Jasper Conran Nude Woman, the latest fragrance from the Jasper Conran range, is housed in a beautifully detailed bottle. Hefty, but delicate, the carved column fills the hand nicely, and feels wonderfully tactile when you’re spraying it. It’s supposed to evoke “contemporary femininity”, and I think it delivers that nicely.
The juice inside the bottle is surprisingly enjoyable too. A white floral that manages to be both crisp and soft, it’s a very nice wear. Starting with rather gentle notes of grapefruit and bergamot that add a hesperidic air without being too overpoweringly citrussy, the fragrance soon settles into white flower heaven, with notes of gardenia and magnolia mixed with orange blossom. It’s a little powdery at this stage, and without the slightly funky-mushroom edge you can get with a true magnolia note, but the addition of orris (iris) is probably the one that is responsible for rounding out any potential soapy-screechiness, and adding a little lady-like polish to the formula. The basenotes are a very skin-like musk with some bleached white woods beneath.
It’s not the most original fragrance I’ve ever come across, but it is very wearable, and I like it much much more than I expected to. Currently available at both Debenhams and Boots for £20 for a 40ml bottle and £30 for 100ml, it’s a prettily ladylike bargain.
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