I have always been charmed by the scent of cosmetics. As a little girl I used to climb on a chair to reach the face powders of my mother just to sniff their subtle scent and I still remember very clear how lovely she smelled when we kissed goodbye every morning when she went to work. She always took great care of her face using good face creams, powder, grey eyeliner and lipstick usually in a rapsberry shade. At the door she gently pressed her lips on my hand leaving in that spot a rozy “tattoo”, and later in the afternoon she lifted me up with joy and I could smell a mixture of make-up and the fresh air impregnated in her hair and clothes. I`ll never forget that, so naturally I inherited some of her beauty routine.
For example I`m a huge fan at the moment of Guerlain lipsticks, which besides their great shades they posses a diaphanous violet scent that I find to be so wonderful. Then I love the Caron loose powders – they are amazinlgy scented with rose essence and incomparable to any other powders I`ve tried in terms of quality. But even if my care routine looked complete, something was still missing: a perfume that smells like make-up. So a few years back I started to be interested in perfumes inspired by the distinctive scent around the vanity table, so I searched and searched and found there are so many compositions that evoke the smell of make-up.
So far I discovered the classic L`Ombre Rose L`Original made by the French house Jean Charles Brosseau, a fragrance that smells like a delicate rose scented body powder you apply on fresh washed skin; then there is the biggest powder bomb of all time, one of the most renowned scents that duplicate the smell of make-up – the formidable Teint de Neige by Lorenzo Villoresi which combines an immense dose of heliotropine with sugar and pink roses laid on an rich musky base, boosting every woman`s feminity to the max; one can also be seduced by the irresistible Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle that reminds instantly of a lipstick thanks to the mixture of tender violets and pink roses, creating an über-feminine effect – in my opinion this scent is so demonstrative, like Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to JFK; and I need also to mention the atmospheric fragrance Moulin Rouge made by the house Histoires de Parfums. That one not only smells like a lipstick, but also recreats accurately the entire smell of a Parisian cabaret – the cigarette smoke, the dust lifted by the girls dancing on stage mixed with hints of bitter absinthe…it is mysterious, dark and very tempting. These are my go to scents inspired by make-up, but recently I found another real gem that could complete a beauty arsenal: it`s called Daim Rouge and is freshly launched by the Swiss house Sentifique.
The scent is very complex, having many facets and depth and needs to be worn a few times in order to be completely understood. It does not reveal it`s entire potential immediately, so that at first test one can skip some of it`s message. I did. But at second and third time I wear it (yes, my sample is almost gone) the magic happened. I also asked a good friend to try it, because I see some”perfumista” potential in her, and she said that it reminds her instantely of make-up (she loved it, so I wait her to ask me the name of the fragrance again). Daim Rouge has a dramatic start, presenting a distinctive supple deer skin note that recalls the lovely scent of a new pair of gloves, underlined by a natural rose essence that seems a bit tart and fruitty. It`s like a more feminine version of the dense and somehow oily Daim Blond from Serge Lutens. Exchange the apricot of that one with a syrupy rose and the dirty suede with a more smoother and clean one and you`ll get a first impression about Daim Rouge. It evolves very much on skin having a playful character, but in the end it becomes very soft, tender and powdery reminding me of a make-up bag or maybe a small leather evening purse with suede interior in which you take the neccesary beauty products with you at a party.
I tried to imagine who would impersonate this seducing scent. I see a beautiful woman rebellious at surface, but with a soft side kept only for privacy. She has a perfectly undone long hair, usually pairs fluid summer dresses with biker leather jackets, stains cigaretts filters with a bold shade of red lipstick and her beauty secret is her perfume, Daim Rouge. Late at night, after a full day she arrives home, opens the bedroom door…the door closes and she leaves behind a sublte scent of powder…like a promise.