Eau de Cashmere is the latest fragrance/fabric spray designed by the perfumery house of Guerlain. It’s meant to be sprayed on high quality fabrics like wool or cashmere and linger on it, enveloping you with a soft cocoon of scent. It’s also said not to damage the fabrics structure. I tried it both on skin and wool. On my skin it opens with a very soft, slightly sour and acidic bergamot which is almost immediately joined by mandarin. The latter one adds sweetness, balancing the character of bergamot. After around 20 minutes Eau de Cashmere becomes much more powdery. You can smell a lot of delicate and sheer iris, blended with slightly flowery and sweet lavender flowers. Musk makes the fragrance very clean, like the fabric was just washed. Even if there is some cedar or vetiver (as stated on Guerlain website) I can’t smell it. Eau de Cashmere is all about smelling kind of like a baby powder. After 2 hours you can’t smell it on the skin. When sprayed on clothes, the bergamot & mandarin concoction lasts for a few hours and the powdery aspects comes in much more slowly. It lasts for many hours on fabric but unfortunately it doesn’t impress me. I doubt I would smell it around me if I wore a jumper/sweater with some Eau de Cashmere on it. It’s just too bland and simple, but what was I expecting?
Essence Aromatique is the latest release from Bottega Veneta. This perfume opens with a tart and zesty bergamot combined with warmth and mild spiciness of coriander. The balmy quality of the opening evolves into more citrusy scent when coriander weakens and bergamot remains stronger. Then, there’s a lot of vanilla and tonka bean. Together they smell quite sweet, a little bit cloying actually and there’s a high pile of powder in this perfume. Sandalwood smells really synthetic in this perfume while patchouli continues to go on with a powdery vibe. I was hoping I would like Essence Aromatique, the sound of it made a good impression on me but the fragrance is disappointing. Not only it constantly makes we think of some washing powder or synthetic bleach blend but at some point it is also a mere, badly made and thoughtless interpretation of Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. At least I find some similarities, of course Chanel is hundred times better. Essence Aromatic is eau de cologne available in sizes of 50,90 and 200ml.
In the second half of April the Italian fashion house of Prada has profiled a new fragrance intended for the spring and summer use. As far as I know the initial concept for the perfume was different but in the end the latest perfume launch from Prada is Candy Florale, blended by Daniela Roche-Andrier. The perfume was inspired by a perfect imaginary flower – the white Cosmos – that Prada has “invented” especially for Candy. This flanker starts with a tart and cool aroma of lemon sorbet, kind of making me think of patisserie/gelaterie in the summer. Soon the accord mutes and flowery notes become dominating. Composition of Candy Florale highlights the scent of peonies, which in this composition are restrained, powdery. At some point one can also smell roses – dewy, watered down, a bit sugary. Musky base comes very early with more powder, some talcum, fluffiness of whipped cream and general feeling of airiness. Beautiful benzoin and caramel that were the greatest values of original Candy, are bit ruined in Candy Florale. Shame. Prada Candy Florale reminds me of nothing else but powdery candies from my youth. Candy Florale is definitely worse than Candy, also worse than Candy L’Eau in my opinion. Dear Prada – next time you go for my Candy Men, ok?! I’m sure people would like it. Ad campaign is once again fronted by actress Lea Seydoux. I think more funny videos are yet to come…
Here are the winners: from the US the lucky person is tomate farcie who gets Robert Piguet Visa rollerball mini and a mini candle. From the EU/UK region the winner is Elia who gets a mysterious set of 4 carded perfume samples. You’ve got time until Friday, May 16th to send me your shipping details (use a contact form). If someone doesn’t claim their prize a new winner will be chosen.