Nuxe Prodigieux le Parfum – As Perfect As The Oil

Nuxe Prodigieux le Parfum – As Perfect As The Oil

I will start this by telling you I had a dear friend mule this perfume over from France for me- as far as I know it’s not available in North America. I’ve inquired with Nuxe but have heard nothing back yet- I will update this post if I do. Update: I have been informed that The New London Pharmacy in NYC carries this perfume! It is not on their website but if you aren’t in NYC and can’t pop in, just give them a call! It’s a terrific shop!

Anyways, if you are a fan of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, then you will love Nuxe Parfum le Prodigieux. They have reproduced the scent perfectly, right down to the soft scent of the oil itself. The base of the Huile Prodigieuse has an earthy musky scent- very very soft, but sexy- and the perfume has managed to capture that delicate scent along with the beautiful florals that we love so much. It’s interesting, as usually a perfume that smells amazing spawns the scented ancillary products that come after a successful perfume launch. Nuxe has been beloved by French women (and women around the world) because the oil is amazing and effective at moisturising hair and skin, and because it smells so damn good. It smells like gentle orange blossom and gardenia with only the softest undertones of coconut and vanilla. There are other notes mentioned but those are the ones that really count. Also interesting that the perfumer who worked on the scent for the Huile Prodigieuse is the same one who created Prodigeux le Parfum. It is so soft, gentle and smells as wonderful as the oil. And, like the oil it does not overwhelm and settles onto the skin like a ray of sun on the beach in France. Really. I would never lie to you.

Verdict? Love. I wish I could tell you it’s easier to get but as you probably know, the hunt is the best part, and we often desire most what is hardest to get our hands on. Here is a tip for you- this amazing woman, Suzan, has a business called Shop France, and for a modest fee, will bring back whatever delicious French goodies your heart desires. You’re welcome.

EDIT: You can buy Nuxe Parfum Prodigieuse in the United States! Just contact New London Pharmacy in New York City at  service@newlondonpharmacy.com or call them toll free (from within the US) at 1.800.941.0490  or outside the US at: 1.212.243.4987

 

Bobbi Brown Bath Perfume – Good Clean Fun

Bobbi Brown Bath Perfume – Good Clean Fun

I’m nothing if not a woman of broad tastes. I can appreciate vintage Guerlain Aprés L’Ondee parfum, swoon over it’s heartbreaking beauty while weeping over it’s unavailability while I watch bottles as rare as gems sell for many thousands on ebay. But, I am not a perfume snob, and I can appreciate something that makes my skin smell lovely, no matter what the price tag says. Which is both a good and a bad thing….

One of my favourite, easy, cheap and cheerful perfume is Bobbi Brown’s Bath. It is meant to evoke that squeaky clean feeling one has after the bath- obviously- and does a good of it. It’s chock full of soapy and wonderful orange blossom and neroli that blooms on the skin, with a gentle note of water hyacinth that adds a watery aspect. It is uncomplicated, like a simple cologne, and as easy to wear as a white t shirt. It is definitely a soapy perfume, and an unapologetic one at that. I would say this is pretty much Ivory soap, and I have always loved the scent of Ivory. Wet and warm freshly scrubbed skin, good clean fun…

This perfume is particularly lovely in extreme heat, as you have that just jumped out of the bath (or shower) feeling. And for a soapy cologne scent that does not cost the moon, I get amazing longevity from Bobbi Brown Bath- maybe 3-4 hours, even in the heat. It is perfect for daytime, and also lovely for a night out, maybe on a patio with a nice cool drink. This sweet little perfume has garnered me so many compliments when I wear it, one wonders if we really might be over thinking our perfumes. I’ve been stopped by strangers asking me what perfume I’m wearing. It makes me think of a line from one of my favourite movies, Amadeus, when Emperor Joseph II tells Mozart that his music “is quality work….there are simply too many notes”. 



I got mine at Murale  (it is available on their website) in Canada, and I have seen at the Bobbi Brown cosmetic counter recently as well. But I see that it is no longer on her website, and is “unavailable” on the Nordstrom site. Hm. Maybe it’s going to be discontinued? For the bargain $48 I paid, I may go buy another bottle as back up.