Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fragonard Émilie (and a review of the Fragonard Parfum Miniature Set)

Fragonard Emilie is one of 10 fragrances in a Fragonard parfum miniature set that I got a few years back. It's been more than a few years, since some of the scents have been discontinued. Emilie is one that's still available on Fragonard's site. Here is the description on their site: "Emilie is a bewitching floral composition that blends sumptuous fragrances of rose and jasmine with a more delicate violet note, then wraps them in sandalwood and amber. A fragrance to treasure, in shades of pink and mauve."

Synesthesia aside, I can smell pink and mauve in Emilie, too, if they mean violets. I can smell the violet but it's as delicate as the description on their web site suggests. It's a classically flowery, romantic scent with a good balance between fey and sweet notes, the composition not quite Floral Oriental but leaning that way while being distinctly Floral. I think it's a lovely choice for Valentine's Day.

Here are some brief impressions of the other scents in this set:

Fragonard de Fragonard is the house signature Floral. It's a voluptuous but fresh white floral bouquet with amber, and if I recall correctly, blackcurrant bud as per Jan Moran (Fabulous Fragrances). Brooke Shields is known to have loved this scent. It reminds me of some of the most beautiful Floral perfumes of the 1980s, namely Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle and Gianfranco Ferre. Tuberose and jasmine are the starring notes in this perfume composition for confident, independent women. (Edited to add: I just dawned on me which '80s perfume it most reminds me of: Sung by Alfred Sung!)

Dahlia is a discontinued scent, but it's a beautiful fresh Floral along the lines of Diptyque Ofresia and Floris Seringa. It leans Green; it is cool, crisp and clean, very much a fresh-cut-flowers type scent.

Eau Fantasque smells like lavender to me, even though it's not a listed note. It smells a bit sweet but it's mostly cool and green, with an aqueous quality. I like this a lot, actually.

Étoile du Sud is the most aqueous out of the bunch. It reminds me of Floris Fleur: light and sporty.

Rêve Indien, the strongest scent in the set, is an Oriental fragrance with a smoky, incense-y character, reminiscent of Caswell-Massey Tricorn for Men which is reminiscent of Guerlain Shalimar. I smell lots of patchouli and vanilla, but not as much lemony bergamot as in the iconic Shalimar.

Arielle is strong, too, but it's a Floral, very much like Givenchy Amarige. Another confident white floral, I smell violet, tuberose and amber mostly. Used judiciously, it leaves a beautiful sillage.

Lune de Miel smells powdery and like peach fuzz skin to me, reminiscent of Boucheron Jaipur and Bvlgari pour Femme among many others with violet in the mix.

Capucine is the most powdery, like soapy baby powder, similar to the Balenciaga perfumes that came out a few years ago.

Mélodie is a white floral bouquet that reminds me of the original Lumiere by Rochas.

The parfum set is an ideal gift for the Floral lover, especially a fan of lighter, clean and soapy, non-perfumey fare such as Floris, Penhaligon's and Caswell-Massey colognes.

(Images from Fragrantica, Hampton Court, Gold Standard Hampers)