Post by Madeleine
Hello fragrance friends,
Like my friend Val, I like to indulge in perfume games. Most weeks, you’ll find me re-doing my top 5 and top 10 perfume lists, imagining what celebrity scent I’d wear if that was the only available option on earth and so on. I’m also guilty of indulging in the occasional perfume questionnaire now and then, even though I’m likely to cringe or smirk at the signature scent that’s recommended to me. However, a certain scent kept cropping up on a few of these quizzes I completed that it got me intrigued. The fact that it had tuberose as one of the notes pushed me into buying a sample. The scent is Floral Veil by Grossmith.
Floral Veil by Jean-Marie Santantoni for Grossmith 2012
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Citrus notes, green accords
Heart: Geranium, rose, ylang, tuberose, vanilla orchid
Base: Cashmeran, amber, musk
Floral Veil opens up all joyous and spring-like. The sharpness of the green accords gives way to a dainty floral bouquet that’s cheerful, but still very well mannered. It’s the scene of an English garden from a Jane Austen novel: very pretty and restrained. You can picture the female heroine, perhaps Emma, drinking her earl grey tea under a parasol adorned in a dress of sunbleached blooms.
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Despite the mention of tuberose in the notes, it’s sadly lacking on my skin. Here the floral is all about the ylang for me which gives the composition a solar quality. It’s the shimmering of sunlight on pale petals; their fragile blooms simmering and wilting in the heat. There’s a sense of airiness to the warmth here too: the white florals are breezy and relaxed rather than heady in nature.
Floral Veil is a tremendously pretty composition and while I like wearing it, I can’t help feeling that there are perfumes in this category that just work better on my skin, especially given the price point and longevity (around two hours). However, given its demure nature, this is nice office scent or a good pick for languid spring or summer days when you want to feel the earth under your feet and the warmth of the sun on your face.
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Have you tried Floral Veil or any other Grossmith? What perfume games do you like playing?
With much love till next time!