A honeymoon in Paris.
Me, "pre-BN", but still interested in fragrances, see the Guerlain Flagship store on the Champs-Elysees, and I was introduced to Derby. I bought it on the spot, despite the price.
This is, for me, my most formal fragrance of all. More than Heritage, Bois du Portugal, Dunhill 1934 and other I own.
The reason for this is that, while others have a hint of warmth, swetness or sexiness, Derby is bone dry, to steal a wine term. Possibly the only one which comes close in terms of "seriousness" is Vintage Tabarome.
A bone dry composition of mint and herbs which gives way to florals and moss. The overall effect, to my experience, is of a very expensive soap, and I feel clean in a very distinguished, but not necessarily "fresh" way. The sillage and longevity are impressive. I don't often get to wear Derby because of its formality, but when I do, I feel like I have balls of steel.
12th February, 2007