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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Perfume Review: Theo Fennell

Beauty and the beast, elegance and skank- that is Theo Fennell's scent. Created by Christophe Laudamiel, the master of oddness...the kind of oddness that is hard to pinpoint and describe, Theo Fennell's perfume wraps shamelessly animalic notes in an exquisite organza veil of rose, orchid and lily petals delicately spiced with saffron.

The beginning is fairly shocking: it is the smell of clean sweat, sex-right-after-a-shower kind of smell, fresh and dirty and compelling. The musky, cumin-y accord begins to subside as flowers emerge, lush, slightly powdery, piquant and softened by a nice dose of vanilla and sandalwood. From then on, skank plays hide and seek, a faun cavorting in rose bushes, now you see him now you don't. This animalic warmth adds to Theo Fennel an additional layer of richness, lending this modern composition a certain old-fashioned quality...and when I say, old-fashioned, I have in mind the classic grand perfumes of the golden era of perfumery: their extravagantly rich and obscenely dirty bases, their luxurious sillages...Refined, sensual, quirky, the perfume is stunning. I also admire the way in which the perfumer tied the scent to the brand. The fragrance will go perfectly with skulls made out of 18k gold and diamonds.

Available at theofennell.com, £68.00-£1,775.00

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Красиво ) Духи-антитеза?

9:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Действительно, антитеза :-)

9:38 PM EDT  
Blogger T said...

I emailed you a question. Let me know what you think. :)

10:10 PM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

I am so glad you get the beauty of this scent! I always knew it had immense potential, but on my skin there is no getting around the fact that what dominates is a stale - very, very stale - sweat note. I *live* for skank in scents, but this is seriously unpleasant on me. Not the sort of thing I could even conceive of wearing to leave the house - even just to get the mail. I don't think I've ever been defeated by a BO note in a scent before. So *why* must it happen w/ a scent I *know* could be so gorgeous?! Sob!

10:35 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

reads as gorgeous!

10:39 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

L
I of course believe that it behaves like that on you and yet it seems impossible to me :-) it is dirty but verrrrry refined on me. Skin chemistry!!

10:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Tom
I would be so curious to hear how it opens up on you. Because either your chemistru will it eat up the skank..or it will amplify it.

10:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Now THIS seems right up my alley - I have high hopes, as cumin stays pretty quiet on me. And did someone say lily and orchid?! Swoonworthy!

1:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Donna
Yep, I have high hope for this for you too :-)

6:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

T
I am not sure I got an email

6:38 AM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

What Elle, my fragrance twin, said. I admire this scent and it is lovely on some other people, but man! It is too, too ripe on me. As she said (waves to Elle) I'm not used to being defeated by a b.o. note -- this is like Femme x 10 on me. Beautiful packaging too.

10:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

Oh! Do want! What a gorgeous description... I shall have to try and see if it "out-skanks" me.

11:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Lord, girl! (fans self) You're in fine fettle this morning.

12:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

March
I can't believe you and L are such weaklings :-P

8:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

L
and let us know!

8:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

A
Heh heh :-)

8:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous minou2 said...

I love it when parfumeurs dare to shock. A good jolt is always appreciated ;-)

1:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

M,
I agree, but it has too be a good jolt, a plesant jolt.

1:58 PM EDT  

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