Whenever I walk in to a perfume store, and Iām asked, āWhat kind of fragrances do you likeāā¦ I often find myself saying āspicyā. I love heavy oriental fragrances with spicy or musky notes.
My all-time favourite has always been YSLās Opium! Iād say, thatās my signature fragranceā¦ Totally swear by it! However, I have been looking for something new because after having been using opium for almost 4yrs, I somehow needed a change! Iāve tried tons of other fragrances in the past yearā¦ including my only other favourite āIntuitionā by Estee Lauder. But I still hadnāt found an alternative to Opium till I laid my hands on Cinnabar!
My best friend came from London this Birthday and got me the Cinnabar by Estee Lauder! While handing it over to me, she said āI know youāre gonna replace your Opiumāā¦ And oh boy! Was she right!
Cinnabar has this heady, spicy fragranceā¦ the kind that lingers on throughout the day and gives you that whiff of aroma whenever the wind blows your way! The one thing about Cinnabar is that no one can ignore itā¦ whether you like it or not, you canāt ignore it! I know people who like softer floral fragrances may not like it, but on me it smells great! And I have a feeling itāll smell great on most Indian women.
Unlike floral and fruity fragrances, Cinnabar, I associate with a lot more intensityā¦ intensity not just in terms of the fragrance or the ingredients (spices)ā¦ but also in terms of the personality of the wearer. Itās mature, exotic and charming, all at the same time. Much like the Indian woman š
My Italian professor, who took the subject on āPerfumesā for me at Polimoda, once told meā¦ Western women like the lighter fragrances whereas most Asians, especially Indians and Arabic women, go for the heavier, more complex fragrances. It goes with their weather and their personality!
Cinnabar is extremely complex and extremely long lastingā¦! The one thing I loved about Opium is that once I wore it, I felt confident of smelling amazing throughout the dayā¦ No matter how much physical work I didā¦ and no other perfume got me like that until now! Cinnabar by Estee Lauder gets there pretty sweetly! š