Perfumes with complicated, exotic names are the bane of my existence.

     This is the EDP version of Narciso Rodriguez for Her, which is the one that comes in a pink bottle and black outer box (not to be confused with the EDT, which is the opposite). The EDP was created as a limited-edition 10th anniversary version of Narciso Rodriguez for Her, so I’m not sure how widely available this was and still is.

     Once more, this was slipped into one of my purchases, along with three other identical vials – I gave the others away without even trying it, because I dislike having duplicates. Maybe I’ll be cursing myself for that decision in a moment.

     Although I must admit that Narciso’s biography is impressive, I can’t say I’ve heard much about him, his label, or his fragrances before. Here’s to hoping this will be informative and enriching for all of us!

Narciso Rodriguez for Her sample

Narciso Rodriguez for Her sample

     The 1 mL boxed sample comes in an opaque pastel pink plastic vial with a black cap, with solid black font.

     A 2003 release, the creators of the original Narciso Rodriguez for Her are Christine Nagel (Miss Dior Cherie, Dior) and Francis Kurkdjian (Le Male, Jean Paul Gaultier). Looking at the notes pyramid I’m feeling worried that this will be a big old-fashioned perfume that won’t sit on my skin well at all. Musk, patchouli, amber, sandalwood, and rose – oh my! At the risk of tooting my own horn, I was totally right – this is a ginormous musky rose that is well done but so not me. I get no peach, nothing fruity about it at all, just – I hate to sat it – a grandmotherly perfume. So outdated, so old fashioned. I could see an elderly fumehead checking this out, but Narciso Rodriguez for Her isn’t something I’d wear for the next 60 years at least. It quiets down to a dark patchouli that comes off soapy, like the bar of soap in your grandparents’ house that’s been there longer than you’ve been alive.

     Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: why do the most mature fragrances have the most beautiful bottles? Unfair.

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