Ladies and gentlemen travelers, have you started hinting for your holiday gifts? If you haven’t, well, you’re slacking! If you desire to smell desirable and want something gorgeous on your dresser or hotel room vanity, Beaute Prestige International to the rescue! Best to send your loved one straight to the site. How’s that for hinting? I was happy to be hosted to experience several of their exquisite fragrance collection. You can purchase them at major retailers.
Narcisco Rodriguez has two limited edition scent bottles for women this holiday season. Both bottles are modern, but with the juxtaposition of a vintage style atomizer (“poire” in French, presumably because it’s kind of in the shape of a pear). Both are sized for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bags. The Eau de Toilette is in a blackened glass rectangular bottle. I noticed spicy white flowers, with a dry-down that still sparkle like champagne. I imagine this scent for an executive or at night. It’s very feminine! They describe it like this: “A rare musk enhanced by a pure synthesis of delicate floral osmanthus notes, soft amber and hints of patchouli.”
For the Eau de Parfum — in a ballet pink bottle — I’m totally in agreement with their scent description: “Musk remains at the heart of for her eau de parfum, enhanced by a rare weave of pink floral with hints of rose, peach pulp and soft amber.”
The iconic key signature of Narciso Rodriguez perfumes, musk is the metaphor for matchless and absolute femininity. Sensual and magnetic, it is the common thread that ties each new creation to the next.
Jean Paul Gaultier puts sexiness out there front and center, yet in a beautiful way — not “obvious”. I saw his amazing clothing exhibit at The Moderna Museet in Stockholm, complete with animatronic JPG! You can take a look at some of my own specially authorized photos in the slideshow. Are his fragrances 3-1-1 carry-on bag friendly? That’s tricky to answer. They are, but you have to take them out of their cute canisters first. Either check a bag or save the canisters to stash love letters!
Classique is his women’s fragrance, of which there are different expressions. The bottles themselves are of very shapely female torsos in corsets, complete with garter straps. Hot stuff! Scent wise, I noticed bright florals with animal aspects. This is perfume for “grown ups”. It dries to some powdery naked notes, very intimate. It’s like “Here I am!” at first, then, “Here we were . . . “. Here’s how they describe it:
Its intoxicating trail is embodied by rose, orange blossom, vanilla and amber wood.
The Classique woman appears as a triumphant amazon who asserts her power of seduction as well as her uninhibited femininity. As the antithesis of feminine depictions in traditional perfumery, the Classique woman is sensual to the extreme, and deliberately sexual in her provocations.
JPG’s Le Male scent is supposed to be reminiscent of a sailor wearing French stripes. I’ve got one of his sailor shirts! But I think certain men would like it better on them. The fragrance bottle is blue and shaped into a hard torso. In my mind, if you have a couple of JPG fragrance bottles on a dresser, they’re going to fool around in the middle of the night, dirty Toy Story style. As for the scent itself, it’s very European. I’ve traveled to many European countries and whenever you do that kiss-kiss-kiss exchange with their aristocrats and jet-setters, that’s really what they smell like. You might have to trust me on that one. I notice lavender, fresh greenness and a tiny bit of sweetness. Then, it goes to clean, fresh water notes, zest, then wet stones. This is how they describe it: “Fresh mint, vanilla, and lavender combine, giving a contemporary edge to the traditional use of fern.”
Issey Miyake worked with perfumer Jacques Cavallier to create L’eau d’Issey. It’s sized for a 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag, but some brands may work better than other with the long, conical bottle. It’s modern, yet has an ancient hieroglyphic feel to it. It’s created to evoke water. At first, I noted water flowers, but drying to sea, sea rocks and vegetation. I would describe it as being perfect for an independent woman, a modern minimalist dresser . . . a Sofia Coppola type. This is what they say about it:
It speaks to us about a burst of freshness at once aquatic and vegetal, thanks to the lotus, with its moist and delicate scent, combined with freesia.
Then it unveils its floral heart, overflowing with peony and white lily, light but diffusing. And to pique our curiosity, it adds a hint of spicy carnation.
Lastly, it leads us into a soft and mysterious trail, infused with wood and osmanthus.
Elie Saab is a Lebanese couturier who brings a Middle Eastern flavor to his fragrance, Elie Saab Le Parfum. It can fit into a 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag. For the holidays, it’s been created into a limited L’Edition Or. The shimmery gold box, as well as gold, large gem shaped bottle, all say “precious”. If you keep this on a dressing table, you’ll alert people that you like your gems like your men: big, with presence. I noticed in the fragrance smoked florals, drying to wood, then wood smoke. It’s like an ancient priestess altar! This is definitely a nighttime fragrance. Finally, I notice a little musk. This perfume isn’t quite like an ancient scent, though: it has modern balance and doesn’t have an unblended fragance oil quality. This is what they say about it:
From the first notes, the soaring brilliance of the orange blossom sets the tone for this olfactory spell. A solar evocation of armfuls of Mediterranean petals, whose luminosity comes from the rays of the sun at its zenith.
The heart is amplified by the most sumptuous quality of jasmines – absolutes of jasmine grandiflorum and sambac – the fragrance enriches its sensuality with the gentle shading of a very pure “patchouli heart.”
The tone of the white flower bouquet is filled out voluptuously by a cedar woody accord, which gives the floral notes a new density. The trail unfurls, infinitely elegant and enveloping, borrowing its addictive notes from rose honey.