The newest perfume from the independent natural line Providence Perfume Co is Love-In-A-Mist, a feminine floral fragrance named after a wildflower of the same name. Its composition includes notes of love-in-a-mist, mimosa, pink peppercorn, sandalwood and sweet clover.
The flower Love-In-A-Mist (Nigella damascena) is an annual plant with pale blue blossoms surrounded by delicate, ferny leaves. I've never seen it in "real life," but it sounds like something that would have been mentioned in Elizabethan and Victorian verse, doesn't it? And apparently it has inspired artists and artisans to create textiles and jewelry as well as some beautiful illustrations.
Providence Perfume Co has the advantage here, since I didn't know what to anticipate, but this fragrance seems to me like an appropriate fit for the flower photos I've been viewing. Love-In-A-Mist progresses through three stages on my skin. First, there's a sweetly musky lilac that tickles my nose — very "springtime" or "Easter season" in feeling. Its heart is warmer and smoother, with a honeyed accord of mimosa and clover. (Fans of Aftelier Honey Blossom may want to take note.)
The dry down of Love-In-A-Mist is a subtle jasmine with hints of sandalwood; it's sophisticated without calling attention to itself. This fragrance wears close to the skin, but the nice surprise is that it has exceptionally good longevity for an all-natural, botanical fragrance. I'm normally sad (yet resigned) when a natural perfume vanishes from my skin in an hour or two, but Love-In-A-Mist clung to my wrists for nearly eight hours.
My favorite Providence Perfume Co fragrances so far have been Rose 802 and Mousseline Pêche, but Love-In-A-Mist might be giving those two some gentle competition. I'm enjoying it for the current (and changeable) seasonal transition in my corner of the world, and when winter finally keeps me inside, I'll be able to dab on some Love-In-A-Mist as a promise of the spring to come. It's well worth a try, if wistful-feeling natural florals are your thing too!
Providence Perfume Co Love-In-A-Mist is available in 5 (roller, $45) or 50 (spray, $175) ml Eau de Parfum. For purchasing information, see the listing for Providence Perfume Co under Perfume Houses.