After going through an incredibly difficult time in my personal life, I felt I required a little retail therapy - something I believe can be a legitimate form of treatment, at least temporarily.
I chose to purchase two fragrances; one on a whim while the other, I had been coveting for some time. After wearing Diptyque's L'Ombre Dans L'Eau for years, I felt the urge to change-it-up for a month or so, then I'll inevitably return to old faithful.
I should caveat this by saying, I am particularly wary of trying a new fragrance during a low point in my life as scent will transport me straight back to those sombre moments, eliciting full-body nausea. Nevertheless, these particular perfumes were too intoxicating to pass up and after sporting them for a week, I'm hooked.
I purchased Byredo's La Tulipe from Mecca Cosmetica in Australia. I liked the ethos behind the brand as they combine luxury fragrance with with fashion, art and design. Unique as all hell, the scents are created by some of the world’s greatest perfumers, using the highest quality raw ingredients. Fragrances such as 'Gypsy Water' have reached cult status amongst the style elite while the brand has collaborated with some of the chicest names in the fashion world including M/M Paris and Acne Studios. Plus, the founder Ben Gorham is caaa-ute, that can't hurt right?
La Tulipe is an interpretation of what a tulip would smell like, if it were to have a scent. With top notes of cyclamen, freesia and rhubarb, a heart of tulip and base notes of blonde woods and vetiver, this personification is deemed a fresh and clean floral - exactly what I seek in my hunt for the perfect parfum.
My second fragrance purchase was something a little different for me; something slightly more feminine. After asking many a Myer and David Jones Armani counter if they had 'Pivoine Suzhou' (pronouncing this was almost the hardest part) from their Privè collection in stock, I finally I stumbled upon their very last box at Myer Bourke Street where they were offering 10% off, which NEVER happens. I couldn't pass up this opportunity.
Paying homage to China's peony flower, Pivoine Suzhou is part of Armani's collection of Privè Haute Couture fragrances - how devilishly luxe. 'Pivoine' is French for peony while 'Suzhou' is a city in Eastern China, home to some of the world's most beautiful UNESCO heritage listed gardens.
Pivoine Suzhou opens with raspberry, mandarin and pink pepper, includes a heart of peony and rose and finishes with a base of amber, musk and patchouli. I would generally shy away from most of these notes, but somehow their combination provides a beautiful balance of aromas.
Yes, this Haute Couture bouquet does exude femininity, but it isn't powdery or sickly sweet - dw, it won't remind you of your grandma. Most importantly though, as it's bloody hard to get your hands on, it's highly unlikely someone else will be wearing it. Winner.
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