Perfume Review: Estee Lauder / Tom Ford Azuree Body Oil
Azurée madness is sweeping my favorite perfume forum. Given that and the fact that Azurée got very positive response from people with most exquisite taste and the fact that almost every online store seems to be sold out and eBay offers the bottles of body oil spray at ridiculous prices…I had to have it. Unsniffed. At $28.50 for 100ml, the risk wasn’t huge, but it still shows how susceptible I am to hype and what a sucker I am for retro, azure-blue packaging.
Luckily for me, Azurée turned out to be lovely. Just like Ford promised, it smells of “white sand beaches, azure waters and sultry afternoons that go on forever.” It is an indolent scent, sensual in a lazy sort of way, the smell of beautiful, tanned people, pleasantly fatigued by the sun. The gardenias are languid and sweet, the coconut is creamy and dreamy, the orange blossom (faint as it is) is gently radiant…But there is more to Azurée than that laid-back sumptuousness, there is an unexpectedly woody accord there that saves it from being just a simple, pleasant but forgettable tropical/beachy creation. The accord I am talking about is the combination of vetiver, myrrh and sandalwood; it adds richness, subtle spiciness, a little earthiness, even some agreeable sharpness and quite a bit of character to this otherwise velvety-soft composition. At times, this woody accord has a strange undertone that makes me think, rather bizarrely, about the smell of dill. I find this little quirky aspect to be very appealing. I must add that I am not a big fan of oils, but in the case of Azurée, I actually like the fact that it is offered as oil. The soft texture, the fact that one has to rub it in (or even better, have someone tanned and beautiful rub it in for you) bring the sensuality and the warmth of the scent up a couple of notches.
Azuree Body Oil is sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, etc. Most places seem to be out of stock. I got my bottle at Dillard’s online, so that might be worth a check.
You can read my review of Tom Ford’s first creation for Estee Lauder, Youth Dew Ambre Nude, here.