my occasional musings on life, love, art, perfume ... what else is there?

10.14.2006

A Scent of Single-Entendre

Lulu Beauty has taken my favorite floral combination, jasmine and rose, and woven it into a strangely seductive, surprisingly comforting skin scent in Marlena.

In most jasmine and rose combinations, the florals knock you to the floor with intent: I Am Sexy, Dammit. Pay Attention to Me.

Dietrich wouldn't have gone that route. Her seduction had to do with implication, with suggestion.

In Marlena, the base notes (musk, French vanilla, patchouli) come early and stay late, softening the fragrance into a more subtle come-hitherness. It's also an oil, keeping the fragrance closer to you. It's a whispered offer, rather than a shout.

It's not a scent you have to get used to. It's immediately attractive. And accessible. To be honest, it's nice not to have to work so hard with a perfume.

Sometimes it's good to be easy. As long as no one knows it.

Marlena. Now starring at the Lulu Beauty site: http://www.lulubeauty.com/

4 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

Your writing is evocative as ever.

7:43 PM

 
Blogger Logophile said...

Easy is excellent, as long as it is selectively so, oh wait, are we only discussing fragrance?

10:50 PM

 
Blogger Pia Talks said...

Wow, have been learning so much about perfume recently

12:42 PM

 
Blogger katiedid said...

Ach - did I ever send you a sample of their Gigi? I fuzzily seem to recall I did... You have to try that one! :) I swear it's their best one.

8:07 PM

 

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