SOTD: Alaïa Alaïa Paris. I am freshly showered and perfumed with Alaïa Paris body lotion. Yesterday, I wandered into the Saks 5th Avenue perfume department. I don’t know how I ended up there. Hee hee.
First, I stopped off at Creed and sniffed Bois du Portugal and Virgin Island Water. They were OK. Then I sniffed the new Madison Avenue by Bond No. 9. It is good, but it didn’t grab me. I did manage to coerce the SA’s to hand over a sample of Nuit de NoHo and 2 pots of Chelsea Flowers body lotion. Score!
I walked around and around and ignored the Tom Ford, stopped for a second at Aerin and chuffed the Evening Rose, sniffed the candles at Nest and lingered briefly at Narciso Rodriguez. I was very close to pulling the trigger with Hermes L’Ambre des Merveilles. Usually, I can’t stop myself when it comes to a powdery amber, but it’s springtime and now is not the time for ambers.
At last, I spied the Alaïa Paris and was drawn in by the bottle. Oh, the bottle is so middle eastern and mystical and cool. I sprayed it on paper, sniffed it and tipped my head. Huh? Like!! All morning, I sprayed on paper with no inclination to spray on skin, but with Alaïa, I sprayed on my arm real quick like. First impression, bright white florals, misty air, spice and musk. Yassss. Hooked. Purchased. Blind. Bad Paige. At least, I went for the scented lotion first, so I didn’t veer away from my perfume buying rules too badly.
Visually, this is what Alaïa may smell like to you.
Alaïa is a floral, leathery, musk with a surprising mineral accord. About 10 to 15 minutes in, I smell very subtly and only just so, a bit of hot, dry spa rocks with water freshly poured over them or hot terra cotta tiles cooled down by a light rain at noon. The dry down stays on the floral side, and I smell violets! The funny thing is, I can’t definitely pinpoint a specific flower note, but I did identify the violets about 3 hours into the dry down. I left a room and came back to it about an hour later and smelled the violets in the air.
There is also a dense musk and a light snap of leather. This is my first venture into the world of leather. I tend to shy away from leathers as they are too butch, but this leather is more of a soft, suede leather. I am floating around in this aroma bubble and I am delighted. I haven’t been this enthralled by a fragrance for at least a couple of months. Alaïa can easily be worn by men and women.
My daughter loves it. “You smell wonderful,” she said. That’s enough for me to buy a 50 ml bottle and I may even consider the extrait!
Perfumer: Marie Salamagne
Top: Mountain air, pink pepper
Heart: Peony, freesia, rose
Base: White musk, leather, violet
Projection: 6 to 10 inches. Nice bubble
Sillage: Moderate to Big
Longevity: 5 to 6 hours
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