The journey through the empires that Marc-Antoine Corticchiato creates olfactory equivalents of, in his line Parfum d’Empire, goes on today to modern Japan. Urban nature in the 21st century is what Yuzu Fou wants to communicate.
The journey continues, because I find one good perfume after another in this line, and I won’t stop until I have tried them all.
Yuzu Fou, the crazy yuzu, is as the name already implies a citrus scent, whether it is crazy or not remains to be seen.
Yuzu Fou, created by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato in 2008, includes notes of kumquat, bigarade orange, yuzu, mint, green bamboo, verbena, neroli, blond cedar and white musk.
Yuzu Fou begins sharp and bitter. There is an intense citrus accord dominated by bigarade (bitter orange) and it is definitely not sweet at all. There is almost a spiciness to the top that is at once intriguing, different and intensely refreshing. The citrus notes calm and sweeten a bit as mint joins the fray and briefly takes over, clearly and distinctly, bringing calm and coolness with it. Then verbena saunters in, uniting under its umbrella the green and the lemony aspects of the scent, slowly the top notes fade and the heart is mostly neroli, more soft, floral and sweet than before, it is resting on an unobtrusive wooden bed that sticks with me for about four hours.
Yuzu Fou is refreshing, interesting, unusual, cooling, genderless and gives an impression of being robust and well built. Is it crazy? Nah. I think it is perfectly sane.
What might be crazy, is passing up Parfum d’Empire.
A dear reader, Marie, let me know that there is a very affordable sample set to be had directly from the Parfum d’Empire website. I think it is a good investment checking out the entire line.