I really love the combinations. This is a light fragrance and fresh yet it has that certain je ne sais quoi sort of earthiness that brings it to a whole new fragrance.
The initial smell is citrus and the lemon, bergamot with that lovely aniseed fennel combining to bring a more interesting and layered aroma but after a short while the fennel fades into the background as does the lemon which becomes warmer and creamier. The rose and a hint of jasmine then develop bringing a sweetness and earthy floral to the mix. The sandalwood is the sweet earthy smell I am getting as it dries down. The other scents are still there but combining to create the warmer powdery muskiness with citrus lighter notes.
I find that this is a most unusual smell: really interesting and with constant changes as it warms and develops on me. It is light and refreshing and yet is also warm and earthy too. It is not harsh like some citrus scents can be nor is it truly light and refreshing because of the dry down of these warmer scents coming in to back it up. I just love the warm lemony rose which is still very evident even when I can smell the delicately musky dry down.
As I write my review I am wearing this. I always wear the perfume I am reviewing as then I can keep sniffing it and remind myself of what smells I can detect. I love writing perfume reviews because of this I sit and sniff then write a bit more.
This isn’t a specially feminine fragrance, I think that men could get away with wearing it too. Like a lot of Lush scents that has that mysterious depth to it that you can't just place it all melds into an herbally yet warm and complex mixture. It is a grown up citrus, which is not only a .very refreshing. And summery fragrance it is also mellow and distinctive in its own way with the combination of florals, fennel and sandalwood.
I would suggest that it is possibly a daytime scent, perfect for holidays or in the summer. It isn’t girly and sweet so would suit a range of ages and even possibly men too as it does have a slightly aftershave note.
I love this and will be saving for the bigger version as I use this up. I love having different perfumes to wear as my mood changes and I find this is quite an uplifting one.
According to the Lush website the scent's creator "wanted to create a fragrance that you would imagine real Parisians wearing, rather than the old traditional French fragrances or modern American single notes."
I think he has succeeded as he does with most of his scents. Mark and Simon Constantine don’t think along traditional lines and so the scents they create and very unusual. They keep on inventing and I keep on trying them. This is a keeper as it is subtle yet fun and would suit most people. It reminds me of the Mediterranean countries with the wonderful scents that come from the orchards and wild herbs as you walk around in the sun. Fabulous thanks Lush.
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