THREE WOMEN IN BLUE: : : LYS BLEU by PRINCE HENRI D’ORLEANS (1980) + OMBRE BLEU PARFUM by JEAN-CHARLES BROSSEAU (1987) + LA FEMME BLEUE by ARMANI PRIVE (2011)

The Black Narcissus

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Blue can be cold and detached – the retraction of the self into remorseful reflection. The colour of melancholy: formal, austere, even chilling, and the doleful and anguished depression of Picasso’s Blue Period, where he retreated from society following the suicide of his friend, only ever finding solace in painting almost exclusively in blue.

But blue is also the most tranquil of colours – calming and rehabilitating to the human spirit – the blue of lakes, of rain and the sea, unburdening and psychially liberating. A colour in which to plunge.

In perfume, while in traditional masculines, blue usually signifies mainly marine-centred, preconceived ideas about conservatism, money and the outdoors, it also, in more thoughtful perfumed creations, can signify a real sense of interiority and mystery.

As a person far more drawn to reds and pinks, corals and crimson ( I am a fire sign after all), I am ambivalent…

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  1. OnWingsofSaffron

    On the Brosseau website there is a „Fleurs d’Ombre – Ombre Bleue“. The blue bottle seems significantly different to „vintage“ Ombre Bleue. Is the perfume the same, I wonder?
    Best wishes from hothothot Germany

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