Judging from the multitude of blue boxes in the above photo (of which there may actually be even more around here), it’s safe to say that I am a Tiffany & Co. fan, so I was naturally intrigued to learn if this bespoke fragrance would live up to my expectations … as well as this storied brand’s 180-year history. Basically, this scent is exactly what I imagined a luxury jewelry retailer would smell like, and I mean that in the very best possible way.
Striving to capture the essence that is Tiffany in fragrance form, could easily have turned into a Herculean task but somehow world-renown master perfumer Daniela Andrier of Givaudan has managed to do exactly that, creating a scent that is crisp, clean, deceptively sensual, but still so utterly refined — and perfectly representative of the brand itself.
Needless to say, fragrance is a very personal thing and what works for one person may be an absolute fail on another … this review is based on my tastes, preferences and above all, my personal opinion — use this as a guide if you will, but I do encourage you to always try for yourself.
Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum (CAN $120.00/1.7 fl.oz, 50 ml) | Presented in a signature Tiffany Blue® box (naturally), the glass flacon draws its inspiration from the brand’s most iconic diamond cuts: the elaborate faceting work at the base recalls the 128.54-carat Tiffany diamond — which originally weighed in at a whopping 287.42-carats, but which was subsequently cut into this ‘smaller’ cushion shape, and which happens to be one of the world’s most rarest yellow diamonds — while the shoulders of the bottle mimic the brand’s Lucida®-cut diamond engagement ring. A band of instantly-recognizable Tiffany Blue® circles the base of the cap which also bears a hidden feature underneath: a metal plaque engraved with the Tiffany & Co. mark. The precious liquid inside the bottle adds to the connection with its subtle blue tint, totally in line with the theme.
Created to evoke the scent of diamonds, bare skin, and a sense of timeless elegance, this sparkling floral musk fragrance manages to be in turn eminently sophisticated yet modern & even slightly whimsical. From the brand:
“The scent opens with vibrant top notes of vert de mandarine. At the heart, a precious iris flower is the hero ingredient. Tiffany’s association with the iris dates back to the earliest sketches found in the Tiffany Archives and is deeply entwined in the DNA of the house. It was an iris brooch set with demantoid garnet blossoms and Montana sapphires that earned Tiffany the grand prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Harvested in France during the months of July and August, the iris butter is obtained through a unique hydrodistillation extraction, exclusive to the Tiffany fragrance, ensuring a pure, bright, sensual and long-lasting richness to the final note. This signature ingredient adds strength, femininity and grounds the composition with refinement and sophistication. Patchouli base notes wrapped in a blend of soothing musks is sensual on the skin”
As someone who is highly (as in extremely) scent-sensitive, I always approach a new fragrance with caution but the Tiffany lover in me didn’t hesitate here; thankfully, my instincts proved me right. I like to imagine that this is what Audrey Hepburn would have worn when she filmed Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but Hollywood nostalgia aside, this perfume is absolutely delicious — if not a little hard to pin down. Neither overly sweet nor obnoxiously clingy, the scent makes me think of clean bare skin, lazy Sunday mornings in bed, high tea at The Ritz, a sun-drenched field, and sunbeams in a library — in other words, it’s elegant and softly spoken, yet totally unforgettable. At least, for me …
Kindly provided by Tiffany & Co. for my unbiased consideration