Travel by Scent: NUXE Prodigieux le Parfum

I don’t think that when the olfactory masterminds at Nuxe first dreamed up this perfume, that travelling by scent was their creations primary purpose.

As far as I’ve observed, travelling by scent is usually a secondary or even tertiary perk, to the utilitarian need to just smell “nice” and to perhaps even seduce.

For me, the pandemic’s lockdown measures pushed me to explore scent as a means of travelling beyond my dour four walls.

With the likes of Berdoues Somei Yoshino (which was fresh to my beauty shelf) and my timeless favourites like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue in my arsenal, every time I felt claustrophobic, sad and grey, and even when I just wanted to heighten the pleasure of my Afternoon Teatime reading Conde Nast Traveller, scent was always what I turned to.

My latest foray into the realm of fragrance and metaphorical travel, is NUXE Prodigieux le Parfum.

Prodigieux Le Parfum began its journey in 2012, and is steered by the nose of the esteemed Serge Majoullier.

The basic building blocks (accords) of the NUXE Prodigieux le Parfum include:

  • white floral
  • citrus
  • vanilla
  • coconut
  • lactonic
  • floral
  • animalic – “made of animal-derived musk, civet, ambergris, or castoreum…they’re usually made synthetically now”, Kara Nesvig (2017) for Allure.

An initial whiff reveals sweetness (often not favoured by many consumers), as well as a pungent musk, floral, and mineral blend to the perfume.

This is not the scent for someone who wishes to go quietly into the night.

This thankfully mid-range priced perfume is memorable to the nose – with tendrils of coconut, vanilla and white florals dancing right to the back of one’s throat, and settling as a pleasant memory in the mind and skin.

With this Nuxe perfume, I went to Morrocco in my mind – a place that evokes heat, heady fragrances within its medina, earth tones, and beautiful surrounds.

In the perfume, I imagined I was smelling the evocation of Marrakesh’s infamous splashes of colour & intricate design. And, in the bottle, I saw only the desert stretching out to sunsets.

“a feminine fragrance that evokes the sun and warm sand” (2021)

The top notes are delectable – making me want to take a bite out of life to quench an unwavering thirst for adventure. There’s the likes of Orange Blossom and Mandarin Orange to enjoy; And, as a citrus-loving person, I feast on the beloved notes of Orange and Bergamot often found in my teas.

The middle notes are generally what stick after the top notes have tempered their stark impression. I learned to savour the smell of Gardenia, and Magnolia, and learned to enjoy the smell of Roses beyond rosewater.

When all is said and done, the base notes of Coconut Milk, Vanilla and Pebbles allow my senses to finally settle from the adventure I travelled on with the initial scents, and I’m calmed by the heart notes’ steadfastness in the face of perspiration and louder NUXE Prodigieux le Parfum sibling notes that tend to loudly proclaim themselves first with every spritz.

One of the best things about the NUXE Prodigieux le Parfum, along with being non-photosensitising, is also that 88 % of the total ingredients are from natural origin, which – along with subsequently not being as harmful to clothing – means a far less synthetic scent attaching itself to the wearer.

Other fragrance pros include:

  • Moderate scent intensity
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Moderate scen tlongevity
  • is Hypoallergenic
  • and has been Dermatologically tested

This fragrance makes me feel bold but also cosy – easily a good choice for when I want a sensual boost!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Today, I pair the scent with my cosy Bronze BOSS cocoon cardigan, by ERRE.

Do you get Morocco when you smell this perfume?

Are you ever so affected by fragrances?

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