Robin's nest from

Robin’s nest from

I don’t know about other parts of the country but around here in Jersey the perfume counters are a tad lackluster.  Most of the new perfumes are flankers of the Dolce “Floral Drops” variety, and do not cause much in the way of excitement, put it this way, you can buy the aforementioned drops on What does seem to be different is the growth in the Nest personal perfume range.  Our Sephora now sells what must be about eight of these and they are all beautifully packaged in prints derived from the work of Mary Delaney the 18th century botanical decoupage artist.  Mary began her delicate work at seventy two, and Nest perfumes have adapted her designs to their bottles in what is surely one of the prettiest and most tasteful packages you can imagine.

Mary Delaney's design of Pancratium maritinum

Mary Delaney’s design of Pancratium maritinum

The fragrances seem to be doing  well too.  Their best seller-any way at our local Sephora- is Midnight Fleur a linear vanilla/amber/ wood/ accord that is durable and very pretty to wear.

What is particularly charming about the Nest perfumes is that they are slightly odd, never quite approaching the usual triteness of  the perfume market these days.  Their Amazon Lily has a peculiar top of gingery brightness spiked with lime. Their new scent Verde, is a green vetiver with a distinctive evergreen element rapidly softening down to a pillowy pale green in which the sharpness is muffled by cedarwood and a fern accord. Verbena is part of Verde and gives the perfume its initial kickiness, and can evidently skew a little sharp and piney on some skins (though not on mine). It’s an attractive uncomplicated scent. Like all  of the Nest range there is something just a little unexpected to the formula.

Nest's Verde perfume bottle

Nest’s Verde perfume bottle

Nest’s Body and Soul line seem to be sold in more upscale venues like Neiman’s, and are usually stocked next to their home fragrances.  I have not tried any of them so far, but  rather like these little colognes.  They’re attractive and unpretentious, rather like the nice girl you hire to babysit for you who convinces your kids not to tickle or punch each other for an entire evening.

As you can see the line has made the transition over to bottles from the small roller ball canisters they originally sold.  I think they are almost worth their price for the packaging alone, but in the event, my daughter likes Midnight Fleur enough to wear, and I think you could do worse than Verde for a summer scent. It’s an uncomplicated choice but then springtime choices ought to be simple.


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8 thoughts on “Nesting

  1. I loved the bottles when I saw them for the first time but I hated two out of three perfumes that I tried (I don’t remember which ones but I’m scarred for good 🙂 ) so I decided that I wouldn’t be trying them any more. But the bottles are extremely nice! So maybe one day I’ll find a couple of them either at a deep discount or used on eBay and buy just for bottles.

    1. I’m with you on this one but my daughter disagrees. She likes Midnight Fleur and I like the bottle so I gave her a decant of the perfume and washed out the bottle!

      The problem is I don’t know where to find replacement roller ball caps. Grump!

  2. I like Midnight Fleur. It’s very easy and nice. Sometimes I need that and I love the artwork. I love the Nest line at Neimans for the candles and the scented diffusers.

  3. Midnight Fleur does seem to be the favorite in the line and is warm and cuddly. My daughter feels the same way about it and wears it for when she wants a little extra snuggliness in a fragrance (she also wears Pink’s Warm & Cozy and Prada Candy).

    I really should try some of the nest fragrances at Neiman’s they look very inviting.

  4. The bottles are some of the best packaged in the business, and I keep the one I emptied just because loved the design so much.

    PS don’t know what you think about this point but I suspect the age of never mind the presentation the scent is the important thing may be coming to an end. There’s so much perfume that companies need to make an effort not merely to have better formulas, but the look’s important too, and the prices should be lower.

  5. Oh geez, I’m a sucker for their bottles! I have three; Verde, Indigo, and White Sandalwood and they look quite stunning lined up on a black shelf in my white bathroom. Midnight Fleur does seem to be the most popular, and I do like it, but I guess the contrarian in me favored its less popular sibling Indigo, which seemed to have a similar mood as MF, at least to me.

    The only one I can’t stand is Amazon Lily oddly enough. I like lilies and adore the scent of limes, so I’m not sure what ruins it for me. I first tested it in a Sephora and assumed the tester had gone off (not the first time it would have happened, either, since my Sephora loves to put their perfume testers out under hot bright lights for some stupid reason…). Imagine my surprise when I got a small new sample and had the exact same reaction to it 🙁

  6. Amazon Lily was sort of odd, that’s true. I tried it also and the lime note didn’t sit well with me, although usually limes are great, but maybe not with lilies? I actually traded my initial sample of Amazon Lily away for Midnight Fleur, so there you go.

    Ah Sephora perfume stoves… er I mean displays are incomprehensible. I know they want maximum visibility, but the stores get warm and and the bottles probably do suffer as a result.

    Niche brands get a pass from me for a while but I think Andy Tauer for instance was right to try and get a distinctive look for his perfumes.

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