Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue

5th Avenue is a Floral Oriental that can be worn year round because it's very versatile. It's super-floral at first, with lily-of-the-valley and lilac taking center stage, but then, a profusion of tuberose and an ambery-woody-vanillic base add a veil of sensual warmth and complete the huge production that is 5th Avenue. I'd describe the scent as being green and soapy, clean but heady, elegant and a little rich but also not overly stuffy. It has a classic, retro flair in a somewhat '80s way, but it's sweet and contemporary, easy-to-wear. It's well-mannered and sophisticated but not without a bright sense of humor; imagine Penhaligon's Bluebell with a hint of ritz, urban glam and lively spirit.

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue (1996)

Notes: lilac, linden blossom, dewy magnolia, muguet, exotic mandarin, bergamot, Bulgarian rose, violet, ylang-ylang, jasmine, Indian tuberose, peach, clove, nutmeg