photo via Agonist ©
Niclas and Christine Lydeen, founders of the Award winning Swedish perfume house Agonist, describe their latest creation Agonist Say Yes as "…a celebration of the art of Saying Yes to life… Say Yes is a scent that triggers positive change… embraces you with energy to feel brave, have trust and share joy and happiness." Can one perfume do all of that? I have to Say Yes – absolutely! Containing less alcohol than most fragrances on the market and a high concentration of the finest raw materials, Agonist Say Yes is a unisex scent that delivers its message of beauty and power via an extraordinary juxtaposition of gourmand, floral and woody notes.
Island Sunset photo by Gail©
Imagine a tropical island vacation. You are lounging on the lanai at sunset, sharing a delicately sweet and weightless hazelnut dessert with someone you love. A fresh breeze, scented with the perfumes of blossoms and flowering trees, rustles the table linens, soothing your skin and renewing your spirit. Agonist Say Yes brings this scenario to life.
Hazelnut torte and plumeria photo collage by Gail Gross©️
The first taste of Say Yes is an irresistible pairing of hazelnut and dried fig. Hints of cream and the mild nutty aroma of freshly toasted hazelnuts balance the dark sugar and the woody, slightly waxen taste of dried fig. This initial gourmand encounter is kept fresh with a nuance of green, mouthwatering bergamot.
Plumeria Pools by Kim Mcdonald©️
After about five minutes I begin to sense the spirit of the islands, the honeyed, ethereal breath of frangipani (Plumeria) caressing my skin. The Heart of Agonist Say Yes is an exquisite zephyr composed of impressions of soft muted jasmine and suggestions of smooth vanilla supporting the ever so subtle, airy white-flower aromas of golden frangipani. This is the unmistakable scent of tropical island air, the perfume of leis and love spells. The floral magic lingers for hours, all the while supported by the equally magical and spiritual effects of a Cambodian style oud accord, Mysore-type sandalwood and the perfect compliment of resinous, balsamic amber.
Collage of Say Yes with flowers © Gail
The word "agonist" is defined, in reference to biochemistry, as "a substance that initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor". Agonist Say Yes, housed in the beautiful clean lines of glass bottles by Åsa Jungnelius and the Kosta Boda Glassworks, encourages a specific response that the world so desperately needs right now, a pronounced feeling of happiness and a scented message of peace, love and joy. "Our Swedish values of transparency, collaboration and equality always push us to explore new ways of adding beauty and power to the world." – Niclas and Christine Lydeen, Agonist Parfums. Notes: Bergamot, hazelnut, dried fig, jasmine, frangipani, vanilla, oud, amber and sandalwood.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Intertrade Europe for my sample of Agonist Say Yes. My opinions are my own.
Gail Gross – Senior Editor
Thanks to the generosity of Intertrade Europe and Agonist Parfums, we have one bottle/ $195 for one registered reader in the USA. To be eligible, please leave a comment saying what appeals to you about Agonist Say Yes, based on Gail’s review. You can also tell us about one special place that brings you joy, happiness and peace. Draw closes 11/9/2018
Say Yes is available at Fumerie Parfumerie in Portland and online at fumerie.com where you can also buy a sample for $6
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