I don’t know if you feel the same but in the summer time the music seems to play a more significant role in my life. When I’m sitting in the lab trying to work, while outside the heat feels like it could melt you like a popsicle – a good music piece on the radio can make me feel much better even if I know my summer break is still a bit distant. Music + perfume is not a new concept but L’Orchestre collaborates with artists who compose original music especially for the perfume. One of their 2 new releases especially piqued my interest and I’m super happy to introduce it to you today.
In case of Electro Limonade the composition is opened with a resonating smell of aldehydes. I know many of you have a fear for aldehydes as they can have a tendency to smell heavy, kind of oily and old-fashioned-like in general, but don’t you worry now. Here the aldehydic tones are light and effervescent, giving you an impression of something fizzy. On my skin there’s a hint of oiliness as a background note but it disappears in a citrus cocktail. Lemon and clementine alongside Italian bergamot create a refreshing concoction that wakes up the senses and taste buds.
I find this citrus blend to be quite delicious and mouth-watering. Lemon is a bit sugary yet with acidic aftertaste, clementine is super juicy and adds a Mediterranean touch to Electro Limonade. Bergamot stirs things up with a zesty scent of the rind. But it’s mint with is aromatic aspect that turns this perfume into a lovely summery beverage. Every element finds its place, creating a mojito-inspired drink in which aldehydes are like fizzy soda bubbles. Ginger additionally amplifies the vibrant effect of the citrus zing with its own spiced lemony facet. This new composition by L’Orchestre makes me want to lay back and relax. It seems ideal to fight the summer heat.
At this point some of you might think that Electro Limonade is just a typical citrus perfume, another riff on cologne theme. Well, maybe, but to me it’s way more interesting than half of the scents from the same category. Further into fragrance development the perfume starts to reveal a wider palette of colors. As threads of pinkish red and soft green start to contrast over the yellow citrus background – rhubarb comes to the fore. Its fruitiness, tart, refreshing, slightly bitter, provides an interesting twist. Orange blossom introduces a sunny radiance to this perfume, it’s a pure, slightly soapy floral vibe. It emanates warm light that softens the edges, making an aura of this new L’Orchestre a bit hazy.
For the next few hours the perfume stays relatively linear white the top and heart notes of the composition gradually float up, dissipate, making the scent lighter and more transparent. Even in a fresh fragrance like Electro Limonade there’s room for some sensuality. Amberwood molecule which evokes cedar wood with elements of dusty ambergris gives the drydown a bodily type of warmth. Swirls of frankincense have a resinous, balsamic aroma with a firewood feel in the back. They add an element of evening mystery while woody dryness of vetiver is almost like a bit of gin. The perfume is perfectly unisex but late drydown is definitely the most masculine phase here.
Electro Limonade by L’Orchestre is a lively perfume that feels more than pleasing when worn on the skin. I especially enjoyed it when I tested it last Saturday in 34°C – it felt like a refreshing glass of lemonade. Perfumer Natalie Feisthauer created a well-thought fragrance inspired by traditional eau de cologne which she upgraded to current day. Considering how much I like my citrus compositions that I recently finished (or am about to finish) some of my bottles, I could see Electro Limonade in my collection. This eau de parfum is available in 100 ml bottles. As it is the case for all fragrances in L’Orchestre range this perfume also has its own soundtrack. This one was created by NIID.