Apr 12, 2010 11:40 AM
Recently, we were lucky enough to try all three fragrances from Chloe's Eau de Fleurs collection, and our hands-down favorite is the green Capucine. ($135) It's a bright, grassy, nasturtium scent - and when was the last time you tried a nasturtium perfume, for that matter? The official list of notes includes rose, jasmine, and musk, but frankly in our tests the sweetness that such a recipe would lead you to expect simply isn't there. Nor is it present in the soapy Neroli or the dry, still Lavande, and all three are on the light side.
And this is where it gets interesting. You could say that sure, scents with one dominant note are just really popular right now, and you could say sure, Chloe just does light fragrances - look at their eponymous success. But we suspect that there's another something going on here. In our opinion, the Eau de Fleurs scents are feminine takes on classic styles of men's cologne. (Trust us, they lack that mean nostril-scraping effect that masculine fragrances tend to have.) We have the citrus in Neroli, the lavender in Lavande, as you'd get in a traditional fougere, and the unapologetic, energizing green of Capucine. Absolutely worth a try if you'd like an alternative to sweet smells at times.
Oh, and you might want to be aware that the boxes for these open from the bottom, and the lids are really heavy. And it's not as though we're complete klutzes. Goodness no.
Full disclosure: Outblush received a free sample of this product.
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