Ladies seem to be a dying species.
When I hear how often men explain "My wife is a really good buddy; I don't need a lady", I ask myself when this change happened
At the latest I became aware of this fact when a "very good friend" told me this sentence. The question, what did he want with me, I probably asked at that time too! He didn't understand them!
But only marginally.
Isabelle d'Ornano is a real lady. Not only herself descended from the Polish nobility, she also married Count Hubert d'Ornano. So the cultivated background is almost automatically given.
Her ladylike nature also reflects the company "Sisley" founded together with her husband.
Every fragrance that comes onto the market is tested in advance by and on her personally for years. Only when she feels him to be good will he be "let loose on humanity".
When "Izia" (Madame's nickname) realized that the time for her "heart project", a fragrance with her name (see here), was not yet ripe, she released "Eau du Soir" instead.
But also "Eau du Soir" has been published one or two years ago by her and tested at receptions and parties.
The men literally sucked in the scent, asked for the name and wanted to give it to their wives.
(Whether this is always the right way remains to be seen! Not all women are the same, and the idea of smelling like mothers-in-law, for example, is not so widespread either.)
Shortly after its release, "Eau du Soir" truly competed on the popularity scale with "Chanel N° 5".
However, the Countess got the best proof that the time was ripe for this fragrance worldwide, in America.
Before a late meeting she used the perfume; it unfolded opulently as usual!
In a full elevator, an American exclaimed spontaneously: "Who the hell, smells so well?"
Her response was quick and simple: "I!"
Thus, sales also seemed to be secured for the American market.
Because we all know that perfume is not only a small daily luxury, but also a commodity to be found, yes, partly even on the stock exchange
Even here, the balance must therefore be as balanced as possible.
Also "Eau du Soir" was given to me by my friend Ilona, whose daughter Nici is a friend of "Sisley-Marco", a make-up artist employed there.
As with many fragrances of this company, I first have to get through the first, for me always somewhat "biting" phase. In the beginning I was very scared and put the flacon aside.
By now I know it's not just me!
So I was more persevering with this fragrance; there had to be something about the fact that it is so popular.
It's probably also the entry of grapefruit and mandarin that disturbed me a bit or even deterred me in the beginning.
Both scents together are a little bit too "bizzelig" for me, not to say too biting!
Once Eau du Soir and I get past this stage, we start to like each other.
Not innocent of this is the great beautiful flower garden into which I am now being kidnapped: Lilac, carnation and lily of the valley, to name only once the "foot people" there, prepare a great reception.
This melange alone is worth the patience of waiting.
When jasmine, iris and of course the "Queen Rose" are added, a summer garden becomes a world of lavish fragrance beauty. So generously these fragrances develop into a blooming whole. What a wonderful flower bouquet is offered here!
It becomes special, already now in the top note, by earthy heavy oak moss smell (which I like very much!), my special favourite Patchouli and the resinous spice of the Labdanum: a always somewhat unconventional journeyman. Zistrose is not everyone's taste!
But not enough: the dark green spiciness of the juniper (actually much too seldom represented in women's fragrances: or do I just not meet it?), sets very interesting accents, before Ylang-Ylang once again adds the vivid glow, which always reminds me of many little fireflies!
Even now, "Eau du Soir" is a wonderfully opulent fragrance.
But amber and musk, very skillfully and tastefully dosed, perfect something that actually already seemed perfect!
(Both fragrances are an absolute "must" for the countess!)
"Eau du Soir" is a big, almost old-fashioned fragrance that only the nineties were able to produce in its perfection. At the very beginning of this decade, the splendour of the past was still reflected; many of us (including myself) mourn a little!
These big, opulent and elegant fragrances are missing in the current program, but felt something!
Sillage and durability are really "old-fashioned" too; an evening with "Eau du Soir" is completely filled with it. There's no need to re-spray, no need to fix anything.
Even danced through nights in crowded ballrooms this fragrance survives in still shining beauty.
One notices clearly: it was launched by a real lady!
It cannot be denied that both of us will have "entry difficulties" again and again.
However, this does not diminish the brilliance of the fully developed fragrance.
I am completely honest: I would not have bought this fragrance if it had not fluttered into my house as a gift.
Now we both live together and there are always evenings when "Eau du Soir" is a nice companion for me.
Then also with me once again the feeling "to be completely woman" comes to the fore!
So "Welcome to my life!"