Spring has sprung, and the mini heat wave that's upon us suggests we're well on our way to summer. It’s around this time of year that I swap out the spicy oriental notes and moody, resinous oud scents of my usual perfumes in favor of light, crisp fragrances that I can wear as easily in my hair as I can on my skin. While it’s not uncommon for brands to launch flanking accessories (lotions and shower gels and such), applying layers of similar scents is not really my thing. Nuxe, however, did it the other way around.
Aliza Jabés, founder of the iconic French brand, partnered with famed perfumer Serge Majoullier to develop an ingenious fragrance to match Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil. The brand’s multitasking, plant-based treatment for body, face, and hair is sold every six minutes somewhere in the world. If devoted fans don’t buy the botanical oil for its intensely moisturizing properties, odds are they do so for the sweet wafts of mandarin, orange blossom, vanilla, and coconut milk. Now, its sleek derivative, Eau de Parfum ($69), launches this month.
Capturing the same delicately balanced florals that I’ve come to love, the scent opens with the tart freshness of citrus notes from orange blossom, bergamot, and mandarin before settling into the fruity sweetness of frangipani and magnolia with the slightest accent of rose. The natural beauty of this gracefully blended scent is that its tropical composition doesn’t veer too heavily into the creaminess of coconut. This is the hallmark of an unimaginative scent, where the notes are thrown together to create a tacky effect that is a little too suntan lotion-y for my taste. Nuxe’s perfume, on the other hand, is lighter-than-air sexy, rather than in-your-face fragrant.
The best thing about an utterly lovely spring floral such as this is its ability to coax you out of your own head and transport you to a more relaxing locale. For me, Nuxe commences the season of the beach, for which I am so, so ready.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.