Heat has never been a friend of mine. Not only it limits my choice of perfume to wear (because some would be a suicide at higher temperatures) but it also makes me feel more exhausted. Believe me, after 8 hours spent in a lab (which is filled with scent every day), with no air-conditioning or at least a proper ventilation, perfume is the last thing I want to think about, not to mention writing a review of any. In the meantime when I hope for a mild summer the weather outside is getting hotter and incredibly humid lately which calls for a perfume adjustment.
I promised myself that I will not be so vulnerable to the weather and idle like last year (it was my worst summer ever, my body and mind were completely worn out) so I plan to reach for fragrances that have no other option but to make me happy, fragrances that uplift the spirit and keep you going. One of such fragrances that I’m lusting over for the last 2-3 weeks is the latest scent from the resurrected house of Le Galion. The dream of the brand is to go beyond historical formulations and to start creating new modern masterpieces. To me Cologne is one of them.
In the summer there is probably nothing better than a smell of classical eau de cologne, full of citrus freshness, invigorating and lively notes that burst on your skin like cold bubbles. Le Galion has developed a fragrance that elevates this classic style to a new level. Cologne opens with a vast sea of orange blossom. It blooms on top of my skin as soon as I apply a little dab from my miniature bottle. The note overflows with happiness and optimism. A slightly cold opening warms up within a couple of minutes and becomes more embracing. This orange blossom has a floral & citric properties that entwine with each other. After around 10-15 minutes the citrusy element starts to take over as it becomes stronger, more pronounced and more defined.
Are you ready for some rain? Not just an average, boring rain. A rain in which drops of water are replaced by slices of lemon, bitter orange and lime! Imagine as they fall down to finally dive into a fragrant sea, causing the water to splash all around you. That’s how Le Galion Cologne feels. As soon as these juicy citrus notes appear in the composition making it feel more citric and zesty, the perfume starts to remind me of a lovely cocktail. It’s vigorous and bubbly, like a cold sparkling water with a slice of lemon on a hot day. The perfume feels very fresh in a positive kind of way.
After a while juicy citrus properties turn a bit weaker so that more aromatic values of citrus rinds could be also perceived by the wearer. Highlights of the aromatic stage of Cologne also include clary sage and honeysuckle. They add the vibrant element of freshness that has something slightly herbal to it. Honeysuckle also adds this honeyed, almost fruity sensation. As the perfume dries down it reveals a slightly woody base that gives a bit more substantivity to the being of cologne, which is normally considered an airy composition. the Le Galion one is not that airy at all.
Late development stage of this fragrance has angelica and galbanum. These two are responsible for a distinctive green vibe which is carried on by petit grain until the perfume fades away completely. Petit grain introduces a green and crispy leafy feel that at some moments shows its dusty side as well. All in all Le Galion Cologne is a super optimistic creation which is almost like a made-to-measure summertime scent. Juicy, sparkling, invigorating and happily positive – what else do you need? Perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux has done a good job with this one. And it’s an eau de parfum which makes it last up to 6 hours on my skin (I tested Cologne on days with ~28*C). Available in 100 ml bottle or 6,5 ml splash mini. Do you feel like you want to dive in it?