WHAT I SMELL: Warszawa has a surprising opening with a sweetened violet that has a candied coating, which smells very similar to Valentine candy hearts (the kind with sayings on them). That sweet opening calms considerably in a few minutes letting in a fresh, yet restrained grapefruit note. What seemed not so subtle at the initial spritz becomes very subtle in a short matter of time. After the initial violet and grapefruit impressions, the perfume becomes seamless as individual notes blend without distinction. Instead, the perfume moves to a sweet and tarty and lightly soured persona. The perfume is sweet without being overtly so and the tartness when breathed in, seems to pull the air out to constrict your nostrils. In addition, a light spice peppers the top of the perfume. In a way, it feels rather like an exotic confectionary treat. After 15 minutes or so, a light powder begins to dust the perfume and it now feels very bright and feminine while at the same time warm and inviting. Warszawa unfolds like a day’s journey; the perfume starts bright and sweet like the dawn of a new day. As the day wears on, the spice of the florals add life and energy and then finally, the perfume provides a finishing crescendo as if entering the grand ball at the end of the evening. This is where the perfume settles into its final incarnation; a beauty that is unique as the noble city that bears its name.
From the Puredistance website:
Inspired by the class and elegance of Polish women and the rich history of the city of Warsaw, WARSZAWA evokes the chic of the golden days of Fashion and Perfume. This perfume has style, warmth – great depth of character – and will make you feel beautiful in a lush way. It will transport you to another world, a dreamy world, where you will feel elated and dizzy – in a good way.
Notes: Galbanum, Grapefruit, Violet leaf, Jasmin Absolute, Broom absolute, Orris butter, Patchouli, Vetiver and Styrax.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE WARSZAWA: semi-sweet, semi-tart, classic
BOTTOM LINE: The first time I put on Warszawa, I wondered if this would be the one Puredistance perfume that wouldn’t be a love for me. The sweetened opening was rather a surprise, but after the perfume began to emerge with its softer and more powdery edge I knew I was hooked. Warszawa isn’t an all-occasion everyday perfume. Instead, it’s a perfume you wear when you feel the need to be “grand.”
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral
- Nose: Antoine Lie
- Classification: Leans feminine
- Expense: 295 Euros for 60 ml parfum extrait. Also available in 100 ml.
DRAW: The Puredistance team is graciously offering a 2 ml sample to three lucky Scented Hound readers. This draw is open to all readers worldwide. To enter, please complete the following:
- “Like” the Puredistance Facebook Page
- Enter a comment on this post as to why you would like to experience Warszawa or comment on your favorite Puredistance perfume.
To be included in the draw, the above two requirements must be completed by midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 11, 2017. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced the week starting on November 12, 2017. Good luck!