This sits beside my Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin and Jacomo No. 9 for it's sheer uplifting qualities. Not to oversimplify them but they all have citrus and herbs on a base of white musk in common. In Capucine, the galbanum soars. A tip of the hat to Chanel. Cristalle without the 'Ice Queen' metallic edge and No.19 without the leathery sophistication. The first five minutes is exciting and uplifting.Then it swiftly enters the white musk stage and finishes like clean 'fresh linen' cologne (think Thierry Mugler Cologne). That's it! The end. Spray again, liberally. Beautiful. But so fleeting. I would love this in a 300 ml splash bottle. Jean Claude Ellena could flesh this out longer and in a more satisfying way. But the initial moments are gorgeously wild and green and refreshing. As an after shave spritzer for a man it would be lovely. When it comes to quenching my thirst with fragrances that 'lean to green' then Hermes Un Jardin Sur La Nil is still Queen of the Desert for me. But I curtsey to Capucine. Beautiful, heavy, rectangular glass bottle that feels cold in your hand with its smooth glass and silver lid. Another tip of the hat to Chanel, I'm sure.
Started out as just the green natural fragrance I was looking for and ended up smelling like some dry weeds that had been rooted up, and left in the hot sun for a day. SO close!
Chloe's Eau de Fleurs collection hasn't been a big hit, but I wanted to write this review and give Capucine some love!! Capucine is underrated and I'm surprised it hasn't been picked up by more people.
Capucine highlights the nasturtium (or "nose-twister" in Latin), a relatively rare scent in perfumery. Both green and floral, Capucine perfectly conjures summer meadows. The opening is amazing, like fresh-cut grass and crushed flowers. You won't be able to stop sniffing it. The floral sweetness is balanced with a brilliant green bitterness, and freshened with tiny bursts of lemon and honey. Interestingly, the green hue of the juice is perfectly evocative of the scent - bright, unique, yet mellow. The only problem with Capucine is its lasting power and quick drydown. The stunning opening accord fades in an hour or two to a generic but pleasant warm amber-vanilla-musk accord. That being said, Capucine is one of the only florals I'll wear, and the fact that it doesn't stick around is a refreshing break from other heady, over-the-top florals. I highly recommend giving it a try!
Notes according to Osmoz: Galbanum, bergamot, lemon, neroli, lily-of-the-valley, ambroxan, musks.
A smooth green opening that reminds me of cool shadows in vineyards. Very natural, calm and collected and not one bit screechy. Unfortunately the rest turn into some sweet water on my screen and I'm afraid I would spray this continuously to keep it at that top notes phase. Great opening and cool bottle though.
Beautiful, mellow green scent that's a must for anyone who loves the smell of nasturtiums. A whiff of this on a dark and dreary winter day will really lift your mood. This is my favourite fragrance from the Eau de Fleurs collection. The staying power is excellent but the scent is so light you need to spray it several times for maximum effect (if that's what you want). Only downside is the £60 price tag, although you do get a 100ml bottle.
Update: As of November 2010, this fragrance, along with the other two Eau de Fleurs scents, seems to be disappearing from most major shops in the U.K. I don't know if that's because they were L.E. or just not very popular (the scant reviews on MA seem to indicate the latter). So if you're after any of these, don't wait around.