Thursday, October 26, 2006


This is something that I've briefly mentioned before, because I did it a couple of time in the summer, but it's worth talking about again. I love Annick Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien and wear it often when I need something crisp and citrusy. My only complaint has always been the staying power. This is a fragrance that was always meant to be layered with other Goutals. But my choice is Serge Lutens' Un Bois Vanille.

During the summer, I liked this combo because it grounded the flighty Hadrien and gave it some sweet depth. But now, I'm discovering that it's even better, because I'm using a little more of the Vanille and using the Hadrian to uplift it and give it some spark. The combination of the sweet woods and lemony cypress is heady and addicting. My husband describes it as intoxicating and I find myself wearing it a couple of times a week. In a season that offers such competition as Bond's New Haarlem, Serge's Miel and Cedre, Donna Karan's Black Cashmere and the ever-so-lovely Jill Sander no. 4, this is a good testament to the seduction of these two together.

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