There’s a palpable sense of fun and adventure surrounding Pierre Guillaume’s La Croisière collection; here’s a perfumer who is not only willing to explore unlikely combinations of smells, but has the technical mastery over his palette to successfully do so.
Mojito Chypre is, as its name suggests, a tale of two accords and opens with a mint note so mentholated one can quite literally taste it (try it and see!). The introduction is startling and, thanks to mint oil’s effectiveness in covering the scent of ethanol, immediate. By the time one realises this might just be a virgin Mojito - there being little in the way of rum, the perfume has transitioned to its fruity chypre phase. Whilst many of the genre’s greats feature fruits: Mitsouko did peach, Colony pineapple, Parure plum, Guillaume’s use of the ester Ethyl Methylphenylglycidate to give an intensely sweet (straw-)berry character is novel. This tutti-frutti berry note extends quite deep into the composition and is anchored by patchouli - here clean and slightly ambery, and some starchy, hot iron musks.
Nose: Pierre Guillaume
House: Pierre Guillaume La Collection Croisière
Release date: 2015
Notes (per Fragrantica): lime, aldehydes, strawberry, mint, mojito, rum, patchouli, vetiver, moss, labdanum, vanilla.