Since I love scents not only as perfume, but in general, I ordered some fragrant Yankee Candles and other scented candles for the cold season on the internet. With the candles, two perfume samples were kindly fluttered into my house, which were very welcome to me. I am always happy to get to know new fragrances. One of those samples Flaconi gave me was For Her by Narciso Rodriguez.
As soon as I spray it on, I have the feeling that I have fallen into a bouquet of spring flowers. Memories of Pleasures by Estée Lauder come alive. Yes, there it is again, this unmistakable clarity. The fragrance is clean and discreet. So much for my first impression, which I certainly cannot understand rationally. The composition of the two has little in common. Pleasures starts with lots of green notes, violet leaf and white line, For Her with bergamot, orange blossom and osmanthus. Surprisingly, I don't notice much of bergamot, although I usually identify this citrus note that I appreciate relatively quickly. However, the orange blossom, which is much less appreciated by me, also stays very much in the background. What both perfumes obviously have in common is a rather unsweet freshness that soon becomes rose-like. In Pleasures it is rose and peony that have their big, romantic appearance. Here it must be the less romantic Osmanthus, I think.
For Her takes on a somehow fruity character in the base note, which I can't explain from the ingredients either. Then finally a dry, powdery sweetness emerges, which is very natural and has come to stay. It could be mimosa. Or narcissus. In any case, I am now surrounded by a pleasant, delicate soap-like scent, which now also reveals its originality. Unknown flowers open, which at least for me cannot be identified. The melange has something exquisite, noble, expensive - something unusual in any case.
The scent has gotten going, so it seems to me, has found its way after all the aberrations. And matured. Nevertheless, he does not lack temperament. It has something new, eye-catching, interesting, original, is trendy, but always remains cultivated and unobtrusive. That sounds contradictory, but it is not, because everything unites in a kind of refined cheerfulness. Ideal for work in the management days or at board meetings. Elegant, but not too classic. A tightrope walk along the mainstream, he never pushes himself into the foreground. The freshness has long since passed and has given way to a quiet exoticism that appears very powerful in its dark presence.
In other words: the fragrance is quite pleasant, clear, straight-lined, but also elitist, yes, dominant. He's got nothing playful, more serious, determined, confident. He doesn't know coquetry. In this sense, he is more suitable for mature personalities, with which I do not necessarily mean the age.
The sweetness is last characterized by wood tones. The patchouli makes the whole thing earthy and idiosyncratic.
The unusual fragrance undoubtedly has a high recognition factor. I would call him quite heavy and strong. Too strong maybe. At least for me. Not even the musk is lovely, but clearly black. For Her is striking, not easy to classify, irritating, uncompromising. You have to like something like that and above all be able to wear it. I lack the sweet, gentle, which I would have expected at least from the vanilla, which I would not have recognized anyway. For me, For Her is too bulky, too challenging. I miss the smile, the charm, the flirt, a subliminal eroticism and feminine sensuality with this fragrance. We're not made for each other. If this scent were a woman, we probably wouldn't be friends.
I hope no one will hate me now when I say the woman I could well imagine For Her to be is Snow White's stepmother. However, the scent lacks everything demonic, mysterious, as it would fit a witch. What makes me think of the evil stepmother is also the unexpected cold. Amber, musk, vanilla and patchouli usually give a perfume warmth, right up to the fiery, passionate. Here you can feel the cold of determination. The woman who wears For Her cannot be imagined as hesitant or moody. Mood swings are foreign to her. She knows what she wants and has the strength to take it or get it.
Those who identify themselves with the poor, innocently persecuted Snow White will probably be too weak for this bitter, angular scent ...