I stumbled upon the perfume brand named Jardins d’Ecrivains by a total accident. A friend, a fellow perfume blogger who writes in Polish offered me samples of two fragrances from this line as a part of our big swap (it was really big, around 20 samples from each side). The object of this review, a scent called Wilde takes inspiration from Oscar’s Wilde aphorisms. Does literature understand perfume?
Jardin d’Ecrivains Wilde opens with an olfactive vision of bergamot. This small citrus with green peel has a very refreshing smell in this perfume. It’s not too juicy, slightly tart and I like the fact that it’s not pungent as it can often be. It carries rather soft and elegant quality which after a few minutes from the start slowly melts into other notes. The development is slow and harmonious, almost like the lines of written words that come one after another to create a poem.
The perfume goes from bergamot to raisins then. But it doesn’t really smell like them. To me what I smell is more reminiscent of grapes, not of raisins. I imagine rows of vines with bunches of green and purple fruits handing down to earth from them. This stage of Wilde is like an olfactive impression of a vineyard somewhere in Mediterranean region or in sunny California. The smell of this perfume takes you on a trip between the vines on a hot and sunny afternoon. You can smell the grapes, the foliage and the damp air. There are not many perfumes that brings such picturesque illusions.
The fig comes up next. Those of you who follow the blog for a while longer know that I have a tendency to having issues with smelling fig. But not this time! This note in Jardin d’Ecrivains Wilde is rendered in a very subtle way. It has an almost transparent, milky smell with hints of fig leaf greenness hidden underneath. The addition of tea note is really in plus for this fragrance. It is well blended with fig adding it an invigorating and lively touch. I would compare this aroma to a tropical drink. It’s happy for sure. Carnation brings a bit of floral and watery quality to the composition of Wilde. The whole scent is pretty so far.
After a couple of hours when other notes dissipate the base notes of Wilde come to the front. There’s a vetiver done in a rooty-woody way which is actually the only way in which I wholeheartedly tolerate vetiver in perfumes. I’ve been liking this stage a lot and I’ve been wondering why. When I looked up into the notes I found the answer – oak moss. The chypre element in Jardin d’Ecrivains Wildecomposes with other ingredients in a stunning way. It’s easy to notice and it adds character.
Jardin d’Ecrivains introduces Wilde as a masculine perfume and it’s really easy to understand why. The whole concept of this perfume and its ingredients are combined in a way that would do wonders on men’s skin. The smell is definitely much more masculine than feminine but I bet some of the girls will find it charming as well. The notes are as follows:
- top notes – bergamot, grape
- middle notes – fig, carnation, tea
- base notes – oakmoss, vetiver
This fragrance is eau de parfum concentrated and it comes in bottles containing 100 ml of a perfumed juice. It also comes with Oscar Wilde quote “So that man thought that the important thing was to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be.” The scent was released in 2013. I couldn’t find any information on who is the creator. I e-mailed Jardin d’Ecrivains for this information, I will update with the perfumers name when I get a reply.
[update] The perfumer is Anaïs Biguine, creator of the brand.
Wilde has quite good longevity, 7 hours or more on my skin and it has a rather intimate sillage.