Launched in 2003, Narciso Rodriguez For Her was created by Christine Nagel and Francis Kurkdjian. For Her is a sort of “modern classic” in that it has paved the way for an entire generation of fragrances on the market today. It’s reminiscent of a classic chypre in that it is a blend of fruity, floral and woody accords but the added note of heady musk makes it a unique scent that has secured its place in the industry.
I’ll admit, it was not love at first sniff with Narciso Rodriguez For Her perfume, or the fellow toilette . All I got was a sharp hit of musk that seemed harsh and one dimensional. How disappointing! Fast forward a few years to my latest perfume frenzy. I always check in with perfumes that haven’t agreed with me in the past in the hopes that I’ll suddenly “get” what I wasn’t grasping about the fragrance before. However, more often than not a once rejected perfume remains just that. It was during one of my perusals through the perfume section at The Bay that I sauntered over to the Narciso Rodriguez counter. I noticed the familiar sleek black bottle and, half grimacing, picked it up and spritzed it on my arm. At first, my reaction to the scent was that it was certainly better than I remembered but still I put the bottle down and walked away; mainly to avoid being accosted the dreaded salesperson.
Later on that day I kept catching whiffs of something lovely. The culprit? Me! Well, Narciso’s For Her actually. It was that blend of clean and sexy. Expensive soap and woods, or musk to be exact. I had to get it! I first purchased the Eau De Toilette which is the one in the black bottle that comes in a light pink box. One of the most interesting things about the For Her parfum and toilette is that they are quite different from one another. While the signature musk accord is apparent in both versions, the toilette is comparatively sharper while the parfum is warmer with softer notes of honey, rose, peach, and amber. Of the two, the toilette defiantly had the stronger sillage (the projection of a fragrance).
From The NR site:
Toilette: A rare musk enhanced by a pure synthesis of delicate floral osmanthus notes, soft amber and hints of patchouli. Notes: Honey Flower, Solar Musk, Orange Blossom, Osmanthus, Amberlyn, Vanilla, Tactile Musk, Tactile Woods, Vetiver.
Parfum: Musk remains at the heart of for her eau de parfum, enhanced by a rare weave of pink floral with hints of rose, peach pulp and soft amber. Notes: pink chypre, pink floral, voluptuous woods, soft amber, sheer chypre, flower honey, tactile woods, amber light.
Eventually, I added the Eau De Parfum to my collection and find it just as lovely if not more subdued. I wear the parfum when I still want the delicious muskiness of For Her without the sharpness of the toilette. I am typically not a fan of rose scents but I cannot resist the parfum’s blend of musk, rose, woods, amber and honey.
While I would reserve the parfum for winter use, the toilette could be worn on a summer night out, applied with a light hand.