WHAT I SMELL: Raw Secret opens with a wave of muted aldehydes which are quickly met with a light tea surrounded by a leveled and flattened mandarin. After a few minutes, the perfume begins to project with the tea at the center. The tea is warmed, rounded and thickened in a chewy and slightly rubbery consistency. The perfume is absolutely dreamy and it feels like a lullaby that is rocking you softly and gently leaving you in an envelopment of content. As the perfume continues to develop, the tea moves more towards a dried lily of the valley. It’s incredibly soft and green without being dewy. Here, the lily blooms alongside a bed of delicate white flowers which feel like a floating embrace above a woodied amber radiating base. The perfume then starts to dry and lightly powder…and the gleaming flowers are magnificent in a way that makes me want to wrap the entire perfume around me. In the end, Raw Secret grows in projection to become a beautifully powdered floral hug warmed by amber that’s oh so comforting.
From the Phuong Dang website:
“You reach out to touch me. Linger… I smile because I am happy. Feel so safe in your warm embrace… I just want to hold on, so tightly. Please get closer, to know me… I am only me. And yet with you, I am so much stronger.” —Phuong Dang
Raw Secret Notes –
Top: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Mandarin, Red Pepper, Tea Leaves, Ginger
Heart: Jasmine Absolute, Lily of the Valley, Imaginary White Flowers
Base: Amber, Sandalwood
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RAW SECRET: incandescent, embracing, at peace
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RAW SECRET: None to be found.
BOTTOM LINE: Brand creator and namesake, Phuong Dang has launched a debut collection of ten perfumes, primarily created with perfumer Bertrand Duchafour. Raw Secret is the only perfume that steps outside the Duchafour collaboration and was created by perfumer Marina Jung Allegret… and it’s one of my favorite in the line. In all, the entire collection is comprised of extraits which are incredibly smooth, refined and easy to wear.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent Floral Citrus
- Nose: Maria Jung Allegret
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $450 for 100 ml parfum extrait. Available exclusively at Barneys.