Feel good perfume – a review!
Honere des Pres Vamp a NY is a really great perfume with a slightly (sorry) ridiculous name. The brand jumped on the scene in 2008 and has gained some well-deserved recognition since.
“Honoré des Prés is a niche perfume house established by Christian David //…. The house focuses on organic haute perfumery, and bases their fragrances on natural ingredients.
Honoré des Prés is a modern perfume house "set in Parisian greenery". Since they are environment-friendly they combine all available professional and artistic talents to serve the purpose. The house is best characterized through skilled engineers, cardboard craftsmen, tomorrow’s organic laboratory, enchanted perfumers and imaginative designers.”
When first getting interested in healthier alternatives in the perfume universe I did some research into the best reviewed all natural and non-toxic fragrances on the market. I especially looked at longevity and a true complex “perfume feel” as these where the two factors I found missed in many natural alternatives according to reviewers. That Olivia Giacobetti, one of my favorite “noses” (Dzing! and many other L’Artisan fragrances, En Passant – Frederic Malle, Diptyque’s Philosykos etc) created this line caught my attention and it turns out, the reviewing mass where not wrong about Vamp a NY. It is truly long lasting and stays beautiful throughout the full development on the skin. This says a lot coming from someone with bone dry, fragrance altering skin type T (as in Teflon, nothing sticks). I appreciate seeing (or rather smelling in this case) one of the big well known noses working with natural materials only, proving that it can absolutely be done and done well.
While I was initially slightly skeptical about the first blast of the very typical tuberose bubblegum smell (which is lovely in itself but gets disappointing if it’s all you get), the lovely boozy balsamic quality of the rum and balsam comes in quickly enough and is truly vibrant and sensual.
I first suspected this might be a summer fragrance due to the tropical feel of the opening but I was wrong about that as well. I feel the fragrance “blooms” beautifully even in cold weather and the resinous feel of the balms covers all the winter coziness in my book.
I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I know that this perfume is all natural and or if it truly makes a difference but with al it’s boozy sexiness it never loses a certain fresh feel. Not fresh as in aquatic or lemony but fresh as in natural and pure. There is no twinge of headache or chemical taste in my mouth when spraying it on. I can put it on before bedtime and not feel guilty of marinating myself in chemicals all night (lovely picture that). As a bonus, this might be my most complimented fragrance ever (a close second was Coco Mademoiselle which I strongly disliked on myself).
Some people may love the fun-factor of the coffee mug packaging, while I’ve understood others despise its flimsiness. I’m on very neutral territory here since I don’t really care much about packaging and always throw it away. Bottles on the other hand, I do care about, and this one is beautiful. One might expect that a company that has taken such care in being environmentally conscious with the content of its product might have some vision on recycling or refilling of the beautiful heavy glass bottles but I have not been able to find any information on that. Maybe they read this and take the hint? (Oh the hubris)
To summarize; I love the fact that this looks and feels like a proper perfume. It’s special and complex enough to qualify for being someone’s signature fragrance in my opinion. Even perfume fans completely uninterested in health and safety benefits (why lovely fools, why?) would and should be impressed by this if you like this type of perfume. And if you like me love yourself some spicy tuberose that will make people follow you around with a dreamy look in their eyes, well, you simply can’t go wrong with Vamp a NY.
Cruelty free: Yes
All-natural: Yes, 100%
Environmentally sound production chain: Unknown
Ethical organization: Unknown
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