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Thanks so much to many friends and family who, over the years have given me luxury perfumes such as Dior & Chanel as very welcome gifts.
A quick spray of a gorgeous perfume really cheers me up & makes me feel (!) rich.
My favourite on is Nina Ricci's 'l'air du temps' & at around £35.00 per 50ml it not as expensive as some of the other top eau de parfumes.
This is also available in eau de toilette spray for around £13 for 30ml (probably cheaper at qualitysave etc).
The brand is distinctive because of the famous yellow box & the dove logo which is embossed on the glass bottle itself. The top is actually a dove made from glass which is really nice.
The perfume itself has a lovely fragrance which has top notes of gardenia & bergamot with rose, jasmine, orris, ylang-ylang.
The base is sandalwood & musk.
Despite the above, which sounds like it is a strong perfume, it is actually quite light, fresh & delicate.
The smell lasts a long time - you only need a little - so the bottle lasts ages. I'm still using the bottle that was given to me 2 years ago despite using it 2 or 3 times a week.
It is very distinctive & was, in fact, designed to be a 'memorable fragrance' .
It was first launched in 1948 & apparently '1 bottle is sold worldwide every second' - can't see that being true for much longer if things don't improve in the worldwide economy though?!
I think this would be appealing to many ages so would be a great gift for birthdays & Christmas.
I also think this is a good perfume for day or evening wear as it is not too strong but is very distinctive - a real 'signature perfume'.
This perfume reminds me so much of my late mother - it was always on our 'duty-free' list & when I have a spray it always reminds me of her.
Nina Ricci's most famous perfume, L'Air du Temps was created in France back in 1949. L'Air Du Temps means the "Air of Time.
I particularly like wearing this perfume as it was the perfume I used on the day I got married. Whenever I use it myself or smell it on others it takes me back in time to that wonderful day when I said 'I do!'
The perfume can be found in a delightful, elegant and unique, twin-dove crystal like bottle which was designed and created by Marc Lalique - a work of art in itself! The twin doves are actually the stopper on the bottle. The bottle is packaged in a box that boasts a distinctive yellow colour with attractive images of doves on the box.
Even though it was first launched in 1949, Nina Ricci's classical floral fragrance L'air Du Temps has stood the test of time and still remains as popular as ever.
It has a subtle fresh and flowery fragrance - a blend of gardenia, musk, carnation, sandalwood, gardenia, jasmine, bergamot and rose which combined give it a unique bouquet. .
The perfume and eau de toilette spray can often be found on offer in some supermarkets. I know that you can get it in Morrisons and Tesco's for under £10.
NINA RICCI'S L'AIR DU TEMPS PERFUME
Until a few years before I turned 18, the coming-of-age age in the UK was 21, so I was one of the lucky few who managed to wangle a special birthday twice!! For my 18th, however, I was given a gift of Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps - I got two packages, in one was a small bottle of perfume, in Lalique style, with the stopper being a model of twin doves and in the other a soap in a shell-shaped container. I felt immensely glamorous and grown-up as, up to that point, I had been a skinny beanpole, with specs and braces but a few weeks before my birthday my braces finally came off!
When I first smelled the perfume I was immediately wafted away on a cloud of imagination as the fresh floral aroma filled my nose. There is a sense of bergamot, gardenia with overtones of carnation, jasmine and rose. Utterly captivating.
The original fragrance was created in 1948 for the House of Ricci by master perfumer, Francis Fabron, and the original bottle was designed by Marc Lalique for the fragrance. I understand that the fragrance was reinvented at the end of the 20th century to conform with modern production processes so for me there is a small difference but the aroma remains uncompromisingly floral, light and the hints of carnation, gardenia and rose remain as charming for me today as they did when I was 18!
Copyright 2008: shibainudogpersn
First published on Ciao.com
*~ NINA RICCI L'AIR DU TEMPS PARIS ~*
This classic perfume is made by the French fashion house of Nina Ricci. It was first released into the public domain in 1948, and such is its staying power. Still going strong in 2008 it is as a well known and highly respected fragrance from this designer. L'Air du Temps meaning 'The Air Of Time' runs on the theme of air. Creators of perfume use a central theme as the 'story' of their perfume, and in L'Air du Temps case the theme is 'Air' denoted by a picture of doves kissing with wings outspread on the product. The world famous doves also represent peace and freedom, freedom of spirit. The creators take the theme as the story and the first main accord of the perfume is created around the central theme. So they will take the fragrance that they see as representing air as the main accord, and in the case of L'Air du Temps the chosen main fragrances are gardenia and carnation. This perfume has been chosen to represent a breath of fresh air, serene, poetical and romantic.
I have long loved this perfume for its beautiful fragrance, and the timeless classic quality that it portrays. It is not a fragrance that has the 'Wow' factor that say Palomo Picasso has, instead it has a gentle beautiful fragrance that sits quietly upon the skin and releases its subtle powdery floral fragrance slowly and gently. L'Air du Temps is a very feminine perfume that captures the essence of sensuality, some perfumes do. Hard to put your finger on but some perfumes just exude a sensual quality that is very much the essence of a woman.
It is softly spoken and understated, and this is just the element that I really like about L'Air du Temps. It puts me in mind of lazy summer afternoons, hazy sunrises, and waking in the morning with a feeling that you are at peace with the world. Sleepy and happy with that comfortable feeling when you are totally at one with yourself. That is what the fragrance of L'Air du Temp represents for me. Though not an aggressive scent it is quite recognizable and unlike many scents of 'Today' it is still very easy to distinguish the scent upon someone. It has its own special fragrance that really is quite unique. I find a lot of today's perfumes to be really quite similar unless it is a stand out perfume like L'eau D'issey which is of course very distinguishable.
The top notes of L'Air du Temps are gardenia and carnation with the lesser note of jasmine, sandlewood and iris, so although at heart a flowery scent, it also has a spicy sandlewood middle note which brings in the spiciness through the flower, resulting in a lovely mixture of and flower and spice. I have a small 90% volume, 6 ml bottle of the perfume of L'Air du Temps which was a gift. It came encased in a yellow hexagonal box with two intertwined doves kissing, above L'Air du Temps, Nina Ricci, Paris written in gold lettering. The box is understated and looks expensive and of a high quality.
The glass moulded bottle inside is ridged, swirling up the bottle which is narrow at the base and shaping fuller to the middle, to taper narrow at the top. Placed upon the top of the glass bottle there are two white frosted doves kissing with wings spread, which is this perfumes trademark of peace. It is a beautiful bottle and tastefully designed. The perfume inside is gorgeous, and of course much stronger than the Eau de Toillette. I can pick out the gardenia, carnation, and jasmine notes immediately, then with a delicate powdery iris scent following though with the sandlewood quite strongly featured also.
This is such a lovely perfume and though expensive I feel it is worth the extra money as it really does have an individual scent all of its own. I also have the Eau de Toilette which I normally use in the daytime, and the stronger smell of the perfume for the evening. L'Air du Temps is a legendary perfume with a highly recognizable fragrance. In 1999 the firm Lalique designed and signed a series of collectors limited edition crystal bottles of the L'Air du Temps, and said bottle was designated 'Bottle of the century'.- If anyone is in possession of one of these I should think it is worth a small fortune as Lalique is one of Frances great glass makers, and their work fetches good money.
L'Air du Temps is suitable for any age of woman and I would say suitable for day or night wear, and any occasion. It is romantic, sensual, delicate and refined. The notes are carnation and gardenia, with spicy accents of rose Centifolia, Grasse Jasmine, Orris, Mysore Sandalwood. When searching on the Internet for the best possible price on this product I came across http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk which has amazing discounts of up to as much as 75% on some perfumes. On L'Air du Temps with MRP of £42.00 their price was £14.99 for a 100ml atomizer Eau de Toilette, which is a brilliant saving. I shall definitely be checking out this site for future purchases of perfumes.
L'Air du Temp is a perfume I would wholeheartedly recommend if you wanted a classic timeless fragrance with a delicate, peaceful, serene quality about it. - 9/10.
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This classic fragrance combines freshness and delicacy with feminine sensuality / With top notes of carnation and gardenia, middle notes of rose and jasmine and base notes of orris and Mysore sandalwood /