You'll never find Pavlova at Sephora, much less at Saks Fifth Avenue, but one of the awkward facts of the perfume world is that you don't necessarily get what you pay for. There are some lavishly expensive clunkers out there, and likewise there are some little gems that you could fit into your budget by bringing a sandwich to work once. Among the latter is Pavlova, which originated in the nineteen-twenties, was reintroduced in the seventies, and currently drifts under the radar to such an extent that despite its price, we've never even seen it in the drugstores around Christmas time. The scent is a prickly kind of beautiful, layering sharp, dark, fruity cassis (also a little raspberry) with the bright, cool, floral hyacinth. (Don't know what hyacinth smells like? Something between iris and violet but livelier than both.) Cuddly and suggestive it's not; elegant and unusual it damn well is.
Look, there are reasons to wear scent other than to get guys to think you're dessert.
The upside of practically no one knowing what this stuff is is that you can snag yourself the 1.7 ounce bottle for just twelve dollars. If it turns out you don't like it, you can just keep it on your dresser - because frankly every single one of us should own a frosted glass bottle with flowers on the front and a ballerina for a lid. We're pretty sure our chromosomes entitle us to one.
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