Keeping yourself cool and well-hydrated is an essential thing to do, especially when temperatures outside reach 30°C or more. There are many ways to refresh – you can drink chilled beverages all day long, you can hide in the shade of trees or dip into the swimming pool for a whole day if you can. Or you can reach for a refreshing cologne that will fight with the heat of your body. It’s a great way to indulge in a bit of perfume when hot. New collection from Jardins d’Ecrivains is perfect for that.
L’Eau de Leopardi – named after Italian poet, writer & philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1789-1837) this splash cologne is like a spritz cocktail. It startz with a fresh blast of bigarade that provides a tickle inside your nose before it almost reaches your sinuses. Follow by a prominent aroma of orange from Sicily the composition becomes much more juicy and sweet after its more tart opening. Richly fragrant lemon verbena scents the air around the wearer with a sugary citrus mist. After a while neroli joins the composition to make it more floral but still in a very summery & easy-going way. It has a little screech to it but thanks to it L’Eau de Leopardi is even more lively. Petitgrain introduces some green tones to this cologne and make it feel more crisp and refreshing.
L’Eau de Kakuzo – borrowing its name from Okakura Kakuzo (1862-1913), author of The Book of Tea this splash cologne is an homage to traditional Japanese brew. It starts with a delightful verdancy of green tea – at the beginning it’s more leafy and slightly dusted but after several minutes it becomes more watery, like an actual tea brew. Coriander introduces a hint of gentle and dry spiciness while cedarwood is responsible for adding more substance to this composition. A Hedione molecule introduces pale flowery tones of white flowers, those are additionally sprinkled with some citrus juice for a more fresh effect. L’Eau de Kakuzo also features a gyokuro accord – the finest of all Japanese teas that is specially grown in shade instead of direct sunlight. It smells delicious.
L’Eau de Marceline – a fragrance nod to Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786-1859) couldn’t be anything else but a feminine and floral take on a splash cologne. It immediately opens with a happy note of ylang-ylang that combines watery freshness with more creamy density. Soon rose joins the composition adding the smell of its silky, pink-colored petals. Iris in L’Eau de Marceline has a delightful powdery facet that makes the whole composition feel more cosmetic and gives it a pampering vibe. Cherry water provides a fruity aspect in an optimistic shade of ripe cherry. Orange blossom and honeysuckle provide a delightful floral sweetness that glitters with different shades of green, yellow and orange. It’s a sensual concoction that will make all women feel good.
Splash Colognes from Jardins d’Ecrivains fade away from your skin within 1-2 hours but it’s not a surprise since they contain only a couple percent of fragrance oils. They come in 300 ml bottles with a trigger spray. The idea was to spray lavishly all over your body after finishing your bath, to extend the feeling of freshness. Each spray releases a generous scented cloud. I imagine how great it would feel on a hot day, especially if you kept this cologne in the fridge before applying it.