I was asked to review one of the new Agent Provocateur day fragrances. I was sent L’Agent ‘Eau Provocateur'. Now in the interest of full disclosure I really, really do not like oriental scents. YSL-Opium, Serge Lutens-Serge Noir, Guerlain-Shalimar, Estee Lauder-Youth Dew, etc. Those kind of scents assault me. I feel violated when I sniff them (not in a sexual way, you sillies!). It's just something about MY chemistry that says NO to Oriental fragrances.
What is an Oriental fragrance? Oriental fragrances have a typical dominant amber scent. However their makeup can include musk, resins, wood (like sandalwood) and exotic flowers and spices. Sometimes patchouli is in there as well.
The Oriental accord in fragrances is the antithesis in what I like in a fragrance. I like roses, white flowers like Magnolia, Jasmine. I like citrus and green scents too. Oriental does not suit me.
So why did I agree to review a fragrance that is known as a flowery Oriental? While the original flowery Oriental fragrance of Agent Provocateur may be forever linked with "female sensuality and self-indulgent pleasure for the senses.", there is now a trio of new lighter scents. This Spring, Agent Provocateur introduced a collection of 3 day fragrances which claim to "capture all the provocative ingredients from their existing perfumes." But provide a subtle and light alternative of daytime fragrances.
According to Agent Provocateur L’Agent Eau Provocateur’s scent pyramid is said to consist of:
Top Notes: Bergamot, Leaf Accord (fresh cut green leaves) Mandarin, Apple, Melon and Peach
Middle Notes: Rose, Jasmin, Tuberose, Magnolia, Freesia and Ylang.
Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Amber Crystals.
They got me with the "fresh cut green leaves", "Rose", "Jasmin" and "Magnolia". Why am I putting these words in quotes? Because they linger for only a few moments before the heady oriental mix of Amber, Patchouli and Sandalwood smother the ever loving life out of them in the dry down. Now don't get me wrong. I can still detect a little rose gasping for air in between the amber and sandalwood, but this is a much warmer fragrance than I am used to. That doesn't mean it's bad. It just means that if you like amber-y type fragrances but wanted something a little lighter for daytime, maybe with a nice floral accord, this might be just the thing you are looking for!
When doing some research into this perfume I found
this delightful review expert from a press release from Agent Provocateur (Thanks FragrantWitch!) on Now Smell This. (A great fragrance resources if you ever need one). This review sounds like it was ripped from the book "50 Shades of Gray". It just sounds so OVERLY sexualized and dramatic.
"L’Agent is a provocative scent that captures the senses in a flight of magnetic oriental florals, intoxicating amber and erotic musk.Its potent heart has been captured with captivating ingredients like Geranium Bourbon, Rose de Mai, Jasmin Sambac, Tuberose absolute and Osmanthus. The heart has been secretly nurtured by adding exotic dark secrets in addition to Davana Oil, Baies Rose, Ylang Ylang, Rosewood and Angelica.
The base has been kissed and caressed with the finest and darkest ingredients including Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber Crystals, Tonka Beans, Rock Rose, Myrrh and Black Incense Musk."
"secretly nurtured by adding exotic dark secrets"
"The base has been kissed and caressed with the finest and darkest ingredients"
How awesome is that description? It's kinda silly, but it's also spot on as far as the scents go. The description makes me think of some dude in a white lab coat fondling test tubes with his female lab assistant. She is one of those women that wears thick glasses and keeps her hair in a tight bun. As she removes the glasses, she pulls out a strategically placed hair pin and a cascade of beautiful, shiny, bouncy, brunette hair falls about her bare shoulders as she has also shed her lab coat is and is wearing nothing more than a garter panties and stockings. The Lab dude is also one of those pretty people that wears thick glasses but as he removes them, his finely chiseled features, piercing blue eyes and strong jaw are featured. He too sheds his lab coat and reveals the he is not wearing a shirt. His Adonis type body is perfectly tanned and his six pack abs have a six pack. As he embraces her in his muscular arms, it becomes readily apparent that these two are not the real lab rats. It's so obvious. How do I know? Those two idiots are using a Volumetric Flask to heat liquids when they should have been using a Florence Flask! Plus they were measuring the liquid with a Glass Beaker when they really should have been using a Graduated Cylinder. The graduated cylinder is far more accurate than a beaker. Everyone knows that! Duh!
The new ‘Eau Provocateur’ Collection from Agent Provocateur is available at Nordstrom and selected department stores. ‘Eau Provocateur’ retails for $70.00 for a 50ml Eau de Toilette Spray.
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