Friday, June 22, 2012

Creed Verveine Narcisse



"Narcissus or Narkissos (Greek: Νάρκισσος), possibly derived from ναρκη (narke) meaning "sleep, numbness," in Greek mythology was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. He was exceptionally proud, in that he disdained those who loved him." Narcissus (mythology)

Creed Verveine Narcisse was a limited edition fragrance by Creed. My source for the image, Basenotes.net, says it's in production, so either it's back (I haven't checked Creed's website), or it was still available to a select clientele; I had not seen it at any of the Creed counters but it's been a long while since I've visited one. Anyway, a sweet perfumista once sent me a sample of this scent, along with some other favorites of hers: Perry Ellis (original for Women) and Caron Montaigne. I'd say these are all characterized by full floral hearts and a smattering of gentle spices (Montaigne is the spiciest among them), with a well-rounded overall quality resting on a balance beam of softly wooded vanilla or amber.

Verveine Narcisse is firstly green; it's a green and bodacious White Floral similar to Perry Ellis but with a hesperidic character. Although the narcissus flower is a bright and sweet floral note (jonquil is another name for it), it smells to me more like a floral citrus than a citric floral, but such a symmetrical composition could swing to either side at any moment. Verveine is the fruit note that not-so-firmly plants it in the hesperides family. Compared to the somewhat sharp tone of many eaux de cologne, Verveine Narcisse is more punchy than sharp, at once bold and consistently smooth, like a cabochon gemstone as opposed to brilliant cut.