I really, really love it when a fragrance does exactly what it says on the box, *especially* if that box happens to be Tiffany blue. And has something sparkly inside.
And so we have Tiffany & Co, a release that claims to be inspired by that feeling of cool jewels laid against bare skin (and frankly who doesn’t love that feeling, or at least spending a good 7 minutes trying to recreate that feeling using freely available office items). And the juice does mimic that, with a really delicious, shiver inducing opening of cool sparkling green mandarin over an abstract floral that is apparently iris, soft and slightly powdery in a plush way. There’s also a peach note in the heart which always reminds me of warm skin, and it melds beautifully with the floral facets of the iris to create a really gorgeous effect. A very refined hint of patchouli in the standard musky base does add a little, I hesitate to use the word earthy, but the musk notes do have a slightly cool spice to them so you get a chance to glance at iris’s earthy qualities too as the fragrance softens out.
It’s quite similar to Chanel’s Gabrielle – they both smell exquisitely (look away for a minute, PR’s and perfume purists), expensive.
There, I said it. I have a couple of Tiffany key charms on a beautiful fine chain that frequently gets yanked off my neck with a dramatic snap because of the delightful small people in my life. One day they’ll get the keys I’ve told them unlock their belly buttons, but not yet. So I happen to spend a fair bit of time in my local Tiffany store as they sigh over the state of my jewellery and suggest something more robust. Like, I don’t know, a string of macaroni. The experience of being in that silvery-blue, sparkly, sweet-smelling space filled with love tokens and sentimental trinkets worth more than my car is, I’m embarrassed to admit, usually the highlight of my day.
What Tiffany & Co does so well, is to hold on to that sentimentality and exclusivity but appear contemporary, even a bit frivolous, at the same time – check the finger tattoo sharing real estate with more than a couple of carats in the super cute movie for the fragrance. It’s a clever trick and they nail it. So while that flower at the centre of the scent is the classically austere iris, there’s a splash of tart blackcurrant in there too (as there is in Gabrielle, but T&Co. gets a double shot), and this makes the whole thing just a bit more fun, more celebratory, more youthful and yummy to wear.
The fragrance is exactly the bauble pretty much any girl would be happy to see under the christmas tree.
Just maybe make sure she realises it’s the smell of diamonds inside, not the real rocks.