Contradiction. A combination of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to one another. A situation in which inconsistent elements are present.
François Nars’ cult cosmetic brand NARS founded in 1994, celebrated 25 years in the business last year. To acknowledge this milestone, he launched the NARS debut perfume, choosing the brilliant French perfumer Olivia Giacobetti to work with. Giacobetti has only been creating for her IUNX brand and this is her first work outside of that for a number of years. The fact that she does not just churn out fragrances making her a stellar choice.
White frangipani and smoke of incense — Tiare flower, ylang-ylang essential oil, sandalwood — White cedar essential oil, white musk.
A study in light and dark, it opens with the frangipani, immediately tempered with Giacobetti´s translucent incense. A contradictory scent, it never goes near a suntan product. The sandalwood becomes central, but the frangipani, tiara, and ylang-ylang remain, albeit behind the weightless veil of the incense smoke and cedar. Giacobetti`s use of the white musks keeping a constant translucency. Effortlessly exquisite.
The bottle, designed by Fabien Barron, sprays with the very finest of mist; the skin is coated in nearly invisible droplets. Minimal and all black, it belies the ethereal delicateness of what is inside it.
Bottle my own.
For those who have been disappointed that Audacious is not a cloying oud or an ambroxan laden skin-glue, NARS never was going to go with the nuclear creations that come out of the “backstreet abortion clinic perfume” genre. And that in itself is exactly why this perfume is AUDACIOUS.