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L’Wren Scott


I bought L’Wren Scott, the fragrance by designer L’Wren Scott, in February 2014 at Barney’s in NYC. 
Its deliciously aromatic opening is an herbal spicy accord of wormwood (absinthe), star anise, coriander, and mandarin orange that’s like an invitation to a party. The absinthe and anise greet me at the door and let me know I’m in for a good time, and the coriander and mandarin sweep me along towards the floral heart of the fragrance, on the way introducing me with quick hugs-and-kisses to curry and cloves. Warm and inviting with a hint of the exotic….
When we enter the heart, the florals are the centre of attention. The fleshy drama queens, tuberose and jasmine, flanked by marigold and geranium with their sharp green aspect, create a creamy floral waft. Thick, soft, very slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla, the feminine florals are serenaded by the spice and green notes that continue to float around the edges. And in the base, patchouli, leather and musk, backed by amber and moss – the downtown crowd – arrive to mix in some sexual tension. The basenotes mix and merge, perfectly showcased and perfectly balanced, sharing the dance floor with the florals and spices. 
L’Wren Scott  was a successful model, and became an in-demand clothing designer whose aesthetic revealed both the demure and sexy aspects of women, especially her dresses, which she always showed with hat and gloves.  Proper on the outside, sensual on the inside. She had a classic old-world sense of how women should look, and that same sense transferred to her fragrance, hence the classic chypre. She knew exactly what she wanted before she started her perfume project, and design-directed right down to the last detail, such as the paper on the box (linen finish). 
L’Wren Scott, the fragrance, is aromatic, earthy, floral, musky and mossy but in a subdued way. Definitely wearable by both men and women, her fragrance has a familiar feel to it (the proper part) but also a mysterious exotic quality (the sensual part).  Exactly what she wanted, and a true pleasure to wear.
Notes: wormwood (absinthe), star anise, coriander, marigold and mandarin orange, tuberose, jasmine, geranium, curry tree and cloves; patchouli, leather, musk, amber and moss.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Ralf Schweiger
Read the November 7, 2014 pot about this fragrance here.

Price: $5.00