Sunday, August 02, 2009

Boadicea the Victorious Delicate

Read today's featured review at The Examiner: Boadicea the Victorious Delicate: The Choice of First Lady Michelle Obama

Source: English and its Historical Development, Part 5: The great bronze statue of Boudicca was commissioned by Prince Albert (husband and consort of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1819-1861). It presents Boudicca in her war chariot (shown with scythes in the Persian fashion), together with her two daughters. The plinth (stone-block structure) upon which this statue rests is engraved with the words:

This statue by Thomas Thornycroft was presented to London by his son Sir John Isaac Thornycroft C.E. and placed here by the London County Council A.D. 1902.
Boadicea (Boudicca) Queen of the Iceni
Who died A.D. 61 after leading her people against the Roman invader.

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There's been a whole lot of buzz in perfumistaville regarding First Lady Michelle Obama's perfume choices, and of course, as a diehard fragrance lover, it's the one type of celeb gossip I'm interested in. Whether it's true or not that the famous people associated with these perfumes actually wear them (does the lovely French First Lady Carla Bruni really wear Versace Versus which she modelled for?), such little tidbits can enhance my own enjoyment of perfume, or at least get my curiosity piqued. Perfume appreciation, as with all things arts-related, is largely imaginative, after all. Mrs. Obama is reported to have been presented by the illustrious House of Creed with their newest launch called Acqua Fiorentina. She is notoriously a lover of another Creed named Love in White, which was previously presented to former First Lady Laura Bush. All of this follows the big perfumista news, that Mrs. Obama had bought not one, but three, fragrances by a new London-based line called Boadicea the Victorious. Her choices according to various sources are: Noble, Divine and Delicate - all perfume names that could easily reflect the ideal character of a First Lady. My review today will focus on Boadicea the Victorious Delicate (2008), so far my favorite of the intriguing British line.

Although her perfume taste might seem floral and sweet, Love in White isn't a very sweet scent. Comparatively, Boadicea the Victorious Delicate is even less sweet, a crisp, breezy and classic Green Floral with prominent galbanum on a styrax base. At first sniff, I was instantly reminded of the great classic Pierre Balmain Vent Vert, and also of Estée Lauder Private Collection. This is a light, high-pitched composition, thus giving the impression of being delicate, but it has a sharp, bold bite, redolent of green leaves and woodsiness, without a whole lot of frilly frou frou floralcy, just a delicate, humble bouquet of spring flowers centered around hyacinths and lilies. Chic and well-groomed, it smells like it would go well with any one of her many smart career looks. Although it's a fairly streamlined scent structure, lovers of classic Aldehydics with Green Chypre nuances along the lines of Chanel No.19, Hermes Calèche or Oh! de London might give it a try as well. I haven't smelled the rest of the perfumes she's associated with, but Delicate is an elegant, even pristine, choice for a focused and dedicated no-nonsense woman with a quiet, introvertedly sentimental side.

The Celtic Patterned Silver bottle looks pretty appealing and substantial, too. (Image: