The niche line Auguste, "a collection of fragrances inspired by ancient books, handwritten by one of the many Grasse perfumers between 1905-1920", has debuted with three fragrances, Esprit de Chine, Esprit de Chypre and Esprit de Cuir.
Esprit de Chine (shown) was inspired by Millot's Crêpe de Chine and its descendents, and features notes of ambrette, orange blossom, lilac, carnation, muguet, white musk, tree moss absolute and sandalwood.
Esprit de Chypre draws inspiration from the chypre family established by Coty's Chypre: "a real chypre is hard to find, and Auguste’s creation is absolutely true to its name". The notes include bergamot, ylang ylang, citron, patchouli, nutmeg, vetyver, oak moss, heliotrope and rock rose.
Esprit de Cuir pays homage to Chanel's Cuir de Russie and other variations on the leather theme by Piver, Coty, Guerlain and Lanvin. With notes of citron, geranium, galbanum, jasmine, clove, birch, opoponax, tonka bean and oak moss.
Auguste Esprit de Chine, Esprit de Chypre and Esprit de Cuir are available now at luckyscent, in 40 ml Extrait de Parfum. Update: see reviews of Auguste Esprit de Chine, Esprit de Chypre and Esprit de Cuir.
Victoria's Secret has launched Dream Angels Heavenly Kiss, a new limited edition flanker for their popular Dream Angels Heavenly fragrance. Heavenly Kiss is described as a "sweet and flirty" fruity vanilla oriental.
The notes feature red berry, red currant, watermelon, freesia petals, guava, apricot nectar, jasmine, soft vanilla, creamy woods, english toffee, marshmallow and sensual musk.
Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Kiss is available in 75 ml Eau de Parfum or 250 ml Fragrance Mist. (via victoriassecret)
Other recent launches from Victoria's Secret: More Pink Please, Isle of Pink, Very Sexy Now 2008.
Those Esprits by Auguste deserve further exploration. The bottles must be handpainted porcelain. Nice!
The bottles are gorgeous! Marina at Perfume Smellin Things has smelled them and liked them:
I adore these bottles! I've got the sample order in already, and want so much to fall for one of them, even at that price.
The one in the picture above is the one I want, and I want it *bad*. Not likely I'll get it, unfortunately — that is a bit spendy for my wallet at the moment. But looking forward to trying them — a nostalgia niche line sounds just fine with me.
Sadly, it's the Chypre bottle I like the least (when I'm most likely to love the juice.) *sigh* Very interesting line, though.
Oh my! The Esprits sound amazing. My grandmother wore the original Crepe de Chine, and recently she gave me a very old, tiny bottle of the parfum (empty), and I can *still* smell it. It's so beautiful, one of the great masterpieces. Grandma has great taste.
Irma Shorell, Inc. does a repro of Crepe de Chine under their Long Lost Perfumes line. They buy the patent/trademarks and use original formulations to the extent possible. Check them out, if you haven't already.
Wow, I desperately covet the Augustes… both the juice and the bottles. All three sound lovely!
Thanks for the tip! I did visit that site at one point, but I'm glad you reminded me about it.
Looked at the bottles at PST and these are gorgeous!
I either need to grow more wrists or want to try fewer things. The Esprits sound so intriguing. The cuir seems to sing to me with an especially strong siren song.
monkeytoe, you still have 10 fingers
CBG, then you must smell this!
Monkeytoe, that is why I love summer: more skin space for sampling when you don't have to wear a sweater
I covet, unsniffed, the chypre, but I also wished they copied the formula directly from the “ancient books” because it would seem just a little more romantic. 100 years is ancient now? *smiles*
I *really* hope Luckyscent puts together a spring sampler soon, and includes these three. They haven't had one in a while, but they've acquired a lot of new stuff in the past month or so.
(Note to any Luckyscent/Scent Bar reps perusing the site: hint hint!)
They do need another one, they've really had lots of new launches lately.