Narciso Rodriguez Launches New Fragrance

Posted on January 19, 2009

Photo of Narciso Rodriguez Essence

Narciso Rodriguez has launched his newest fragrance, which is called essence. Narciso says the fragrance is "an olfactory homage to the duality of a woman's nature - the intense and the ethereal, the simple and the complex." Essence is the third scent he has created with Beaute Prestige International, the Paris-based fragrance division of Shiseido.

The heart of the fragrance is musk. It also has notes of rose petals, powdery notes of iris and a bit of amber. The bottle is made of soft-sculpted glass, with a mirrored core: it was created by industrial designer Ross Lovegrove. Model Catherine MacNeil was chosen as the face of the campaign.

The essence range of products includes a 3.3 oz eau de parfum ($100), a 1.6 oz eau de parfum ($78), a 6.7 oz scented body lotion ($48), a 6.7 oz scented shower gel ($40) and a 3.3 oz perfumed deodorant ($33). Essence will be available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide in mid-March, 2009. For some reason, Narciso refused to use any capital letters in the name, so the fragrance is annoyingly listed as 'essence' in all the press materials.

Photo: Narciso Rodriguez