I've only ever tackled fragrance once before on the blog (here). Firstly, I think it's almost impossible to write smells. Everybody has a different way of approaching perfumes and different people are going to pick up different notes. But, more importantly, fragrances can change so dramatically on the skin that it's almost a futile exercise. That being said, this is my all time favourite scent and I feel that not sharing it would be a disservice to all my fellow perfume lovers. So I'm going to do my very best to give this a go.
If you read my previous post you'll know that I tend to gravitate towards sweet scents. Anything that smells like you can eat it is good in my books. D'Orsay's La Dandy (£69.50) is my first small step away from that (although, to be fair, it still smells like you could eat it). It is the perfect blend of sweet and spice and is probably one of the more unusual scents I have ever come across. Whilst the box claims that the fragrance represents a bold yet glamorous woman, witty and whimsical, an 'epicurean and master of many talents' who 'travels the world and samples its many delights with aplom'- seriously, I couldn't make that stuff up- I thought I'd give you a little more insight as to what it actually smells like.
At the heart of this fragrance are some trusty notes that I tend to gravitate towards- tonka bean, honey and freesia- all the trademarks of your average sweet perfume. Layered on top of that you've got tobacco, clove, cardamom and cinnamon, which add a beautiful aromatic spiciness. Subtle notes of ylang-ylang and jasmine run through softening the spices, but what really gives it that extra dimension is a top note of peach. It's the peach that lifts everything up and the fruitiness that really adds that unique character.
In short, it smells like cinnamon peach pie. It's so deliciously warm and inviting. It's one of those fragrances you take a long smell of and it just melts you a little bit inside. Call me weird, but in the winter all I want is a perfume that makes me feel like I'm under a fuzzy blanket... in front of the fire... eating pudding and this does just that.
What fragrances have you been loving recently?