The Perfume Lover, a book by Denyse Beaulieu (Grain de Musc) is on everybody’s reading list these days. It was also on mine. I did read and enjoy it, but I’m not sure yet whether I should review it or not. There are many reviews already out there, good and bad and most shades in between, so I’m not sure my perspective is exactly needed.
What I will surely do though, is take a look at the perfume that was made by Bertrand Duchaufour, realized by L’Artisan Parfumeur and inspired as well as chronicled by Denyse Beaulieu in her book.
I will try to look at the perfume as I would at any other, where I don’t know as much about its genesis and just smell what is there for me to smell right now.
Seville a l’aube, in Denyse’s own words is “an orange blossom oriental with zesty, green and balsamic effects, with notes of petitgrain, petitgrain citronnier, orange blossom absolute, beeswax absolute, incense resinoid, Luisieri lavender absolute and Siam benzoin resinoid.”
I expected a much darker scent to be honest. Something along the lines of Kilian’s Sweet Redemption. But Seville a l’Aube is a lot lighter than that.
But Seville a l’aube is different of course. It opens lively and fresh, a burst of citrus and greens with an idea of lavender coloring the sprightly, bright yellow scent with a touch of blue-grey somberness.
The fragrance then slowly morphs into sweeter territories, orange blossom tinged with nectar, honey-sweet and pollen-heavy. This is were the carefree summer scent gains character and depth, loses its innocence so to speak and reveals its darker side, without ever losing sight of the happiness though. Because happiness is what runs through this perfume like a unifying thread, down into the depths of the base where a soft, almost tender incense and a lot of sweet and warm benzoin add even darker shades of brown and grey to the orange blossom’s heartbreaking beauty.
Like any other good drug, Seville a l’aube was not love at first spritz. But slowly and steadily it grew on me and grew to be utterly addictive.
I have never been to Seville, I am a wholly different person from Denyse, although I admire her for many reasons, but Seville a l’aube is still the perfume I want to spend many upcoming summer nights with.
I believe that this perfume, inspired by the most beautiful night of Denyse’s life, might inspire me as well. It is a perfect olfactory veil to carry about me. Something that makes me happy, relaxed and ever so slightly more adventurous than I might otherwise be.
Watch out, world, here I come!