Flower Galore: Floral-Based Perfumes

November 21, 2009

One bottle of perfume contains a whole gamut of notes blended creatively to achieve the desired scent. Each perfume is more than an olfactory experience, behind the notes are stories of inspiration, captured moments or a fleeting memory of something that piques the senses.

Flowers are one of the basic components in most perfumes and fragrance houses use flowers of every kind. These could be locally cultivated or grown elsewhere. Flowers evoke femininity, a gentle embrace or a light caress from a woman. In fragrances, it gives a certain character, a distinct trail, a representation of a specific era that take you to an olfactory journey.

Let’s explore some of the popular floral perfumes today.

Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent

Parisienne is floral-fruity in the opening embellished with notable floral notes such as peony, rose and violet. It’s slightly musky but the rose component notably stands out. This is a lovely fragrance that lets the wearer experience the old the new. Roses have a way of adding a nostalgic flair to the overall appeal of the fragrance no matter how mainstream the fragrance is.

Pleasures by Estee Lauder

Pleasures is a sheer floral fragrance that centers on the rare essence of exotic Baie rose. It’s charming, fresh with plenty of lush floral notes – lilies, peonies, jasmine. Fresh-cut grass notes are also present.

Chelsea Flowers by Bond No 9

This fragrance is inspired by New York’s Chelsea Flower Market. So, imagine yourself swimming in a pool of flowers. The impression is dainty, fine and lively courtesy of the floral notes of peony, tulip, hyacinth, magnolia and rose. Definitely luxurious albeit expensive.

Versace by Versace

Versace is a blend of soft floral notes such as orchid, lilac, jasmine and lotus. It’s an abstract floral but comes out as a well-blended fragrance – fresh, clean and sparkling.

DKNY Be Delicious Night

Iris, freesia and jasmine captures the magical night life of New York. DKNY Be Delicious Night is floriental in composition – incense-y, spicy and mysterious.

More of these floral-based fragrances at discount perfume retailer, scentiments.com.


Giorgio Armani Idole d’Armani

November 13, 2009

Idole d’Armani, an ode to femininity. The Giorgio Armani website aptly describes it as “an irresistible combination of grace, beauty and independent spirit… a tribute to this ideal and to women everywhere.” Idole is Armani’s attempt to create another mass-market fragrance that centers on a woman’s sensuality.

armani idole

Perfumer Bruno Jovanovic, also the nose behind Onde Extase (2008), designed this fragrance. The notes are: top, “dazzling bitter orange, juicy pear, ginger and davana“; middle, “audacious rose loukoum and mythical jasmine blended boldly with saffron absolute, creating a honey-coloured subtle spicy note; and the base,  “luminous and sensual, unexpected styrax, patchouli and vetiver.” The bottle design is rather minimalist: art deco inspired with a wave of fine lines decorate the outline of the crystal round bottle.

Idole is a balance between the old and the new. Calling it a classic is quite tempting but not rightly so. Once the fruity-floral component unfolds, emphasis on the public’s penchant for modern fragrances is immediately recognized. These qualities make mainstream fragrances distinct and well, ubiquitous. The contrast of notes evokes a fresh fruity approach at the beginning then develops into a warm and elegant base of musky woods.   The sweetness is not obtrusive. In fact, the pairing of jasmine and saffron sits well with the pear notes.

Idole reminds me of Dolce&Gabbana’s The One. Both are beautiful fragrances to begin with – well-balanced, versatile, lovely – but there something seems to be lacking. Armani could’ve added more character in it so that it won’t end up smelling like other scents.  As for sillage and longevity, Idole delivers.

More of Giorgio Armani’s fragrances at discount perfume retailer, scentiments.com.


Guerlain Idylle

November 13, 2009


Guerlain in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser is the nose behind Guerlain Idylle, one of the recent fragrances in the floral category from Guerlain. Wasser wanted to produce a harmony of flowers, a floral sweetness to be exact, and use it as a theme in a story about love. Rose is the predominant note in the fragrance while other florals such as peony, freesia, lily of the valley, lilac and jasmine are infused to recreate a more feminine drama to the old-fashioned aroma of roses. A modern interpretation of Guerlinade was also incorporated in Idylle to breed more passion and also, to suggest sensuality as the scent builds up.

The gold bottle takes form in the shape of a tear. Ora Ito, the designer of the flacon, wanted to picture the modern Guerlain woman without losing the traditional elaborate designs of the bottle Guerlain perfumes are famous for. Idylle is wide at the bottom and has a shapely outline similar to that of a woman’s body.

The juice inside, alas, is not as original as what I expect it to be.  While it’s a nice, floral scent, very feminine, as a matter of fact; the intermingling of flowers emanate a refreshing yet ordinary smell. Pleasant, gentle and can be categorized as a safe floral-based perfume (no surprise headaches at initial application). However, there’s not much innovation in the scent. Idylle could be Guerlain’s conventional take on mainstream fragrances. But I think they should not veer away from the basic Guerlain fragrances too much because the previous fragrances really stand out from the run of the mill type of perfumes.

Dolce&Gabbana Rose The One

November 4, 2009

Rose The One is Dolce & Gabbana‘s modern take on the classic flower of romance, rose. This fragrance is a flanker of the The One (2006) and its more recent predecessor L’eau The One (2008).  Bright, powdery and lacking depth – generic, I believe is more apropos. The composition is almost linear  and the rose is not as intense. The fragrance notes focus on the citrusy element that projects a fresh and zesty base. The notes are black currant, grapefruit, mandarin orange, lily of the valley, rose, lychee, peony, lily, ambrette, sandalwood, musk and vanilla.

rose the one

While Rose The One is a pleasant fragrance on the overall, it’s not something that piques the interest. It’s somehow reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent’s Baby Doll and Parisienne as both fragrances center on rose accords, as well. Like the original The One, this version doesn’t do well on the longevity department. It quickly diffuses and barely present after a few hours.

The ad is definitely more beautiful and elegant than the actual perfume. There seemed to be a disconnect between the fragrance and the campaign, or shall I say, D&G and P&G Prestige put more hours perfecting the campaign over the fragrance. What a shame.

Here is Rose The One’s ad campaign featuring Scarlett Johansson.