Fields of Fragrance The Perfumed Dandy’s Outside Spring Scents Part IV


Dearest All

As you may recall, The Dandy had a dashed lovely day out in the Park a couple of Sundays ago, well The Gardens to be precise and Kensington Gardens at that.

Today the weather is rather fine once more, so I thought it an apposite time to match up some more aromas with those visually arresting vistas.

Thank you once again to all of you who suggested some scents that might go with my humble snaps.

Perhaps the wisest proposal was that such sublime scenes of nature required no man made smell to assist them. Too true.

However, The Dandy was ever one to throw caution to the wind and so here we have the fourth installment of my “Outside Scents”.

Before we set out… just a thought, but today would seem to me to be a mighty fine day to take a turn around the Park with mama or memories of mama, don’t you think?

1. White Narcissus


The Dandy promises that he’s not on a commission from Caron!

But how, today of all days, could I leave off my list my most favourite daffodil perfume and my own Mother’s Day gift?

The full review is here for all to see. But to whet your appetites a little snippet….

Narcisse Noir is by turns a joyous evocation of youth, an erotic dance of courtship and a meditation on the meaning of the final curtain.”

“It is classical ballet made scent.”

2. Electric Green


This amazing foliage is everywhere in London at the moment, gracing ornamental gardens and wild woodland corners alike.

Could any of you be an absolute dear and let The Dandy know what it might be?

Whatever the genus, it has me reflecting that it resembles a 1930s idea of how gardens of the future might be furnished.

In the same vein Futur by Robert Piguet is an antique aromatic vision of what space age plants might smell like.

As crisp and clear and green as a laser beam, it also has nothing to do with any shrub or herb I’ve ever rubbed up against.

It is an other-worldy odour, utterly abstract and absolutely alluring in a rather aloof ‘higher intelligence’ sort of a way.

I shan’t say much more though as a review is coming up in the not too distant Futur

3. Topiary


It is of course still far too early for lavender to have come properly into flower.

So citing Andy Tauer‘s masterpiece 04: Reverie au Jardin may seem a little premature.

But in amongst the trimmed trees outside this Royal Palace The Dandy did in fact find his thoughts drifting off to day dreams and reveries.

In this pleasant half-woken state it came to me: this exquisite perfume has sandwiched between the purple pairing of lavender and iris a wonderfully shapely resinous coniferous note.

Indeed, taken as a whole the scent is just like sculpted nature, pure aromas are taken and with skill and care turned into a splendid example of olfactory art.

This is another one on which The Dandy has much more to say quite soon…

4. Round Pond


Carven‘s somewhat lost wonder Ma Griffe causes one to think always of water.

Not that it is an aquatic scent at all, there’s nothing so literal about the connection.

Instead, it has an aura of amorphous expansiveness about it that that H2O has too.

Sometimes as I wrote in my review of the fragrance, this eternal quality can hint at sadness…

“Ma Griffe is entirely sympathetic and strangely attractive in a solitary way”.

5. More Leaves


In a city as incessantly noisy as this one, our parks provide rare and welcome places of peace.

Silences by Jacomo is a scent that sets the scene quiet industriousness.

With its muguet yielding to forest glade green, it brings with it a sense of the sought for solitary that can create a oasis of calm in even the most turbulent of urban scenes.

In colder times, The Dandy‘s review mused on the mute quality of snow and the first frozen expressions of spring.

Now I find this perfume is the perfect accompaniment to the arboreal reawakenings of the season.

So, there we have the fourth tranche of scents following on from my photographs of a couple of weekends ago.

There are still five fragrant thoughts to match to photographs and I shall be sure to send them through this week!!

In the meantime, if you’d like to take a peek, why not spend a moment perusing the complete album of The Perfumed Dandy’s Sunday In The Park.

Any additional suggestions as to scents would be gratefully received.

Once again Happy Mother’s Day!!

Do at least consider a stroll, won’t you?

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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18 responses to “Fields of Fragrance The Perfumed Dandy’s Outside Spring Scents Part IV

  1. Not feeling crisp and clear as laser beam (yet, it’s coffee time on this side of the pond), more like a shrub at the moment – but Futur is sounding mighty… dandy! xox, V

    • Dearest V
      There is still time left in the day to become a human light sabre!
      I do adore the way that you are able to pick out my personal favourites amongst favourites despite my vain attempts to everything an equal crack of the whip!
      I do hope you are being treated royally today.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. Lilybelle

    I have no idea what that fascinating looking electric green plant is. I’d like to know, too, if you ever find out. I will give my vintage Narcisse Noir another try this evening, in honor of The Perfumed Dandy and the Perfumed Dandy’s Mother. It rejected me last time, but maybe the time of day was the reason. Perhaps it truly is a nocturnal fragrance and likes to sleep during the day. Not me, I’m an early bird so maybe it dislikes me on general principle! 🙂

    • Dearest Lily
      The Dandy has quizzed several floriculturally inclined friends as to the identity of this 22nd century oddity and drawn a blank. I am sure someone out there must know what it is.
      Interesting, a few people have mentioned a difficulty getting along with Narcisse Noir, a certain sharpness at the opening that never really goes away. Was it the same for you dear friend?
      There is a definite blast of orange and orange blossom, which can be overpowering. Yet on The Dandy it mellows into a deliciously earthy, creamy even floral with a citrus edge. Perhaps orange panacotta would be the nearest culinary comparison.
      Do let us know how you get on today… I do hope you’re not rejected again!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Lilybelle

        I like the opening blast, and the orange blossom orangeyness is perfection — I think it was the indolic jasmine that got to me last time (made me feel a little queasy first thing in the a.m.) but this evening it’s much, much better. I think some fragrances aren’t meant for me before noon. Warm regards, dear Dandy. ~~~L.

      • Dearest Lily
        The Dandy is beside himself.
        So pleased you returned to Narcisse and that you found that after noon she is entirely more agreeable… like rather a lot of folks I find!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Alice

    What a lovely list, I have enjoyed all the Outside Spring Scents series. Has Mr Dandy tried Weekend a Deauville? I am finding it goes very well with these fresh spring breezes!

    • Dearest Alice
      The Dandy hasn’t (officially) tried Partcia de Nicolai’s Weekend a Deauville, may I add it to the list of suggestions?
      Deauville and indeed the coast of Northern France holds an affection for The Dandy as we used to holiday there when I was a child, normally nearer le Touquet (Paris Plage).
      That coupled with Patricia’s heritage make this mini-break a most inviting suggestion.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Alice

        Oh please do add it to the list!
        I too love that part of France, I have done quite a bit of sailing there, so am particularly fond of some of the ports and coastal towns, and the long, empty beaches. The fragrance is excellent, I am sure you will enjoy it.
        kind regards

      • Why thank you Sarah-Alice!
        I have many happy memories of the ports there too as we would be dragged away from the lure of the casinos of the plage to head of to fish markets and in search of Normandy cheeses.
        Weekend a Deauville receives two votes then and makes it’s way towards the Hit Parade!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Miss Misty

    I showed the picture of this mysterious plant to a friend who is a passionate gardener. She said it looks like some kind of cypress spurge. It is called Wolfsmilch (wolves milk) in German – Wolves milk, I like that.
    And of course you know I love your choices for those wonderful pictures 🙂

    • Dearest Miss Misty
      I know you could be relied upon!
      Wolfsmilch. What a wonderful word. I can hear it, though you would laugh to hear me say it I’m sure!
      Now I shall go in search of a common or garden English name to see if we have a name for it even half as good!
      Thank you as always.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  5. There is plant recognition software which compares your digital photo to a database and then tells you all the information. Smithsonian has LeafSnap and iBoPlanet is in development. Understandably not all plants are on the database yet. I have sent the links to your email. Please let us know the name of the green plant that has appeared in England’s fields of green. Cypress spurge sounds like an educated guess.

    • Dearest Jordan
      Thank you so much for this kind thought an very educated recommendation.
      One feels The Dandy might be being a tad IT illiterate today, for e can find no trace of your electronic mail… I will go a-hunting once more come the morning and a fresh head on these wearied shoulders.
      Yours ever and with gratitude,
      The Perfumed Dandy

  6. Perfect pairings, Mr. Dandy!

  7. Lilybelle

    Cyprss Spurge or Wolfsmilch/Wolf’s Milk. I’m glad Miss Misty was able to help. The leaf recognition softward Jordan mentions sounds interesting. No need for pocket guides anymore, I suppose.

    • Dear Lily
      Doesn’t Jordan;s software sound fun… which reminds me, I must thank Mr River properly.
      However, I do not think The Dandy will ever fully dispense with pocket books of the i-Spy variety, they are such beautiful things apart from anything else!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

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