måndag 20 juli 2015

Téo Cabanel - Julia

Picture: Our new Swedish royalty HRH Princess Sofia
on her weddingday 13 June 2015.
Photo: From the press, avaible from many sources on internet
Julia is one of the first three releases (together with Alahine and Oha) when the old, venerable house of Téo Cabanel was re-launched in 2005. Julia is a re-working of inhouse perfumer Jean-Francois Latty of an older Julia formula, which I think I read somewhere was worn by Wallis, Duchess of Windsor who was a customer of Téo Cabanel in the most glorious days of the house.

Julia starts with a tangy accord of rhubarb and blackcurrant, notes thst could be harsh and sharp but obviously not in the skillfull hands of Latty. The accord feels. juicy and sunny which offsets the cold hyacinth dominated, flowery accord which is the heart of the fragrance. The hyachinth is supported by classical flowers as violet and jasmine and a plesant raspberry sweetness which supports the hyachinth-violet in the same discrete way as the iris is supported by the same berry in Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris. The raspberry and the rhubarb adds a contemporary touch to a, taken as a whole, timeless fragrance. The basenotes are elegant, woody, musky slight balsamic and matches the floral, tangy structure of Julia very well.
Picture: Julia
Photo: PR Téo Cabanel
Julia is a fragrance which suits very well for formal daytime summer dressing, it's a fragrance which intermediates confidence and exquisite taste. It´s discrete but in the same time clearly present, a very versatile perfume. Would be a good choice for a royalty like for example our new Princess Sofia for daytime representation. Longevity is good, for at least a day and sillage is medium.

Fragrances that comes to my mind (in style and apperance, they don't smell the same) when wearing Julia are Van Cleef and Arpels First and Purdistance Antonia.

Rating: 4

Notes: Mandarine, rhubarb, black currant, hyachinth, violet, jasmine, raspberry, musk, sandalwood, labdanum, incense

2 kommentarer:

  1. Interesting that this has a rhubarb note, Margareta, so I'm not sure I would like it or not. I like to eat rhubarb but found I did not like the note in perfume, when I smelled it in Aedes de Venustas signature perfume. That said, your review of this makes it sound quite pretty, and seeing as how you paired it with the photo of your new princess, I well imagine it is. :)

  2. I found excactly the same in the Aedes signature perfume, that rhubarb was too sharp, chemical and much too tart, even for me who usually enjoys tart contrasts in fragrances.In Julia the rhubarb is not at all that edgy and dominating, just as a light contrast to the flowers. And yes, I thought the princess photo was the right illustration as 1) Julia is a frag which would work for princess-ly daytime representation duties and 2) it's royal connection with the Duchess of Windsor also a purposeful commoner like Sofia and 3) I love the neat tiara :-).Suzanne, I also wish you a great rest of the summer.