Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Reflection Woman description
The joy of an early morning walk before anyone else is awake, and the sun is still huddled beneath the horizon. The tingle of dew tracing the edges of your toes from damp, verdant grasses. And all around you the ancient scent of blossoms emerging into the dawn’s first light – some are sweet, others soft and delicate. And yet your spirit is drawn to a sensuous thread that hovers above them all – the scent of jasmine and magnolia in full bloom. A scent so enthralling and deep it is as if it has lured you here, and the first rays of the morning light were a pale beacon to guide you into falling under its spell.
This is not the beginning of a fairy tale, but the actual beginning of a perfume from the house of Amouage, entitled Reflection Woman. It starts with a curious and entrancing trio of green leaves, violet and freesia that remind us all how lovely the morning can be before the world comes rushing in with all its distractions.
The green notes at the top of this scent are tangy and almost salty with minerals, which bookend the sweet freesia and dew-dappled petals of the water violet note. The presence of water in the opening of this fragrance is stunning, with each translucent note adrift in its own reflecting pool.
Reflection Woman opens very silently and softly, with a “magic gate in the garden” curiosity that sets the wearer up for the wondrous white floral symphony waiting in the heart of this fragrance. After the last crystal-pure drops have fallen from the violet and freesia, a voluptuous flood of jasmine, ylang-ylang and magnolia flows out from the center of this fragrance, and the strength of its current will take your breath away. One of the greatest joys in wearing Reflection Woman is how delicate the opening watercolored notes are compared to the outpouring of regal white florals in the heart.
The ylang-ylang, jasmine and magnolia are in full flower in this scent, with all their vanilla cream and honeyed facets spilling over and combining with the amber and sandalwood in the base. Upstart traces of cedar poke through the symphonic sweetness as the heart dries down, as if a small, hand-made wooden wall were quickly put up to contain the effusively floral energy of this fragrance.
Amouage’s Reflection Woman is a tremendous and theatrical white floral with gorgeous, delicate touches in the top notes, and if it’s not a fairy tale itself, it certainly will inspire them. This is a must-have for your collection.