Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Slatkin & Co. Persian Lime Blossom and Mimosa

Somewhere, Annick Goutal Petite Chérie's (1998) soft, creamy peary-peachiness overlapping a semi-powdery white musk base, meets the crisp, green floralcy of L'Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa Pour Moi (notoriously a favorite of Queen Noor of Jordan). That meeting point is the olfactive sensation of Slatkin & Co. Lime Blossom and Mimosa. Another scent it reminds me of is Floret by Antonia's Flowers (1995), a favorite of rap artist Eve), also worth trying. It's one part a fresh Green Floral and another part a milky, youthful Fruity scent. It has a candy-like sweetness and yet it's not too sugary, and in the air its sillage emits a distinctively floral aroma like blooming linden or seringa - green (slightly assertive) and as crisp as a white shirt. The word "pretty" comes to mind as overused as it may be; when it fits, it fits, and here, prettiness is showcased with urbane, streamlined class and casual chic. It's a deft balancing of soft and sharp, and perfect if you don't want anything too perfumey - this is a simple perfume along the lines of Floris, Caswell-Massey or Penhaligon's, meant to give a clean feeling rather than a raunchy, seductive one. Of course, clean can certainly come across as seductive depending on your taste. After all, there was a time during the Middle Ages when the Catholic Church forbade bathing because cleanliness of the body was deemed too sensual (Read A Short History of Bathing before 1601: Washing, Baths, and Hygeine in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, with sidelights on other customs).

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