Think romance, think roses? You aren’t alone. Quite possibly the most romantic flower in the world, roses boast a soft, delicate, and sensual scent with hints of citrus, woodiness, and even masculine elements – making it one of the most diverse and popular ingredients in perfumery. Thanks to its versatility, the Queen of Flowers has become a scent staple, so much so that it features in at least 75 percent of all modern feminine fragrances.
But just when we thought we’d had our fill of rosy scents, Sisley went and launched a new olfactory ode to rose that has us falling in love with the flower all over again. Introducing: ‘Izia La Nuit’, a.k.a the next best thing to strolling through a rose garden on a moonlit night. Told you it was romantic.
A deeper, richer, more intense version of the original ‘Izia’, ‘Izia La Nuit’ is an homage to a unique and mysterious rose that blooms in the garden of Countess Isabelle D’Ornano’s Polish chateau. It was here where the brand’s co-founder discovered that one particular rose boasted a scent far superior and more special than the rest, so she sent bouquets of it to three different perfumers in a bid to bottle its evocative scent. It was perfumer Amandine Clerc-Marie who managed to do just that, and — with the addition of fresh and vibrant blackcurrant and mandarin, floral notes of freesia and magnolia, spicy cardamom, and sensual patchouli and vanilla — the ultimate opulent, nighttime scent was created.
“To me, ‘Izia La Nuit’ evokes the excitement of a mysterious, unexpected night where anything can happen,” reveals D’Ornano. “It is a different interpretation of the ‘Izia’ rose, which I love. Talking to Clerc-Marie, we decided that perhaps we could dress her up in a more sophisticated scent. It’s less flowery, more woody, and leathery. The rose is still there, but this time it’s dressed up in an evening look.”
Plus, there’s that bottle to fall head over heels with. Imagined by Polish sculptor Bronislaw Krzysztof, it features two individual sculptures that merge together and is coated in a deep black lacquer with a delicate gold film that reflects the luminous fragrance hidden within. Even the box oozes decadence, with designs created by famed English artist Quentin Jones. Now you know what sits pride of place on our vanity tables.
Sisley ‘Izia La Nuit Perfume’