Monday, June 20, 2011

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Night Queen by JoAnne Bassett

Night Queen isn't a perfume based on a character from a play but on the idea of what a night perfume would smell like - "unique fragrance of what night time scents are out there to fascinate your nose". (quote from JoAnne Bassett)

Well, if you ask me, night is obviously the part of day meant for easy seduction.
Just by reading the notes, I knew I was going to be seduced.

Notes: night queen oil, rhododendron, peru balsam, rosewood, damask rose oil, neroli, tuberose, vintage jasmine sambac, frankincense, yuzu, clove bud, tulsi, frankincense noir, vetiver, violet leaf, ylang-ylang.

It starts off refreshingly warm and sweet. There is that light pepperiness to tease your nose and make you lose track of the sedcution in the air following close behind.
The opening is at the same time refreshing with the yuzu, clove bud, neroli and rosewood but you can smell the sweet flowery and jasmine hints underneath. The thing is, even though you'd think the opening notes would make it a light-hearted thing, to me it smells serious. And I keep wondering how do you manage to convey that through a perfume?

So, while your nose is being teased by the refreshing notes, the creaminess of the white flowers sort of creeps upon you and gets you to relax and let go. The night has you and you are enjyoing its warm, creamy and flowery tendrils while the starry night settles around you.
This is the part where it smells most tropical to me, with unbelievably but very true to my nose, a creamy, Thai rice note waving through the perfume. And believe me, it smells incredible.

The Night Queen seduced you and you didn't even know it was happening.

And even though you're seduced, the night doesn't end for you. You might be enjoying your night amid sweet creamy florals but the morning will come, the fragrant and warm night air will start cooling and when the morning comes, the night air will no longer be warm and sweet with flowers but cool with remembered hints of the beginning of your night's adventure.


  1. Thank you Ines for a wonderful and charming review.

    I liked this Ines: And believe me, it smells incredible.

    The Night Queen seduced you and you didn't even know it was happening.

  2. Dear JoAnne, thank you for commenting. :)
    I love the way it smells and I get surprised again and again when applying it by that middle wealth of fragrant night.

  3. I love this event, btw - so glad you're reviewing them. JoAnne's take on it sounds just addictive...

  4. Thanks Jolanta. :) It was a pleasure smelling them.
    The best thing was that each one was completely different. But yes, JoAnne's was the most seductive... :)