3121 Perfume by Prince
In the several years that I have been reviewing fragrances, one of the most important skills I have honed is to be able to truly give a fragrance a chance to “live” on my skin. True, there are fragrances which open with a bang and impress me through and through. Then there are those which open up nicely enough, but the true essence of it can not be fully appreciated until several hours in. I felt 3121 is just such a scent. The fragrance notes in and of themselves are not unusual, (and will truly appeal to those who love gardenia/tuberose), but what sets this scent apart from other white flower-based scents (and some celebrity scents for that matter) is how truly sexy it is and how long the scent lingers. Prince fans may be a little surprised at the “tameness” of the bottle design itself, but I think the purple shade brings Prince’s legendary color to life. 3121 opens on fruity-citrusy floral notes, heavy on the jasmine, and for a few minutes it is both sweet and sharp. The dry down is softer, and while the florals are prominent, the lily of the valley and orange blossom stand out as well, especially in the early stages. The base is a subtle musky wood with a hint of earthiness, and it gets warmer and muskier the longer it is on skin. The lasting power is excellent, and with time the white florals eventually become rather subtle and the musk takes center stage. This perfume is absolutely intoxicating. It is a sexy fragrance...not overpowering. The fragrance lingers long through the day (and night)! The fragrance draws you in, and keeps you there…much like some of his most famous musical compositions (yes I am a fan!