A good, classic floral composition is a thing of beauty. My last great love in that genre is the very hard to find and unfortunately rather expensive Amouage Beloved. I am saving for a bottle, but maybe (just maybe) I have found something that just hits the spot in a similar fashion: Les Fleurs de Nall by Bissoumine (see my mini-reviews of their other perfumes here) is a wonderful perfume that deserves our attention.
“In the painter’s universe, where the imaginary is sublimating reality,
shadows and lights, colors and scents merge into an original creation…
A timeless perfume, dedicated to another dimension where the only language is Art.”
- from the Bissoumine website
Les Fleurs de Nall was created in concert with the artist Nall, an American painter. The box is decorated with his “Saffron Rose”.
Les Fleurs de Nall opens with a full bouquet of flowers, gently gilded with sparkly citrus. The top notes fade and the gorgeous floral heart becomes progressively spicier and woodier over time. It is a delightfully old-fashioned perfume, in the sense that is seems timeless and classic.
Whenever I smell something like this out of a non-vintage bottle, I’m simply delighted and profoundly glad that not all is lost in the world of perfumery. (Other such examples are Sonoma Scent Studio Nostalgie, MDCI Enlèvement au Serail and the above mentioned Amouage Beloved.)
I would love for Les Fleurs de Nall to have a bit more oomph. A stronger concentration would be perfect. As it is (it’s only available in EdT) it lasts for about four hours on me and the sillage is rather discreet. I have to add that if I had a bottle, I would probably spray a lot less restrained and this seems to be a perfume that needs a good many spritzes to really shine. If it were available in EdP I’d be over the moon.
Still, Les Fleurs de Nall is well worth a try. Samples are available via the company’s website for a very reasonable price.
Les Fleurs de Nall shows me that it is not helpful to cry about things that are lost forever, but look to the future. As long as perfumes like this are made, all is not lost. There is no need to despair over the seventeenth flanker of some mediocre perfume, we only need to spread the word that small houses do great things.