Estee Lauder have recently launched a new fragrance called Wood Mystique.
What makes it rather interesting is that it’s a unisex scent developed specifically for the Middle Eastern consumer in mind. (You can’t buy it in the US, for example, just in the East and a few other selected countries like SA.) Aramis have done the same thing actually, with a new ‘for him/for her’ cologne called Calligraphy which I’ll be reviewing later on in the month. Again, this was also conjured up with the Middle East in mind which makes me wonder if it’s not perhaps a trend.
Still, unisex scents aren’t anything new. Remember how we all used drench ourselves with CKOne back in the nineties? Just one sniff of that bloody scent and I’m swept back to a bittersweet time of my life, back when you could bounce a coin off my glutes (yay!) but I felt obliged to show ‘em off via Lycra goldfish-bedazzled bellbottoms (eek!). Ooh! And let’s not forget these guys…
Anyway, I’m getting totally sidetracked, let’s get back to Wood Mystique… to celebrate its launch, Lauder teamed up with Fairlady to host an indulgent reader event that involved glamorous li’l smokey eye makeovers and a decadent Middle East-inspired lunch menu. Guests were shown how to whip up each dish via a live demo by vivacious Jozi-based foodie Susan Greig before getting to tuck in to the likes of Arabian inspired mezze, aromatic lamb casserole and halva & Turkish Delight ice cream.
I tried a bit of everything and was most impressed with the ice cream which was tres delish:
The best bit, however, is that it’s actually super easy to make. Here’s how: Beat 500ml cream until stiff. Flake 1 packet of halva, chop ½ a cup of pistachios. Pour one tin of condensed milk into the whipped cream, toss in the halva and nuts, mix and freeze for a few hours. Then… ta da!
As for the fragrance that inspired the food, Wood Mystique is a sophisticated woody oriental. It’s notes include pink pepper, rose, Egyptian jasmine, orris from Morocco and ylang ylang that rest on a agar and cedar wood, patchouli, leather and a teensy dash of raspberry. It sounds like it would be ‘sweet’ but it’s not. To me, it’s herbaceous, green, spicy and just a little bit smoky or incense-y. It’s the kind of scent that, I think, would suit an elegant, glamorous older person. And I say person because, I could see a male wearing it, but I do think it leans a bit more to the feminine side of the street.
If you spot it in store, give it a sniff and let me know what you think. Also, feel free to ‘fess up to any of your worst 90’s fashion and beauty crimes in the comments section. It’ll feel good to get it off your chest; promise…