Name That Scent: What Does A Perfume Inspired By June 1660 Smell Like?

Fragrance reviews are silly. Fragrance marketing is even sillier. So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk.

Fragrance: Arquiste Infanta en Flor, $175

What Arquiste thinks it smells like: “A musky floral amber inspired by June 1660, Isle of Pheasants, Basque region, on the French-Spanish border. Maria Teresa, the Infanta of Spain, is offered to Louis XIV in exchange for peace between the two nations. Innocently perfumed with orange flower water, her powdery complexion blushes as the gallant king lays his eyes on her for the first time. She opens her scented fan and steals a look back. Notes include orange flower water, Spanish leather, Cistus resin, and immortelle.”

What we think it smells like:

  • “Baby powder.”
  • “Soft and feminine.”
  • “Fancy, rich old lady.”
  • “Big, gaudy roses that are made of plastic.”
  • “Acetone.”
  • “A pubescent girl’s first fragrance.”
  • “Love’s Baby Soft.”
  • “Late ’70s sportscaster — tweed suit, double-breasted, fedora possibly.”
  • “A dude with slicked back hair.”
  • “A bathroom at a mall.”
  • “It smells like soap — like Dove or a men’s Dial soap.”
  • “Middle-aged mom.”
  • “They would give this out a spa that out-of-touch business people go to.”
  • “A woman who wears slightly more masculine clothes.”
  • “Mousse.”
  • “A freshly cleaned baby’s bum.”
  • “Like talcum powder and vodka. It’s like a drunken baby.”
  • “Stale.”
  • “Moist towelettes.”
  • “My grandma’s bathroom.”
  • “Distinguished and European.”
  • “A little pretentious.”

Tune in next week when we review Bulgari Omnia Coral, a scent that captures “the essence of colored gemstones” and “evokes the sunny days, clear skies, and vibrant colors of summer”.

PREVIOUSLY: Thirdman Eau Profonde, Valentino Valentina, Dolce & Gabbana The One Sport, Eva Longoria EVAmour, Lacoste L12.12. Rouge, Versace Yellow Diamond, Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, Especially Escada

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