A few weeks ago I was invited to the launching of the newest from the Nina Ricci fragrance line. It was honestly the first time I’ve heard of it so my immediate reaction was to ask Mr. Google about it. As it turns out, the House of Nina Ricci is actually one of the industry leaders for quite some time now and, being a big perfume-lover, I instantaneously RSVP’d for the event upon seeing the new fragrance that they were about to launch – the gorgeous packaging was impossible to resist.
The event was held a week after the recent typhoon that hit the Metro so the weather then was still a bit bipolar. The strong winds were scary but that didn’t stop me from going to the event, still. Anyway, the event was held at this comfy little patisserie in Shangri-la called Poetry and Prose – perfect for the event at hand. <3
Here comes La Tentation de Nina. It is a macaron-like fragrance; or a perfume-like macaron. This limited, highly sought-after edition was born from the magical encounter between Ladurée and Nina Ricci. It opens a new chapter in a fairy tale that started in 2006, and it is all about Nina. It is an adventure punctuated with surprises, collectors’ items and irresistible must-haves. Right from the beginning, its apple-bottle has become the emblematic symbol of a generation.
La Tentation de Nina is the 4th installment of the Nina Ricci fragrance. Above are her predecessors that, much like La Tentation de Nina, told different chapter of the story. One thing they have in common is the lavish apple-shaped bottle embellished with fine leaf-like details.
The perfume. It starts with a delicate sensation to the touch. A soft-touch bottle of an infinite mildness. A trace has been left on the apple’s skin: a hint of gold on a pure, rosy apple. La Tentation de Nina is a fresh, floral, fruity Eau de Toilette, which is utterly addictive. It is the new creation of Olivier Cresp, Master Perfumer and creator of Nina’s saga. In an awakening of the senses, a macaron accord has been married to the distinctly singular signature of Nina. Firstly, Italian bergamot envelops its citrus facets, before a zest of grapefruit rounds off this incitement to desire. Then raspberries, almonds, lemons and Bulgarian rose absolute join together in a surprising macaron accord. Finally, Bourbon vanilla, white musk and sandalwood round off its sensual headiness.
During the event, they set-up a stand with different perfume ingredients. We were to take a swift and guess the 3 major ingredients that makeup the new La Tentation de Nina. The macaron was a dead giveaway, of course, so my 2 other guesses was vanilla and raspberry. You have to read further to know there correct answers. *wink!
Aside from the lovely display and fun activity, there were also delicious pastries to complement their exquisite tea. Some are too pretty to eat, though – I’m referring to the macarons. HAHA.
A tower of La Tentation de Nina amongst the many delicious raspberry macaron towers.
Ladurée. For lovers of macarons, the very word conjures up a dream of indulgence. This famous Maison on Rue Royale has been delighting the taste-buds of Parisians and visitors from around the world since 1862.
A collaboration between these two artists seemed both inevitable, and yet dicey. It was rather an insane gamble to work on a fragrance as though it were a macaron, and a macaron like a perfume. It was a challenge that Olivier Cresp, the Master Perfumer, and Vincent Lemains, the New Creation Pastry Chef, have accepted with elegance.
Perfume. Macarons. The mirror effect is striking. An intense, pink macaron topped with a leaf of gold. An explosion of tastes in the mouth, with raspberries, lemons, roses and almonds. This creation in osmosis heightens temptation. As in a dream, all the senses are stimulated.
Poetry & Prose Patisserie is Ladurée’s local counterpart, at least for this event. To complete the La Tentation de Nina experience, Poetry & Prose created their own version of the Nina Ricci macarons with the same gold details – made special for the launching.
What’s an event without quick chit-chats with fellow bloggers, right? It was awesome afternoon tea with these girls. <3
La Tentation de Nina comes in 80ml EDP (PHP 5,050) and 50ml EDP (PHP3,900).
La Tentation de Nina is already available in select department stores since last June. Nina Ricci Fragrances is exclusively distributed by Prestige Brands Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of the Prestige Group of Companies, which represents international designer fragrances in Southeast Asia.