“There’s something off though,” she notes and starts subtracting layers to get the best mix possible. She pulls out the vetiver and lets me have at it. It’s perfect; she is a magician. As I waft the new cocktail toward my nose, I close my eyes and am there, walking through that metaphorical post-rain forest.
Carnal Flower is the ne plus ultra of narcotic tuberose and gardenia. Its green edge keeps it from going over-the-top—but just barely. Plus, Carnal Flower wears like iron. Put it on after breakfast, and you’ll still catch wafts as you dance at midnight.
— Our own Angela, from one of three guest posts at the blog Little Vegas Wedding. Carnal Flower is one of her three picks for a luxe hotel wedding in Vegas; she's also done three picks for a desert wedding and three picks for a Las Vegas chapel wedding.
Today we’re helping Aria, who wants to find her perfect wedding fragrance. She wants something she loves but that she hasn’t worn regularly — in the future, she’d like to wear it only on special occasions. Keep in mind that she’s getting married in the heart of summer, in California, out of doors. It’s going to be hot. She can spend up to $200, but is ok with buying a decant of something more expensive.
Aria is in her mid-20s, and says she is currently making that somewhat odd transition from carefree “girl” to “professional” woman: she says she’s still a kid at heart and doesn’t entirely think of herself as a grown woman.
Aria likes notes of rose, vanilla, faint fig/fig leaf (the milky-creamy type), pale ambers, citrus and tea…
Today we’re helping Elizabeth, who is getting married next August. Her ceremony will be in a small church, followed by a reception for 80 guests in a historic hall built in 1916. Her dress is a champagne-colored ball gown, with a lace bodice and cap sleeves, and a tulle skirt. And yes, she is planning to wear a tiara! She is looking for a perfume that is complex, romantic, and will last the whole day without touch-ups. She is willing to spend up to $250 and she has great access to perfume stores, including niche boutiques.
Here is what we know about Elizabeth:
She’s in her late 20s, and is tall, with a rosy complexion and long black hair.
She is quiet and introverted by nature, though many people have described her as “regal.”
Her style is old-fashioned and she prefers wearing skirts and dresses most of the time.
She lives in New York City. Her favorite foods are classic French and Sichuan Chinese cuisines, and her hobbies include reading, theology, and ballroom dancing.
Her favorite colors are wine red and sapphire blue.
Elizabeth likes rose, lavender, violet, vanilla, incense, orange blossom, jasmine, herbal notes, iris and aldehydes…
Today we’re helping Nicola, who will be getting married in January and wants to find a perfect fragrance so she’ll always have a scent memory associated with the day. Because the weather will be cold and the setting (see below) grand, she’d like something rich and romantic, but she’d like to avoid the sorts of typical gourmands (no stewed fruits or chocolate notes, please) that might immediately spring to mind. Her budget is flexible but may not extend into the Amouage range. Here is what we know about Nicola:
She’s in her late 20s, and is a Ph.D. student at Durham University in the UK, researching Old Norse translations of medieval female saints’ lives.
She loves reading, opera, walks in the local countryside and travel to cities with beautiful architecture.
Because of her studies she speaks and reads several languages, including Icelandic and Latin, and she loves learning more — Welsh is next on her list.
She says her style is tailored and luxurious with an eclectic twist; she loves a cashmere sweater with a pencil skirt and tall hunting boots, matched with a Swedish army coat or a bunch of antique rings.