Perfume Review: Christian Lacroix Absolutely Fabulous (Sophia Grosjman) 1999 + Lacroix Sweetie Draw

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Edina and Patsy Absolutely Fabulous

Anyone who is as obsessed as I am with Absolutely Fabulous are in a darn near fever pitch for the release of the new movie here in the next few weeks.  There hasn’t been a sitcom in the past 2 decades that has come anywhere near touching the pure comedic genius of the show (in my humble opinion at least, darlings).  If one is familiar with the series, you will know that Eddie (Jennifer Sanders) is absolutely obsessed with Christian Lacroix to a point of almost religious fervor. 

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Sophia Grosjman is AB FAB

So, in the spirit of “my girls”, I decided to revisit the Christian Lacroix namesake perfume from 1999 by the one and only, and fabulous, Sophia Grojsman (who just so happens to have received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fragrance Foundation earlier this month, CONGRATULATIONS, Sophia!). One thing that is for sure, if you are looking for a quality fragrance,I can tell you that  anything with the name Christian Lacroix has never disappointed me.   I’ve heard it said that his fragrances have never sold well, but, honestly, I could care less. Actually, that a sign of greatness in certain ways.  I think that his namesake fragrance was absolutely ahead of its time in a vacuum time warp of the past.   Upon teaming with Sophia with his namesake masterpiece, this is completely evident.

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Christian Lacroix Gown Vogue 1990s

Lacroix has always been about classic elegance and modernity.  With Christian Lacroix we get a glorious, glorious mixture of heavy Floral Oriental stylishness with wispy breezy undertones of fresh air reminiscent of a seashore.  The fragrance is no way aquatic by any means, but the wonderful seashell bottle fits the perfume nonetheless.   Speaking of the bottle, it’s a masterpiece unto itself, the crystal is heavy and downright beautiful!


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Christian Lacroix Haute floral  Couture

The perfume opens with a spicy floral that mixes the best part of Oriental Lilies and Carnation with wee bit hint of Mandarin Orange.  The citrusy aspects of the Mandarin are by no means front and center, the florals are the main attraction.  It is so cleverly blended as to be one of the most interesting head notes of any perfume I have come across.   There is also a hint of green (tarragon/cilantro like) that adds a certain dampness that is very subtle, yet still dense and heavy that reminds me of the little green algae filled nooks along the seashore.  The dichotomy and interaction between these facets is absolutely lovely. As we move into the mid notes a distinct Magnolia begins to rise augmented by a beautiful powdery Heliotrope.  I absolutely adore it.  There is a hint of Jasmine (more of the night blooming variety) that comes out to play on occasion, but the main note to my nose remains the Heliotrope.  And let me tell you, it is regal.  Coming into the mix a fruity peach begins to show it’s sweetness and acts to further wetten the perfume from becoming too floral…think of powdered peaches!!  YES!!  Marvelous!!! 

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 Christian Lacroix Absolutely Fabulous photo Aaron for CaFleureBon

Moving into the base the first element I notice is a creamy Vanilla and Tonka mix that absolutely works wonders with the Peach note.  It’s not quite desert like because there is more flowers involved as a lovely Ylang-Ylang starts to shine here.  I also begin to notice Freesia at this stage, which I come to realize was always there, but cleverly working in and out in a way as to bring freshness without being overbearing…ahhh like a nice scented breeze.  Yup, this all makes sense.

As we move into the final stages the spicy characteristics become more apparent.  A very incense like Benzoin begins to mingle with the Vanilla and Tonka and at certain times Lily of the Valley comes in to sweeten things up a bit.  Sandalwood also makes its presence known here, but acts more like a bystander whose presence is noticed and certainly a part of the picture, but far from being the forefront.


To wrap it up, I can totally see Eddie wearing this.  I can image Patsy (Joanna Lumley) commenting with breath reeking of the Chanel No. 5 she just drank asking Eddie what she’s wearing and hearing the famous line, “Lacroix, sweetie.”


absolutely fabulous eddy LaCroix sweetie

Unfortunately, this lovely fragrance has been discontinued for a number of years. I find that absolutely ridiculous given its elegance and beauty.  It is occasionally on Ebay and is fetching widely varied prices but, can be purchased in mini sizes quite reasonably.  However, I say, spring for the extra cash, the perfume and the bottle are worth having.  Bigger is better, sweetheart.  So, if you are feeling Absolutely Fabulous and want to experience a perfume made by literal icons of their respective industries, I suggest you get out there and get some, darling sweeties. 


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Psychology of Perfumes


Fragrance speaks the loudest on a subliminal level, says Marian Bendeth, a globally renowned fragrance expert. Even though her famous saying makes a helluva good perfume ad, her words are spot on. There is a whole science based on perfumes and its wearers, so if you are interested in learning what your perfume says about you, be prepared to take a brief course on the Psychology of Perfumes.

In 2004, Linda Buck and Richard Axel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology on the account of their revolutionary study on the sense of smell. Their research is filled with complex medical terms, but the bottom line is they have the scientific evidence that perfume can stimulate the conscious mind, stabilize and modify the emotional state.

Psychology of Perfumes

Perfumes with superpowers

Perfumes may have all of the above-mentioned superpowers, but before you step into your hero outfit and go about town trying to save the day, you need to know how to pick the right perfume. Or the wrong (the truth is, there is no such thing as the wrong perfume, just perfume repulsive to your immediate and remote surroundings).

The Psychology of Perfume suggests that there are four factors which compel us to buy a certain fragrance.

First of all, women are instantly drawn to the scent, whereas men are instantly drawn to its image.

The second perfume factor that triggers that buying impulse in women is the emotional reaction to the scent. Perfumes have time travelling propensities, evoking either some past pleasant memories or prompting a future vision of the wearer of the perfume. Usually, women who embark on travel daydreaming adventure when buying perfumes will typically envision themselves as the new self-improved version in the future.

Third factor that dictates that feeling of falling head over heels for a perfume is the image of the perfume. The whole package is important here: the bottle, its creative design, the perfume ad and the celebrity associated with that particular perfume.

And lastly, your love for that one perfume is triggered by the ingredients. The scientists are still trying to figure out whether we fall for the olfactory amalgam of ingredients, or for a single ingredient that somehow finds its way to our heart and brain.

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Do you have a nose for things?

Parosmia is a disorder of the sense of smell, especially the perception of odors that are not present, meaning that people who have the disorder often experience Scented Fata Morgana, a hallucination of a smell. I am sure these people cannot make the best of “Perfume Noses”.

However, even though all people have olfactory blind spots, meaning that we cannot detect some scents even if our life depends upon it, there are people who cannot detect a single olfactory ingredient. Still, many of them choose to wear perfume, probably relying on someone else’s expertise.

How do we choose perfumes for others?

According to Psychology of Perfume, we unconsciously prefer fragrances that are similar to our biological signature smells. Therefore, even though we may think that a certain woman may like the perfume because it is so her, when we choose the perfume, we are subconsciously telling her that we think she should smell more like her. Unless we totally ignore the perfume we like and buy her some perfume that does not appeal us so much.

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What your perfume is telling about your personality

Ancient philosophy may rely on ancient thoughts, however when we present you these facts on the 4 elements and how they relate to perfume and personality, you will suddenly realize that there is nothing ancient about it. Paul Jellinek claimed that the mood of a person can be altered by certain perfumes and ingredients. He founded his research on the ancient philosophy on the 4 elements, prompting him to publish the study on mood and fragrance.

The green, herbal, coniferous, citrus, fresh ingredients that dominate the perfume or are the heart of the perfume fall under the AIR element category. Jellinek claimed that these fresh ingredients support mental activity and instigate the creative cognitive process.

The spicy, fruity, warm, rich ingredients represent the FIRE element. It is believed that these perfume uplift and reinvigorate its wearers.

The rosy, floral, delicate, soft perfumes represent the WATER element. Jellinek believed that these perfumes had the ability to reduce anxiety and stress and promote mental balance.

The caramel, earthy, sensual, sweet ingredients and perfumes represent the EARTH element. These perfume comfort and nurture the wearer. Which is probably connected to comfort food!

Jellinek and later Tisserand suggested that emotionally stable and introverted people are more inclined to choose strong floral oriental perfumes, like Opium by YSL. These women are bursting with ideas and are very creative, but their ambition can be quite exhausting. They are charismatic, however they do not seek the approval of others to feel complete. Nor do they want attention drawn to them. (FIRE)

Introverted women generally choose oriental perfumes dominated by spicy and warm ingredients with soft undertones, like Lalique Le Parfum by Lalique. These women are instantly comforted by the ingredients and seek emotional refuge from the storm unfolding outside. They are very realistic and never build castles in the air, because they know that every castle built on unstable turf will prove to have been built on pillars of sand or salt. (EARTH)

The emotionally ambivalent women are inclined into choose fresh floral perfumes, from the likes of Poppy EDP by Coach. Since these perfume are toned and softer, these women do not let the perfume do all the talking about themselves. They are intuitive, moody and very attached to their families and children. Due to their unstable nature, because water always flows and changes, they can be seen as emotionally distant, however these women care more than they care to show the world. (WATER)

The woody fresh perfumes like Fatale Intense by Agent Provocateur or Polo by Ralph Lauren are usually selected by women with emotionally stable and extroverted personalities, Jellinek suggests. These women fall under the air element category, meaning that they are innovative and outspoken, natural born motivators, open-minded and are the life of the party. (AIR).

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Even monkeys wear perfume!

Mexican spider monkeys are obsessed with perfumes. A research team observed these monkey colonies and found out that they apply a saliva and aromatic plants mixture on themselves by rubbing it on their hands and hair. They re-apply it approximately every two hours!

Now that you have read thoroughly the whole concept behind the Psychology of perfume, can you please tell us what your perfume speaks about you? We are very interested to know whether science on perfumes is accurate in your case!

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French Clary Sage by Lisa Hoffman: Scent Odyssey


French Clary SageSheer and softly sensual, uncomplicated scent dominated by notes of pure gentleness, French Clary Sage is that one perfectly weightless perfume that brings sensation of utter bliss.

From the first whiff of the enticingly multifaceted clary sage, it is evident that Lisa Hoffman announces an aromatic treat for all of the senses.

The dry, raw clary sage balances flawlessly into the floral (flax and freesia mix) company to arouse kind of sensory lightness. The bergamot infusion delivers just the right amount of fresh temptation and juiciness, providing a backdrop for the soft cotton and aquatic notes.

An innovative fragrant composition, Lisa Hoffman French Clary Sage deserves a place under the sun, on your skin.

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I imagine the woman who wears this perfume as a fragrance maverick.

“All Rights Reserved” is written across her heart. “Handle With Care” is written across her soul.

The outside world perceives her as fragile, but her mind perceives her as sensual. She speaks softly and loves gently, but her passion is as wild as untamed lion.

She makes plans and burn bridges as she crosses the rivers made of tears. She loves, she yearns, she craves passion.

Her smile is addictive and her jokes are thoughtful. She doesn’t believe in ordinary, because all of us live in an extraordinary world.

She is an absolute beginner, sometimes she makes mistakes, she runs up, she runs down, she runs away and she runs deep.

She is sensual, with carnal desires and chaste longings.

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