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

 

Chanel Jersey Makes Lavender Perfume Sexy

Chanel Jersey Makes Lavender Perfume Sexy

 

Chanel’s lastest offering in their Exclusive line is the lavender based Jersey. It was released to mixed reviews, but, luckily I know I have to judge things for myself so I still really wanted to check it out, given my mad love for Chanel perfumes. Chanel Jersey is named after the ubiquitous fabric Chanel took from menswear and make accessible for women, and the perfume Jersey takes the scent lavender, almost always used in men’s colognes, and adds a feminine touch. Chanel’s website says Jersey is meant to be evocative of a meadow lush with lavender. Well, doesn’t that sound beautiful! The notes are given as lavender, vanilla and musk. I think I detect a powdery iris in there somewhere, and perhaps a warm wood in the base, but that could be tonka. By “think I detect” I mean that this scent is so soft & delicate, no one note jumps out at you.

Lavender fields in Provence, France

On first sniff I thought “pretty!”. Then, as it dried down I thought “too sweet!” then “too powdery”! I thought why would I buy Chanel for a simple powdery lavender scent? But, as is often my wont, I had a turnaround. I have been know to hate a perfume on first sniff, only to later love it more than anything. So I never really say never with regards to perfume. Hours after applying the Jersey, the scent left behind was a delicate, warm, cuddly and cozy skin scent. It had a little something of the Guerlain warmth that I love so much in it, that warm skin smell that is very hard to describe without actually smelling it. So I thought, well, I will re-test and see what I think on subsequent wearings.

Lavender honey ice cream

Well, turns out I like it. It is pretty, soft and clean smelling. There is a snuggly aspect that works even in warmer weather, likely due to the cooling & calming lavender notes. The musk/tonka combination adds a sweetness to the dry down that is sweet & enticing on the skin. It has a lovely spa effect, which I suppose one might expect from lavender. If you like soft elegant perfumes and you like lavender, I recommend you add Chanel Jersey to your sniff list. Verdict? Love.

EDITED March 9, 2013: bought it. After wearing my samples down to the last drops, I knew I had to have it. The sweet vanilla musk in the base of Chanel Jersey is actually the sexiest skin scent evah. Sigh.



Chanel Jersey is an Exclusive perfume, available at Chanel Boutiques and their website.