Narciso Rodriguez is an American designer of Cuban heritage. His work is characterized by clean lines and forms expressed through a minimalist palette, an aesthetic that intimates beauty through its refreshing simplicity. (You might have caught me admiring the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2013 runway on last week's Friday Five
). I have a fondness for his line, having had a personal encounter with a gorgeous Narciso Rodriguez dress for the Allure Beauty Blogger photoshoot last year (see here
). Recently, Narciso Rodriguez for her Eau de Toilette
has been blipping on my perfume radar, so I thought I'd home in on this scent today.
There have been a number of Narciso Rodriguez for her
iterations, however the Eau de Toilette
version is the original, dating back to 2003/2004; it is often mentioned without the 'Eau de Toilette' qualifier. The Narciso Rodriguez for her
bottle is streamlined,
simple, and though not particularly creative, meshes well with the scent's character. The black Eau de Toilette
bottle hints at the bottom heavy fragrance
ads for the Eau de Toilette (see below) are a bit misleading, as a pink bottle is displayed at the forefront. The pink bottle is actually the newer, more floral Eau de Parfum
version (Think P
ink for P
|Notes: Honey flower, Solar Musk, Orange blossom, Osmanthus, Amberlyn, Vanilla, Tactile Musk, Tactile Woods, Vetiver |
In Narciso Rodriguez for her
, it seems as if someone has turned off the treble and amped up the bass. Most perfumes are fruits and flowers
accompanied by whispers of musk; Narciso Rodriguez for her
is a velvety musk accompanied by
whispers of flowers and fruits. For her
opens with a savory floral honey burst, followed by a rich tea scent with a drop of orange mixed in. After a pause, amber appears to tickle my nose and is subsequently replaced by a clean wood entangled with vetiver. At the end, I reach a gentle vanilla with a hint of amber remaining. Overall, the construction seems quite linear. All the elements (honey, tea, vanilla, amber) have a similar soft and radiant warmth. Each element fades in and out before the next, much like soft pulsations. And as mentioned, musk smooths over the entire scent; it starts out soft, then crescendos at the end. Musk is the most animalistic of base notes, however the musk in for her
has a synthetic feel which keeps the scent clean. Unfortunately, the final dry-down is a bit strong for me; the musk starts to have an unsavory plastic edge as it warms on my skin.
When I sniff Narciso Rodriguez for her
, I sometimes get a sense of déjà vu. Perhaps it's because the fragrance is essentially a personified version of a typical floral musk dry-down. However, Ari from Scents of Self
also mentioned to me on twitter that for her
is known to be quite similar to Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely.
The juxtaposition of heavy musk with pulsating honey, tea, amber, wood, and vanilla elements give Narciso Rodriguez for her
a warm, velvety, and confident touch. The streamlined simplicity of the scent reflects the brand well, however it could be called a bit monotonic (and you must like musk!). I can see how Narciso Rodriguez for her could be a signature scent. For me personally, it's a situational scent at best, as I'm prone to musk overdose and I'm fond of more vignettes in my fragrances. Thanks for reading! Have you tried Narciso Rodriguez? Is it a yea or nay? Do you like base-centric fragrances?
It was a head-on pretty but, slightly stuffy smell.ReplyDelete
It just stopped right there for me .
I could not imagine anything further.
One Nay .
Hi Anonymous, Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I can definitely see how the scent could be overwhelming!Delete
Dovey, you have a talent for writing perfume reviews, seriously! I think I have a sample somewhere here around and you really made me curious about the scent. Gotta dig that up now, hehe ^^.ReplyDelete
Hi Teri, Thank you for the sweet comment! I'd love to hear what you think if you do find your spritzer!Delete
I really don't like SJP Lovely but loved For Her when I had a sample years ago. I don't have one right now to sniff along, but I'd like to procure one to get to know it again. You're becoming such a pro at discerning scents! :)ReplyDelete
Hi Liz, Thanks so much for the nice note! I wish I could remember what SJP smelled like--- now I'm curious about which I'd prefer :)Delete
Oh! That's me! Thank you very much for the shout-out! I'm all about the bottom-heavy perfumes- many of my favorite notes are those typically found in drydowns, like amber, vanilla, or leather. NR for her is very sexy, I may be getting a rollerball now that I know that's an option!ReplyDelete
Hi Ari, Thanks so much for the comment (and tip)! Amber, vanilla, and leather sound wonderful alongside each other--- I need to try more leather based scents :-)Delete