Sisley Eau Du Soir

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I simply love this fragrance and wanted to share the beauty of it with you all. Sisley Eau Du Soir is an extremely elegant example of a fragrance falling into the chypre family and it is a cult product from Sisley Paris.

Sisley Paris was one of the first luxury beauty brands to use botanical essences in cosmetology and creates high quality skin care and make-up products which combine nature and science.  There are beautiful and effective anti-ageing products  in the range, award-winning sun-care and some of the best face masks on the market. Sisley Paris had award-winning face masks before face masks even became a ‘thing’. Two of my favourite products from the brand are the Phyto-Lip Twist tinted balms which I have instagrammed about before and the Black Rose Cream face mask. I have also had and used an array of skin care samples over time and additional products that I lust over are on my wish list such as  the Black Rose Precious Face Oil, Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge for the face and the Gentle Facial Buffing Cream with botanical extracts, all the textures are so divine and heavenly and you can see the improvements on the skin from first use.

Sisley Paris are also very well-known for fine perfumes created in the tradition of French ‘haute parfumerie’, special, bespoke, original, works of art in both composition and design utilising beautiful fragrance materials to create unforgettable treasures that stand the test of time to become iconic, classic and enjoyed by many for decades to date. Eau Du Soir was allegedly Countess Isabelle d’Organo’s ‘personal’ perfume before it was released to market and like many fragrances has an olfactive memory attached to it as it was created with particular notes to remind her of her childhood in Spain. I do like the story and as consumers we take fragrances and make them our own and attach our own memories to them.

When you think of the chypre family the classic Guerlain Mitsouko may spring to mind or perhaps Chanel No 19 or Coque D’Or (I have them on my dressing table) and it is exciting to see modern fragrances falling into the chypre genre such as Mugler Les Exceptions (Chyprisimme), Juliette Has a Gun (Mad Madame), Liz Earle (No 9), Maison Martin Margiela (Soul of the Forest) and Frederic Malle (Noir Epices) to name a few.

I appreciate a variety of chypres – fresh, green, woody, leather and Eau Du Soir is classed as a floral chypre.

Eau Du Soir’s composition is as follows:-

TOP NOTES:  Mandarin and grapefruit.

MIDDLE NOTES:  Syringa, rose absolute, jasmine, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, iris, oakmoss, cistus, pepper, juniper and clove.

BASE NOTES: Patchouli, amber and musk.

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It is not a shrinking violet, it packs a punch and it means business. Sali Hughes often refers to a category of fragrances that are like a ‘loaded pistol in your pants’,  for her that is Chanel No 5 (which is reserved for my beautiful mother in my world as it is her signature scent) and I know exactly what she means and feel that this fragrance does fall into that category as it has a backbone, makes you feel confident and it does bolster you for whatever life is going to throw at you but it has many facets and a tremendous personality. It is a great perfume for any time of year. Even though I don’t really apply ‘rules’,  as I generally go with a mood or feeling when choosing fragrance, I do like to use this particularly in Spring and Summer.

It is sharp, green, fresh, sparkling and then develops into the heart which is sensual, soft and alluring right through to the woodsy, musky base which lasts and lasts and lasts and lasts… get the picture.. 🙂

The composition is complex and the molecules project for hours. it is quite extraordinary how ‘sparkling’ and active it is on the skin for hours after first applying it.

You only need to apply a couple of spritzes at the very most, you will smell wonderful all day (and for days afterwards, but for showering, such is the longevity), this fragrance also lingers on clothes and scarves.  I enjoy the initial notes and the ‘assault on the senses’ and I find it gets better and better the more it develops on the skin.

The bottle is a vision of beauty, weighty glass, a fine HD spray and adorned with a sculptured gold bottle top, which on the original version of the fragrance that the Countess Isabelle d’Organo wore was 18 carat gold! The contemporary Polish sculptor Bronislaw Krzysztof created the bottle stopper/top and the details are magnificent, such a serene face. The brand release limited edition bottles of Eau Du Soir each year which are extremely collectable.

I have the matching moisturising perfumed body cream to layer and I sometimes wear the body cream alone. The body cream is delectable as you would expect from Sisley Paris given their origins. Containing botanical extracts of jioh and licorice, the texture is sublime, melts into the skin and provides long-lasting hydration and is perfumed with a large dose of the Eau Du Soir fragrance which is noticeable due to the concentration added to the formula, enough, I feel,  to be capable of being worn alone and still have an impact. No scrimping on ingredients here! I apply it liberally on my neck, décolletage and arms.

Sisley Eau Du Soir retails for £175.00 for the 100ml eau de parfum that I have and £79.00 for the Eau Du Soir moisturising perfumed body cream, so undoubtedly it is a considered purchase but to me it is worth every penny for the sheer quality of the composition, the longevity and how unique and beautiful it truly is. Give it a spritz and let me know what you think.

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Do you like any products or fragrances from Sisley Paris? What would you recommend?


Green, Aquatic & Citrus

I have always loved green, aquatic and citrus fragrances. Often described as individual and bold or crisp and lively, one thing is for sure the spectrum of fragrances falling into this category are increasingly sophisticated with new developments and techniques which means they can be softer, ozonic even subtle with a musky and sensual dry down.

One of my favourite classic fragrances is Chanel No 19, a beautiful concoction of floral and green notes with the legendary rose de mai (May Rose) and iris. It is a chypre but the dry down is muskier with the sensual, woody vetiver. I love to layer my fragrances on top of body creams scented with the same beautiful fragrance and Chanel No 19 body cream is rich and silky and leaves your skin so soft. The scent, when sprayed on top, lasts and lasts and wafts gently as you move throughout the day.IMG_0189Another love of mine, and a long-standing re-purchase, is Maison Martin Margiela Untitled. Galbanum, citrus, incense, cedar and jasmine. I distinctly remember it’s release into stores and nonchalantly walking past the pop up and having a little spritz which turned into an obsession a few days later when I popped on the pashmina I had worn on that day and the scent wafted up. I HAD to buy the fragrance and I have been wearing it ever since.

I was fortunate enough to go to one of the beautiful workshops with Josephine Fairley (via The Perfume Society) on How to improve your sense of smell and I proudly took Untitled ( a nearly empty bottle) as my fragrance of choice to show to the group, to pass around so others could share in its wonder and appreciate just what a beautiful scent it is.IMG_0191Bleu Paradis by Terry de Gunzburg is fresh, aquatic, ozonic and a stunning summer selection. Terry de Gunzburg has created some of the most extraordinarily unique and beautiful niche fragrances (in my opinion). You could easily fall in love with any of them. The bottles are such quality, heavy glass and simple aesthetics but it is the juice inside that exudes quality and individuality. Bleu Paradis has musk and amber in the base notes so the dry down is phenomenal on the skin, so elegant.IMG_0190