Looking at my extensive collection of L’Artisan Parfumeur I noticed there are some I haven’t reviewed yet! As ususal these are the old style bottles.
This is L’Ete en Douce EdT. It drew me in because it was supposed to have a note of hey. And it does! But from the beginning:
Perfumer is Olivia Giacobetti. It was first released in 2005 and is still available. Originally it was called Extrait de Songe, but they changed the name, so if you see a perfume called that, it’s the same as this one.
L’Ete en Douce is a sort of clean perfume, no heavy and dirty notes, and lots of clean musk. But it is not just that since it truly does have the promised hay note as well as some light sweetness from linden blossom and light traces of peppermint… although it is so soft and green-white you don’t really think of it as peppermint. It’s not a mouthwash sort of smell you know.
The whole thing smells like… when Marie Antoinette was going through her pastoral phase playing sheperdess. A very cleaned up rural act with none of the dirt or stink involved. Instead fresh linen and a bed of hay.
It’s an interesting kind of offering in the ‘clean’ genre, which imho is way too big and boring (lots and lots of sharp musks). The hay note is sufficiently realistic. I like.