Perfume in cream form.
How scent-sorily imaginative.
In all my years of perfume collecting/fragrance hoarding (seriously, I have a bottle of YSL Paris I’ve had since roughly 1991), I can’t remember ever encountering anything quite like this before.
It’s called Perfumed Creme by Library of Flowers, and instead of spraying a liquid or rubbing a solid on your skin, you work the mildly moisturizing creams into your skin like…mild moisturizers.
The fragrance is released slowly throughout the day, with the intensity based on the amount you use. Work a small dollop into your skin for a light aroma, or turn up the odiferous dial with another layer or two.
They come in a variety of scents, too. The one I’ve been wearing, Field and Flowers is a very light, clean and fresh fruity floral with apricot top notes, honey blossom middle notes wildflower bottom notes.
It smells like waking up to a beautiful sunlit spring morning…
I usually apply two or three layers of Field and Flowers because I like the scent bolder, and the fragrance lasts about 5-6 hours.
In addition to their perfumed creams, Library of Flowers also makes bath and body products, like Willow & Water Coco Butter Handcreme (which I love!). Also light and refreshing (like Field and Flowers), its notes are cut greens, flowering lotus and watercress.
Doesn’t that sound good?
I keep it near my computer keyboard for dry paw emergencies. It’s light, absorbs quickly, and it doesn’t leave my fingers or hands oily or sticky.
In fact, the Library of Flowers brand is part of the Margot Elena empire, the same folks who make Lollia, Love and Toast and the Tokyo Milk brands.
Probably explains the familiar packaging.
It’s cute, isn’t it? And very vintage-y. They also make bath oils, bubble baths and more traditional eau de parfums.
Check them out one of these days, and give ‘em a sniff. They’re at Neiman Marcus stores and neimanmarcus.com for $21 each.