I adore pretty packaging and highlight this fragrance as my personal packaging perfection. With a genuine Lanvin label adorning the bottle and two dusky pink tulle pompoms attached to the cap, the use of fabrics on glass is just delicious. In fact, I’m so taken with the pompoms that I’m actually going to find a needle and thread and sew them to a proper hair elastic. The fragrance itself is pretty. Really feminine, rosy floral with a tiny cut of green, and down notes of white musk, benzoin and cedar wood. If you’ve never thought of matching your fragrance to your outfit, there has to be something in this, because this is the very perfume to compliment a floaty floral maxi.
I did in fact try and write a fragrance feature (The Perfumed Wardrobe) based on selecting your perfume to suit the clothes you are wearing instead of your taste or personality etc – in my head, a black suit wears Chanel No5, Joop is a red velvet gown and so on….but just couldn’t get it to work. There is a true skill to fragrance writing and it is some of the most challenging writing work I’ve ever done – or in the case of the Perfumed Wardrobe, not done.
Oh, back to the gorgeous La Rose: it is £49 at Harvey Nichols now or nationwide tomorrow.
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