Oct 6, 2009 10:10 AM
So many fragrances come out every year that you could easily go broke or odor blind trying to keep up. Why not go very old-school instead? Borsari's Violetta di Parma ($27) was originally the signature scent of Napoleon's second wife, who set a monastery full of monks to cultivate the flowers and create a perfume just for her - though it's been available to the rest of us since 1870 or so. It's a lovely combination of sugary violet blossoms with a hint of green leaves and earth. (Since the big bottle comes with one of those atomizer bulbs that look cute but dribble and speed up evaporation, we'd actually suggest going for the smaller size on this one.)
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