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The Essence Of Narciso Rodriguez

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For fans of Narciso Rodriguez’ 2004 spicy amber-musk original fragrance, there’s something to look forward to this Spring. The designer, known for his ability to bottle the same contemporary feminine aesthetic with which he creates his clothes, will release Essence, a floral oriental, in March. Still committed to teasing apart all of musk’s complexities, Rodriguez cites morning, rushing water, fine cotton, and the color “cool white” among the scent’s inspirations, with a smell reminiscent of sunlight. While we can’t vouch for its olfactory likeness to sunlight (which in our minds connotes wafts of earthy citrus for some reason), Essence definitely evokes a certain clean and airy brightness, with notes of crisp iris and hints of sweet rose to compliment a more powdery musk than Narciso acolytes might be used to. It’s definitely appropriate for the season though—and will likely remain a favorite long after April showers bring May flowers.

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