Tuberoses and gardenias cause the biggest dilemmas in the white area of perfumery. But, just like with anything else, the most important thing is to find the right combination. Because there are white flowers for every caprice, just like there are ouds that can be highly acceptable. If you use this principle as guidance, it is impossible not to find your tuberose or gardenia. Impossible! Expressive and explosive white florals work best in my case. The more grandiose, the better. Because of this I opened the Gardenia file a few years ago, gathering inside it all sorts of cases, just like “no gardenia, was a joke”; “muahahaha, I am an atomic gardenia (atomic bomb-like gardenia)”; “don’t push it, I am still green, don’t wait for me to bloom”; “no rush, the gardenia will barely emerge in the base”; “oh dear, I smell big money luxury gardenia that spread the Hollywoodian spell all over”; “Mark Rothko gardenia too abstract to be able to get it”; “the girl next door gardenia”. Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale falls into the last category. It is a gardenia that is friendly with everyone, it does well around, it is bright, positive, sincere, and very pleasant. It is the gardenia that comes to your aid when you lack ideas, not knowing what to pick first when it’s 7 o’clock and you have to run to work with a croissant in your mouth and coffee in your hand or when you have to change in the evening, for a Broadway outing or Wimbledon in the VIP lounge.
Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale is a versatile sole-flower, which will enchant and pleasantly tickle the nostrils of everyone around, without having the wake reach the colleagues in the other department, respectively in the backstage of the theater or the ball boy.
Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale is a polished perfume, with a remarkable wake yet decent. You won’t find, on the skin, abrupt turns toward other notes, as it totally lacks register or style changes. It is linear, about the gardenia only and it enters directly into its subject. The flower is perfect, pearly-white, with uniform petals soaked in the sun’s light and accentuated by a sort of subtle exotism, while within urban limits at the same time, not taking you on the beach of some Pacific island (for this kind of sensations you have the tuberose-generated Datura Noir). Between green and sweet, I could say that it is rather sweeter, but of balanced sweetness. Being a Van Cleef, it is easily understood that it has that specific smoothness, characteristic to the Extraordinaire series, which idealizes various olfactive notes. So… even if you’re just getting initiated into gardenia or you’re an expert, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Gardenia Petale is a MUST TRY.