When I received my personal summer scent 2013, Juste un Reve, from Parfums Nicolai, I also received a sample of her newest creation, the official Nicolai summer scent 2013: Eau Soleil. A day of wearing this propelled me right into reviewing mood. So here we go again, let’s see if I still know how to do it…
“Homage to the essence of orange flower, called « Néroli ». Anne-Marie de la Tremoille, married to the Prince of Nérola in 1680, produced in her estate some essence of orange flower. Spreading this oil in many occasions, she was called the Princess of Néroli…”
Eau Soleil was created by Patricia de Nicolai in 2013 and includes notes of bergamot, lemon, neroli, ylang-ylang, jasmine and sagebrush.
Eau Soleil (Sun Water) is a breath of fresh air followed by a ray of sunshine on naked skin.
Oh please, you might say now, dial back the purple prose, Olfactoria!
Okay, let’s try to be a bit more level-headed and unemotional.
Eau Soleil smells mostly of pure neroli essence. Clean, simple and lovely. The opening, which you will be tempted to experience again and again – be warned – adds sprightly and fresh bergamot and lemon, but they disperse quickly leaving the stage to neroli. This is deepened, softened and enriched in the perfume’s heart with the soft fullness of ylang-ylang and a sprig of fresh jasmine. The whole perfume is softly underscored by a deep green note providing an unobtrusive but sturdy bed to the tender florals, eventually ending on a soft musky note.
Sillage and lasting power are excellent on me, especially for an Eau de Toilette.
Eau Soleil smells less like the fresh citrus you might expect from the name (only the opening is effervescent for a short time), and more like soft skin, wooden planks warmed and bleached by the sun and green meadows in the distance baking in the strong sun, scenting the languid, still air.
Eau Soleil is a breath of fresh air followed by a ray of sunshine on naked skin… um, I believe I said that already.