Somehow I have built this blend up in my head into THE blend that I will want to wear when it's shower-clean, soft, naked-in-the-sunshine time. Why, I don't know-- I think it's the beautiful tones of the painting, which makes me want to strip of all my clothes and jump into the nearest sunbeam. Anyway, I will be heartbroken if this doesn't work on me, which is utterly irrational considering it's got two killer notes-- rose and mandarin-- and I'm testing it at a bad time (post-chlorine pool and PMSing, which is the double-whammy.) But enough with my lack of internal logic. On to the review!Bottle:
Mmm.... imagine sitting naked in the sunshine drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice and cream and honey with a huge bowl of yellow roses and honeysuckle on the table. It's sharp-floral sweet, a little powdery, very bright and lovely.Wet:
A sweet, light, sunny floral, with a soft background of cream, honeycomb, skin musk and a glorious slightly lemony amber. Reminds me a bit of Bearded Lady, but not nearly as sharp or richly flowery. It's quite faint, but that could just be the chlorine drowning it out... and it does have a lovely tiny touch of throw, enough to draw you closer. I imagine aging would also increase the staying power here, once the amber, musk and rose mature. The rose is kind of soapy but in a clean pretty way, not a stale perfume one.... it's incredibly soft, like touching a white cashmere sweater.Dry:
Very similar to the bottle scent, in the end... a little bit more floral, a little bit sweeter, but still that beautiful skin musk, hints of amber, cream, honey and beautiful sunny florals with the slightest touch of citrus. It is very, very reminiscent of the painting, which is AWESOME (
), and for something so soft it's clinging surprisingly well. I will have to be in exactly the right mood to wear this, but it's perfect for those clean, lazy moments in the sunshine when you just feel... pretty. And I have the feeling it's only going to get better with age!