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Vivienne Westwood Boudoir - Bodice ripper supreme - September 21, 2012 New Fragrance Listing



Ladies....have you been feeling in need of attention lately? Did that recent Blue Moon inspire lustful fantasies? Does your bodice need ripping?

Well then, I have just the thing to make those fantasies come true, and it doesn't involve wishing on a star. It's also not 50 Shades of Grey, it's pink, and it's called Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood.

Boudoir is a floral chypre, and it is one powerful juice, even though it's pink*. Believe me, a single dab is all it takes, deftly applied to a strategic skin place. Pour the wine, turn up the tunes, wait thirty minutes for the dry-down, and let Madame Nature do her thing. You think I'm kidding, right? Read on...

Now, in case you don't know or have forgotten, Vivienne Westwood is a British designer who brought punk and New Wave into mainstream fashion. She's been a creative force since the early 1970's, she heavily influenced younger designers, such as Alexander McQueen, has been British Designer of the Year three times, and is now Dame Westwood, DBE, for her contribution to British industry. She's an opinionated, outspoken, quirky, intensely feminine, outrageously glamorous, one-of-a-kind successful Woman.

It follows, then, that Boudoir should be her first foray into fragrance, because it’s Vivienne in a bottle. Boudoir launched in1998, and from the first sniff was controversial. Sweet and skanky?... Trashy or classy? it or hate it? The perfume camps were divided. Nothing's changed since then, and it's still a great frag, classic, undated, but slightly misunderstood, I think.

First of all, I referred earlier to using a single dab (or a half-spritz). This is essential to enjoying this frag because Boudoir has monumental sillage. Never forget that. From the first micro-seconds on my skin, Boudoir is a floral avalanche, like a gigantic bouquet of ripe white fllowers showering me with their petals, with a few strands of orange zest in the mix. It smells sweet and incredibly fragrant, slightly old-school and proper at first, but when the rose pops out and mixes with iris and carnation, the aldehydes pull back and the floral accord softens, becoming spiced and powdery, powdery, and there I am, in my imaginary boudoir, swathed in fragrant silky satin, bathed in soft pink light, admiring my mirrored reflection, and ready for Looove......

And into the heart we go! (be aware that this frag takes time to soften and develop – you can’t rush it). Boudoir has a reputuation for its skanky naughty bits, but I don’t get a lot of up-close skank, I get a wink and a nod that something’s happened in this boudoir that’s turned up the heat, and made the atmosphere a little, ahem, close. The powdery white florals give off their indolic message, now with a hint of ambered honey, sweetly golden and slightly sweat-sharp. There’s dank earthiness from patchouli, and wifts of dark, sweet tobacco and vanilla (not listed). It’s all very lush and voluptuous.

The dry-down is endlessly wonderful – creamy sandalwood, soft powdery rose, white floral bouquet, with the sensual velvet purr of civet underneath. Its lingering waft feels warm, languorous, and oh-so feminine, and it lasts, and lasts, and lasts, and lasts...

Boudoir isn’t for the unexperienced, perfume-wise or any other wise. Its in–your-face glamour makes it a frag for special occasions, when the rules of civility are relaxed a little. Its flamboyance can be perceived as a kind of synthetic trashiness, which makes it hard to handle for some, but applied properly, in the right setting, and after it’s had the right amount of time to soften on your skin, there’s nothing like Boudoir.

Vivienne Westwood’s son, Joseph Corré, founded the British lingerie brand, Agent Provocateur – yes THAT lingerie line, which includes bodices in black leather, and lace. I wonder if Boudoir is sold in the Agent Provocateur stores? It should be.

Today we’re adding Boudoir to our Decant Store. Decants are $4.00.

*Note: In the bottle,the colour of the Boudoir juice is pink, which turns to an amber colour as it ages. If the bottle you buy is already an amber colour, you have an older version, which is truer to the original (it may even be an original bottle). Feel fortunate.

Thanks to M.A. in Toronto, who requested Boudoir, "a favourite from her wild youth". She receives a free decant of Boudoir - and it's amber colour!