PERFUME: The Phoenix At Midday
AVAILABILITY: BPAL Anniversary 2011
OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION: The blazing fires of nona hora: blood orange, mimosa, gingergrass, golden amber, saffron, tonka absolute, pomegranate, neroli, and bourbon geranium. This Phoenix embodies vitality, ferocity, determination, passion, and strength of will.
I wore this today because I had a job interview and I really needed determination and strength of will. Not that it was my dream job but anyway. The funny thing is that when I arrived to the office for the interview I never entered… It was in a neighbour with a very bad reputation and even if it was only 2 o’clock in the afternoon I was feeling so uncomfortable I decided to leave…. I could see only prostitutes, “red light” houses and junkies around me. Well, I am so glad I am home!
FROM THE DECANT/BOTTLE: Red musk isn’t listed but I think I can smell it here. As well with the bourbon geranium (and lately I love that note!) and the Neroli. It’s very complex and every time I put the decant close to my nose I smell something else.
WET ON SKIN: This is a red colored oil by the way, very pretty! Wet in my wrist is very juicy blood oranges and gingergrass. I continue to smell bourbon geranium.
It’s a citrusy blend but not a tart or a fresh one. The amber, the saffron and the tonka make this richer and they give another dimension to the fruits.
The floral notes here are very faint except from the bourbon geranium.
DRY DOWN: Pomegranate and oranges. I am getting the light spice from the saffron and a hint of tonka. It stays that way for hours.