Although The Different Company should be totally my kind of thing, I have only reviewed two perfumes by now, the lovely and ethereal Bois d’Iris here on OT and the somewhat disappointing Sublime Balkiss over on PST.
Perfumes by Jean-Claude Ellena, minimalistic, but highly elegant bottles, by rights I should have worked my way through the range by now. But as is often the case with things that are easily available without any stunts, they get pushed back. I have reviewed perfumes I had to be severely creative to get hold of, but I take my time with things I know I have to just walk into Le Parfum and sniff and take home a sample.
A sample of Osmanthus arrived at my doorstep a while ago (Thank you, Tara!) and finally I got around to try it.
Notes include osmanthus, leaf green, bergamot, orange, tangerine, rose, rose bay, castoreum, hay and musk. It was created by Jean-Claude Ellena in 2001.
Osmanthus is a note I love, so fresh, sweet and girly, a flower that mimics a fruit (apricot) that smells unusual and interesting. The osmanthus fragrances I tried so far have been a great success, namely Parfum d’Empire Osmanthus Interdite, Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus and Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan.
Osmanthus starts fresh and a bit soapy, the fruity and tangy aspect of osmanthus is underscored by citrus notes, later the soapiness recedes and the osmanthus becomes warmer and more floral, assisted by a hint of rose. In the base osmanthus is allowed to slowly fade out on a warm and soft bed of hay and musk.
How does Osmanthus compare to the other Osmanthus scents I know? It is less citrus inflected than OJ Osmanthus, the focus is more on the floral side here. Osmanthe Yunnan is all about the tea and the Parfum d’Empire is a bit stronger, harsher, less rounded, but more uplifting and has more pep. All of them are different enough and special enough to not be interchangeable, I couldn’t tell you my favorite though, they all have their merits and their “indication”.
I have a hard time not liking a perfume like Osmanthus that is so quietly elegant, so soft, so perfectly made.
Osmanthus is a subtle and refined floral. It sings with a quiet voice, but it is worth listening closely to its song.
Osmanthus is meditative and centering. I wear it when I need to find myself on fast-paced days. I can’t stop running then, but I can inhale deeply and in my private little space of scent I smile and relax.