Mother's Day Fundraising, Prize Draw and Perfume Review: Lancome Climat
Happy Mother’s Day, everybody! This weekend Perfume Smellin’ Things is participating in a fundraising campaign. For each person who leaves a comment on today's, yesterday's or any of the previous posts, a $1 donation will be made to Orphan Foundation of America. Also, today, to celebrate Mother’s Day and to thank you for being a part of this event and for reading my blog, I am holding a prize draw. To take part in a draw, simply leave a comment on this post and indicate in some way that you do want to be included in a draw. The name of the winner will be picked at random by my little daughter tomorrow morning. Please do not hesitate to participate even if you do not reside in the States! Oh, and the prize…
The prize is a 1/6 ounce (5ml) decant of the fabulous Parfum des Merveilles by Hermès. Parfum des Merveilles is, as the name suggests, the pure perfume version of Eau des Merveilles. With notes of oak, patchouli, mosses, ambergris, Peru balsam, Siam resin, davana, Cognac, leaves and roots, this is a wonderfully rich, sumptuous rendition of Eau des Merveilles. In my humble opinion the parfum version is much superior to Eau de Toilette, so if you are a fan of Eau des Merveilles you are guaranteed to adore the parfum even more. And if you did not like Eau des Merveilles, there is a good chance that Parfum will change you mind.
And now for the Mother’s day perfume review:
Climat is one of the perfumes my mother used to wear when I was little, along with Madame Rochas and Magie Noire. She does not wear them anymore having moved on to contemporary oriental and woody oriental fragrances like Sonya Rykiel and Wish by Chopard, but in my mind, she is forever associated with the supremely elegant classics I used to admire in childhood. Climat is perhaps my favorite of the scents my mother used to own and one of the easiest for me to wear. It is also an aspirational perfume for me; it paints an image of delicate, graceful femininity, a picture of me as I would love to be and a picture of my mom as she really was (and is) naturally and effortlessly.
My beautiful mama at 20
Climat was created in 1967 and I believe has been since reformulated. The fragrance I am reviewing, which came in the bottle identical to the one pictured here, smells more or less identical to the scent I remember from my childhood. It is a cool, “light green” (in feel as well as in actual color) fragrance of lily of the valley brightened by bergamot and sweetened by rose. A subtle violet note adds just the right amount of powderiness and brings a certain timeless elegance to the composition. The jasmine in the heart of the blend is sensual but gentle enough not to overpower the other notes. The drydown is warmed and softened by sandalwood, tonka bean and amber. The fragrance has a magical combination of subtlety and character, it is fresh and cool and yet wonderfully soft. To my forever enchanted mind, this gentle, refined scent is an epitome of truly “feminine”, of natural elegance, good taste and discretion.
Mom and yours truly twenty-some years ago
Climat is available on Lancome-USA.com, $100 for 50ml of Eau de Parfum. Older-style bottles of Eau de Toilette and Parfum can be found for significantly less on various online stores. I am not sure how different the new release is from the older version; if you are familiar with both, please comment!
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