Since I was a child winter has always been my favourite season. Not only because my birthday is in winter. I always liked watching snow falling from the sky, covering trees and buildings with white fluffy caps. Did you know that every petal of snow is different? Mother nature is an amazing artist.
In 2003 famous perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena created a fragrance for Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle called L’Eau d’Hiver (Winter Water) which is supposed to be a fragrant sketch of winter. And though all nature goes to sleep when winter is about to come Jean-Claude Ellena managed to bottle a scent that brings true association with winter, expressing its cold, captivating charm.
L’Eau d’Hiver starts off as a scent with intensive note of powder. It’s sourced from heliotrope which was used in quite generous amount. Shortly it is followed by delicious, smooth and sensual white musk. Its presence gives a feeling of interlacing warm and cold sensation. It’s like a chilly snow petal that fell behind the collar and makes you shiver. In L’Eau d’Hiver Jean-Claude Ellena also found a place for some iris. It’s delicate and translucent – delicately floral and powdery. Just pretty.
After some time when the scent disspates note of angelica becomes available to smell. It gives a feeling of mixed aroma of something minimally green, spicy, maybe even woody. Bergamot in Frederic Malle L’Eau d’Hiver plays an important role in this fragrance. Its smell is light, citrusy and it’s decorated with powder. It’s probably the coldest element of this perfume, making me think of icy mountain stream – the water is rapidly flowing and the banks are in ice. The remaining notes are jasmine and honey which give a slightly sweet, kind of waxy feeling.
The most noticeable thing about L’Eau d’Hiver is that this perfume is extremely light. Jean-Claude Ellena is known for creating perfume that are light and ethereal and this scent is exactly like that. When I smell it I think of adjectives such as airy, feathery, weightless. It creates a scented veil close to the skin as it’s projection is very minimal while longevity is good. It’s a well made perfume that is simple yet not boring. It’s also very wearable. L’Eau d’Hiver is available in 50 and 100ml bottles as well as in travel size of 3 x 10ml.