature Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum, which was presented in 2011. From the official description of the fragrance, ‘With an intense leathery floral chypre, Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is a bold, opulent scent. Its intense floral notes, blending rose absolute and iris butter, express elegance, and voluptuous femininity. The leather accord adds a sophisticated touch, underpinned by the deep burgundy shades of the glass bottle and the luxurious hand-tied velvet ribbon.’ The nose behind Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is Michel Almairac and Mylene Alran.

About Bottega Veneta, ‘the house is committed to outstanding craftsmanship and the highest-quality materials and sets a lofty standard for inspired luxury. The brand celebrates the skill and passion of traditional Italian artisans and empowers them to focus wholly on perfecting their craft, leading to excellence in innovation in products from luxury accessories to fine fragrances.’

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours (CAD $156 – 50ml) is a limited-edition, mysterious leathery floral chypre fragrance. The top notes of the fragrance are bergamot and pink pepper, middle notes are rose, jasmine, plum, and spices. The base notes are patchouli and leather.  The fragrance is so delicious from the first spray. The first notes I notice are citrusy with bergamot, the leather starts in pretty quickly. There is a vintage feel to it but a mix of modern composition. Such a beautiful creation. I did not notice much patchouli, but plum was definitely there, adding a fruity sweetness to it, making it more favorable as women’s scent. It is not at all a sweet but there is a hint of sweetness that comes through the fruity notes. The rose and the spices are just so beautiful, they are noticeable just around the time when the leather notes come in, the blend of all is marvelous.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours

On my skin, the longevity of the Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is around 8-10 hours. I have smelled the Original EDP from the house and do feel the similarities in both after around an hour but the opening is indeed different on both. The fragrance is what I can describe as the class, the name, the packaging, and the blend are just extraordinary, It would definitely be in my top favorites.  I would love to keep this for special occasions or the days I want to treat myself. This fragrance is not very heavy but the perfect sillage to make you feel that it is there. I am definitely going to look into the Original one as the last time I tried, it has been on my wishlist since then. This is definitely worth checking out if you like leathery floral chypre fragrance and moreover, this is limited edition and may be gone soon. I see it is sold out at Holt Renfrew, still available at Nordstrom, Bottega Veneta website(if you are in the US), Harrods.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is my first fragrance from the house. Van Cleef & Arpels, the world-renowned Paris jeweler, pays tribute to nature with a range of magnificent fragrant compositions inspired by its LesJardins (“The Gardens”) jewelry range. The extraordinary collection has seven rare and luxurious fragrances from the house. The bottles are a mix of simplicity and classicism, with the high-end refinement of the details in relation to the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry codes. Each perfume is given a formulation number by the master perfumer and presented in a hallmarked and embossed presentation gift box. One of the seven fragrances from the extraordinary collection is the Orchidée Vanille which I will be writing about in this post. The nose behind Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is  Randa Hammami. 

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire - Orchidée Vanille

The key words to describe this fragrance are Gourmand, Warm, Sensual, Comforting, and Spellbinding. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is described as a floral, gourmand vanilla with a subtle blend of fruity (Mandarin, litchi), tasty(Bitter almond, Chocolate), and sensual floral (Bulgarian rose, Violet) notes. With an intensely addictive vanilla pod, the raw nature of Vanilla Absolute is faceted with woody (cedar), balsamic (Tonka bean), and musky notes.

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire - Orchidée Vanille

From Randa Hammami, the perfumer for Orchidée Vanille, ‘This fragrance unveils a fresh, sensual interpretation evoking a heady, unique oriental voyage. A mysterious flower of legendary beauty, I wanted to translate all the facets of the Orchid. Following the fresh and fruity opening provided by Mandarin and Litchi, I wanted to surround the middle note with floral and sensual accords (Violet, Bulgarian Rose). The bottom note of Virginia Cedar Wood is enveloped in Vanilla Absolute and adorned with balsamic and musky flourishes.’

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire - Orchidée Vanille

Orchidée Vanille is very comforting and relaxing scent to me, not very sweet or sugary gourmand, more like a ladylike sweetness. On my skin, it opens fresh and after few minutes, the vanilla turns on. The chocolate and the bitter notes are subtle on my skin but still noticeable. It is very soft, creamy, and sensual, more of a light airy romantic fragrance. It is amazing to wear work and is not very loud, it is elegant, effortless, and classic. All the notes blend in very delicately and in balance to make it a really divine vanilla scent. All I get from is the natural notes and not any synthetic or chemically smell, which is really a nice thing for a vanilla based fragrance. The lasting power on my skin is around 8 hours on the day when the weather was sunny after which it starts fading which is okay for me. During the cold day, it lasted for around 5-6 hours on me. So the skin chemistry and the external factors, for me, do play a big role in how the fragrance projects on you and how much the longevity of it is.

I am happy to say that this is one of my favorite vanilla fragrances I have ever smelled, more of a vanilla cocoa gourmand. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is available at Hudson’s Bay, and Neiman Marcus.

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Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum is the new fragrance from the fashion house Chloe to evoke the bold, adventurous side of Chloe woman. Nomade Eau de Parfum is the essence of a free-spirited and confident woman, taking inspiration from her experiences and encounters throughout the world and asserting who she is. Chloe Original Eau de Parfum is the fragrance I have used for years and have always had a backup and I was so excited to give a sniff to this new launch, the notes and the details of it interested me the most. Chloe Nomade is a woody fragrance with fresh, floral notes.

Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum

The nose behind the fragrance is of Givaudan perfumer Quentin Bisch. He created this fragrance as a floral chypre composition, including notes of Mirabelle plum, freesia, and Oak Moss. The aim was to make it less floral and more ‘dirty’ than the Chloe signature.

Chloe Nomade is described as “The intense mineral character of oakmoss is enveloped in the voluptuous softness of mirabelle plum. From this freshness emanates a bright floral note carried by freesia. Natural ingredients brought into focus by the perfumer Quentin Bisch, revealing accords as exhilarating as the feeling of escape they inspire.

Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum

The precious Nomade flacon is all about contrast. Soft round curves mix with the graphic lines of the collar. Through the transparent glass, the rosy beige fragrance is enhanced by the pink ribbon sealing the golden cap. ”

Since I love Chloe Eau de Parfum, I had the positive vibes about this one that I am going to like Chloe Nomade.  This is a very interesting and wonderful addition to Chloe’s perfume collection. The top notes smell a bit wet and mossy, that I can refer to as dirty smelling, as mentioned above. These notes disappear fast and what is left is the warm, sweet, rich, and sophisticated scent. I do get a lot of wood, but the rose note is more prominent to me and it is just so beautiful, very natural. To me, this fragrance is like the original but cooler. A total classic, elegant scent and I am in love. On my skin, it lasts for around 10 hours, and I could even smell it the next day on my skin. The fragrance is safe to wear in the office or for gatherings, not very strong yet gives the sense of being present. All in all a really nice fragrance for the joyous, free, and bright days.

Chloe Nomade(CAD $122-50ml) is available at Sephora, Sephora Canada, Hudsons’s Bay, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

 

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Montblanc Legend Night is a brand new creation of the Montblanc House. Mont Blanc, for over 100 years, has designed long lasting and essential accessories, writing instruments, watches, and leather goods. In 2011, the Legend Fragrance launched and has won its reputation for its signature scent and unique visual. In 2015, Montblanc Legend Spirit which is a fresh and bold version of the original fragrance was launched. This new launch is the third olfactory from the house which reveals an equally charismatic, but more mysterious side to the extraordinary gentlemen. This new fragrance emphasizes the nocturnal aspect of his personality and its name is Montblanc Legend Night. The fragrance reveals a minimalist elegance of the irresistible men and announces a more mysterious aspect than its previous editions. Along with the fragrance, there are two accessories, from Canadian brand Rocky Mountain Barber. The comb is made with natural woods, reminding the amber and woody notes of the perfume, and is ideal for all hair types. The texture paste does not interfere with eh fragrance and is great for giving the extra texture and hold for hair.

Montblanc Legend Night

The nose behind the fragrance is Antoine Maisondieu and Olivier Pescheux. The aromatic notes of clary sage and peppermint, enhanced with cool spices like cardamom and sparkling bergamot, set the fragrance’s fresh and lively tone. “In the base notes, we wanted a strong and memorable signature, full of contrasts,” explain the two noses. “On one side some dense and vibrant woods with a duo of vetiver and patchouli wood, and on the other, the enveloping depth of musk and velvety black vanilla.” The signature counter-accord brings out the distinctive character of Montblanc man through light and shade.

The top notes are Bergamot, Clary Sage, Peppermint, and Cardamom. The middle notes are Apple, Fir, Cedar, Lavender, and Violet. The base notes are Vetiver, Black Vanilla, Akigalawood, Patchouli, and Musk.

Montblanc Legend Night

The aesthetics of the Montblanc Legend Night bottle break with the duality of the house’s black and white codes, clearing the path for an amber color that is reminiscent of wood, the ultimate authentic material or a fiery liquor. It is embossed with relief on the upper part of the bottle and on its stopper, the emblem inspired by the snow-capped Mont Blanc and the symbol of the highest standards of quality and perfection is engraved in the black metal. The English model Simon Clark embodies the Montblanc man again for this new fragrance.

Montblanc Legend Night

I have been loving this on my husband, it is a very sexy scent for sure. The scent is nice, masculine, and sweet yet sophisticated. It could be worn all year round. The longevity is good, on my husband it was around 6-8 hours. Montblanc Legend Night (CAD $87-50ml, $107-100ml) is available at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Murale, Brunet, Uniprix, Familiprix and London Drugs.

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I have been very intrigued by the fragrances from Maison Margiela since I saw them in Sephora. The packaging, the scents, the names of the scents are all so dreamy and unique. Before committing to the full size, I went for ‘Maison Margiela Replica Discovery Set For Her’ from the brand a few months back and had this post in my draft since then. The discovery set contains a trio of travel sprays that will be great for trying and even for travel or in the purse. Maison Margiela Replica Discovery Set For Her has three fragrances – Beach Walk, Lazy Sunday Morning, and Tea Escape.

Maison Margiela Replica Discovery Set For Her

Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk combines fresh and radiant notes of bergamot, coconut milk, lemon, pink pepper, and musk to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a walk along a sandy beach. Close your eyes and let the fragrance transport you to the memory of an afternoon stroll along the ocean. Your feet sink into the wet sand as waves brush against your skin. The sun sinks gently through the crystal sky, its warmth balanced by a soft breeze with the subtle tangy scent of water. Beach Walk evokes hints of ocean spray and captures the carefree bliss of a summer day. The notes of the fragrance are Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin.

It’s so clean, light and fresh scent which takes me back to my last beach vacation every time I spray it. It is like a summer in a bottle. The staying power is average, but I just keep this atomizer in my purse and refresh the scent throughout the day.

Maison Margiela Replica Discovery Set For Her

Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning is a floral fragrance combines notes of lily of the valley, patchouli, iris, and white musk to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a sun-drenched morning of relaxation. Close your eyes and let the fragrance transport you to the lazy memory of soft, sunlit warmth. You roll over to feel the delicate summer softness of cotton sheets and silky smooth skin. Breathe in the reassuring scent of fresh laundry from the line and feel completely at peace. The notes of the fragrance are Aldehydes, Pear, Lily of the Valley, Iris, Rose Absolue, Orange Flower, White Musk, Indian Patchouli Oil, Ambrette Seeds Absolute.

Maison Margiela Replica Discovery Set For Her

It is a very crisp, warm, and clean smelling. It’s light but not so light that you forget you even have it on. The fragrance sadly does not wear long on my skin, but I have in my mind to splurge on the body lotion and body oil from the same house to try them and to help it latch on to.

Maison Margiela Replica Discovery Set For Her

Maison Margiela Replica Tea Escape combines soothing citrus notes of bergamot, green tea, sambac jasmine, and crisped rice to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a traditional Japanese tea service. Close your eyes and let the fragrance transport you to the memory of a moment of quiet reflection. Around you, the city bustles, noisy and frenetic. At the heart of chaos is a break from the daily rush: a silent alcove behind a veil of steam and the rich vapors of green tea. The notes of the fragrance are Citrus Notes, Bergamot, Green Tea, Sambac Jasmine, Crisped Rice.

I love the green tea & rice top notes, and later on, throughout the day it turns into almost a bit of a sweet white floral. It has a pretty good staying power as well. The citrus and floral notes pair well which makes this fragrance so unique and intoxicating.

Maison Margiela Replica Discovery Set and full-size fragrances are available at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, and Nordstrom.



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