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AND THE WORLD IS YOURS – Insanely gorgeous and feminine

I love Fall. It the best time of year for a sensualist. 

Colour, smell, texture, sound, light, they all change dramatically in October as the lush growth of summer starts to wither and fade and fall back into the ground. 

My birthday is in October, and this year it landed on a picture-perfect day. Warm sun, cool breeze, blue blue sky, maple and sumac trees in yellow/red/orange luminous brilliance, fallen leaves rustling, squirrels chattering and scrambling up and down trees. We spent the afternoon outdoors, exploring walking trails and reconnecting with the natural world that is hidden in green pockets all over this huge city.

Disconnected from cell phones and crowds, surrounded by quiet and beauty, we pushed thought from our minds and relaxed into the moment, absorbing the life happening around us. We stole those few hours together, filling them with vivid memories I know we’ll revisit and share many times in the future. As fate would have it, I was wearing a new perfume that day, which will now forever replay as part of my birthday memories.

It’s called AND THE WORLD IS YOURS, a 2018 limited edition from A Lab on Fire, and it was created by Dominique Ropion. 

A word about  A Lab on Fire:

In 2011 I wrote about their first fragrance, L’Anonyme by Olivier Polge. A minimalist, almost spiritual kind of fragrance that can be worn by anyone, it was a huge success for the little niche company, a company which started with the premise of making glamorous high-quality perfumes and selling them for realistic prices – see Prices are higher now but still reasonable, and the line includes twelve fragrances, all created by top-notch noses. Note: ALOF announced it will re-launch L’Anonyme in Fall 2019.

Which brings me to Dominique Ropion:

Dominique Ropion creates perfumes in the classic style – lush, dense, elegant, feminine, all with sillage to die for as well as great staying power. They are perfumes that truly are worth every penny, since a single spritz is nearly always enough, a bottle lasts a long time. We own several of his fragrances for Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower,Géranium pour MonsieurUne Fleur de CassieVetiver Extraordinaire  - as well as the extraordinary Kenzo Jungle L’Éléphant, and Lalique Le Parfum

And The World is Yours, an extrait de parfum, is the newest Ropion classic. It’s based on neroli, the oil produced from the blossom of the bitter-orange tree. The scent of neroli is sweet, honeyed and somewhat metallic with green and spicy facets. Ropion has captured all of this orange blossom perfection, layering it with balsamics, florals and spices to make ATWY a spectacular fragrance.  It is alternately spicy, mouth-watering, sweet, honeyed, lush, creamy and billowy, airy and green with bottomless depth. It is feminine, chic, and sexy.

The opening is dense juicy orange with spicy green notes, an insanely big and gorgeous blast of neroli. It becomes defiantly seductive into the heart, warming into a golden honeyed accord of delicious orange blossom layered with creamy florals - spicy rose and heliotrope with its cherry almond facets - plus musky vanilla and tonka notes. Into the drydown, And The World is Yours becomes radiant, undeniably and sublimely feminine. After another hour or so, sandalwood and tolu balsam add a resinous quality that makes the fragrance feel airy and unrestrained, with no boundaries, endless. I woke the next morning with the addictive aroma still on my wrists, which made me smile.

And The world Is Yours was inspired by the iconic photograph of Faye Dunaway by the pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel, taken by famed English photographer Terry O’Neill the morning after she won the Oscar for her performance in Network. It shows her draped in a chair, exhausted, staring into the distance, surrounded by newspapers, still basking in the glow of her success, perhaps contemplating what comes next. Ropion's fragrance fully captures this poignant moment in her life.

And The World Is Yours is a spectacular fragrance. I’m so glad I chose to wear it on my birthday.

And The World is Yours is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $6.00 for 1 ml.

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