O The Virtues: ORIGINAL VETIVER by CREED (2004) + SIGNORICCI by NINA RICCI (1976)

The Black Narcissus

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A bright winter’s morning. The bathroom of a stately home.

On the washbasin lies a pristine bar of soap. It is the most perfect soap imaginable; a hard, impenetrable, triple-milled yellow soap; the clean, heart-clearing brightness of bergamot, and the finest essences of neroli married to a light, fresh note of cool, purified vetiver grass planted down, somewhere beneath the surfaces, in its fragrant, pounded centre.

A vetiver, then, of spanking immaculateness and spruceness; a perfect accoutrement to the face-splashing morning ritual: a scent that very reeks, almost, of trust.

Until you smell Signoricci that is, when the artificial, clammed together, and somewhat hysterical brightness of Creed’s Original Vetiver is exposed……

Signoricci, one of the few key masculines from a house that, in its heyday, produced some of the most delicate and exquisite feminine florals ever created, predates Creed’s scent by thirty years and is of a similar soap-cleansed…

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