Monday, December 5, 2011
L'Eau Chic by Parfums De Nicolai
Parfum De Nicolai has the listed notes as : Pelargonium, Mint, Lavender, Orris, Red Pepper, Sandalwood and Musk.
Never loud, the lavender-mint tandem is like a fresh, cool breath. This duo, along with the geranium, last a good while for an opening accord. Once the orris contributes, the scent seems to take on a slight herbaceous quality instead of the expected violet. After 20 minutes, the fragrance is very comfortable and L'Eau Chic is now a slightly minty floral with herbal overtones.
The overall volume is on the low side, but the fragrance still has longevity as a close scent after a few hours. L'Eau Chic is ( to me ) an extremely understated masculine that can be worn by either sex. My disappointment lies in the fact that this never becomes woody enough in the base accord or drydown. I barely detect any sandal, but the musk does arrive in a very slow and steady fashion. It too is polite and I come to the conclusion that I like the top and mid accords much better than the base. It simply doesn't seem to follow through.
In spite of feeling this way, I still like L'Eau Chic and would wear it because I tend to periodically spritz ( via atomizers ) as the day progresses. The first two-thirds of the scent is worth reapplying every 2 hours. The drydown leaves me wanting, but I believe this would make a very good spring and summer fragrance.
Three-fourths of a thumbs up from Aromi for Parfums De Nicolai's L'Eau Chic.