Just in time before it is available on the company´s website (on 17.12.10), I received a sample of Antonia, the new fragrance by Puredistance.
The dutch founder of this elusive and exclusive company, Jan Ewoud Vos, was nice enough to contact me after reading my review of Puredistance I. He was so kind as to offer me samples of the two new fragrances Antonia and M to try.
Let us start with the first one.
That I am in love with Puredistance I, becomes clear pretty quickly, if one reads my review. But what I stated then, I repeat now: I am a cynic at worst, a skeptic at best. Just because one perfume was knee-bendingly great, that doesn´t have to be true for everything they put out, does it?
Antonia has to live up against the enormous shadow of her big sister. A lot of expectations are piled up on this tiny box holding the almost clear liquid that is Antonia.
How does she fare?
Antonia is holding her own, by being her own. By being unique.
She is no Puredistance II.
What I find intriguing about Antonia is the clever way green and warm notes are balanced perfectly, from start to finish many, many hours later. And the interesting thing about that is not, that the perfume starts out green and develops into something warm in the drydown, but from the very beginning it weaves both qualities together, pairing galbanum with soft flowery notes and continuing by juxtaposing vetiver and vanilla in the base.
Antonia blooms and billows slowly, like a dance in slow motion, enveloping the wearer in its cocoon of green velvet. The olive green fabric, maybe it is satin, I can´t tell just judging from the promo pictures, used in the packaging fits perfectly, as for me, Antonia smells exactly like this color. She is wearing a green velvet dress.
She is sweet, sweeter than Puredistance I, but always well balanced by the green notes.
I am wearing her (what is it that compels me into totally anthropomorphizing this perfume?) today in cold and icy winter weather and she feels like a warming velvet shawl. But I can equally see me wearing her in spring or summer, when I imagine the green aspects coming to the foreground exercising their cooling properties.
Antonia is neither modern, nor old-fashioned. She is a timeless perfume, transporting in her feel of innocence, yet feminine and confident. She grabs you with unassuming gentleness and faithfully stays with you, tenacious, but far from overwhelming or intense.
I read about the inflationary use of the word “classic” on Normand´s excellent blog The Perfume Chronicles, the other day (see his article here). In my definition, classic means to be above a distinct trend, or fashion. To be relevant independent of time, location or current preference.
Antonia, for me, fits these criteria, as does Puredistance I.
Jan Ewoud Vos, together with perfumer Annie Buzantian, has suceeded in making his brand the high quality, timeless classic he envisioned it to be. That is a noteworthy endeavour in times like these, where the objective to make money is often the only parameter considered when developing a fragrance.
Puredistance develops pieces of art, that define the word classic and therefore more than deserve being called just that.
The perfume is available at the Puredistance website, First in Fragrance, Essenza Nobile and Lianne Tio Parfums. The 17.5ml pure perfume costs 165 Euros and can be accessorized with the Swarowsky crystal column, of course.
P.S.: Remember the Puredistance Perfume Lounge in Vienna, I wrote about? I made an appointment for January, when a friend from London is in town. I will keep you posted about our visit!
Picture source: liannetioparfums.nl, “Woman in the green Dress” by Birgit Schnapp via fineartamerica.com, puredistance.com, some rights reserved, thank you!