As some of you may have seen, The Dandy had a dashed lovely day out in the Park yesterday, well The Gardens to be precise and Kensington Gardens at that.
Thank you all to those 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 this week he presents some 25 scents to go with those same scenes…
Certain folks may be beginning to believe that one has an unhealthy obsession with Yardley, the English purveyors of faux soliflores such as the nearly disappeared Narcissus.
So be it, but when a rich, earthy, vibrant and very realistic scent such as this is available at such a good price I will continue to crow about it with glee.
To be true, this is a humble daffodil and no neo-classical narcissus: a bright bold, orange-hearted and handsome thing.
But my way of thinking this fragrance is made all the better for that!
Water perfumes are so often so desperately dull, speaking nothing of the sensational fun of the stuff itself.
One only has to ponder those endless lines of blue aquatics (especially those targeted at the gents) to become overcome with a sense of ennui.
And yet, when The Dandy, thinks of water and fountains in particular three things take his fancy: the Louis and their Versailles, the far from boring Borgias and their Villa d’Este and the British and their Gin and its Tonic.
So there’s my excuse for setting out a case for this decadent spritz of misspent summer afternoons in spray form.
Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling is a quinine soaked cocktail of a scent that is guaranteed to intoxicate with its irrepressibly mischievious insousiance.
Perhaps a little the worse for wear on account of that Sling, The Dandy can’t help but imagine that this young thing is trying to catch a few rays to eradicate that “pale and interesting look” she’s sporting.
“Heresy!” I hear you cry to describe a sculpture such… well here’s another: not a serious scent at all but a “beauty product”.
Whilst obviously not a patch on its magnificent namesake, Guerlain’s Terracotta Sous le Vent is about as fabulously fragrant as a moisturising mist might ever hope to be.
The weather may not yet be warm enough to prends un bain de soleil, but if you feel like a glow all year round you could do worse than this perfumed water variously described as having a note of tiare flower, orange blossom and jasmine.
Light, airy and aerating this is an energising floral fillip for anyone struggling to shift change of season sluggishness and swing into Spring.
4. Tulips and Hyacinths
A tough assignment this, for as many of you have pointed out a true hyacinth aroma is hard to find.
Tougher still is the tulip, though one of The Dandy‘s very most favoured flowers on account of its shapely appearance, it has a scent that is evasive to the point of non existent, though a few perfumers have attempted to capture the concept at least.
So what to do by way of solution? Why a bouquet of course!!
Whilst Floris Edwardian Bouquet may lead with jasmine, hyacinth is high in the mix and there’s even a little oakmoss to add a brisk and breezy edge.
All in all this wonderfully composed water is an elegantly restrained exercise in self-effacing English luxury, and a worthy addition to any Spring wardrobe.
5. Green Leaves
“Why!?!” I hear you exclaim, “Norell by Norell could quite easily have been your hyacinth dear Dandy“.
And so it could… but for all its top note florals, almost no scent is as gregariously green as the original Norell.
To The Dandy, it is a sparking emerald among the jewels of perfumery.
However, I will not wax too lyrical at this time about the virtues of this galbanum-laden gem, for there is more to come very soon on this same scent…
So a first five fragrances to follow on from those photographs.
Twenty more to come ‘twixt now and Friday!!
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 would be gratefully received.
The Perfumed Dandy.