Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sweet & Sensual: Narciso Rodriguez For Her

Part of the joy of an overabundance of perfume samples is gaining a better understanding of your own taste. Though I certainly don't profess to have a perfectly refined fragrance pallet, it's been exciting to learn more about various notes and to notice that I'm able to pick things up in various samples I try and fragrances I pick up at the counter and sniff. Another wonderful side effect of having so many samples is falling unexpectedly in love with a fragrance you never thought you'd like. In my case this unexpected love affair is with a quite popular fragrance, Narciso Rodriguez For Her. 

I've long eschewed fragrances such as For Her due to a prejudice against very sweet smelling perfumes. To each their own, but nothing sets me on edge more on my own skin than something along the lines of Aquloina's Pink Sugar. Ultra sweet fragrances simply do not mix well with my chemistry and natural scent, and I often find myself developing a headache ... not a good sign. I'd unfairly and prematurely assigned this label to Narciso Rodriguez For Her until a sample I received in my Man Repeller x Glossybox forced me to take another look. And guess what? I fell in love with the scent.

The perfume is described as follows: "The fragrant harmony of the musc [in For Her] expresses itself through three pulsations; honey flower, radiant amber, and tactile wood. This fragrant harmony develops gently and slowly, rounding out into the warm tones of sunkissed skin, dusted in a soft, velvety sensuality." Though the final result is indeed soft, innocent perfume it is musc that drives the sweetness in this fragrance rather than more candy coated notes. Along with musc, Rodriguez has paired notes of honey flower, orange blossom, vanilla and vetiver for a balanced floral, powdery scent that ticks all the right boxes for my tastes.

For Her is at once sophisticated feminine and innocent girly. Much like the packaging that I read as somewhat androgynous and a squared off black bottle (even the eau de parfum housed in a pink bottle is quite squared off and reads like a cologne), this grown up and girly. flowery and powdery, masculine and feminine fragrance is a paradox. And I love it. 

Given the burgeoning size of my perfume collection, I almost always opt for the smallest bottle possible when given the opportunity. Narciso Rodriguez For Her is available in 1 oz (USD $50), 1.6 oz (USD $77) and 3.3 oz (USD $104) offering a lovely range of sizes to choose from. I selected the smallest bottle, and was pleased to discover that the diminutive size didn't force me to sacrifice on style. The 1 oz bottle of For Her is as sleek as its larger counterparts.

Have you ever unexpectedly fallen in love with a fragrance you thought you wouldn't like? What are your thoughts on Narciso Rodriguez For Her?