Shiseido is one of those brands I hear a lot of people talking about but have never quite got round to trying myself. The name sounds very exotic, so I figured the products would be the same and probably not really for me. That, I now know, was a mistake. I was given a bottle of Shiseido's limited edition 'Zen White Heat' fragrance a while back and it sat unopened in a box for quite some months. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago expecting to sniff something that was 20 years too old for me and reminded me of my Nan, but what actually greeted me was a refreshing scent that I've been wearing practically every day since.
"Shiseido's Zen White Heat Edition fragrance is a fluid, elegant and feminine scent with a hint of a floral–chic bouquet. Notes of bergamot and coriander are infused with fruity blackcurrant and raspberry along with a complex floral– bouquet that pays tribute to modern femininity." I'm no fragrance expert and have real problems with explaining what I like about a scent, but from what I can gather I like it for the following reasons... The fruity notes balance out the floral 'bouquets' that I would normally hate. The freshness and complex nature of this make it something that can take you from day to night, season to season, work date to dinner date. It's not overpowering or too bold so it's very easy to wear and spritz without giving yourself a headache. And last, but no means least, the bottle is hot and looks amazing on my perfume table. That's more reasons than most. Get yourself down to a perfume shop and have a sniff, pronto.
Available from all good perfume retailers, including Selfridges and House of Fraser, priced £45 for 50ml