It's May Day, so everybody ought to be wearing lily of the valley — I'm spending the day with my dear old friend Diorissimo, and happily, I still have lily of the valley blooming in my yard. But today I'm reviewing two (not lily of the valley) recent releases: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri and Jo Malone Plum Blossom.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri
Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess Capri, for those of you who don't know, is a limited edition flanker to 2008's Bronze Goddess, which was a remake of the limited edition Estée Lauder - Tom Ford collaboration Azuree Soleil. They've been bringing Bronze Goddess back every spring since it launched, and last year they did a flanker, too: Bronze Goddess Soleil. It was citrusy and sort of plain, and I didn't like it nearly as well as the suntan-oil-tinged original Bronze Goddess, which is one of my go-to summer "no brainer" fragrances.
I don't like Bronze Goddess Capri as well as the original either, but I do like it better than Bronze Goddess Soleil (and yes, it is no easy matter to keep all those names straight). Like that one, it avoids the coconut and tropical flowers, going instead for a solar oriental with a tart citrus and berry opening, a darkish — it's still reasonably summery — "warm skin" dry ambery base and a pretty blended floral heart. I enjoyed wearing it, and concur with Victoria's conclusion at Bois de Jasmin: "next to most, this fragrance feels refined and sophisticated", but like Victoria, I'm happier with my Bronze Goddess. It's worth a shot if you're still searching for your perfect summer "no brainer", especially if you'd like something a little warmer and longer lasting than the usual.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri was developed by perfumer Harry Fremont, and is available in 100 ml Eau Fraiche. The notes include cassis, mandarin, lemon leaves, jasmine sambac, muguet, peony, vanilla, amberwood, patchouli and musk.
Jo Malone Plum Blossom
Jo Malone's new Plum Blossom is also a limited edition, as is much of the brand's recent output, although it's worth keeping in mind that the fragrances tend to reappear later if they do well. Also like much of the brand's recent output, it's in a light, clean and dewy style that's perfect for office-wear but that does not warm my (perfumista) heart. Plum Blossom is fruity and pale and fresh, and could easily be the functional fragrance for a shampoo or body mist. It is pleasant enough to wear, mind you, and it's not overly sweet, but there's nothing that makes it stand out from the crowd. Shame, I do love that etched bottle.
Jo Malone Plum Blossom is available in 30 ($55) or 100 ($110) ml Cologne.
The quick poll: what is your absolute favorite of the mainstream spring releases this year? The only thing I've been tempted to buy so far is the new Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue.