Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sunday Sniffage

The warming weather means that one can actually walk the short distance between Bergdorf and Barneys without contemplating death or a move to Florida. Which means a perfect day for some uptown sniffing for the Blond and I.

First was Bergdorf. Both of us have been on a serious Tom Ford kick lately (reviews coming soon), so we had to try the new Italian Cypress, a Milan exclusive until recently. The first impression was that it's a more conservative, a safer scent than others in the line. From the notes (citrus, herbs, wood resins and lots of cypress), I had a feeling it would be a darker, heavier interpretation of Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien, which was exactly what I smelled. If at first the Blond was a bit disappointed, he was won over by the time Italian Cypress dried down. On his skin it's elegant, manly and dark green. While there's noting innovative there, it's very well-made and alluring. A perfect first date scent of there ever was one.

We were disappointed to see that Bergdorf doesn't have Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane yet. They did have the newly labeled and repackaged Feminite du Bois. The eager sales assistance (not the wonderful Michael, who wasn't around this afternoon) tried to convince me Feminite du Bois is a brand new scent. For a moment I considered educating him about the Bois series in general and FdB in particular, but decided not to bother.

I just gave him a look.

Next was a quick stop at the Guerlain counter. The Blond is still unconvinced about most of the masculines other than Habit Rouge, I still like Derby but the lack of staying power is annoying. My main goal was to try the new release, La Petite Robe Noire. I knew it was fruity, I knew it was gourmand. I enjoy many of Guerlain's eau de patisserie style scents. But I was not ready for what I smelled.

Apparently, Guerlain is now doing a Vera Wang Princess.

The abomination is residing in the classic Mitsouko-like bottle. This is the last thing I'd wear with a little black dress. Actually, this is the last thing I'd wear, period. I didn't have much love for LVMH and their money-making machine before, but this release and what it symbolizes will make me think twice before I buy another Guerlain.

Next stop was Barneys. They didn't have much (anything?) new (what does it say about you when you can almost recite the entire Barneys fragrance catalog?), but there was a tester of Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane (they'll have it in stock later this week), and while I was fully prepared to dislike it, I fell in love on the spot. Yes, it's a white floral, very feminine. To me, it speaks of spring, sheer white fabric and lots of pretty things. Half a spray has lasted all day (still going as I'm writing this) without being suffocating. These days I rarely buy a bottle based on one testing, but I'm going to make an exception with this and get Nuit de Cellophane this week. My experience with Uncle Serge's work is that when it works it just works (and when it doesn't, I die of cumin exposure). This one is a winner for me.

Photo: Peter showing off his sniffer. All rights are mine (and his).


  1. I LOVE all the cat piccies...besides loving beauty produces, I am a crazy cat lady!

    Please keep the cat photos coming!

  2. Interesting-

    I was thinking that Nuit de Cellophane was not going to be a keeper for me at all. Well, let me rephrase that: I knew that it wasn't designed with me in mind but I thought that it also wouldn't go well on me at all. Guess I'll have to rethink that.

  3. Hi Gaia! I'm pretty much a lurker here...but since you were at the Guerlain counter at Bergdorf - did they have Insolence EDP? This seems to be an elusive scent here in the U.S...

  4. Hi G!
    I am so excited you did a review for cellophane! I am so curious about this one. I am too scared to order unsniffed...but you tempt me.

    Did you think they tinkered with FDB? I have heard it is not the same.

  5. Jamilla, thanks you! It's great to meet more crazy cat ladies :)

  6. Tom, I was almost certain I was going to hate it. i don't have the best track record with Uncle Serge's florals, other than FdO and FdC. But this one works with my chemistry for some unknown reason, so it might do the same for you. Worth a try for scientific reason, even if you won't feel comfortable actually wearing it.

  7. Karin, thanks for saying hi :) I completely forgot to ask about Insolence EDP and it wasn't in the front display. The Petite Robe bottles were front and center, unfortunately. They might have it, so your best bet is to call.

  8. Annie, I only took a quick whiff without sparaying, but it smelled the same to me. It's hard to know for sure without a couple of testing, not to mention factoring in the age of the bottles we already have (in my case an EDP from a couple of years ago and the parfum, which I'm not even sure when they stopped producing).

    I'm a big fangirl of Serge, and I think there's a good chance you will like NdC, but I still wouldn't order blind. I'll get a bottle as soon as I take myself to Aedes, and I'd be very happy to send you a sample, so just email me.

  9. love the name of your blog, so cute

  10. This only reinforces my determination to try Nuits de Cellophane! Serge & I get along so well, I cannot imagine that I won't love it.


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