November 16, 2010
Perfume review: Narciso Rodriguez For Her eau de toilette
I am slightly turning into a perfume addict. Or at least I'm trying to, because I'm still very picky and find it really hard to find scents that I like.
A few weeks ago, I was at my local department store, and as I was paying for makeup bits I grabbed a tester bottle of this and found it smelled like lily, which is nice but not my type.
"I think this perfume would suit you perfectly" said the sales associate. (Based on what? Who knows?)
"I don't like florals that much" I said, to which she replied "oh but the drydown is much more woody". And so I left with a sample of Narciso Rodriguez for Her.
For Her is a floral woody musk. The fragrance is constructed around Egyptian musk to which were added rose and sandalwood. In the base notes, vanilla unites with amber and vetiver.
It is meant to be very modern and extremely feminine.
Now when I first sprayed this on, I was like "wow - too much". Too much presence, too much sensuality, at least for daytime. I happened to think it would be a perfect "3rd date" fragrance, if you know what I mean.
But then things didn't happen as expected. Floral notes? None - I could smell what evoked Lily for about 10 seconds before the musk invaded the space.
And then? No evolution. Hours after having applied, all I could smell was a lot of musk with a tad bit of rose. I didn't get the woody notes at all. Just a very very sweet oriental musky smell. Very clean, though, but way too sweet in my opinion.
Also, this didn't fade at all, this fragrance does last extremely well. Maybe at the end of the day it was a tiny bit cooler but still very powdery, musky and, hum, sweet.
In conclusion? I got sick of all that sweetness and felt a headache coming. I gladly went to take a shower at the end of my day, and scrubbed it away. And you know what? I could still smell it on my arm after that!
Another perfume fail for me.
However, if the description sounds like something right your alley, go ahead and try For Her, as it's a classic already and I'm sure it's a great evening fragrance on anybody less sensitive than me to strong fragrances.