In spite of my tirade yesterday, there is actually one fragrance amongst all those clones that isn’t a clone and that rocks my world – Azurée Soleil by Tom Ford Estee Lauder. Technically not a brand new scent, Azurée Soleil is a sequel to the much sought after Azurée Body Oil that came out last summer, the difference is in concentration – it’s eau fraiche. Intended as Tom Ford’s interpretation of the original chypre fragrance Azurée (1969) evocative of Côte d’Azur, the new Azurée Soleil completely does away with oakmoss giving preference to a more trendy concept – a tropical, beach floral with the suntan lotion vibe. As much as I love oakmoss, I could easily do without it in hot weather, Côte d’Azur or not. So I’m quite happy with Azurée Soleil and will be reaching for it a lot this summer.
Azurée Soleil starts out with the most sumptuous blend of Tahitian gardenia and coconut neither of each is overdone or excessive. For a light skin scent, it has a good amount of complexity and development. The heart is creamy and lush, with just a touch of jasmine and magnolia. On my skin, the drydown is all milky sandalwood with hints of caramel. Interestingly enough, Azurée Soleil doesn’t seem as tropical as Virgin Island Water by Creed. Perhaps it’s the absence of the aquatic accord in the former – Azurée Soleil is all about the sun and its interaction with skin. It’s the ultimate sunny, carefree, buoyant, all around feel-good scent for summer.
Azurée Soleil features the notes of Tahitian gardenia, coconut, orange flower, jasmine, magnolia, myrrh, bergamot, mandarin, amber, sandalwood, vetiver, caramel. It’s available at Estee Lauder counters and is very moderately priced.
21 comments April 2nd, 2007