L’Âme sœur means soulmate in French. Parfums Divine L’Âme Sœur is a perfume that celebrates that “soulmate” bond between rose and jasmine. The overall perfume is an elegant composition as timeless as the “royal couple”, rose and jasmine.
L’Âme Sœur opens with fizzy, fatty, peachy aldehydes with a hint of a fruity, raspberry-like violet. It’s one of those grand dame florals. It’s very Chanel-ish in that at this stage it reminds me somewhat of No. 5 and No. 22. It’s a “classic French floral” with ylang, rose and jasmine. It’s fruity, floral and powdery. When I wear L’Âme Sœur, I’m brought to mind Suzy Parker in furs, matte French face powder and satin gloves. The dry-down is a powdery, warm ambergris that is salty and slightly musky. It actually reminds me somewhat of the lovely dry-down of Creed Fantasia de Fleurs. And I wouldn’t be surprised at all if orris was in this composition.
Notes listed include jasmine, Bulgarian rose, ylang and ambergris. Launched in 2004. PERFUMER – Yann Vasnier
Give L’Âme Sœur a try if you like classic aldheydic florals or powdery florals. Or if you like perfumes like Chanel No. 5 EDP, Chanel No. 22, Coty L’Aimant, Lanvin Arpege, Malle Iris Poudre and/or Caron Fleurs de Rocaille. L’Âme Sœur does have a vintage feel so I do recommend it to those that prefer “perfume perfumes”.
On a side note…Yann Vasnier was the perfumer for this line. He’s since moved on to have a rather active career creating perfumes for Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. When I try Vasnier’s creations for Divine, I’m reminded of just how talented he is. L’Âme Sœur isn’t “novel” in that it does remind me of classic perfumes (what’s novel is that it was launched ten years ago). But, L’Âme Sœur is exceptionally crafted while being an homage to classic French perfumery. He’s a talented perfumer with a lot of versatility.
Projection and longevity are above average.
The 1.7 oz spray retails for $120 at Luckyscent. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A glamorous powdery floral. It isn’t “ground-breaking” but it really is a pretty perfume that is well-done using good ingredients. I highly recommended sampling it if you like “classic” powdery or aldehydic scents.
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