Saturday, July 17, 2010

L'Artisan Parfumeur - Côte d'Amour

Rosemary and sea salt sourdough waffles

Côte d'Amour is meant to evoke the experience of a trip along the Loire Atlantique coast. From the L'Artisan web site:
a soft caress of sea air and sand, of scents of golden yellow gorse, heather and broom, a sensual mixture of soft resin and floatwood … Reminiscent of sandcastles, shell collecting along the beach and riding your bike against the wind. Memories of childhood and holidays. Lazy, relaxing days. Its salty note, that wonderful odour marine at the heart of this eau de toilette, gives the fragrance all its personality.
Well, I'll give you salty. The first sniff of CdA smells like rosemary and salt and it has a sort of "breadiness" to it. My very first thought was "Oh, focaccia!" The salt note is strong and very persistent. While wearing it, everything I drink tastes salty.

After the top notes, CdA becomes salty and woody and lightly floral from a few inches away. But if I smell my skin too closely there is something sour. Looking for an image, I found the perfect one in someone's photo of their savoury sourdough waffles. That's what CdA smells like to me - with a lot of salt.

Côte d'Amour a "certified organic" perfume from L'Artisan Parfumeur.

House: L'Artisan Parfumeur
Nose: Celine Ellena
Notes: salt flower, green tangerine, pink grapefruit, dune immortal flower, rosemary, cypress, gorse blossom, rose, broom, heather, maritime pine and floated wood.

Photo: Savoury basil and sea salt sourdough waffles by foonus

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