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NARCISO EdP -Creamy and musky and seductive

NARCISO EdP bottle - narcisorodriguez.com

A new door opened into the world of contemporary perfume in 2003 with the launch of Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT. An unapologetic floral with an elegance that defies description, Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT is the chypre reinvented for modern tastes. With its rich musky waft, this new fragrance was aimed at a younger, more urban and affluent perfume consumer who probably didn’t even know she was seeking chic elegance, but who instantly “got it” and identified NRfh as a modern classic.

Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT is feminine flowers and amber with musky skin scents layered over masculine woods and grass with musky skin scents. Musk in its core results in beautiful depth yet a sensation of transparency. Chic and sensual and subtle. It’s not sex in a bottle, but the promise of sex in a bottle.

In 2014, Narsico Rodriguez launched NARCISO, an eau de parfum. “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head…” says the designer. To say he succeeded is, I think, an understatement. If NRfh is the promise of sex in a bottle, then NARCISO is seduction in a bottle.

Aurélian Guichard, who created the iconic Chinatown for Bond No.9 which we list in our Decant Store, was chosen by Rodriguez to create a scent that “embraces a modern femininity that’s both assertive and elusive”, a reflection of the Cuban–American designer’s couture aesthetic which is very spare but very elegant and impeccably tailored. Nothing is overstated or understated in a Narciso Rodriguez garment.

NARCISO starts with a creamy musky-floral accord that expands with ambery vanilla notes, and then deepens into a truly beautiful floral heart. Bulgarian rose layered with white gardenia expands the creamy sensation, adding sweetness and a disarming ultra-feminine warmth so that NARCISO begins to literally glow.

And this radiance builds as NARCISO dries down. Notes of aromatic cedar and distinctive green vetiver seep through the sweetness, considerably deepening and strengthening the feminine core. A complex mix of musk notes pulls the basenotes into a final accord that’s sultry and sensual, feminine and vulnerable but with an assertive power in its appeal. The power of seduction.

NARCISO EdP is Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT taken to the next level. Deeper richer warmer, it embraces the casual chic elegance of the original fragrance but makes it sexier, more powerful. Luca Turin in his new book with Tania Sanchez, PERFUMES THE GUIDE 2018, awards NARCISCO EdP 5 Five Stars, describing it as woody and creamy, and owning a tremendous radiance, just like NRfh, only better, “… the sort that sneaks up on you to fill the room effortlessly”.

Not flashy or overstated, NARCISO, in its perfectly elegant white-cube glass bottle with the nude-colour square cap, is a truly beautiful perfume that makes me feel effortlessly alluring and seductive every time I wear it. It’s a Five Star in my book, too.

NARCISO EdP is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.