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Sarah Horowitz Parfums: Perfect Nectar

November 22, 2010
Yes, it’s summery, juicy and, when you wear it, the boys will wag their tongues at you. But boys used to wag their tongues at me when I wore Bath & Body Works’ Sun-Ripened Raspberry, circa 1998, back when B&BW was ultimate proof of the possible success in simplicity (i.e. the cheap soliflore, or, more precisely “solifruit”).Thus, typical boys, with their general poor taste in fragrance (the well-informed aside) and raves over Armani Code and Vera Wag’s various candy-crack Princesses do little to sway my opinions about perfume.I try to pander somewhat to the boyfriend’s preferences, but if I really paid attention to them, I would be walking around smelling like a piece of fruit that got into fisticuffs with a vanilla cupcake.

Not so elegant for anyone but an adolescent, and even for them there’s always some clean and bright alternatives like Tocca Brigitte or Coco Mademoiselle.

This brings me to my original point about Perfect Nectar. At first spray Perfect Nectar is pure peach – but not a rich dripping, lactonic peach, the kind you find in the farmers’ market in August. No, I’m talking about the kind of fruit aroma that feels synthetic and sterilized, like naff body spray or artificially flavored candies. Or the way I might like my bathroom to smell after someone has spent too much “time” in it…but even then I prefer the use of a sandalwood incense match.

The supposed green tea and white flowers were non-existent against the syrupy fruits, which is a shame because I suspect the intention was to temper the juiciness with some astringent and bitter notes. Mango is listed as a note, but I’ve realized that a sneaky pineapple tinge may be the culprit of my protest, which in fragrance I often find cheesy and rotten-smelling – the oft and peculiar olfactory crime of fruits normally found along the equator.

I, however, seem to be a defector in my opinion: my best friend tentatively sprayed this once, sniffed, smiled broadly and sprayed it over her entire body, exclaiming “Oh, my God! It’s great! It’s so fruity!”

Because my boyfriend and friend love it and because it is one of Sarah Horowitz’s bestsellers, there are people out there (probably nearly at every corner) bound to love this stuff.

But, I may ask, since when is “fruity-ness” the ultimate positive characteristic of personal fragrance? It seems that over the years voluminous florals and wise, but restrained greens have been over-run in popularity by often vulgar syrupy fruit concoctions – and  while some fruity-florals can be fun (Badgley Mischka), most just leave me feeling like a tarty teenager.   

In fact, as far as peachy fragrances go, I much prefer Mitsouko, which pairs a resinous green note with peach, rather than fruity, tropical, artificial wonders that push peach out of grace.

I digress…There’s an upside!

Perfect Nectar is one of the best fragrances to wear to a bar. It’s accessible, easy to identify and detectable by even the most anosmic drunks. It is, by far, the perfume I get the most positive comments on, and, even if in that sense alone, I can see why some women would very quickly shell out the $75.00 required to purchase the perfume. This stuff can make a girl quite popular!

 It’s an interesting place when you realize that you are buying perfume not at all for yourself, but rather for the enjoyment of others. I am not sure that I like that place at all.

 When I come home from work (instead having worn Ms. Horowitz’s beautiful Love Comes from Within) the house reeks of Perfect Nectar because the boyfriend has taken it upon himself to spritz it throughout the rooms. I’ve remarked that the fragrance is much more expensive than Febreze, but he says someone’s got to use it.

  I guess he’s right.


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