Finding beauty, Puredistance Opardu

It always takes me a while before I can try and organize my thought on any of the Puredistance perfumes. I believe one of the reasons lie in the fact that their perfumes really reflect the elegance the company tries to instill in them and that is something it is hard to smell these days generally and the other is I lack words to describe them precisely because of reason number one. I haven’t smelled that many elegant perfumes that my perfume vocabulary can describe them adequately.

I will try though. 🙂

The first thing that comes to my mind when I smell it, is that it has the usual Ms. Buzantian touch – it is at the same time elegant, and mellow. Which is strange when I consider the fact that I also feel its beginning being slightly brash (in a good way to get you noticed) due to what I consider a clean nettle feeling which is at the same time sharpish, I would say thanks to carnation.

What I love about Puredistance perfumes is that they make me forget they are mostly about flowers, I am not one to usually fall for flowers, but when A. Buzantian does her thing, I don’t realize it is flowers I smell – I smell the elegance of a well-mannered lady that knows her presence will be noted when she walks into a room but she’ll ignore it as she knows that whoever comes close will be seduced by her perfume even before she does it (and she is the kind of lady who will).

I see the notes say there are powdery notes in this perfume, so I’m guessing they are responsible for the clean and mellow feeling I get from the beginning to the end of this perfume, although lessening after a while.

I would never go so far and say I smell the notes listed as the flowers I smell in this perfume lean to white but their beauty is hidden behind green foliage that tries to hide them but fails miserably. You cannot hide the beauty of these flowers as their smell leads you straight through the foliage to their place of hiding.

Notes revealed so far: carnation, tuberose absolute, purple lilac, jasmine absolute and gardenia with a background evoking the gentleness of romance through soft powdery notes.


What Puredistance site says on the perfume:

“OPARDU has an instant hypnotizing effect that revives memories of love, romance and seduction. Be prepared for a perfume that will bring you back to the velvety nightlife of Paris in earlier days.”

Now that I’ve been thouroughly seduced by Ms. Buzantian’s flowers, I cannot help but wonder what she would come up with when creating an oriental perfume. She would probably make me fall to my knees. 😉


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My sample was sent by Puredistance for review.

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11 thoughts on “Finding beauty, Puredistance Opardu

  1. Ari November 1, 2012 at 21:31 Reply

    I’m soooo excited for Ms. Buzantian to do an oriental perfume. Her florals are just beautiful, but they’re too elegant for me! Thank you for the review, Ines!


    • Ines November 1, 2012 at 21:36 Reply

      He, he, Ari, I hope she does it but that is just my wishful thinking. Who knows, maybe we get lucky… 😉


  2. Suzanne November 2, 2012 at 15:07 Reply

    Enjoyed reading your take on this, Ines. It makes me want to ask you, since I believe you have tried all four of the Puredistance perfumes, which one is your favorite?


    • Ines November 2, 2012 at 17:55 Reply

      You might laugh now, but I’m vacillating between Antonia and M, leaning slightly toward M. 😀


      • Suzanne November 2, 2012 at 18:42 Reply

        Not laughing at all, because I already know that your tastes are very similar to my own, so I had you pegged as loving both of those and leaning towards M. I didn’t want to suggest anything, though, when I raised the question (just to see if I was right!). I’m cagey that way, Ines. 😉


        • Ines November 2, 2012 at 18:51 Reply

          You certainly are! 😉
          Although your looks would certainly fool everyone (about you being cagey). I love the way I, Antonia and Opardu smell but I never think of myself as anyone with that much elegance (although there are times when I am very grateful that I have those perfumes to wear).


  3. Asali November 2, 2012 at 15:12 Reply

    Dear Ines, I can’t believe I didn’t realise you’d changed site :-O Honestly, I feell like such a fool.
    I agree that AB has this thing with flowers which makes you forget that it’s in essence a ‘floral’; it’s just a great perfume.


    • Ines November 2, 2012 at 17:57 Reply

      Asali, don’t worry. We are both busy and I spent most of the last weekend doing the change so I just went with it.
      He, he, now I know how often you visit my blog. 😉


  4. Parfumista November 2, 2012 at 17:13 Reply

    Just love this classy, slight powdery (this luxary, light, powder seem to be en vogue by now) perfume, here are my thoughts
    Today I’m wearing another seamless blended soft flowery beauty from Puredistance: I
    So effortlessy chic!


    • Ines November 2, 2012 at 17:59 Reply

      I am honestly in awe with Ms. Buzantian, she makes elegance seem available at the spritz of a perfume.
      I agree, if you’re wearing Puredistance I, you definitely smell chic! 🙂


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