Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Belle du Soir by Le Labo ( Anthropologie )
First, allow me to thank my good friend and talented reviewer sherapop for her extremely generous sample package that arrived in my mailbox !!!
One of the fragrances she included was Belle du Soir. By looking at the listed notes and the name of the fragrance, you would be correct in ASSUMING that Belle du Soir would be a citric-floral scent with a foundation of lightly implemented wood and earth tones.
Oh, how wrong you would be !!! No sooner this hit my skin, I almost sprinted to my wardrobe cabinet and grabbed Santos by Cartier for comparison. I can safely say that Belle du Soir is Santos for Women. I am literally in awe of the similarities. I have had Santos in my drobe for years and the sandalwood, cedar and patchouli triumvirate are dead ringers for one another.
Belle du Soir is an austere scent, but in a good way. You wouldn't expect it to be as arid as it is, but it wastes no time in getting down to business. It sets its mind to showcasing a storehouse of parched wood, earth and an even keeled smoke. This is not what you would call a conventional feminine. It may even be beyond unconventional since ( to me at least ) a fragrance of this ilk is more associated with testosterone, cigar wielding personalities.
Sillage is very good with commanding presence. Longevity is as good or better than Santos and that is commendable. There's no question that this is a try before you buy. A big thumbs up from Aromi for shock value, totality of aroma and just plain guts for marketing this to women.