Category: Les Nereides

Summer Fun(k) or Persephone’s props.

  (image by Arlene Gottfried) Fresh, effervescent perfumes offer relief from the heat, a respite from the sultriness of the summer season.  Eaux de Cologne, aquatics, light fruity fragrances, leafy/grassy green perfumes, airy mixed-florals.  These usual suspects accessorize the fleshy displays of the season.  They contribute to the cleanliness/godliness illusion of skin. My skin puts the lie to this fiction. …

Les Nereides Fleur Poudrée de Musc

Release date and perfumer unknown. The name, the quaint bottle, the label (you really have to see the label.)  It all tells you that this will be a powder-puff of a perfume designed for the sort of woman who tiptoes through her life imagining herself as La Sylphide or Giselle.  The label even has a pair of symmetrical putti fluttering about carrying the name…

Les Nereides Imperial Oppoponax (release date unknown)

Perfumer Unknown. Many people like this perfume, so I know I’m swimming upstream here, but this is one unappealing perfume. I think it strives for harmony, but winds up feeling like motion-sickness. Lavender and amber are like their own one-material harmonies. They generally form pleasing accords so easily. And opoponax is one of the more appealing botanicals, rich but jagged,…