Sunday, August 28, 2011
Continuing his Private Blend collection, Tom Ford presents Lavender Palm, a sunny and aromatic fragrance. Composed around lavender and palm trees, as the name implies, this eau de parfum pays tribute to California. A destination ‘synonymous with all-natural vitality, and a relaxed yet refined elegance,’ Tom Ford explains.
The composition opens with the fragrance’s key note, lavender. It appears here in the form of an absolute, paired with lavandin, a different variety of lavender. The aromatic flower is paired with citrus and sage. The heart creates an ‘accord of palm leaf and aldehydes’ intertwined with pink laurel, lime tree, vetiver and cedar. The sweeter dry-down blends benzoin, tonka bean, frankincense and moss.
Lemon, Bergamot, Lavandin, Lavender, Sage
Palm Leaf, Aldehydes, Pink Laurel, Lime Tree, Vetiver, Cedar
Benzoin, Tonka Bean, Frankincense, Moss
Givenchy unveils a fragrance inspired by black dahlia, a dark-hued and scentless imaginary flower. The mysterious and enigmatic name also echoes the title of James Ellroy’s detective story, which was made into a film. Givenchy’s Dahlia Noir possesses a floral-powdery-chypre signature that is redolent of ‘an addictive sensuality, the enigma of femininity.’ In its resolutely sleek pink-and-black bottle, Dahlia Noir expresses ‘a meeting of opposites’… the better to arouse desire, Givenchy explains.
This sweet, woodsy, powdery fragrance wasn’t composed around dahlia, as you might expect, but around three key notes: mimosa, iris and rose. Together, they help give the perfume its powdery, almost cottony character. The trail of patchouli, sandalwood and tonka bean grants the scent a more chypry character. Perfumer: François Demachy.
Iris, Powdery Notes
Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean