La Dame Verte – Puredistance Antonia Perfume Review

Savage Beauty

To put it simply; Antonia is liquid emotion.

Have you ever known that you would love a fragrance before you even tried it? I have on quite a few occasions, the most recent of which was with the second feminine fragrance from ultra-luxe niche line Puredistance. A perfume wonderfully named ‘Antonia’. I had already fallen head-over-heels for the beautifully arresting Puredistance I, and everything about Antonia; the reviews, the description and the very brief sniff I’d had in Harrods, led me to believe that Antonia was a perfume that I would love.

I’ve also been really impressed with the Puredistance line and their ethos. I find it refreshing that they seem to focus all of their attention on the perfumes, there are no gimmicks and they manage to offer exclusivity without snobbery. It’s also very clear that they have a passion for quality, which really translates into their three offerings, all of which are incredibly different, but share an impeccable attention to detail and fit together like three contrasting compositions.

Antonia, or ‘La Dame Verte’ as I call her, is the second feminine in the line and is a Parfum Extrait with a not-to-be-scoffed-at 25% concentration. Antonia is described by Puredistance as “a green floral with a great lushness and warmth of heart, but at the same time pillowy and as gentle as can be” [1]. Like the first feminine in the line ‘Puredistance I’, Antonia was created by Annie Buzantian in New York and shares her name with the mother of Puredistance founder Jan Ewoud Vos.

Puredistance Antonia

The Notes

Jasmine, Rose Essence, Ylang Ylang, Orris, Ivy Green, Galbanum, Vanilla and Vetiver [2]

How Does it Smell?

In her review, Birgit of Olfactoria’s Travels said of Antonia “She is no Puredistance II” [3] and in true Olfactoria style she couldn’t have said it better. I can’t think of two perfumes that are more different; Puredistance I is ethereal, cerebral & nymph-like and Antonia is bold, confident and womanly. Despite being polar opposites in their style, both Puredistance I and Antonia share a beautiful timeless quality that makes them feel as if they’re not at all like other perfumes.

Antonia starts very sharp and green with a lovely dose of wonderful, sparkling aldehydes that illuminate the green, floral notes, which rather than being prickly or harsh, are incandescent and warm. This green quality comes from galbanum, a note that is reminiscent of the great green fragrances of the past and is seldom used today.

Green fragrances aren’t the easiest for me to get on with, I find that they can be bitter, harsh and unforgiving. They have a tendency to feel cold, aloof and bitchy. Not Antonia, she is plush, soft, and pretty. When I smell Antonia I think of a well dressed woman with a warm smile and a big heart.

Each of Antonia’s flowers is distinct without being dominant, they each join together to create a heart that is green, sweet, earthy and powdery. What is startling about Antonia is how the strength of the galbanum and floral notes seems to be perfectly weighted so that everything can come through and show its own distinct character, no single part takes centre stage. Annie Buzantian seems to have a real nack for creating a perfect equilibrium within a composition.

Antonia becomes much softer and more powdery with time, she also keeps warming until she moves from being sparkling and exuberant to being cosy and comforting. Dry vanilla and amber create a cosy, maternal aura that surrounds the sweet florals and green galbanum. It’s amazing that a perfume can be so classy, yet so cuddly.

Antonia is a perfume of contrasts, at times she can feel old fashioned (thanks to the strong galbanum and aldehydes) and at others she feels completely contemporary. There is also nothing quite like Antonia available at the moment, she feels like a proper ‘perfume’, a signature scent that encourages loyalty from those who wear her.

The link between Antonia and Jan Ewoud Vos’s mother is very touching and it resonates so well because Antonia feels incredibly maternal. There is something wonderfully comforting about Antonia, her presence is reassuring and loving, like a hug from Mum. She strikes me as a fragrance that could be passed down from mother to daughter through the generations. She is timeless enough to be worn by Grandmother, Mother and Daughter simultaneously. To put it simply; Antonia is liquid emotion.

The BottleAntonia Flacon

All Puredistance perfumes are available in 17.5ml and 100ml flacons. The 17.5ml flacon resembles (a rather posh) test tube.

I find it incredibly handy that each of these Parfum Extraits are presented in a spray bottle, I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of dabbing and I wish more brands would follow suit.

A series of accessories are available, including leather cases, a stand and a Swarovski crystal column (pictured and available in clear & silver, clear & gold and black & silver). The packaging is ultra-luxe yet clean and pure.

Availability

Antonia is available in 17.5ml and 100ml Parfum Extrait. Prices range from €165 and €490.

Disclaimer

This review is based on a sample of Antonia sourced myself.

[1] & [2] puredistance.com 

Image 1 hautemacabre.com (Alexander McQueen Couture from the book ‘Savage Beauty’)
Image 2 & 3 puredistance.com

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23 thoughts on “La Dame Verte – Puredistance Antonia Perfume Review

  1. Wonderful review T’ ! ~ Absolutely the most perfectly pitched and evocative review of Antonia I’ve read thus far. Describing the beauty of Antonia by mere words is no mean feat, but you’ve managed to do so beautifully. 🙂

    • Actually B’, it was your lovely review that finally convinced me that Antonia might actually be to my taste, and worthy of a hunt-down after all. As I’m usually not one for “austere chilly green scents”, as I’d erroneously presumed it to be, till you made me see otherwise. … So thank you for that little nugget ! 🙂 ( Although my wallet aint speakin to you. 😉 )

  2. This one sounds divine also, I have a sample on its way to me very soon. Brilliant review especially as I would have expected a puredistane II, so glad that its something completely different.
    Please don’t let me love it, please, please.:-)

  3. Soooooo – is this your favourite of the two, then? : – )

    Hauntingly beautiful review, and I agree about that cracking image! Antonia “smells” to me exactly as you describe, but texturally I read these scents as more closely related ie PD1, while somewhat airy, is also quite bold and plush to my mind. Neither evoke nymphs as such in my imagination, though the wearer of PD1 is younger than that of Antonia. A sort of Kate Winslet physique vs a more mature figure for Antonia! Does that make any sense?

    • I think what I am trying to say – with no disrespect to Kate Winslet who looks great – is that PD1 is quite a “fat” scent too I think, but Antonia is denser and fatter still.

    • Hmmm…. I would have to say that Puredistance I has the edge for me, simply because I haven’t come across anything like it before. Antonia, whilst being unlike anything that is released today, is reminiscent of some of the blowsy florals that I already own and love.

      That makes perfect sense to me. I can see Kate Winslet (I love her) in Puredistance I.

  4. It’s not a state secret that I’m a Green Floral Chypre fangal, so it came as no surprise at all to me that Antonia was an instant, forever love. Annie Buzantian outdid herself with this – both a throwback and timeless, bold and beautiful, and as such…a Great Immortal. I shall love it forever and a day, and never hope to be without! 🙂 i suspect Antonia works better for those of us who might be too…”butch” for I! (Which is no less lovely!)

    McQueen and Puredistance do have one thing in common – uncompromising, flawless craftsmanship! No one, but no one, could ever cut a dress like McQueen…;) And no one but a relentless dreamer would dare to make such timeless and classic perfumes as Puredistance!

  5. Ah, what a lovely review! Now I’m just dying with anticipation. My sample should arrive in today’s post. Now I’m wishing my mail arrived in the morning, instead of just before dinner time. So I think tomorrow I will have to try this one. This sounds like just the elegant, rich, grown up perfume I’ve been searching for.

  6. Like Tarleisio, I think I’m too butch for PI! I found it beautiful, but not really wearable for myself. Although, I should definitely keep trying it, as my tastes continue to mature.

    I find it interesting the consensus that Antonia seems suited for an older woman, as I found the exact opposite to be true! I see Antonia as incredibly youthful— though I do agree with you on the “fatness”.

    I love this fragrance, and I’m always glad to read a new take on it!

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