In 1979, French fashion house Balmain launched an iconic chypre perfume for women named Ivoire. In 2012, Balmain (led by a new young Creative Director Olivier Rousteing) sought to reinvent and reinterpret Ivoire for a new age. In doing so, they created this pretty feminine floral chypre which feels both modern and timeless, and tips it's hat to the house's rich perfume traditions.
Ivoire opens with notes of violet leaf, mandarin and galbanum, which usher in a dense floral heart of iris, ylang-ylang, jasmine and rose. The scent feels pretty and youthful and full of chaste promise. A warmer, earthier foundation of vetiver and cedar is wrapped in swathes of lip-smacking patchouli and vanilla.
It is hard to find fault in Balmain's Ivoire, particularly when it's overall feel is clean, delicate and sensuous. The perfect scent for work wear, daytime use, or on hot summer nights.
In fragrance circles, there is little known or spoken of with regard to the history of S.T Dupont. Perhaps best known nowadays for their iconic pens and lighters, the French luxury house S.T Dupont was founded in 1872. It was only in 2003, the brand experienced somewhat of a revival where they sought to produce luxury items that stood at the crossroads between tradition and innovation. In a marriage between tradition and glamour, in 2006 S.T Dupont launched S.T Dupont Blanc - a feminine scent, packaged in a striking alabaster-white glass flacon carrying the faceted Diamond head motif.
Blanc opens with a wonderfully bright jet of tangerine and white nectarine which both feel summery and warm... its top notes flit over a richer floral heart of white blossoms... tuberose, lily-of-the-valley, orange blossom and white rose; all of which lend a sense of a summery walled english garden. These notes dance over a parched base of white amber, heliotrope and white musk. It is resolutely feminine and effervescent, and brimming with joyfulness.
Blanc is an above-average scent, with above-average persistence. I feel it is very fitting for daytime use or for evening excursions. It is as vivid and lively as the day itself: shimmery ponds prickling with light, and lush well-kept gardens brimming with beauty.
We're so excited to finally be able to introduce our first Pop-Up shop!
Our first brick-and-mortar location is located in the Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall in Garden City, New York for the holiday season. The 1,500-square-foot shop will offer close to 900 fragrances, including scents from Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Versace, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Perry Ellis, Cartier, Coach, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren and more for discounted prices. The store will also have iPads available for customers to read about fragrance notes and reviews.
Make sure that you stop by and see us this holiday season! We'd love to see you!