Part 3 of Volnay reviews....you can read part 1 here and here.
my reviews of Volnay scents I saved this one for last because it
required a few different wearings to figure it out. Of the 5, this is
the one that gave me the most mental churn. Did I like it? At first I
didn't know. When I first applied it, I got a very doughy, almost
bitter iris, and ambrette, which I am typically not a fan of. I like
iris but there are some iris fragrances that I have never been able to
tolerate. This immediate note recalled that same unsettling feeling for
Powering through, I waited a few minutes and
there was my reward. The dough in the iris faded and allowed a lovely
pale purple bloom to come through. This effect was further enhanced by
an airy lilac note that wasn't too sweet, rather recalling the bud
instead of the bloom. Pink pepper and orange blossom further flavored
the bouquet and spring suddenly was surrounding my arm. The dough was a
little wisp of memory floating around it but it worked quite well and
the ambrette, to me, recalled the sword shaped leaves of the iris. Very
feminine and balanced, this reminded me of a tailored, lavender
colored linen dress.
As the fragrance progresses we get a hint of a woody violet,
and a lovely fluffy vanilla musk comes out. Not dessert-like in the
least, but like a halo of light powder, enhanced by the 4092 base.
It's a bit like the drydown of Nirmal by Laboratorio Olfattivo.....veil
like and long-wearing. It gives me the impression of walking on a
cloud, surrounded by beauty. I wore this on a day where the weather was
turning towards the warm and was aware of little hints of
purple-colored spring flowers and vanilla powder all day. A surprising
little fragrances, because the opening stage was my least favorite,
however, I found it to be a gem.
All in all, I
really do love all the Volnay fragrances. My favorites would be Yapana
and Perlerette, simply because I gravitate to a well-done hyper-feminine
scent. However, every single one is beautifully composed. The lasting
power is amazing, some were obvious over 10 hours after application,
and was evident still after 10 hours and a shower. This house is most
definitely worth checking out.