When I got an invite from NEST Fragrances to join founder Laura Slatkin for dinner, I thought it was like the usual press events I go to and would be at some restaurant in Manhattan—NOPE—dinner was at Laura’s glorious home she shares with her husband and teen daughter (*ahem* and ME if I had my way). Color me uber impressed. And it’s not my ploy to possibly become adopted into the Slatkin family that began my love affair with NEST—it’s the scent I was introduced to that’s become my current obsession that set if all off for me.
First things first, Laura Slatkin is such a smart and wonderful woman and gracious host. After a great run as one of very few female VPs on Wall Street, Laura and her husband decided to take over a family business, sectioning out what they thought should be the main focus: luxury home fragrance. NEST uses the best perfumers in the world to create their world class home scents–just last year they launched their fine fragrances line and just this fall they launched in Sephora which was what we were toasting to the other night at dinner.
So the collection at Sephora in a nutshell—there’s five fragrances: three from the original collection (Amazon Lily, Midnight Fleur and Passiflora) and two Sephora-exclusives (Dahlia & Vines and White Sandalwood) with prices ranging from $25 for a .28 oz eau de parfum rollerball to $65 for a 1.7 oz eau de parfum spray. The brand’s got pretty much all bases covered no matter what your fave scent category is. I also love how strong, complex, and long-lasting each one is. Each scent has its own personality which you can see from the official descriptions below. If this is your first time with the brand, you and all your senses are in for a treat ;)
Notes: White Sandalwood, Mimosa, Acacia Blossom, Creamy Almond, Exotic Spices, Musk, Cedar.
Style: Sophisticated. Exotic. Warm.
Notes: Amazon Lily, Brazilian Lime, Tangerine, Bergamot, Galapagos Driftwood, White Musk.
Style: Radiant. Fresh. Uplifting.
Dahlia & Vines
Notes: Bergamot, Lychee, Pink Pepper, Peony, Rose, Daffodil, Green, Vanilla, White Amber. Raspberry.
Style: Elegant. Classic. Romantic.
Notes: Passion Flower, Water Hyacinth, Lily of the Valley, Magnolia, Greens, Watery Nuances, Anjou Pear, Cantaloupe Melon, Black Currant, Sandalwood.
Style: Feminine. Green. Modern.
Notes: Black Amber, Vanilla Orchid, Ylang Ylang, Rhubarb, Jasmine, Blue Cyclamen, Green Apple, Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Exotic Woods.
Style: Sensual. Intoxicating. Bold.
I’m very particular when it comes to fragrance—it takes me a LONG time to decide on adding a new one to my arsenal. Florals may be one of the most popular scent categories, but I personally am not huge on them at all. I prefer scents that have a slight woody side and even then I’m very picky within that category. That said Midnight Fleur was hands down my favorite of the bunch—but not just my favorite of the bunch, it’s my current go-to. It’s pretty when you first spritz it on, but the dry down? OMG—the dry down!!! It creates this whole sensual, mysterious atmosphere that will drive people crazy in a good way. I’m OBSESSED with it—I wear a little to go to sleep just so I can feel fancy in my goofy pajamas. It’s totally a date night scent. Like if this was “Sex and the City” Midnight Fleur would totally be Samantha.
My next faves were Dahlia & Vines (soft and pretty—a total Charlotte) and White Sandalwood (warm and slightly sweet especially on the dry down—very Carrie)
Bottom line: Get thee to Sephora (you can also find the three original fine fragrances at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus) and treat your senses.
Price and where to buy: $25-65 at Sephora