|Fleure Poivrée, my favorite eau de toilette in the Acorelle collection.|
You know how much I love shopping in our local pharmacy, basically for two reasons:
- Christine, our pharmacist, is a good friend and always tells me the truth about products. She’ll say, “No, really, don’t buy that you’ll be disappointed.” So, I don’t.However, when she finds a superb new product, she tells me I must have it, which brings me to the second reason why I love shopping in pharmacies. . .
- Fabulous Pharmacy Finds. (You know I also love alliteration.)
|The Coeur de Rose is quite lovely, but not my first or second choice.|
Yesterday while filling my Retin-A prescription, I saw a collection of “Les Naturelles Eaux de Toilette” flacons. Instantly I started spraying the testers up and down my arms, trying to keep the scents separated from one another. I quickly eliminated the Cherise and the Vanille, I tend not to like food aromas in my perfumes. I cannot imagine bathing in or spritzing on eau de chocolat for example. I’d either want to lick myself or take some Maalox.
Luckily I had several other choices and came away with Fleur Poivrée and Orchidée Blanche, both deliciously fresh and light and summery. The Fleur Poivrée is a cocktail of chilli and black pepper, “heightened by woody, sensual base notes of vanilla and sandalwood.” (I couldn’t detect the vanilla note.)
|Orchidée Blanche (They must have decided to put an orchidée rose on the box because it would be difficult to see the white on white perhaps?)|
The Orchidée Blanche is white orchid and lovely. It’s a gift for a dear, dear friend who has recently discovered the pleasure of growing orchids.
The fragrances, by Acorelle, are 88 percent natural. I don’t know how natural other fragrance ingredients are these days, but I’ve been told by experts that more and more have high percentages of laboratory created components. I’ve also been told that that is not a bad thing and helps keep a perfume product stable for a longer shelf life. (I’ll look into this one day and write a serious blog post on the subject.)
The Acorelle eaux de toiletteare made in Grasse, the birthplace of the modern perfume industry.
They are a petit prix for a petit plaisir:16 Euros for 1.7 fl. oz. I see them as light and lovely for a refreshing warm weather change.