Thursday 12 March 2009
In Chandler Burr's book The Perfect Scent there is a description of a fragrance Sarah Jessica Parker blended herself which has always sounded tantalizingly sexy to me.
As perfume obsessives probably know it was supposedly a mix of Bonne Bell Musk, an oil from a street vendor in New York and the magical Commes De Garcon Avignon. Before reading this book it was about the last thing I would imagined SJP in but it seems she basically dislikes florals and loves dirty and incense scents.
Although this was the start of the idea for her hugely successful and I actually think excellent scent Lovely in the end it was decided it would be too risky and unusual for her first foray into the perfume market.
I have tried to create such a scent myself with limited success, in fact using musk oil, lovely and the CDG Avignon. I just felt that the combination wasn't really improving Avignon because it's such a good scent to start with (although actually it isn't at it's best on my skin- much to my dismay- but I am happy to spray it on clothes and on any men around me!).
SJP always seems to say she would like to revisit the idea of a more unisex, fuller and riskier scent but her subsequent perfumes haven’t ever really been anywhere near that first magical combination.
Now she and Coty have released the Lovely Collection- a trio of three scents Dawn, Endless and Twilight. Normally any kind of flanker has me yawning but I did read her saying that Twilight was something she had wanted to do for a long time, a more daring musk and my ears pricked up. Could this be the scent I have always wanted to try?
I am very sorry to say it isn't that scent. In fact bizarrely it smelt closer to her other scent Covet than Lovely to me. Admittedly I have had a cold but on the strip and on my skin it is extremely powdery- almost like talc! There is an undercurrent of something musk or incense based but it's totally overpowered by the powder.
It's a shame because I thought the Sarah Jessica Parker line started so well with Lovely, but nothing she has released since has been anywhere near so good.