March 1, 2018
Savannah Wisteria via Shutterstock
I really love Nest Fragrances for many reasons, foremost is that they offer fine fragrances composed by world-famous perfumers at affordable prices. That’s a win-win in my book. Their latest, Nest Fragrances Wisteria Blue was inspired by the multi-colored wisteria vines throughout Savannah Georgia is no exception. Nest;s eau de parfums are signed by such luminaries as Christophe Laudamiel, Jerome Epinette, and now Rodrigo Flores-Roux.
Founder Laura Slatkin was inspired to create Nest Fragrances Wisteria Blue while walking through the Historic District in Charleston, S.C.: “I came across a home that was covered in wisteria blossoms in the most extraordinary shades of lavender, blue and white; it was right then and there that I knew I had to create a wisteria fragrance.” Upon returning to New York, Ms. Slatkin knew immediately she wanted to collaborate with Rodrigo Flores-Roux to develop the fragrance.
Rodrigo Flores-Roux of Givaudan is well known for his breathtaking florals and expert knowledge of all things vintage; his body of work includes John Varvatos, Arquiste, Aedes De Venustus Oeillet Bengale, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, and Clinique Happy to name just a few.
Nest Fragrances Wisteria Blue arrives in the brand’s signature black box adorned with beautiful botanical illustrations by noted Russian artist Alexander Solodukho. The fragrance is a light, fresh paean to spring, and the long and languid pre-summer days of the south.
Queen’s Hamlet (Petit hameau) – Petit Trianon, Park of Versailles via flickr
Using a wisteria essence extracted from the blooms grown at Marie Antoinette’s’ Petit Trianon cottage in Versailles, Nest Wisteria Blue is the perfect fragrance for a lazy Sunday meal “en famille”. I can imagine a brick patio shaded by a stately mature wisteria vine, the trunk wrapped and twisting around trellis and gate, the lavender colored petals floating on the breeze to land on the table and ground almost as if angels were showering kisses down upon you.
“At This Time”, Vogue Italia, September 1997 Photographer: Ellen von Unwerth©
Wisteria Blue is an abstract scent, a suggestion or dream of a perfect flowering vine at the height of its bloom. The jasmine is equally dominant but never overshadows the French wisteria essence, merely they are walking arm in arm through a glorious sun-filled garden asking that you take your time and take your ease, the better to enjoy the sights and scents of nature’s spring floral bounty. The Bulgarian rose note adds an old-fashioned sweetness, and the aquatic accord keeps things fresh and fluid, a meandering stream nearby, or in the case of Savannah Georgia, a slight oceanic tang of the nearby harbor where the Savannah River flows past Tybee Island before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Nest Fragrances Wisteria Blue brings to mind Edwardian ladies and gentlemen at an afternoon garden fête; a genteel and glorious floral tribute to perfumes of the past.
–Robert Herrmann, Senior Editor
-Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief
Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Nest Fine Fragrances, we have a 8 ml roller ball AND a 50 ml bottle of Nest Fragrances Wisteria Blue for one registered reader In the USA ,so be sure to register if you have not done so. To be eligible please let us know what appeals to you about Robert’s review of Wisteria Blue, your favorite Nest Fragrance and if you have ever smelled wisteria. Draw closes 3/4/2018