onsdag 13 juni 2012

Parfums de Nicolaï - L'Eau Chic

Picture: Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium)
Photo: Laitche (cc), Wikimedia Commons, some rights reserved

Patricia de Nicolaïs L'Eau Chic starts with a brisk, green blast of geranium. The fragance is fresh but not in the characteristic contemporary laudery or detergent way. This is natural, green, sharp freshness with some minty notes followed by herbal and light spicy notes with a light woody background, blond wood as birch, aspen and linden. Even if Patricia de Nicolaï was inspiered by the scent of her parents geraniumsoaps I don't get a particulary soapy feeling of L'Eau Chic, there just some soapiness in the basenotes that somehow feels a little dry. 

To my nose L'Eau Chic is a woody take on one of my favorite Nicolaïs Week End 
à Deauville 2011. As an owner of that Week-End I'm not convinced that I need even a small bottle of L'Eau Chic as especially in the middlenotes, I feel many similarities between the two fragrances, Week End beeing a bit more flowery-green and with a mossy feeling, where L'Eau Chic is more woody-herbal-green.

Even if categorized as an Eau L'Eau Chic is sharp, distinct and longlasting, it lasts during a whole day. It's the perfect, chic, casual daytime perfume (especielly for spring and summer) that is very pleasent to wear and it feels very refreshing almost germicidal. Just as Week End à Deauville this is a fragrance that is very special and stands out from the crowd.

Rating: 4

Notes: Geranium, lavendel, mint, chamomille, clove, spice, sandalwood, musk

2 kommentarer:

  1. Does laudery means what I think it means? :)
    That EL perfumes all smell synthetically clean, or is that just me?

  2. Hi Ines!
    Whith laudery note I mean the fresh notes in fragrances as those of the Clean-line. There are also a detergent note de luxe in some of the MFK frags as for example in Absolue pour la Matin and SL L'Eau de Serge. The green freshness of L'Eau Chic has not that chemical vibe, it feels natural even if it's probably a syntetic note. Interesting observation about the EL:s. I have not recognized a common laudery note in the EL:s, now it will be exciting to search for it when testing EL:s, You gave me a thrilling detective mission. I will report back if I find the note.