Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum for Women, 100 ml

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Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum for Women, 100 ml

Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum for Women, 100 ml

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The bottle I bought spilt in the mail so admittedly my first sniff was a big one. That it spilt was bad enough but the scent, ugh. It is as some people have already said, like old roses with wee. The rose smells heavy and powdery like a rose talcum powder kept for 40 years in a musty bedroom drawer. The magnolia, gardenia and jasmine do not add anything positive, just that faint whiff of urine.

After having a mini years ago, I was impressed that even that size came in a porcelain bottle with an actual atomizer. Apparently the use of porcelain & quality was scarified in newer bottles, so I read. Heartbreaking. This perfume conjures such a juxtaposition of imagery for me; equal parts Virgin Mary purity, encircled in a halo of holy roses & the most sophisticated, well-read, soulful, naturally buxom brunette bombshell sitting high on a hotel balcony overlooking a glittering Eiffel Tower in the distance, drinking pink champagne, with strawberries & creme, living a most epic-yet-simultaneously-cozy & quaint life. It smells of dreams. Of highest self. & Like a woman who takes the boudoir very seriously. I am so happy to have it in my collection again, reformulated or not. My notes to myself from a few years ago when I got this in a swap read: "I really like this even though it's a little weird. Strong musk. Animalic and beautiful." At that point, I had this down as a like. Now, it's a love, even though I struggle with this. It is such a nicely blend rosey powder perfume, not a complex one though, which relaxes my mind tbh. I remember my mother wearing it in Moscow in 2010! Its not sweet, not ambery, not warm, I decide to wear it in the colder seasons. ALSO Eau de Soir is also for a sophisticated woman buttt in her case u get "old money", "forest colors" and "gold" whereas in AP's case, you get "always well dressed", "you wanna be feminine/womanly like her" and "pinkpink" with that well kept 50's vintagestyle dark brunette hair vibes As it develops, the rose takes centre stage. It is a big 1980s-style rose, sweet and powdery, reminiscent of vintage powder compacts. While it is in danger of being dated, caught somewhere between 1980s working girl or 1950s golden girl, it manages to be charming and complex enough to instead be relevant to a modern audience while retaining an aspect of retro glamour. As it develops, the rose is complemented by spicy and woody notes. The woody notes are wonderfully smooth, grounding the rose perfectly.

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I get what people say about it being very retro, classic, etc. It simultaneously grabs from the vibe that vintage 50’s rosy, powdery scents have, as well as from intense, loud fragrances of the 80’s.

Top notes of this perfume include saffron and magnolia. Next middle notes of rose, gardenia, vetiver and jasmine move in. The fragrance is completed by a base of cedar, amber and musk. Overall the combination of notes here leaves a woody, mossy impression. Low Price and Various SizesI wouldn't classify this as a floral scent, even with the dominant rose. The softness and powder that comes in the drydown doesn't come off as especially floral to me. It could be masculine to the right nose, but it's definitely a STRONG woman (or man) who wears this. I prefer this dark, brooding interpretation of rose to modern rose perfumes, many of which smell watery and/or sour. Though it smells a bit old fashioned, AP is more sophisticated and unique than the majority of the rose perfumes I've tested. It punches far above its modest price point. I have nothing but praise for this perfume. Actually I have one small complaint, the bottle is strange, it looks like a large plastic Easter egg. I am so pleasantly surprised by this. My exploration of chypre fragrances begun about 10 years ago when someone at a concert wore Rive Gauche and I had to try it. On me it didn't mix with my body chemistry. Growing up in the late 70s and early 80s I have been shaped by chypre fragrances. I had a teacher who wore Aromatics Elixir. I was able to get a spray out of the original bottle, which is porcelain- not coloured glass. On the bottom of the bottle it has the shop postcode of W1 London. It simply says 1.66 fl oz, e50ml. The batch number is C3451. Clearly the perfume has aged, it’s 20 years old. But even so, it is so WILDLY different from the newer formulations, it is an entirely different beast. The original formulation is so spicy, so sexual- like sweaty bedsheets and amber, and a ghost of crushed roses. It is so rich and deep, and it is unlike anything I have ever smelled before or after. A masterpiece that would reign amoungst any Malle fragrance. Since the first time I smelled it I was fascinated: not because of the sexy marketing image it is supposed to convey, but rather because of the unusual combination scent layers this powerhouse masterpiece produces.

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