Narciso (Eau de Parfum) by Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso 2014 Eau de Parfum

05.09.2014 - 10:18 AM
Very helpful Review

Creamy florals, woods and musk

One of the things I loved about the original Narciso Rodriguez for Her was the dissonance it created between being a pretty floral and a sensual, almost delinquent musk. Narciso (2014) continues that theme; the pastel shades implied by the soapy gardenia and smooth vanilla are offset by the signature musk and the addition of cedar (two kinds!).

The result is modern and chic, but it manages to eschew many of the tired clich├ęs that many other modern fragrances fall into by playing them off against one another. There's a hint of vanilla sweetness, a soapy floral note, and a woods-and-musk drydown - on their own, they equate to department store-friendly unit shifters, but when put together in Narciso, the result is a gorgeous, creamy scent, presented in a your-skin-but-better manner. The reassuringly-heavy cubic bottle is very fitting in that regard, with a milky-white opaque filling akin to that of past Narciso Rodriguez releases, and a gorgeous nude-coloured square cap that stands out on any perfume shelf. Appropriately, the fragrance stays close to the skin, and never outstays its welcome, reaching the base after around 4 hours and gently clinging to the skin for some time after that.

All in all, a timeless modern classic, unspoilt by tired ideas seen elsewhere in perfumery. The closest thing I've met to a signature fragrance, and one that I hope stays with me for a long time.
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