Friday, August 12, 2011

Creed White Flowers

Why, this is a rather costly bottle of Givenchy Fleur d'Interdit. I certainly won't need them both, but I'm a Creed lover and think this smells very pleasant, like fresh, cool melons (or watermelon) over a dainty white floral bouquet. It doesn't skimp on the sweetness, which is a relief, because their Fleurs de Gardenia was too austere to really enjoy...sometimes I think the austerity measures that have gripped the world have been embodied by recent perfume launches (I'm thinking of you, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, Hermes Kelly Caleche and Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte...the Chanel greens have become increasingly sour and sharp since Chance Eau Fraîche). I know there are fans of them all, particularly in the perfume blogosphere where taste runs toward the bitter. It is a perfume's right to be austere, but a perfume doesn't have be so austere most people find it unwearable - unless it's prepared to find itself discounted to half price and sold through the secondary market within the first year of its launch.

At first glance and from this angle, that handsome cabochon style bottle cap is most Jicky parfum-like! Jicky's famous flacon (the current bottle dates from 1908 according to Perfume Legends by Michael Edwards) designed by Gabriel Guerlain and modified by Baccarat in 1947 was inspired by a 19th-century medicine jar and a champagne cork. Creed's bottle is also noteworthy, and may in fact become legendary; according to Creed ( "A Royal Exclusive, White Flowers is offered in a hand blown Pochet glass bottle etched with CREED's crest." It's a lovely choice for your New York wedding.

(Image: Creed White Flowers)