Friday, March 07, 2008

Bill Blass

American designer Bill Blass's first signature perfume launch was a breezy and lush, elegant yet wearable classic white floral with green accents. I only know it as a drugstore scent, but I was very pleased to discover it. I thought it was clean and crisp yet sweet enough to smell romantic--lilting as calla lilies in its gracefulness but polished and chic, it seemed perfect for every occasion and season, as versatile as many of Bill Blass's clothing designs. If you're a fan of Estée Lauder Beautiful, Giorgio or Perry Ellis, Bill Blass is right up the same alley of luxurious tuberose-based white florals, with a fresh, yet sophisticated green aura. It's actually a nice, subdued tuberose if you can imagine that. The dry down is a smooth, cool woodiness that doesn't overwhelm and lets the feminine florals have the last word.

I wonder if the new launch is the same composition as the original 1978 formula. The notes for the new one are as as follows, from Now Smell This:

"...opens with neroli, galbanum and green mandarin. The heart of the fragrance features white hyacinth, lily of the valley, tuberose and jasmine, and base notes include sensual musk and sandalwood."

The original Bill Blass notes on Imagination Perfumery:
Bill Blass (1978 Floral)
Galbanum, Hyacinth, Pineapple, Greens, Bergamot, Geranium, Iris, Tuberose, Carnation, ylang-ylang, Orris, Amber, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Oakmoss.

I'll report back when I've tested the new version.