It is no secret how I feel about Bertrand Duchaufour. He created my favorite perfume ever, quite a feat considering the size of my collection (and no, I am not getting tired mentioning it any time soon, Frapin 1697, there you are.) So when he comes out with something new, which is not exactly a rare occurrence – but there is nothing wrong with being prolific (something I get accused of regularly as well) – I want to try it.
Eau d’Italie is a line composed entirely of Duchaufour perfumes, so there is a lot to do here for me. The latest – the eighth – offering is Jardin du Poète, a perfume inspired by Sicily, and it is a great starting point to work my way through this line starting with the newest.
Eau d’Italie was originally a perfume designed exclusively for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of one hotel, the beautiful Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy. Eau d’Italie – the fragrance, was the first of the line released in 2004. Seven more perfumes have followed since, along with body care products for Eau d’Italie.
Jardin du Poète was created By Bertrand Duchaufour over the last two years, according to press materials, and released this spring. It features notes of orange, grapefruit, basil, angelica, immortelle, pink pepper, cypress, vetiver and musk.
Jardin du Poète starts with a lovely, bracing citrus and herbal accord. The basil and grapefruit reminds me initially of Sisley Eau de Campagne (by JCE), but the resemblance is only short lived. Jardin du Poète moves on into more floral territory soon. At least the immortelle in the heart smells very fresh and floral to me. Immortelle can be very dusty and dry, very sweet and honeyed, not here though. The cypress and a little peppery kick keep it light and airy and – I can’t say anything else – fresh, to the point of almost watery. It last very well for such a light fragrance, which pleases me no end.
Jardin du Poète brings to mind early morning walks through dew-drenched grass along a lake, slowly being warmed by the rising sun, taking a nap in the shade of an age-old tree, watching the sun coming up over gently rolling hills and feeling carefree and happy.
And do you want to know the best part? My husband fully approves of Jardin du Poète. From someone who usually runs the other way when he is asked to smell something, and whose highest praise amounts to “It is okay, I guess, not so bad like the others”, getting a a positively poetic “Oh, that smells good, what is it?”, is unheard of and only ever experienced here.
So what else can I say, than I highly recommend Jardin du Poète as a wonderfully light, but tenacious, beautifully done and interesting summer scent?