More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector bottles from Acqua di Parma and Loewe; a new purse spray for Cartier La Panthère; new concentrations for Kenzo Jeu d’Amour and Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez; and new packaging for solid perfumes from Ormonde Jayne.
From Acqua di Parma, a special edition of Colonia Essenza: “The decoration on Acqua di Parma’s Special Edition black bottle is inspired by the tuxedo and bow tie, an elegant and unique pattern, entirely handcrafted by Italian master glassmakers. This refillable bottle becomes a collector’s item for the connoisseurs of Colonia Essenza.” 180 ml, £140 at Selfridges in the UK…
Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé
Perfumer Isabelle Doyen; fragrance notes include mandarin, citrus, osmanthus, tea, white musk
Annick Goutal just released L’Ile au Thé, a new unisex fragrance inspired by the South Korean island of Jeju. It’s true that Jeju Province produces teas and citrus, but there’s nothing about L’Ile au Thé that couldn’t be attributed to many locales. I could even “inspire” such a fragrance here in the Pacific Northwest, in Seattle, by wearing a classic Eau de Cologne while drinking a cup of fragrant green tea…or sipping my tea next to the blooming Buddha’s hand citrus or kumquat trees in my bedroom. There’s nothing “exotic” about L’Ile au Thé; it fits in perfectly with Annick Goutal’s recent releases: nice fragrances that don’t bare their teeth or muster much emotion beyond a wan smile. (I could almost have used Robin’s review of Vent de Folie as the basis of this review.)
L’Ile au Thé goes on smelling of citrus rind and blossoms; it’s a happy, if quiet, opening.