In this new adventure… I aimed for a white, milky florality, a bit more solar, adding a powdery element, as well as the wealth of vanilla and a musky addition, in a timeless creation.
– Marie Salamagne, Perfumer
Top Notes: Almond Milk
Heart Notes: Heliotrope
Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla Absolute
Perfumers: Carla Sozzani, Marie Salamagne, Martin Szekely, Paolo Roversi
Last year saw the release of Alaïa Eau de Parfum which is a beautiful fragrance I featured here. Alaïa Blanche is the second fragrance from the collection which is a continuation to the story. Blanche is inspired by “a bucket of cold water thrown against a wall of scorching chalk”, whilst I’m not quite sure what that means, it does have a soft, refreshing and solar quality to the perfume.
When I first smelt Alaïa Blanche on the tester card, my immediate feel was a very pink, vintage fragrance, it reminded me of soft and powdery cosmetics with the air of French boudoirs in old movies. However, on the skin, it’s very different, it still has a slight pink, powdery tone to it, but this time with a heavy hit of creamy almond, reminding me of sweet macaroons and marzipan petit fours. Much like the original fragrance it has a heavy base note of musk, making it a very feminine and sexy fragrance, much like his iconic clothing. Also, the lid is a reference to his clothing line, it is designed to represent a reel of cotton and the print on the bottle and the cutouts on the box represent the laser cut designs he is famed for. Alaïa Blanche is beautifully considered from the bottle and box to the fragrance itself. It smells like creamy almond treats, not too sweet, not to savoury, with soft white florals and cherry-like heliotrope. As for the base of the fragrance, it is rich with vanilla absolute, musks and a touch of powdery and woodsy notes. It’s unique, feminine, addictive and elegant, without being too sweet.
Alaïa Blanche is available from Harrods and it is priced at £42 for 30ml bottle, £62 for 50ml and £85 for a 100ml.