Classy Sisley always quietly releases new make-up, skincare and perfume to the market with assurance and quiet confidence as is befitting of this superior brand.
Earlier this year, Soir d’Orient appeared on Sisley counters with its striking black and gold appearance and distinctive sculptured gold head top. But it’s the contents that wow, for Soir d’Orient is the perfect paradigm of East meets West; Of Andalucía Moorish influences incorporating the dusty dry heat and sensuality of Spain’s southern coastline. This is an elegant dusky-verging-one-the-dangerous chypre with spiced heat and warmth running throughout. Tempered tempestuous in a brooding bottle.
Inspired by Seville’s gardens of Alcazar, the note at the heart of the fragrance is seringa, a white flower that releases its perfume as dusk falls. Built around this is the fragrant influences of the East that help build a visual picture of the Mudejar architecture with its intricate formal arabesque and geometric patterns and structure with cool oasis and gardens at its heart. Musky Iranian galbanum, bergamot and saffron meet a huge trail of Turkish rose absolue, Egyptian geranium and black pepper before bedding down to the base of incense, sandalwood and patchouli.
Soir d’Orient is quite firmly an evening choice to elicit mystery and sensuality with its dry, musky depths. Overblown heat, light and Moorish tinged magic await those with a bent for the Orient.
Sisley’s Soir d’Orient Eau de Parfum is available from John Lewis, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Sisley priced £114 (50ml) and £165 (100ml).