Last night myself and a couple of POL friends attended a "Perfumer’s Workshop" persented by Nordstrom. I think we were hoodwinked. I know we were hoodwinked. Hoodwinked. Isn’t that an odd word?
We were told there was to be a 90 minute presentation by two French perfumers from the house of Givaudan. I’m not sure why we were told this, the perfumers were French (One of which was David Apel) and may be also working for Givaudan.
We were told it was a presentation on a men’s fragrance - that was true.
We were told there would be another part to the presentation where we could play around with mixing our own fragrances – True.
What we were not told was the name of the fragrance. Are you ready for this?????
SeanJohn. Pronounced “SeanJohn” all run together and with a slight French accented twist. Are my ears hearing correctly?? Sean … John? P. Diddy?? Puff Daddy?? I really almost felt I might burst out laughing. They were all so serious. Next comes the video where “Sean John” thanks Estee Lauder for giving him the opportunity to create this fragrance. All in his street talk lingo style, I mean not to the extreme, but not proper English either. He talks about some of the inspirations for the scent and then …
The photo of the ad. YUP. There it was. Dawn and I looked at each other in disbelief. We sat there quietly thinking about the 3 pages of POL posts trashing the ad and the whole raunchy mess as the serious, elegant and prestigious presentation was being made.
It was surreal.
But here is the kicker – It smells great. Both Dawn and I really liked it. It’s very fresh and clean smelling. I love bergamot. There is an opening blast of bergamot with Mediterranean air accord and a Cashmere accord.
There was a man sitting by us and he bought it. He said that he also like the packaging and he thinks other men will too. The bottle is gray and slightly rounded and sits in an acrylic base on your dresser/counter. To spray you lift the bottle out. Dawn and I both thought the acrylic looked cheap and glass would have made a nicer presentation. Maybe a glass base, then you could buy refills. Nordstrom lists the notes as: Sicilian lemon, champagne, Tuscan basil and smooth rum.
So there you have it! But we really did have fun experimenting with all the scents they had set up for us to play with. A whole tray of notes with droppers and bottles for mixing. Then the perfumers would come around and help you out if your scent didn’t come out exactly the way you wanted it. I used six notes for mine and I was very pleased with the results, even the perfumer liked it!