Puredistance I – my story

And where to begin this story?
How about, here is what true niche house and exclusivity are. One perfume, not many places to buy it in the world but available to anyone with an internet connection. Well, available might be putting it a bit optimistic – you know, the cheapest bottle goes you can buy is 165 Euros. But there are always samples…
Ok, this doesn’t tell you much about what I think about it. I will try and do it justice but you know me, I sometimes (often) lack the words to describe things as accurately as they appear in my head, so I can only say I will do my best.
Honestly, the first sniff and my initial thought was, this is of the type of perfume I usually don’t wear (due to the fact that I haven’t actually smelled any of the classics I find wearable). And believe me, it won’t take you long to realize it’s a classic, even though not the classic as I seem to have understood it before Pure Distance I came along. You know, it’s hard writing about something which creates new associations each time you smell it. 🙂
I will follow Suzanne’s lovely example and skip the notes. They are really not that important, they can never describe the actual feeling. You might already be impatient to hear what that feeling is and now I’m going to say that the booklet I got with my bottle is completely correct and quote them:
“A lady stepping into a room crowded with people. Conversations stop. Everybody loooks at her. It is not here serene face.. there is the elegant, natural way she mover. And her simple, stylish white dress… So beautiful. Beautiful in a pure and natural way.”

“The name Puredistance originates from this dream. What makes the lady stand out from the crowd is her understated elegance. Which is the essence of Puredistance.”

I’ve been looking for the right words to describe this and then I read the booklet and there they were. But not only elegance. For me, Puredistance is exactly the way a woman seduces. It is a bit austere and cold at the beginning, with flowers hinting at femininity but not so much that you can be sure before she slightly smiles at you five minutes later. And still, you enjoy the company so much, the talk is gentle and intelligent, the atmosphere relatively relaxed but not really completely at ease. You can’t say she likes you yet, you are already falling a bit for her and she is standing there elegant, relaxed and with a little smile curving her lips. But after a while, you can see the signs telling there is warmth underneath that smile and the woman behind that elegance is the one you will never find tiresome.

That is what Puredistance I smells like to me. It’s there one minute, the next I’m wondering where did it go, only to find that it’s playing with me, seducing me with each new sniff I take.

And just so you know how strong a character I am, it took 3 tries for me to fall in love, while my boyfriend only smelled it from the bottle and asked me instantly: Are you going to wear this? For me? (with that knowing look). 🙂
I wish I could have given you more with my review. You can always go read Suzanne’s (she did it wonderfully).
I also had this serious doubt – you know, they were so kind to send me a bottle of this expensive perfume, what if I don’t like it? But I shouldn’t have had doubts. 🙂
And since people from Puredistance were so generous with me, I want to give you 2 samples from my bottle. Just comment and you will be entered. I can’t give more, I already promised my good friend a decant. 🙂
P.S. I remembered while getting to sleep I didn’t put the date until you can enter, until May 17 when I’ll randomly select the winners.

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19 thoughts on “Puredistance I – my story

  1. Michael May 10, 2010 at 22:09 Reply

    Ines, is it quite easy to sample these? I think I did see see the price of the bottles somewhere (which are small anyway) and they made the Amouage attars look positively el cheapo by comparison. I don't think my credit card could handle it!


  2. Ines May 10, 2010 at 23:29 Reply

    Well, Michael, what I meant is that it's easy to order them, a sample is 9 euros but there is no shipping for it. I know it is a bit much for a sample but like you said Amouage attars aren't cheap either. If you're lucky, you won't have to worry about that. 🙂


  3. La Bonne Vivante May 10, 2010 at 23:59 Reply

    wow, Ines, this certainly sounds very intriguing. It makes me think of a bon mot that has been floating around about Grace kelly lately–people said she was like a "snow-capped volcano," coming across icy and perfect at the beginning but filled with churning, voluptuous, womanly passion. I would love to smell this, so please enter me in the draw. Great post–don't be so hard on yourself!


  4. Viscid May 11, 2010 at 01:01 Reply

    Wow, ive been wondering what describes niche, and now I have it.


  5. Suzanne May 11, 2010 at 03:33 Reply

    Ines, you did a very lovely job describing Puredistance! Wearing it is indeed like that conversation you describe with the beautiful woman…the cool and enigmatic, Mona Lisa-kind of smile you describe with the flickering hints of true warmth beneath the surface. Perfect description!!


  6. waftbyCarol May 11, 2010 at 14:09 Reply

    I have been so wanting to sniff this !I have a sample coming my way , so no need to enter me in thedraw…


  7. Ines May 11, 2010 at 16:32 Reply

    Bonne Vivante, that is a really good description of Grace Kelly – I hope you get to smell this (you're in). 🙂


  8. Ines May 11, 2010 at 16:32 Reply

    Viscid, thanks for stopping by – glad something I wrote helped. 🙂


  9. Ines May 11, 2010 at 16:35 Reply

    Thanks Suzanne! It really means a lot, and I still think about what you said about Puredistance – and the way Star Trek made an appearance. Absolutely great! 🙂


  10. Ines May 11, 2010 at 16:37 Reply

    Carol, I can't wait to hear what you will think of it.


  11. flittersniffer May 11, 2010 at 23:00 Reply

    This sounds like a must try… You captured the "vibe" of it beautifully and now I want to be that woman! : – )


  12. Beautiful Things May 12, 2010 at 11:43 Reply

    I just love the way you described this – 'the way a woman seduces'. Sounds like a classy woman and a classy perfume to me.


  13. Ines May 13, 2010 at 10:32 Reply

    FS, I want to be that woman too! 🙂


  14. Ines May 13, 2010 at 10:34 Reply

    Beautiful Things, I'm glad you said that because that is exactly the way I perceived it. But it's the class here is one that comes from within and has nothing to do with how much money you have or what you are wearing.


  15. Musette May 13, 2010 at 17:33 Reply

    Wow. this seems to really have moved you! Sounds intriguing, like the Grace Kelly quote!I'd love to be entered in the draw. Thank you for your generosity!xoA


  16. Ines May 13, 2010 at 21:37 Reply

    Musette, thanks for stopping by. You know, I actually wasn't aware I had such strong feelings until I started writing. 🙂 You're in!


  17. sean's jo May 15, 2010 at 15:29 Reply

    what an intriguing review and a generous offer. Please enter me in the draw.


  18. Ines May 15, 2010 at 19:22 Reply

    Thanks Sean's Jo! You're in!


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