Not having a soft clean musk for summer wasn't an option for me, and I was almost set to buy a full bottle of Serge Lutens Clair de Musc after trying a few samples. The problem was that Clair de Musc suddenly changed her attitude and started talking dirty as soon as the summer arrived. It was a big surprise for me because before summer she would just innocently murmur all day in her quiet musky tone.
So the "easiest" Serge Lutens (At least that is the common reputation for Clair de Musc. Am I the only one who saw her animalic side? Just wondering) was out, and I remembered how I loved the small bottle of the original Narciso Rodriguez "for Her" I had a few years ago. I still remember it as one of the most beautifully blooming musks, although its tenacity did annoy me on a few occasions. I wanted something carefree and lighter than the original but didn't find the recent release from the same house that way.
Narciso Rodriguez L'Eau was considered next, naturally. It is a flowery and airy version of the original which was introduced as a seasonal flanker many years ago. I thought it was interesting that L'Eau stayed unlike the other NR flankers.
(If you have survived my long intro)
So I bought L'Eau after having tested it on skin one hot afternoon (summer is not the time when you can buy your perfume based on imagination, because not everything is about you).
"A discreet and captivating fragrance that expresses a soft and innocent femininity, charged with tenderness as pure as water. For her l’eau is composed of a sparkling bouquet of flowers on a background of warm notes and sensual musks."Notes:Poet’s Jasmine, Cyclamen, Pink Peony, Rose and Lily of the Valley.Style:Warm. Sensual. Feminine.
It opens with a bouquet of flowers that feels light and almost aquatic. However, it has a big sillage and the enticing effect on others is pleasantly immediate. It is nearly impossible to grasp any muskiness in this initial stage so that I'd be worried that this is just another floral fragrance (they usually have some wood and musk base anyway). Then, the original "for Her" appears in a very soft and dear form to stay close to my skin for a long time.
Sounds perfect, right?
It actually is, at least for me. I have been constantly wearing this all summer and I don't think I will stop anytime soon.
L'Eau is unapologetically floral, yet it doesn't fall into any of those floral clichés. (Do you know how rare that is..?)
Granted, I like florals and usually find them easy to wear, but this is something that those who don't particularly enjoy florals might find do-able.