The dry oil Huile Prodigieuse by French skincare and cosmetics brand Nuxe, has been a cult beauty product for a number of years. Suitable for face, body and hair, it is a “must-pack” for those in the know holidaying in France and beyond.
Last year, Nuxe released the oil’s fragrance as a stand-alone eau de parfum. The fact that a fine fragrance has been based on a beauty product tells you just how appealing its scent is.
Notes include bergamot, mandarin, orange blossom, rose, gardenia, magnolia, mineral accord, vanilla and coconut milk.
Before buying Prodigieux Le Parfum online, I tried the oil and fell instantly in love with its lush and languid fragrance. Luckily, when the perfume version arrived in the post, it didn’t disappoint. It faithfully replicates the scent of the Huile Prodigieuse, no doubt because it was composed by Serge Majoullier (La Femme Bleue, Armani Privé) who had formulated the fragrance for the oil.
I had found my perfect beach scent.
For me, Prodigieux Le Parfum has the right balance between white florals – the rose isn’t prominent – and sun lotion-style coconut. It also manages to retain the oily quality of Huile Prodigieuse and this is what lends it that decadent, 1970’s tanning oil feel. The gardenia and magnolia transport me to a tropical paradise, while the underlying scent of coconut places me directly onto a sun drenched sandy beach. Diffusion is good and it’s relatively long-lasting, from the bright orange sunburst of the top notes through to the soft vanilla sunset of the base.
On a hot and sticky day in London it lifts my mood by giving me a little of that carefree summer holiday feeling.
So, if the salty sea-spray and full-on coconut that are to be found in many beachy perfumes are not to your taste, then Prodigieux Le Parfum might just be what you’ve been looking for.
Please feel free to share your own favourite beach perfumes in the comments.