Organza (Givenchy)

In the summer heat, everyone tends to slow down... even our perception of scent. Today, I'm wearing Givenchy Organza, a classic ambery floriental from 1996. Though named after the most crisply gauzy of all fabrics, it packs quite a wallop in the humid July air. I suppose I ought to save a fragrance this heavy until winter, but I confess this perfume's name plays tricks on me. The word "organza" summons up a vision of a translucent beach wrap lifted aloft by a cool ocean breeze. Come December, I'll want to don warm woollies; sheer and weightless fabrics will be anathema to getting (and staying!) warm. So summer will have to be the season for Organza-- and anyway, it captures some of the hypnotic quality of a humid summer day spent in a flower garden, with cicadas buzzing overhead and a tiny rumble of thunder in the distance....

As an afterword, I'll add that Organza (like 24 Faubourg) strikes me as a fragrance for dress-up occasions that require a gloss of richness and elegance to match the air of romance.  It might, however, be to the wearer's best advantage if said special event focuses on something (music, theater, etc.) other than food. Organza is so gourmand, it might put one off the very idea of eating... but not of drinking champagne!

Scent Elements: Bergamot, orange blossom, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang, peony, tuberose, jasmine, iris, nutmeg, mace, amber, vanilla, cedarwood, guaiacwood, walnut