Presentation is one of the things that truly entices people to purchase a new bottle of scent, especially if they already have a few, or many. When it comes to fragrances by Hayari-Paris (Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz. srp. $145,00), the white and gold metallic outer carton broadcasts that this is going to be unique, before you even smell the fragrance. For example, the carton opens not in the traditional way, from the top, but unfolds to the sides, revealing the flacon inside like a precious flower, in bloom.
I sheepishly admit that the packaging, immediately captivated me!
Couture designer Nabil Hayari graduated from the prestigious Haute Couture school in Lyon, France, called Sup de Mode. His designs are glamorous, with embellishments of crystal beads, lace, chiffon, silk, taffeta — all of the pretty things a women’s dreams are made of. Like many designers, Nayari wanted to create fragrances that reflected, and complimented, his designs. Currently, there are three: Goldy, Only for Her, and Broderie.
Each of the bottles is clear glass, featuring a dozen facets along the sides to turn the flat, rounded flacon into a precious gem. The cap is glass, not the usual, inexpensive plastic, but clear glass, cut in a classic, square, shape. The metal appointments are, naturally, gold. Each “unit” is numbered to show the exclusivity of the product.
I was sent one of these precious potions for review; Broderie. The word “broderie” is an old needlework term that incorporates embroidery, cutwork and needle lace in very intricate designs. It’s very beautiful and a perfectly fitting name for this lovely fragrance.
Broderie, the fragrance, is categorized as a light fruity floral, created by Sidonie Lancesseur of Robertet. But is is complex. The fragrance starts with a bright top note of mandarin peach, with middle notes containing lys and gardenia incense. The base, however, adds the designer touch (and a bit of sensuality), containing notes of sandalwood, patchouli oil and amber. You can immediately smell the florals, but they quickly and artfully mix with the other notes to create something very feminine and quite glamorous, but also, very wearable. I would consider Broderie to be a night-time or date-night scent, but a subtle hint of it applied during the day would be alluring and not at all inappropriate.
The two other fragrances I smelled only on testers. “Only for Her,” is a feminine and classic scent that is really great for daytime wear. I liked the softness, but it is a bit powdery. What makes it very pretty is that it also has some spice. The top notes are grapefruit and freesia; middle notes are jasmine, cardamom, magnolia and peony; base notes are sandalwood, patchouli and vanille.
Goldy,” has notes of artemesia, rosemary, a heart of White Jasmine, narcissus and Orange Blossom, plus a base of Sandalwood, Musk, and Cedar. It’s very intense and obviously special occasion oriented. I am not a personal fan of narcissus, but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.
One of the nice things about these fragrances is that they are not just pretty to wear, but you won’t find yourself sniffing it on everyone else. You’ll be an elegant, original! Hayari is not just precious, it is not sold just anywhere, You can find it in New York City at Henri Bendel, CO Bigelow and the New London Pharmacy, in Beverly Hills, California, it’s also at Savvy Apothecary. You can also learn more about the Hayari trio of fragrances on the Hayari website (don’t forget to oogle the gowns, too)!