Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Flight of Fancy description
Perfumes are for everyone. There’s a scent for you if you’re 5 or 55 years old, one that captures where you are in life perfectly. Some of the most fun you can have in perfumery is finding out which fragrances fit at different times as you mature.
Anna Sui makes perfumes that might be just the right thing to give to your daughter after you’ve caught her mousing around your perfume tray one too many times. The scents are bright, young, and bold in their expression, but not overly complicated. For a young woman who obviously would love a perfume of her own, Anna Sui is a fine place to start.
Flight of Fancy is a light, citrusy floral that begins with a big, bright yellow sun beaming out of the top notes, made from a thimble-full of fizzy lemon zest and shaded litchi and yuzu fruit tones. The opening is very light and airy, with none of the sweetness that yuzu and litchi usually come with – just a quick brushstroke of hazy, tropical citrus and tart lemon juice.
The breezy top notes evaporate quickly, and an equally light and soft trio of freesia, magnolia and rose emerges in the heart. And just like with the opening, these notes are translucent and sheer. The magnolia leads the way, with just the faintest dusting of rose and freesia’s floral power present.
Flight of Fancy is content to float along as it develops, with each weightless note tumbling and turning like a firefly at dusk, barely seen but somehow magically present. The feel of this fragrance is another reason why a young girl would fall in love with it; there’s plenty of room for her imagination to float alongside the perfume as it sails on. There are no hard edges, demanding spices or intense animalics here at all.
The drydown shows some amber, light wood and musk accords, with the same gauzy, see-through weight barely holding them to the base. Anna Sui’s Flight of Fancy is what Peter Pan might wear as he lights upon your second-story window, or more recently, what a first-year Hogwarts student might conjure up during Potions class. It’s a perfect choice to give your daughter or any young girl looking to claim her right to the magic of perfumery, even if that young girl is your own inner child. Wear it and see how far your imagination wants to fly.