Sunday, 16 October 2011

Rituals: No. 10 Lemongrass + Neroli Eau de Parfum



There are two things that I should first mention about this Rituals Eau de Parfum:

• No. 10 Lemongrass + Neroli is a perfume for men.
• It is a new release by Rituals, making this the fourth perfume in the men's range.

Despite it being a men's perfume, I bought it for myself early this month. As mentioned in my post on the new Rituals Eau de Parfum Travel range - Luxury Holder and Refill Eau de Parfum Spray - I fell in love with this perfume right from the first spritz. I didn't even realise at first that it was a men's perfume (the display information wasn't up yet at the store).

As I was quite captivated by the new Luxury Holders, I decided to buy this perfume in this travel format, priced at €14.90 for 20ml (the Luxury Holder costs €12.90 but there is currently a special price of €24.90 if you buy the two in a set). Pictured here is my Luxury Holder - Elegant Wood.

This perfume is now also available in the full-size bottle - €39.90 for 50ml. Just like in the women's range, these full-size bottles for the men's perfumes also come with a rustic wooden cap.


Perfume
Vincent Schaller, a Paris-based perfumer and the creator of No. 10 says:

This creation is real shot of oxygen. The fragrance is built around the extreme freshness of Lemongrass and the radiance of Neroli, with a citrus aromatic character and woody undertones.

I can't quite put my finger on what it was that got me when I smelled No. 10 for the first time.

I grew up with a robust lemongrass plant in the garden - it was very handy for when my mother wanted to cook a dish which required lemongrass. So, to me, it is a smell from my childhood and a smell that I always associate with southeast Asian cooking.

However, I've never thought of lemongrass as a pretty scent. It is, well, just exotic, aromatic and only very slightly citrussy.

In this No. 10 perfume, I think the lemongrass scent has been 'prettified' by the neroli. Let me put it this way: it brings back no memories of Asian cuisine. It starts off citrus swwwweet, heavy and, in my opinion, feminine. On my skin, it is powdery with a hint of cinnamon some hours later. What's left at the end of the day is a pleasant, bittersweet scent. This perfume lasts many hours on me.

No. 10 may be meant for men but I find the fragrance as a whole to be too pretty to be a men's perfume. But that's just my nose.



Further reading:
Rituals Eau de Parfum No. 01 Ginger Essence + White Tea
Details on the Luxury Holder and Refill Eau de Parfum Spray

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great post! It's very difficult to describe the scent of a perfume, but you did an amazing job. ;)

Those holders are really elegant and I love the grains in it. Take care, Nicole x

Witoxicity said...

@Nicole
Hey, that's a very nice thing to say, Nicole. :) Well, nothing beats wearing the perfume yourself in order to get to know it better and moreover, different people would interpret it differently. This post wasn't a review per se. It was just to give one an impression of No. 10. So, thanks for your kind words! :D

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of citrussy scents and flavours (searching on keyboard for the smello blog mode button) LOL, well if only! :D

Nice article and I love the elegant perfume holder, very classy. "KTee"

BTW I looooove your Roberta Farc shoes

Witoxicity said...

@KTee
Yeah, where in the world is that smello-button?!? It's probably something like Ctrl-Alt-s-n-i-f-f. ;D

Thanks, KTee. The Luxury Holder is the star here. I love it!

Hey, it's really nice to know that the quirky shoes have found favour with you! :D

Anonymous said...

LOL!! Good one, very funny Hunny! "KTee" xx

Witoxicity said...

@KTee
Hee hee! You'll need more than three fingers for that. :D