Today, on April 3, I went out into five inches of freshly fallen snow, mummified once more into a stylish re-interpretation of the Michelin-man, dragging two children in the stages between whining and all-out screaming behind me through the icestorm, to distribute them to their various schools. Driving was out of the question.
A spring perfume review seems out of the question too.
But thankfully I have something for today that not only fits the weather, but manages to make my day better in the time it takes to take a deep breath.
Olfactive Studio is a line I very much like and admire. Céline Verleure is one of those women who struck out to make their dream come true and seems to be doing so without compromising it on the way. The first three perfumes that launched the brand have been well received and rightly so. Olfactive Studio, for me, is a package deal where every detail is right. From the idea to the execution, from the juice to the bottle, things seem like one organic piece.
Céline has released Lumière Blanche last fall, but I only now got the chance to try it. Bad weather or not, this is a perfume I like – like a lot!
Like every perfume of the line, Lumière Blanche is paired with a photograph. This one by Italian photographer Massimo Vitali is of a white, white beach, but my eye cannot but see snow in this picture and for me the scent inspired by it, is a warm, cosy blanket ideally suited to protect you from the cold, white world outside.
Cardamom is the primary note that opens up to you upon spraying Lumière Blanche. Combined with other spices, this cool note gains warmth through cinnamon and aniseed. It smoothly floats over a milky iris that seems to hover and undulate over a woody base full of creamy sandalwood buffered in soft musk.
The whole perfume gives an impression of weightless warmth and soft tenderness. Its milky, spicy and creamy aspects trigger regressive impulses in me. I dream of warm beds, soft blankets, comfy pillows and leaving the world outside to hurtle on it its mad pace, giving me space to breathe and be content in my very own cocoon, with just a book and a cup of tea. (Detail on the side: I adore the fact that this perfume is milky white, not clear, that visual correlation to the scent, makes the experience with this perfume perfect for me.)
The sandalwood in the base is what remains for hours, creamy, milky and warmly spicy until the end (about eight hours later), Lumière Blanche is a delightful, non-edible comfort scent that never overwhelms, but gently cushions with its understated presence. It has radiance and a good sillage, but feels airy and light. I am reminded of Jean-Claude Ellena’s creations L’Eau d’Hiver for Frédéric Malle and Santal Massoia for Hermès, both firm favorites in my collection.
Lumière Blanche will be another, I’m sure of that.
The newest release by Olfactive Studio, Flash Back, is perfectly geared for spring, so I really hope next week’s weather will bend to my perfumed agenda.
The perfumes are available through olfactivestudio.com, where a sample kit as also available.