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Monday, October 12, 2009

Le Jardin Retrouve Le Citron Poivre: Perfume Review

All summer long I've been in a mood for "scents whose spiciness is fresh or whose freshness has a dark and piquant depth". That mood lasted well into this beautiful autumn, possibly because the weather here in NYC has been mostly spoiling us with clear skies and mild warmth. Le Citron Poivré by Le Jardin Retrouvé is my latest discovery in the fresh-&-piquant genre.

The contrast of the citrusy and spicy accords is rendered here with a light, judicious hand, neither side is overwhelming the other. The clear, dry, verdant, mouthwatering and tangy blend of citron and petit grain is perhaps somewhat more dominant in the composition than the mix of spices, but the latter is also evident at all times, practically from the first second of the perfume's life on my skin. Simple as the idea and the execution is, the complex piquant accord does gives the fragrance an additional, intriguing dimensions. Sometimes pepper jumps out from the mix to tickle the nose of the wearer, a moment the warmer spiciness of cloves and cinnamon that becomes more apparent, and -the part I enjoy the most- once in a while pimento takes the lead.

What I like about this scent is that it is neutral enough to let one go about one's own business, without taking attention away from one's day making it an ideal chilled-out, relaxing, weekend perfume. The presence of spices, however, adds a snappy twist to the composition; during the course of the day, I keep getting unexpected whiffs of pimento and cloves and wondering what is that interesting, zippy fragrance I am wearing. The fairly dry, non-frilly nature of Le Citron Poivré makes it a great shared fragrance, and being able to wear the same scent as your significant other, just like wearing his shirt around the house, has a certain smug, loved-up charm.

Le Citron Poivré is available at lejardinretrouve.com. There you can also request any three samples for a shipping fee of €2.

Images by Rankin, Le Jardin Retrouvé.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Flora said...

This sounds just delightful. I sometimes have trouble with lemon being too sharp on me, but with those spices added I think this would really work.

1:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous Auckland property manager said...

So,you like perfumes ?oh,yes,it smells good.But,I am not interested in it ,since it will make me kerchoo,really...So,what a pity,right?

1:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Divina said...

I loved this one, it reminded me of classic Caron in style with its dark clove accents, yet it is so original due to the candied lemon/pepper combo. Totally agree that it is a brilliant 'shared' fragrance.

Knowing your love of leather, I think you will be very intrigued by their Jasmin which has an absolutely intriguing leathery/animalic character!

5:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Donna,
Not sharp at all here, neither citrus nor spices.

6:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

APM,
It really is a pity...

6:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Divina,
Interesting about Caron. I got something more "modern" in spirit, I suppose. Maybe by CZ&S Cuba or LAP Piment Brulant. Jasmine is quite nice. I do like their Cuir de Russia quite a bit.

6:37 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Sounds lovely! Just ordered samples from their site. Sounds like a really excellent line - the owner/perfumer's profile and looks alone leave me predisposed to trust his ability to create great scents. :-)

7:25 PM EDT  
Anonymous Houdy said...

I remember trying on my first suit and the French SA suggested I take off my blouse. I'll bet LCP is a fragrance that would be right up her alley!

3:01 AM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

It is great to read one of your articles again, and to try to imagine a fragrance such as this one. My last pepper fragrance was Lorenzo Villoresi's Piper Nigrum, which I finished, a whole bottle, when living abroad. It had character, but was never harsh. I want to imagine Le Citron Poivre as a fragrance more suited for summer.

7:13 AM EDT  
Anonymous Viagra online without prescription said...

it sounds really sweet, I have had problems sometimes with some smells because I'm allergic to some of them, but what I'm seeing here it could really great....I like this it is as a classical perfume.

9:07 AM EDT  

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