Jean Marie Farina Extra Vielle

Utterly delightful on a hot day, the classic Jean Marie Farina Extra Vielle (Roger et Gallet 1806) is olfactory refreshment. The citrus is present and bright but also so refined and herbal that it’s more like a cool drink of mineral water than the bright burst of lemon. Again, it’s wonderful. Of course, I think I’m smelling lavender but it’s likely a combination of petitgrain, neroli and cedar instead? Or maybe it’s the rosemary and petitgrain? At any rate, it’s as soothing as lavender and as elegant too. Of course, it’s not all that strong and only a faint hint is left for very long but on a day like today that’s just fine. More than fine. It’s lovely.

Top notes: bergamot, amalfi lemon, orange and mandarin orange. Middle notes: petitgrain, carnation, neroli, rosemary and rose. Base notes: clove, myrtle, cedar, sandalwood, musk, white amber and vetiver.

Lavande Royal

Lavande Royal (Roger et Gallet 1899) is predominantly lavender with a start of citrus and a depth to plumb of sultry, musky, vanillic cedar. It’s good. Very good. On me it smells pleasant but on my husband it’s nearly epic. Think the crispness of a classic manly vetiver (although this doesn’t have vetiver) with a sweet, mysterious edge. And in the drydown it’s powdery, tender and elegant. I love it.

Top notes: orange and mandarin orange. Middle notes: spices, lavender and geranium. Base notes: musk, benzoin, vanilla, oakmoss and cedar.