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Get involved with Régime des Fleurs, the new perfume brand premiere exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, about which you MUST know. The brand offers handmade perfumes (seriously, there are fewer than five people in the entire company, doing it ALL by themselves) in three tiers: Lyric, Ballad and Epic.
Fauna is an “enchanted oud,” inspired by the noble and majestic Victorian-era animal portraits of “Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, 19th-century historian Franz Xaver von Schonwerth’s collection of lost Bavarian legends and fairy tales and Midnight, animated by the glassy eyes of nocturnal creatures and the alien sheerness radiating from cereus.” It’s comprised of extractions of Laotian and Indian agarwoods, saffron, coffee blossom, sumac, grains and nuts, petitgrain bergamot, castoreum, nightblooms and albino musk.
Here’s the situation though: First-grade agarwood (from which oud oil is distilled) is one of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world. Depending on the oil’s purity, the ingredient can be very expensive, hence oud is faked often in a most Champagne/sparkling wine scenario. Counterfeit! Which is, of course, R-oud. Régime des Fleurs keeps it legit, and patently unr-oud, incorporating only authentic oud oil into their scents.
You’ll be impressed by all the perfumes in this indie brand’s range, but my absolute favorite of which I want the GULF OF MEXICO-sized bottle is Nymphaea Caerulea.
Check it out at bergdorfgoodman.com.