Just in time for Mother’s Day – and to anticipate WAG’s June garden issue – our area retailers are offering a bouquet of perfumes.
We’ll start with a favorite of mine that borders on obsession — Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris. Small wonder: “Perfumes: The Guide” (Viking), Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s idiosyncratic bible on fragrance, describes the intoxicating elixir as a “ rose composed of ionones, those wonderful materials that smell fruity, powdery and woody all at once….Buy it, but put it on at your peril.” Naturally, when I heard Saint Laurent has just introduced the limited edition Paris Premières Roses, I had to run over to Bloomie’s to get it. (Nordstrom sells it, too.) How to describe this deeper experience? If Paris is Joan Collins in Alexis Carrington Colby mode, Premières Roses is Joan Crawford in her heyday. Splash it on to feel at once feminine and empowered.