Friday, January 13, 2012

Fragrance Friday: Narciso Rodriguez For Her Review

Hey hey, look what's back! Fragrance Friday! Wherein I rant about perfume and nobody cares. Many posts in the series have been...less than flattering, not because I dislike perfume (to the contrary!), but because the random free sample vials I've reviewed are perhaps not the most quality of scents. My skin also reacts really strangely with perfumes, and scents turn dirty (not like, naughty, but actually smelling rotten) on me really easily. There are plenty of perfumes I like, though, and I'm happy to be able to add another to that list: today's featured perfume, Narciso Rodriguez For Her.
narciso rodriguez for her edt
Note: This review is for the eau de toilette version of this scent, but there is also an eau de parfum available. I haven't smelled it, so I don't know if the scent is any different (sometimes edt and edp versions of the same scent don't smell the same, beyond the difference in intensity).

Whenever I place a Sephora order, I always try and time it based on what the 100 point perk is and what the weekly promo codes are. This most recent order, I was unable to do either, since I had to get it in before the end of the year to qualify for VIB status (which I still haven't gotten, and ugh, I hope I don't have to fight with them over it), but I wasn't about to turn down free stuff, so I used the promo code NARCISO for a deluxe sample of his perfume. (I'm not sure if the code is still valid, but it's worth trying if you place an order in the next couple weeks!) I figured it would be 0.17 oz at the most, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw it was a 0.33 oz purse spray! I was even more excited when I tried it on and didn't hate it.

Narciso Rodriguez For Her (henceforth NRFH, or "nerf-ha") is described by Nordstrom as follows:

Musk is at the heart of For Her, expressing itself through honey flower, radiant amber and tactile woody pulsations. The fragrant harmony develops gently, slowly, rounding out into the warm tones of sun-kissed skin, dusted in a soft, velvety sensuality.
Notes: orange blossom, osmanthus, rose, solar musk, peach, amber, soft musk, vanilla, vetiver, musk.

Does that make anyone else want to stab something? Flowery language and ridiculous imagery aside, the notes mentioned are definitely evident when I wear NRFH. It's musky (with 3 kinds of musk, this is expected) and mossy and woody, but has a softness (probably provided by the floral/food notes) that keeps it from being too masculine or, well, dirty. The funny thing is, of course, that soft musky scents are usually atrocious on me. I don't quite know what it is about NRFH that keeps it wearable is, but something does, and I'm glad of it! It doesn't change a whole lot over the course of its wear, though it does get less floral and more musky (as you would expect, as the former are light and fade faster than the latter), and it's almost too sweet on me sometimes, but I haven't yet had it cross that line. It also wears for a long time; I could still smell its remnants after a shower, though they were very faint. It's pretty much a spritz-and-you're-good-for-the-day kind of fragrance, so the little bottle I have should last awhile! I probably wouldn't purchase a full size once this runs out, just because it's not quite complex enough to really hold my interest, but I'm pleased to have it in my fragrance arsenal.

$48 for 1 oz, $69 for 1.7 oz, $95 for 3.3 oz edt, available from Sephora and Nordstrom
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