This, gentle reader, is the perfume release I’ve been waiting for. The fact that I didn’t know anything about it until two weeks ago is neither here nor there.
If you’ve read any of my perfume reviews lately, you’ll know that I’ve been disappointed with all the fruity/woodsy/musky SWEET perfumes I’ve been sniffing over the last couple of weeks, and have been longing to smell something a little more grown up. This has been the perfect antidote to perfume generic-itis this summer.
On first sniff, it smells deliciously of aldehydes (those artificial notes that smell of “perfume”, instead of specific ingredients, think Chanel No19, but softer and rounder), notifying you from the very start that this is not a perfume for those who like their perfumes to scream of fruit. Or soap. Allegedly, there is mandarin and redcurrant in the top notes, but I don’t get them, there’s a slight citrus note under the aldehyde, but it’s not as sharp as one would expect. It’s dry, rather than sharp, like a Campari, rather than a Martini Rosso. After it’s settled on the skin, and the dry, aldehydic notes have died off a little, it’s warm and powdery with a hint of tuberose (there are meant to be rose petals in there, but it’s not floral, not really), and, in the final stretch, there are hints of sweet sandalwood and possibly a touch of musk. Sophisticated … but I’m not sure it’s sexy. MrLippie just mumbles about “nice” when I wear it, but I like it a great deal.
It smells, to me, once again, of the seventies (it is very different to, but reminds me unexpectedly of, untitled by Maison Martin Margiela which I reviewed a few months ago), it’s an exceptionally feminine perfume without being in anyway girly, flowery, fruity, or sweet, likewise, it doesn’t patronise the wearer by trying to be the definition of femininity, for which we should all be truly thankful.
Halston Woman Amber is exclusively available from Harrods and costs from £65.
The Fine Print: Sample arrived unrequested, but very welcome. You will all please notice that I have not mentioned how the bottle looks like a winky. Thank you.