L’Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa is a beautiful light and feminine fragrance that is perfect for flirty spring days and hot summer nights. L’Artisan Parfumeur describes the scent:

A reminder of weekends spent at the Riviera, the perfume carries you away to the elegant shores of Cote d’Azur…Imagine the blossoming trees, the cool sea breeze, the elegant and leisurely way of life – bottled in Mimosa Pour Moi! The true mimosa soliflore, the fragrance embodies this heavenly aroma: from the flowers to the leaves to the stems. Fresh and softly-green, the scent is forever changing on the skin, every second revealing a new, silky-smooth aspect. Radiant and happy, Mimosa Pour Moi is eternal spring

Well, I have never spent weekends at the Riviera but I have lots of experience with beautiful pink mimosa trees. My pa is a bit of a gardener and loved these trees even though most individuals find them to be a nuisance. They grow so quickly and suffocate most other growth, but they are so beautiful and special. The tree added a much needed exotic flair to our Southern lives. I mean what other tree can you touch and it responds. My cousins and I spent summers climbing in those things and picking the flowers. The scent of the flowers was so light but I remember them. L’Artisan Parfumeur has managed to once again to “imagine” a scent the way I want to remember it. The initial spritz is green and fresh, resembling the leaves on the mimosa. It is crisp like violet leaves and “green”. It becomes a little fruity but not syrupy or overly sweet like most fruity fragrances on the market. It has blackcurrant buds which add a sweet tartness. I love the dry down of this fragrance. It becomes soft and “fluffy” and smells like the visual appeal of a mimosa flower. It is “fuzzy”, soft and oh so femme. It is powdery in the most sophisticated of ways. It is light and still green but posh and classy. It has a hint of “candied” violets, musk, super subtle and not so sweet vanilla. I feel a hint of violet root and warm wood. However, it is far from heavy and is just as lightweight and airy as a mimosa blossom. It is a very well composed flirty and feminine scent. I’d love to add this to my fragrance collection since I really have nothing like it. It brings back memories. I see myself as a young barefoot girl climbing mimosa trees in the humid summer, I’d even read books in the trees. I see it fresh, innocent and child like just like the initial spritz of this fragrance. However, this fragrance evolves and grows up and becomes complicated just like the barefoot little girl. It is a pleasant scent that I appreciate. I may not be as sophisticated as the final dry down of this fragrance, but I can still get there with some time.

It retails for $95 for the 50 ml, $135 for the 100 ml, the small candle is $20 and the large candle is $50. They can be purchased at barneys.com or L’Artisan’s Parfumeur’s website.

I thought I’d give i Profumi di Firenze Fiori del Cielo a try. I wasn’t wowed nor did I despise it. With a name like “Flowers From Heaven” you really expect a whole lot. This is where they shot themselves in the foot in my opinion. These are hand crafted from Italian tradition. It is supposed to represent a lovely spring bouquet of iris, narcissus, anemone, and cyclamen. It is inspired by “the natural beauty of Florence”. I love iris fragrances. I really do like this fragrance. I was wanting to love it but I’m not there. It has the crispness of iris in the initial spritz. It is fresh and green but almost aquatic at times. So it does have a fresh rain element. Which is nice because it is trying to resemble Florence’s flowers after the rain. The scent is a very updated scent of classic iris based fragrances. It is crisp and almost grape like at times. I love the smell until is dries down. It just doesn’t work for me. It starts to smell like dried flowers and not like the crisp notes that were there before. I also felt like this one didn’t last on me. It only lasted a few hours before I grew numb to it. It isn’t a horrible fragrance and it is worth testing. I think I am going to test it again. It just isn’t something that I keep sniffing because I love it so much and it isn’t living up to the “Flowers From Heaven” name. But it does smell expensive and not “cheap”. I’ll give it another shot maybe when the weather warms up. Maybe I’ll love it in the spring. I’ve been stuck in the snow for a week. You would think any floral would “wow” my mind when I have cabin fever and a longing for spring.

It retails for $89 for 50 ml and is available at beautyhabit.com and barneys.com.

I have been in a “figgy” mood lately and have been on a search for the most perfect fig scents. Maybe I am a little homesick thinking of huge ripe green figs hitting the ground to land on the hot red Georgia soil. I am a fig nut. I love them. The thing I am finding out about fig fragrances are that they are more of a “fantasy” scent made by perfumers. Which is fine with me if it doesn’t smell just like a fresh fig. I find myself liking the fig “idea” and the aroma that perfume manufactures have made based on the overall interpretation of fig.

I think that L’Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier is gorgeous. It is what I was looking for. It’s like my homesickness, it is actually prettier than the fig itself. I miss the “idea” of the South, not actually the South. When I smell Premier Figuier it is beautiful, more so than the actual figs that I bought at the store. The company describes their scent as “conjuring up an image of the entire tree.” And it succeeds. The initial spritz is fresh, green, leafy. It is playing in the trees when their is no fruit present. Then the fruit happens and it ripens. The fruit is thick, milky and ready to eat. It smells rich but still green. The middle notes are the harvest. It is “heavy” like a ripe fig ready to hit the ground. It is made more robust by almond milk and a hint of milky coconut water. Making it the harvest, grilled figs or fig jam. Finally, it dries down to a woodsy, earthy scent with enough fig to make it special. It is the cooler months when there is nothing on the tree but the bark. It feels warm and inviting even though there isn’t anything there to make it special. You just know that it is. It is warmed by sandalwood and it wears closely to the skin. It feels like it is apart of you, like the memories of playing barefoot in the fig trees. It is an eau de toilette and wears for about 4/5 hours. I love it. It brings back the memories that I needed without actually being my memories. It is more romantic than being in the hot Georgia sun being attacked by fire ants and living in the Projects. It is the romantic view that my memory needs. This is a very special fragrance. It is fresh, rich, sweet and woodsy. I feel like it was made for me. The L’Artisan Parfumeur website states:

“Why Premier ? Because it is the very first perfume based on the fig theme! Green like its sweet-smelling leaves, milky like the sap of the tree, fruity like the soft flesh of the fig; woody like its branches and trunk…It is unique as it conjures up an image of the entire tree. As surprising as a first kiss, as caressing as shadows on a bright, sunny day, Premier Figuier has captured, in its bottle, a whole host of summer memories… exactly under the fig tree!”

It is so true, that is an excellent description that I can’t beat. It is all of my summer memories of childhood. It is a “fig”. I really need this scent. The 50 ml retails for $95 and the larger 100 ml for $135. The soap goes for $18, body cream is $65, shower gel is $45, and the large candle is $60 and the small candle is $20. You can get it at barneys.com or artisanparfumeur.com.

Summer memories

Summer memories