Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo

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One of the most famous and tempestuous women in painting, Frida even eclipsed her husband, Diego Rivera, in fame at this point. Frida was a true romantic, very dramatic, and highly sensitive. She was involved in a terrible accident as a young woman on a streetcar. The wound never really resolved itself, and she was left in pain and unable to bear children. She fell in love with Diego Rivera, the famous Mexican mural painter and they were married. Diego, also a romantic, cheated on her. She, ever the woman of sorrows, took up with the famous socialist Leon Trotsky.

Her painting enjoyed a renaissance in the 1990s as women in art refused to take a back seat to their male counterparts, and Frida has remained a beacon of feminism.

I chose a photograph of Frida rather than a colorful portrait because I like the woman herself. She was really the Best of Mexico, truly indomitable and always fascinating.

Carnation, Black Pepper, golden amber, brown amber, a proprietary golden musk.

Floral, spicy, smooth, disturbing.
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This reminds me of my beloved Clara's Party from last Christmas, except with carnation instead of gingerbread. It's a perfume for a woman, not an ingenue. I need to let it settle more to see how it does after a little rest.
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Petticoats wrote:This reminds me of my beloved Clara's Party from last Christmas, except with carnation instead of gingerbread. It's a perfume for a woman, not an ingenue. I need to let it settle more to see how it does after a little rest.

Oh I loved Clara's party, I can't wait to see what you think once it's settled down.
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I just got this hot out of the mailbox (and I do mean hot, it's about 30 degrees here). I think the heat is pre-aging my oils so when I crack them open, they smell AMAZING.

Frida Kahlo is like Silver Carnations older, more sophisticated sister. The black pepper is a gorgeous accompaniment to the clove like spice of the carnation. The ambers are very soft and just peek through enough to tie everything together without being AMBER. I think this is going to age really beautifully. I definitely get a gingerbread vibe from this so it's a surprisingly appropriate Yule. The drydown has a kind of wild honey scent coming and going.
This is the scent I'm going to grab when Silver Carnations is just a little too sweet and demure for the occasion. It is definitely the perfume of a real woman who DGAF, as Frida most definitely was! I love it.
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I ordered a sample of this even though I can never remember if carnation works on me or not!

Initially, this is all CARNATIONS TO THE FACE. I was worried it was too strong but it very quickly settles into a wonderful, almost spicy floral. I don't pick up the pepper as an individual note; it's very well blended with the carnation. Underneath is something soft and soothing; I think it's amber. Over time, the carnation settles and I get more of the amber and musk. This is a really warm and beautiful blend! The throw is excellent and it has good staying power. Definitely a super feminine, womanly perfume; classic, warm, and just plain lovely.

I can't stop wearing this!
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Initially in the bottle and upon application its a floral arrangement in a vase with carnations as stars of the bouquet. There's that clove note that comes from the carnation I'm sure. And that is what my carnations turn into, a soft silky clove/carnation with an almost cigarette note like in Gypsy Grave (another favorite of mine), I wonder if that is the black pepper, and that is how it registers to my nose. In Fact this reminds me of Gypsy Grave, but with carnations rather than roses! The brown amber is actually playing nice, no potatoes, which is what ambers tend turn into on my skin. It's slightly sweet, but also fresh and clean. In fact I think this is the perfect Winter scent for our friends "down under" since they are having their Summer right now.

Both Apollonia and Gemma have the right of it. It's sophisticated and spicy, almost gingerbread (but clean and not foodie). And it does settle down and the amber and musk make this soft, and fresh and gorgeous. Don't let the softness fool you, this is a lady with steel under the velvet. It certainly does honor its namesake. Truly lovely. I am having so much trouble deciding which three to vote on, this has truly been an amazing collection.
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I pulled Frida out after more than 6 months and got a lovely surprise! She has aged so beautifully! The carnations are gorgeous, but the amber and musk add such sophistication, as others have noted. I do not get any gingerbread as mentioned above, but perhaps the pepper adds that spiciness. I like all of Fabienne's carnation scents and find this one particularly lovely.
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