Scent is a powerful memory trigger, literally transporting you to another time and place, or so hopes Lebanese couturier Elie Saab, whose Spring/Summer 2015 Resort Collection is all about escaping—to anywhere else.
Designer resort collections are luxury in a shopping bag for those who jet set to luxurious locations. This newest perfume from Elie Saab goes a little further than most fragrances and fashions popping up in this year’s selections; let’s call it vacation in a bottle.
“In waves, [or] like a warm gentle breeze caressing the face… it is a fleeting but intense moment filled with nothing by harmony,” says lead perfumer Francis Kurkdjian about his latest fragrance.
Le Parfum Resort evokes remembrances of a summer’s evening on a yacht or carefree days lived on the southern Italian coast. The fragrance is infused with Mandarin essential oil and hints of fig, jasmine, orange blossom, Frangipani flower, cedar and luminous amber. Though some of the fragrance’s notes don’t immediately strike us as complementary, it’s precisely tropical without plagiarizing a coconut rum cocktail.
The combination of top and base notes set up the iconic orange blossom to take the stage, like in so many of Elie Saab’s fragrances. What sets this one apart is the introduction of Frangipani flower, which gives the perfume it’s much needed hint of the exotic.
“Francis Kurkdjian has modeled the composition of the new fragrance on the sea’s golden reflections and beaches bathed in sunshine,” says Beaute Prestige International of its famed French-Armenian perfumer. “His new olfactory creation is bursting with sensuality and indulgence.”
It really does call up images of serene azure oceans. Tropical, coastal, sensual and built to last—12 hours on average—we’re pretty certain Resort is going to be difficult to keep on the shelves this season.
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