To date, Montblanc’s Lady Emblem bottle really is one of the more beautiful flacons on the shelf. Inspired by the 43-faceted cut of the iconic Montblanc diamond, it’s the kind of thing you really, really want to display. Better yet, its soft, elegant floral scent, a citrusy celebration of rose, means it’s not just a pretty face.
Now, those who love and adore the original are in for a special treat as this year sees the launch of a new interpretation – Lady Emblem Elixir EDP (R745 for 30ml, R995 for 50ml and R1 195 for 75ml).
Notes-wise, you’re looking at black pepper, litchi and mandarin up top, a heart full of Damask rose absolute, jasmine, iris and orange blossom on a sophisticated base of patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla.
To compare it to its ‘sister’, the original was lighter and sweeter thanks to a dash of red currant jam, raspberry and peach. Elixir, however, is slightly more grown up with just the teensiest dash of sugar thanks to the litchi and patchouli tempered by the black pepper.
On my skin, it’s love at first spritz thanks to juicy litchi and uplifting mandarin top notes. This gives Elixir a timeless ‘youthfulness’, making it the kind of fragrance suitable for a lighthearted woman of any age. Next, the orange blossom (one of my favourite notes in the world) sweeps in along with a lush, fresh-smelling rose, something that lends the Elixir a lovely romantic aspect.
After a few minutes I can definitely pick up on the patchouli, but its subtle and clean. Eventually, by the time it dries down, you’re left with a slightly sweet yet warm-smelling mix of comforting sandalwood and creamy vanilla that gives the fragrance a cosy, sensual aspect.
In all honestly, I can’t imagine anyone disliking this fragrance. The original Lady Emblem was something I’d only wear on a summer’s day. Elixir, however, is multi-faceted enough (much like the Montblanc diamond) for all seasons, both day or night, provided you want to channel a ‘forever young’ yet grown up feminine elegance enhanced by warmth, confidence and maybe just a little romance.
So, shall we get to the part I know you’re all waiting for? I’ve got a 75ml bottle of Montblanc Lady Emblem Elixir worth R1 195 to give away and there and there two ways to win.
First up, simply leave a comment below telling me what helps makes you feel most confident, be it a beautiful fragrance or a killer good hair day. (Boys, there’s nothing stopping you from entering too!)
You can also enter via my new Facebook page after you like it. You’ll find the link to the competition over here. I’ll be drawing a winner from a pool of all entries at COB on the 8th of May. Please note that this competition is open to South African residents only.
Good luck peeps!
This competition is now closed. Congrats to winner Kabelo Msimang.