I’m a bit picky when it comes to my fragrances… I mean, I’ll try anything, but there aren’t many that I rebuy and rebuy over and over again. It takes a certain je ne sais quoi for a perfume to jostle its way into my scent roster.
One that I think has found it’s way in is Morphine by X-Ray Profumo, and not just because I’m in love with the name! It’s got everything I want – various layers of top, middle and base notes that meld into the skin and stick around for hours, smelling better as the hours progress. I’m totally fanatical about jasmine (and orange blossom too, for that matter) so the lingering jasmine had me hooked and sniffing my arm for ages – I got some very odd stares, I can tell you, as I made my home from meeting Ray Burns, the creator of this new range.
|Me and Ray Burns|
In case you haven’t heard of Ray, he’s worked with almost every big name in beauty over the years, including 10 years with Francoise Nars, and currently consults for some of the biggest names in fragrance.
In deciding to launch a perfume brand, Ray decided that he wanted to create “a fragrance that inspires, transports and transfixes the wearer. I set out to create a collection of fragrances that takes the wearer on a journey and inspires them to share their experiences, thus allowing them to tell their own story through fragrance.“
It may sound like marketing babble to you, but there actually is a story behind every fragrance in the collection. Ray is half Italian (his mother’s side) so Resurrextion (a glorious deep amber colour) is inspired by his Italian roots, with lingering memories of the 1950’s Dolce Vita – think Sophia Loren in a glamorous headscarf, whistling her way through Southern Italy on a Piaggio. Delirium (a zingy lime-green) is strong on the citrus, giving way to a floral heart, and is inspired by 1960s Mod London – feminine, sensuous, sexy and flirty.
My favourite of the three, (although it was awfully difficult to choose just one) Morphine, is inspired by 1970’s New York when Studio 54 was in its heyday and when “sex was safe and drugs were free” (Ray’s words, not mine, and taken with a pinch of salt!). It starts off smelling quite masculine, sexy, exotic and spicy (it’s described as a spicy oriental) and then softens beautifully through to the florals that come through after a while. Although there’s no jasmine in it, that was the lingering scent left on my skin after a few hours, so whether there’s jasmine in the ingredient list or not, I’m a very happy bunny!
|L to R: Delirium, Resurrextion, Morphine|
There are two more currently available that I haven’t yet had the chance to try – Plastique (Barbie-doll pink, inspired by LA) and Lacquered Rose (a deep red, inspired by the captivating beauty of the Arabian Coast) – both of which also sound like they smell divine. The newest scent, which will be available in the Spring, is inspired by the South of France, with heady notes of tuberose and jasmine and reminiscent of holidays – I’m sold already. (Psssst – it might be called Tantrum, but don’t say I told you!)
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the tops to the perfumes are design pieces in themselves – plated with 24 carat gold, platinum or laquer – they are collectors items. Turn them upside down and you could use them as candle holders – makes the £120 price point all the more affordable.
They’re available at Barneys in the US, (for my readers in the States) and they’ll be stocked at Space NK in the UK, as are so many of my favourite brands….sigh!