It’s a chilly, but sunny, day in the Columbia River Gorge, and I do not want to go to work today. Let me clarify: I want to go to work today even less than I usually do. So what perfume will lift my spirits and help me face the day?
Nothing annihilates a gray mood better than bitter-green, and I’m going to stick my skinny neck out there and suggest that nobody does bitter-green prettier than Chanel. Chanel’s No. 19 is gorgeous, but it’s Bel Respiro I’m looking to today.
To me, BR smells like a freshly torn, bright green leaf. The sillage is minimal—even with the four (four!) spritzes I applied, my little spring-haven remains within acceptable work-place parameters. Lasting power is on par with the other Les Exclusifs: a bit less than you’d hope for in a pricey EDT.
Chanel’s PR paints a picture I’d like to step into on this cold winter’s day:
Its fragrance evokes a romantic spring: a light breeze, the scent of freshly cut grass, the first sunny daffodils. A pretty herb and vegetable garden releases scents of the French garrigue, accompanied by aromas of thyme, rosemary and basil. A tender and idyllic bouquet.
Notes, borrowed from Robin at NST: crushed leaves, rosemary, thyme, rose, lilac, hyacinth, green tea, aromatic grasses, myrrh and leather.
Top photo of Gorge by Craig Wolf, image of leaves is mine.