When I think about writing about fragrance it fills me with dread. Not because it doesn’t interest me, but because those who do it well generally know a whole heap of ‘Important Information’ about the subject. I’ve read confusing things about top and middle notes using long, difficult-to-spell words, which can be very intimidating for a novice. For example, who knew ‘chypre’ was a word? You probably all did.
So I’ll start by declaring myself as no expert in this department - I’ve seen people recoil in horror as they’ve witnessed me applying a stunning new perfume then rubbing my wrists together (is there really anything wrong with that?) - but still, a most dedicated user. And luckily one of the more glamorous perks of my job is to try a lot of different fragrances. Another role is attending fancy perfume launches. (And another is the entirely less fabulous job of cleaning out the office fridge – but I’ll save that rant for another day!)
Today I’m writing about Florabotancia – a new fragrance from Balenciaga. I was on holiday recently and came across this on the beauty pages. Immediately I loved the packaging and decided I was to to hunt it down on my return.
Back at work a week later with the usual post-holiday blues I was so surprised and excited to find this very thing sitting on my desk with a gorgeous note inviting me to try it! And as if the box isn’t stunning enough, check out the spunky little black and white bottle. Joy!
I’m already a Balenciaga fragrance fan but this latest one is divine. Here’s what I love about Florabotancia: the creator, Nicolas Ghesquiere (and there’s another whole fragrance-related pronounciating problem, right there!) said, “I designed this ‘floral collection’. The dresses were covered with flowers, but these flowers were neither charming noir romantic.” (He goes on, but I won’t.) But in summary, I love it because it’s beautiful, without being pretty, if you know what I mean. That’s what this says to me. Which is also why I believe that Kristen Stewart is exactly the right ‘face’ for the campaign. Oh and it’s thought to contain the charm and mystery of flowers from a strange and wonderful garden, which was something else I really loved about it.
So what’s in it? If it means anything to you (and I know it will!) there’s vetiver, amber and caladium leaf, mixed with carnation, mint and rose. But not any old rose, ‘experimental rose’, which is created from “…a formula of psychosensory plants.” Here we go again, you’ve lost me. But still, I love it!
Have you tried Florabotanica? If so, what did you think of it? Do you find fragrance terminology confusing? Are there any perfume-related terms you’d like to know more about?
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