I was quite excited because I really love the scent of Downy Attraction. I swear clothes that are washed in this end up smelling like a freshly opened balikbayan box from the US! I really love its refreshingly clean scent.
Manila Peninsula's ballroom was transformed into a fragrance museum of sorts, with each scent note of Downy Passion and Attraction put on display inside glass cases. Downy Passion has a fruity scent comprised of Cedarwood (pictured above), Apple Blossom, Vanilla, and Freesia notes while Downy Attraction is more floral, made up of Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, and Rose essences. I don't really like flowers and their scents so I much prefer Downy Passion. There were also fragrance swatches at the venue so you could sniff each note individually.
The event was hosted by Christine Jacob-Sandejas. Two international perfume experts were flown in for the occasion -- Hector Esquinca, Section Head and Perfumer of P&G's Kobe Technical Center in Japan and Shingo Ishii, Senior Scientist and Perfumer in the same organization. They gamely answered questions regarding scents in general and the two Downy variants being launched.
We were served a special themed sit-down lunch menu consisting of aromatic dishes which included:
Veloute of Pumpkin with coconut cream and coriander
Smoked Citrus scented Atlantic salmon, paired with petit mesclun greens with orange mustard dressing (pictured above)
Honey Ginger glazed chicken breast and vegetable bouquet with Jasmine rice
Semi-soft Chocolate fondant with berry compote and vanilla ice cream
We also had matching scented drinks, specifically Apple Tea (pictured above) and Rose Wine.The two new variants of Downy were unveiled. Is it obvious that I really prefer Downy Passion? Hahaha! There's nothing quite like the fresh smell of a newly opened balikbayan box from the US on ALL your clothes... and the rest of the house when you're doing the laundry. I love it! :p
Eeeep I actually went to the supermarket to grab a bottle of Downy Passion before the event but I forgot to take note of the price. Let me get back to you on that. :D
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