Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Douce Amère Review

For the lips of a strange woman drop with honey,
and her palate is smoother than oil.
But her end is as bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword. 
(Proverbs / Mishlei, 5.3-4)

Douce Amère, as its name suggests, is a study in contrast between the bitter and the sweet.
The opening is dominated by a realistically cool absinthe accord, combining the intensely aromatic yet fresh, woody-green scent of wormwood (Artemesia sp.) and a sustained anise note. As the Green Fairy departs, a comforting fond of vanillic, creamy woods is revealed. 

Nose: Christopher Sheldrake
House: Serge Lutens
Release date: 2002
Notes (per Fragrantica): sweet-sourish pollen, cinnamon, tiare blossom, jasmine, lily, vanilla.

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