Launched in 2015, L’Extase by Nina Ricci is the first creation of Francis Kurkdjian for the famous Parisian home and is absolutely memorable! It’s simply about the experiences of a woman. And that woman can be any of us at some point. The perfume is the third one of Nina’s Ricci’s brand, the other two being L’Air de Tem, and Nina. The fragrance was officially described as a scent that is more for the mature women group, being older than Nina, but younger than L’Air du Temps.
The ad campaign features Laetitia Casta wearing minimal makeup and photographed by Dusan Reljin, who’s known for his captivating, beauty-focused imagery. Casta evokes the French beauty holding the bottle while lying, topless on a bed. The social campaign uses the hashtag #LiberateYourFantasies.
It’s made of two accords — one comprising notes of white petals, natural roses, and pink peppercorn, while the other has benzoin Siam, Virginia cedar, musk and amber notes. The original Virginian cedar accord becomes illuminated by an aura of deftly worked musk and amber. The rose petal glows against this caramel backdrop. A high concentration of amber compounds to offer a metallic and spicy glint.
- Top notes: Pink Pepper, Peach, and Pear
- Heart: Rose, White Flowers, Jasmine and Raspberry
- Base notes: Siam Benzoin, Virginia Cedar, Musk, Amber, Caramel, Patchouli and Vanilla
Through carefully selected ingredients, Nina Ricci encourages the exploration of her own skin. The desire to be a woman, here and now, in all splendor. Ths is a new chapter of the direct relationship with femininity, being bold by what it expresses.
L’Extase scent is sophisticated and elegant. I see it more as a perfume dedicated to lovers of the floral scent, because of the middle notes (rose and white flowers ) who make the whole projection to dominate. As for the base, the notes behave impeccably. This can be easily described by a duo of two perfumes, Giorgio Armani Si and Lancome La Vie Est Belle.
It’s a lovely perfume for the cold weather. In summers, you may not like to go so musky, especially in the day time. It lasts for about 6-7 hours. The initial spray of the fragrance settles down to a more sweeter note which becomes more and more sweeter (a bit too much for me really) – by the time it dies down.
The L’Extase fragrance bottle was inspired by a couture clutch, one of the house’s iconic accessories. The shape is delicate, colored dark mauve, embellished with a black satin ribbon and a gold plaque embossed with the address of Nina Ricci’s 39 Avenue Montaigne Paris flagship.
Overall it’s reasonably wearable but I found its sweetness irritating a bit, it does, as advertised, smell older than Nina, but I did not find it even slightly sexy. The fragrance is available in 30, 50 and 80 ml Eau de Parfum.