In her feature song in the Great Gatsby, Lana Del Rey sings with torch siren abandon: ‘Hot summer days, mid-July, when we were young and forever wild..’
And certainly, balmy Australian evenings call for heady abandon like Lana, Cosmopolitans, and a heady floral scent…
A quick weekend post for my savvy readers today. With V-day approaching, as well as any of your birthdays, anniversaries or appreciation days, the gift of perfume speaks volumes about your intimacy with that person. I mean, seriously. I can’t even buy my own mother a bottle of perfume without her not liking it. People have very particular tastes about the stuff they spray on themselves…and kudos to you for trying.
So when I received a little purse coffret size of L’Occitane’s limited edition Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli EDT, I honestly fell in love with it. I don’t use perfume on a day to day basis. But with the temperature and humidity running high in Sydney, it becomes a bit of an expensive pleasure to rub that purse sized bottle on my wrists before heading out.
So when I saw that the full size was on sale in stores, I grabbed it. The bottle itself is beautiful but honestly unwieldy, and is desigend to be in the shape of a macaron by the dessert artist Pierre Hermé. The scent is sweet and a little heady thanks to the jasmine, but is sweetened by the neroli and the drydown is balmy and perfect for a summer evening. L’Occitane’s summer scent is marked by the bright yellow container and the heady hot scent, and would be a great gift. However, it is limited edition with their Christmas scents.
A similar scent (I am by no means a perfumologist so don’t sue me) would be Narcisse by Chloe. Heady and floral, yet more feminine than the slightly woodier Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli, Narcisse has a similarly balmy drydown.This has a more sweeter scent to it and is deeply feminine. It’s not too girlish, thanks to the muskier notes in it but rather bordering on ingénue sexy. Would I recommend this? Of course, but ti is more expensive than the L’Occitanne one.
Narcisse comes in a feminine bottle shape with a tulip shaped bottle top. The colour is a reddish pink ..or is that the bottle? Because it never stains my clothes. Ggo easy with this one as it is an eau de parfum as opposed to an eau de toilette like Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli. I like to spray a cloud into the air and walk through it. PS: Always close your eyes when you do this…I learnt so the hard way.
The Sydney summer is definitely a good match for these two. No longer will you smell of sweat and stale bread when you use such heady scents. The L’Occitane one is aprpopriate for office wear too as it is less obvious than Narcisse, while Narcisse is more of a date-night scent. Make like Lana Del Rey, spray on one of these and surrender yourself to an extra lemon martini and the balmy summer evening.