A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Elizabeth Arden flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, to learn about a new fragrance: Nanette by Nanette Lepore. If I could design a scent that I really loved, just for myself, it would be this one. In fact, designer Nanette Lepore herself said she created this fragrance for herself.
This new, modern, floriental fragrance is my idea of perfection. It is warm and sensual, significant, but not overpowering. Fun to wear, but not for little girls. It lingers and lasts for hours, but it’s still appropriate, day or evening.
Developed by perfumer Anne Flipo of IFF, with Nanette Lepore, the actual notes are top notes of pink pepper, neroli and glazed rose petals. The heart is a mix of rose absolute, violet and muguet, and the drydown is a spicy, sensual amber, incense and cedarwood. The incense note gives the fragrance an edge, says Nanette. But scent is quite personal, and the initial and lasting impression of a scent can be any number of things to any number of people, depending upon who is sensing and smelling it. To my nose, Nanette’s amber and woody notes are the mainstay of the fragrance. They’re what I relate to most: mysterious and lovely, smooth and almost vanilla-y at drydown. You just drink them in with your nose…and sigh, happily! I just barely smell the florals including the violet note (a nod to Lepore’s 11-year-old daughter’s name).
The presentation of this modern but sensual fragrance is beautiful, too. A hard-sided, rectangular box, done in matte black with pink blush lettering, has a sturdy sturdy base, lined in pink and black Nanette logo paper. Lift off the top, and ogle the heft chunk of clear glass holding the pale, gold juice. It reminds me of a bell, or a tiered cake. It’s topped with a fancy, faceted, clear plastic top evocative of a precious gem, covering the silvery spray diffuser. The bottle looks special, rare, and precious. In fact, the flacon, inspired by an antique find of Lepore’s in a curio shop in Italy, reminded the designer of the romance of that area. It was also the inspiration for the fragrance.
The collection is already in fine stores like Elizabeth Arden, Neiman Marcus, and Sephora, including three sizes of eau de parfum: 0.25-oz. rollerball (my personal favorite way to wear and carry scent) for $18.50 and 1-oz. and 2.5-oz. sprays, $48 and $68, respectively. A 3.4-oz. Body Lotion will be $40.00.
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