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October 18, 2006

Stella in Two : Peony and Amber by Stella McCartney


Although rose is often seen as dowdy and old-fashioned, the perfumer Jacques Cavallier set the silky rose petals on the transparent ambery base and rendered the flower crisp and spicy in his fragrance for Stella McCartney. Rose Absolute followed the original, and it was still exciting, being darker, richer and warmer. Then there were a few summer limited editions, Stella Sheer, which offered a lighter take on the rose-amber marriage. Now, Stella in Two takes inspiration from the success of the original creation by offering yet another Stella variation. This time, Stella can be bought in two parts, Peony and Amber. Is it possible to stretch the concept too far? As I have discovered, yes. I was won over by the retro charm of the original, loved the richness of Rose Absolute and enjoyed the freshness of Stella Sheer. Now, I feel ready to explore something new. ....

As you can see, I do not have that much to say about the two fragrances. Peony is a sheer floral, with a hint of woods, while Amber is a rather straightforward oriental in a solid base. Worn alone, the fragrances are too pale and one-dimensional. On the other hand, their combination improves neither on the original Stella nor on any of its siblings. In other words, as much as I like Stella, this particular variation does not capture my imagination.

Peony includes notes of peony, rose, black pepper, amber, patchouli, cedarwood. Amber includes note sof rose, amber and musk. Both are available at Sephora, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.



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