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 Overstock.com. 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.
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 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.