Friedemodin’s Jardin Mystique Collection comprises four fragrances composed by François Robert with the idea that they can be worn individually or layered to create a ‘bespoke scent’.
Although the brand assures that the ingredients of each perfume have been chosen ‘to ensure they interact harmoniously however they are combined’, in actuality, the results are rather unappealing and directionless.
Vertine is a very basic green fragrance featuring galbanum and fig-leafy Stemone, whose minty facets are picked out by peppermint. It shares an unfortunate soapy, functional fragrance quality with Jardin Mystique, a pallid fruity-floral of muguet (hydroxycitronellal) jasmine (Hedione), black current and peach (C14 aldehyde). Feu Follet goes down the well-trodden fruity patchouli/Ambrox(an) type route, its derivative nature apparent even in its name (cf. Roger & Gallet’s Feu Follet from the ‘30s). The most worked out composition is Rosée de Nuit where some mildly earthy / mossy patchouli is blended with violety ionones and brought to life with piquant pimento berries (allspice).
Nose: François Robert
Release date: 2012/13
Notes (per Fragrantica): Vertine: mint, basil, fig leaf, galbanum, rose, musk, cedar. Jardin Mystique: Cassis, bergamot, grass, lily of the valley, jasmine, green notes, patchouli, woody notes. Feu Follet: coriander, pink pepper, nutmeg, lavender, cardamom, leather, patchouli, amber, moss. Rosée de Nuit: Cardamom, bergamot, allspice, violet, wood, teak, sandalwood.