AGENT PROVOCATEUR just put out Pétale Noir late last year and I’d say this is their most accessible scent to date. I should say up front that I have not tried every single scent of theirs but I have tried 5 out of the 8 available.
Described as an oriental floral, it reminds me a tad of Coco Mademoiselle but it has a little more spice to it. It’s an eau de parfum and has top notes of mandarin, water lily, bergamot, violet leaves, hyacinth and magnolia; middle notes of rose otto, rose absolute, ylang ylang, muguet, orris, osmanthus, neroli, cassis blossom; base notes of ginger, leather, sandalwood, vetiver, tobacco leaf, amber, and musk. I feel like the thickness of AP’s fragrances is due to the many heavy base notes they use in them but that’s my opinion as I am not a professional nose! What I do know is that this one can be worn during the day as well as eve. Halleluiah! The others I own are pretty much eve wear only, which is fine but when scanning my perfume table on a daily basis, part of me sometimes wants to say F*it, I’m wearing this one, which is one of their after 6pm ones only!
What’s starts off as a pronounced jumble of floral and amber dries down to smoother version of the initial and becomes one of those scents that only those closest to you can smell, which makes it all the more sexy. $87/1.7oz, $118/3.3oz @ nordstrom.com.