Having grown up in the Soviet Union, I have always had difficulty perceiving carnations as interesting, let alone sexy flowers. For me they are quite firmly associated with May parades, funerals of General Secretaries and funerals and cemeteries in general. That bleak image has only recently started to dissipate with the help of such scents as the fiery Poivre and the exquisite, ladylike Oeillet Sauvage. Love by Sarah Horowitz-Thran is another scent that proved to me that it IS possible to wear a carnation-based perfume and not think of Brezhnev.
What I do think about (and am thankful for) when wearing Love is of being in a happy, warm relationship, the kind that is passionate but has lasted long enough for the two people to grow very comfortable with each other. Love is sensual, piquant but also very much of a comfort scent. It would go perfectly well with Agent Provocateur lingerie. It would feel just as great when worn on a lazy night in, watching reruns of the sitcom you both love, cuddling together on a sofa. The cloves in Love are red-hot and spicy, the roses are flirty and sweet, the amber is languid and warm and the vanilla is soft and fluffy. And all of these notes ornament carnations in the most romantic and sensual way and make them as far removed from the dreary and cold memories of forced patriotism, as actually possible.
Love is available at Barney’s, $95.00 for 1.7oz.