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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Nouveau Paris Blue Diamond: Perfume Review

Nouveau Paris is a four year old fragrance line which already offers over a dozen scents, divided into the Les Fleurs collection for women and Dumann for men. Wearers are encouraged to layer most of the perfumes "to adjust their scent according to their changing moods and lifestyle." I am not big on layering, being a) too lazy and b) in a possession of too many bottles anyway enough fragrances to be able to capture my moodswings. That is not to say that once in a while it does not happen that no single perfume quite hits the spot; I am very fond of the Messe de Minuit + Yatagan combo upon which I stumbled on a day when nothing in my scent wardrobe fitted the melancholy bloodthirstiness of the moment.

To make the long story short, among their fourteen scents, I was most interested to try Nouveau's Blue Diamond, the fragrance advised to be worn on its own. It also includes a plum note, and I adore plum in perfume. If you like it too, then you would be pleased to smell quite a lot of it in Blue Diamond. The honeyed juiciness of ripe plums stays present on my skin from start to finish, its sweetness complimented by a nectarous rose and balanced by a fresher, drier floral accord that might include jasmine. I like the uncomplicated smoothness of the scent; the sweetness of the fruit is not excessive, the floral accord is not overwhelming... "Mellifluous" is the word that comes to mind when I think of Blue Diamond. A good scent match for a mood "to be Grace Kelly", charming, feminine and poised. Which, you might be surprised to hear, visits me almost as often as the murderous mood of MdeM+Yatagan.

Do you like to layer fragrances? Any favorite combinations? Do share!

Blue Diamond is available at, $55.00-$85.00.

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Blogger Flora said...

Oh,Marina - Once I stopped laughing uncontrollably over the idea of Yatagan and Messe de Minuit together, AND also understanding perfectly well WHY you did it, I decided that Blue Diamond sounds wonderful! :-D

I love a good plum scent too, especially if it's not all sugared up with too much other stuff and you can really smell the essence of the fruit.

Speaking of sweet, I like to try sweet floral perfumes layered with Lonestar Memories - something magical happens when smoke and leather meet girly roses.... ;-)

1:28 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

En Avion and Tabac Blond!

2:36 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an utterly lovely photograph with which to illustrate the "charming, feminine and poised" feeling. Wishing you many more of those days. - Emma

7:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

:-))) Lilybp could vouch that those two really do go well together. Not very crowd-friendly, I guess, that kind mood one doesn't care :-)

Leather and flowers- LOVE that combo.

7:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

What a striking combo! Very chic.

7:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you so much! :-)

7:58 AM EDT  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

I don't usually bother layering, either, but lately I've been playing wit a Tubey Crim/Ambre Sultan combo. Still working on the proportions, but I think I'm onto something -- I think it's the same impulse that leads Flora to combine florals with Lonestar Memories.

9:02 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Wow, what a combo! Powerful but, undoubtedly, gorgeous.

9:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually don't layer because I'm not very creative in that respect and hate the idea of wasting precious juice on errors. That being said, I will layer Jo Malones because I've been guided here :-)

I've never heard of Nouveau Paris but it sounds like more smart marketing, in the same vein as JM, enabling you to buy scents meant for layering; hence, buy many bottles!

This Blue Diamond sounds deeeeeeeelicious! Plum is so hot right now.....cue Natori edp.

Thanks for a delightful review,

9:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Marina, it is sooooooooooooooo vilikalebna (a word my Russian Granma was fond of integrating into her elegant Spanish) to get a 'chic' from you!

9:18 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Yep :-)
I think plum is the Whatever the last fashionable fruit was :-)

9:21 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

So we share some roots? :-)

9:22 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Meaning vilikolepno, but with my Spanish ear...
And I was vain, because I only told of the layering that really worked, and omitted all failures. The weird skank of mixing soliflores, for instance. Offending Serge Lutens by alternating Cedre and Chypre Rouge. But the Messe de Minuit and Yatagan: hard to beat. :->

9:27 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I wonder what's SL's take on layering and mixing.

9:30 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Spiritually, it is obvious, with your Neruda and my Akhmatova...:->
Sadly, I don't "know" Russian, but she gave me such gifts, uniquely Russian: the incredible sense of poetry, the sharp understanding of prose, the depth of feeling for landscape and its seasons, and her romantic perception of everything. Well, still, she was a Jew, but although she learnt to read and write the best Spanish possible, and "had" Yidish and French, she read Russian all along, and (being of her generation)used to recite Pushkin, Lermontov, Tsvetaeva...while preparing black grape "varenye".

9:32 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think SL does the layering in his mind, then produces a fragrance. Isn't Gris Clair the obvious result of layering? Surely, being such a genious, he would admit, secretely, to any experimentation.

9:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Those kinds of roots are the most...what is the word I am looking for? other words, it is often that we speak "the same language" with someone who shares the same tastes and interests, then with someone who is like us in any sociological sense. How do I ramble on! :-)

9:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Secretly, probably, he would :-) I agree, GC and Encense et Lavande too.

9:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

The man I admire most in this world is an English scholar who converted from Church of England to Russian Orthodox...I went with him to the Orthodox Church in Copenhagen...How could I ever think I could understand Dostoyevski without having seen the moment when the faithful kiss those striking icons. Bakhtin? Brodsky? Tolstoi without the splendour of the priest coming out from the hidden altar? Russia is capable of such emotional power. And elegance. A treasurable source.

9:47 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Ah! Music to my ears!! :-) Thank you, Fabiana :-)

9:48 AM EDT  
Anonymous lilacskin said...

shiseido white rose + vent vert...a happy accident that has carried me through many a sweltering day. and god luv russian grandmas! just stocked upon borscht yesterday, simply because i had some extra sour creme in the fridge...

11:38 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Do you have one too, a Russian grandma? :-) Your layering combo sounds wonderful.

11:40 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Plum! As always, a clarion call for me in scents. Blue Diamond really does sound fab.
I don't layer nearly as much as I used to - too lazy these days. But my fave layering combos involve rose or violet scents w/ incense or woods. Recently I also started layering SL FdO w/ L'Artisan's Ambre. Oh, and yesterday we had our first day of cool weather, so I layered Tea for Two w/ Mechant Loup. Today I'm wearing Santal Noble and later I think I'll add on some Agraria Bitter Orange or MPG's Secret Melange - again to reflect this early fall feel in the air. My strangest layering combo is YSL Y parfum w/ Yosh's Trompeur. Oh, and I enjoy a touch of Chergui w/ Temperare 3.

2:23 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

Plum with nectarous rose sounds great!

LOL at melancholy bloodthirstiness- I know exactly what you mean!!

As for layering- I usually don't layer one perfume over another (I think, used to do that, but for some reason, don't anymore). BUT I wear one perfume on one arm and another on another arm, so I can be entertained while at work. I have also been known to have different scents on different parts of my arm, again for entertainment (and no- I was not testing samples). My current favourite is- Diorissimo on one half of my wrist and Andy Warhol Silver factory on the other half. As with food, I find this pairing of salty and sweet very satisfying..:)

Any other recs for salty incense scents?

4:56 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I forgot what a genius layerer you are! You make me want to start experimenting.

8:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I imagine Diorissimo both freshens it up and provides an interesting contrast with the resinous sweetness of the Factory,

8:44 PM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

I've been experimenting a bit lately, although I don't really know what I'm doing;-) However, I have had some success in pairing Tam Dao with EL Jasmine Moss and AG Chevrefeuille. The Tam Dao seems to soften the edges on these two - which suits my mood as the weather's been cooler lately and I don't seem to need quite as much crispness.

9:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I imagine the soft sandalwood of TD works wonderfully well with florals.

9:09 AM EDT  
Anonymous dissed said...

"Melancholy bloodthirstiness." Perfect. Must remember.

8:49 AM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

I tried this line and unfortunately none of the ones i tried seem to last very long. I purchased Feral Forest and Moonlight Dusk and tried some samples of the others. Unfortunately i will have to give this line the thumbs down, but must say their packaging is pretty. Maybe its my nose.

9:15 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Layering has been the way I've gotten through this doldrums stage, where nothing really works--I amplify weird aspects, and everything smells like mildew after half an hour.

I love body creams (I live in a dry climate), so I find that mixing a body cream with a different fragrance can work wonders. My latest has been Chanel's Crystall Vert sprayed on Fresh's nectarine lotion. I'm sure I'll be struck my lightning, but it keeps the musk from mildewing.

The fugitive Ananas Fizz stays in place over JM Mandarin/Basil cream.

And I will (gasp!) spritz Divine Balkis on L'Eau D'Hiver cream. Sacrilege! Wonderful!

12:13 AM EDT  

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