PURPLE FLOWERS WEEK 2018
It’s an annual tradition on EauMG to feature “purple flowers” on the week of Nowruz/Vernal Equinox. “Purple flowers” are what I call flowers that (usually) have purple blossoms and bloom in spring: lilacs, violets, iris, heliotrope, hyacinth and wisteria (when I’m feeling generous). These are the sort of florals that make me think of spring. Plus, it gives me an excuse to talk about some of my favorite floral notes.
Shall we wrap up Purple Flowers Week 2018 with something in a metallic pink bottle? Absolutely! Montale So Flowers is one of those that says a lot with its brief name. It smells like so much flowers. So many.
So Flowers is like the epitome of a heady floral. It’s a huge bouquet of hyacinth and white florals. I also get something that is like peach-scented nail polish remover. It settles into a heady, honey hyacinth and roses. I typically like my hyacinths more green than this, but there’s something about So Flowers that I like here. It has greenness but it’s mostly indoles and some powder. This gives the perfume an “old-fashioned” vibe while also being like something that would come in a metallic hot pink bottle. It’s bold, which is exactly what I expected. As it wears, it starts to decay, a trait that I prize in a floral. This huge bouquet starts to lose some petals and the stems go limp. The dry-down is like a mossy rose, iris and musk (that reminds me of everything I loved about old-school, non-reformulated Annick Goutals).
So Flowers isn’t an exceptional fragrance. I mean, there are so many florals out there. It’s a popular genre. But, even if it’s a a bit redundant, it’s still enjoyable, especially if you like bold 80’s-style florals.
Notes listed include hyacinth, jasmine, iris, rose, ylang-ylang and musk. Launched in 2010.
Projection and longevity are above average. Isn’t that what you expect from Montale?
The 3.4 oz retails for $170 at Osswald. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Huge floral with a lot of jasmine and hyacinth. See, Montale can do things other than “aoud”!
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