Thread: Patricia de Nicolai
Last edited by kess; 14th May 2009 at 05:32 PM.
I am a admirer of most things Patricia de Nicolaï, who is about as artisan as you can get in modern day perfumery.
I think her eaux de Cologne fragrances deserve a wider following. They are beautifully put together with clearly top quality naturals playing a large part, and they are reasonably priced. Beautyhabit carries them PdN eaux de Cologne. They used to be available in large sizes up to 500ml at what was, given the quality, extraordinary value for money. I am not sure whether they are offered in such sizes anymore.
Yes, this house deserves more attention than it gets.
Strollyourlobster, Ruggles, et al...Thanks a lot for the help locating PdN, I'm glad I was wrong! I'll check out Clyde's and New London.
(Incidentally StrollYL, when you first mentioned over and down from the Met, I was thinking maybe Eisler Chemists on 79th and Lex, who carries Floris but not PdN)
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I do think that Odalisque may well seem too feminine to many men. To me it's just peaceful and pretty. Depends, I suppose, on your associations with flowers.
I think Turin's review is spot-on, although I do find muguet in this brew which he apparently doesn't, and find it to be beautifully blended to soften and lift the jasmine. What he says about the salty oakmoss note is right, and really it was the moment that I noticed this note and simultaneously found the iris that I fell in love with this stuff. The comparison to the green iris in Iris Bleu Gris is apt, I think, although it's buzzing at very low volume below the soft jasmine/mugeut/salty-mossy accord. The character of the overall scent could hardly be different than Iris Bleu Gris--I'm just speaking of this one note. My sense is that if you love Sel de Vetiver, you might love this. I blowing through my bottle at a great rate.
Last edited by scentemental; 14th May 2009 at 08:13 PM.
You know jenson, she could still market herself in an anti-big business manner and play up the artisanal nature of her products and production while doing so and still do it in a sophisticated and savvy way, but I don't see that happening.
It's a real pity because if anyone one is truly niche, PdN is.
PdN also has a big home fragrance business and produce their own version of the Lamp Bergere and its fragrance oils.
I'd love to get one of these.
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 14th May 2009 at 09:03 PM.
i am still looking for Mharajah .
Ruggels, i really love maharajah sampel u have sent to me
thank u !
I must admit I haven't sampled enough from this house, to make even a dent into smelling the whole line.
I personally did not like New York at all, and found both Maharadjah and Maharanih good for a few minutes, but nose grating and ill-fitting over the course of a full wearing. I was so ready to fall in love with these last two, since they are so cinnamon prominent, but I just couldn't get into them.
In a swap, Robin from NowSmellThis sent me a sample of Eau Exotique, which I liked a lot. But it was too small of a sample to really judge whether the scent was FBW or not. It definitely piqued my interest (mango, lime and cassis over a musky cedar drydown).
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Last edited by scentemental; 14th May 2009 at 09:44 PM.
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 14th May 2009 at 09:54 PM.
if one goes thru the web content of her official web-page, it's pretty evident that she is very anti-marketing and hype surrounding niche. seems she is on a mission and has long terms goals in mind.
i really liked the content on her web-page, it simply echoes what we are talkin about here....a good read for any enthusiast... here it is - http://www.pnicolai.com/ve/pages/historique.htm
Definitely science project, definitely generic.
I don't like the women's bottle, which, incidentally functioned as the men's bottle before the generic men's bottles where introduced. That should tell you something right there. I find such bottles straining for elegance, which they don't achieve, much like the MPG bottles with their absurdly bulbous, gem-studded tops, and look where that company is now.
I would like to see a high tech, minimalist style of bottling and packing that would provide a decided contrast with the artisanal quality of the fragrances and their production. It would give the whole thing a modern, paradoxical edge.
Last edited by scentemental; 14th May 2009 at 10:04 PM.