Narciso Rodriguez Essence In Color Eau de Parfum — The Smell of Intimacy
I often joke that the Narciso Rodriguez For Her fragrance is an undercover man eater, that it manages to bring out the passionate core of any man whose nose it tickles, rendering them powerless to the feminine wiles of the woman swathed in the mysterious, woody floral aroma. Lately, however, I’ve been gravitating toward the Narciso Rodriguez Essence In Color EDP Spray ($84 for 1.6 oz. bottle at Sephora.com) whenever I want to feel sexy. As with all Narciso scents, its magic lies in its subtlety and warmth, its unexpected orchestra of notes.
This limited-edition scent reinterprets the classic Narciso Rodriguez Essence fragrance, making it more demure and adding an intimate, carnal, tactile quality that heightens its sensual nature. There is, after all, a profound difference between sexuality and sensuality, the latter involving a slower revelation, a build-up of desire via fantasy, and the exquisite pleasure of delayed gratification. The Narciso Rodriguez Essence In Color, then, doesn’t feel aggressive or forceful. Like a woman disrobing ever so slowly, allowing her beloved’s gaze to scan every curve and nook of her glorious naked form, this scent unravels slowly, each stage in the aromatic evolution more delectable than the last.
As with its predecessor, the Narciso Rodriguez Essence In Color features rose petal and iris powder notes, but it feels lighter and more intimate thanks to the incense added to the musk note, which makes an enormous difference in setting a more meditative, mysterious, exotic setting, and thanks to the tiare blossom used to intensify the amber notes, amping up the powdery aspect of this warm, earthy note.
Unlike so many fragrances that lose their charm as time elapses, the Narciso Rodriguez Essence In Color EDP Spray actually becomes more intoxicating after the first hour, once the fragrance grows fainter and starts feeling all the more elusive. Like the warmth of a lover’s embrace, this scent has a nuzzly, comforting quality that’s still enchanting and oh so desirable.