As a bath gel, this drives me wild. It is stridently green, the smell of shoving your face into crushed stems. Its simplicity and radiance makes it a little "in your face" for perfume. Get the bath gel instead, for a wonderful twist on the "envigorating morning shower".
I love this how this uses rose and green scents in a dark, sexy, modern and still utterly feminine way. I especially love the magnetic bakelite travel atomizer.
Like a lot of the other reviewers, I first came to this via the Baies candle. I have had an on again/off again love affair with this fragrance. I don't know if my nose has changed or the EDT has been reformulated when they changed the bottle and came out with the EDP, but I prefer it now and have been wearing it for several days straight with none of the previous side-effects I had experienced - namely finding it cloying and headache-inducing. No problems this time around. I am finding what I can only describe as a carnation note in it, which I don't remember. It reminds me of LV Donna, which I think is a rose and carnation blend. I never had this impression in the past. It still has the sharp green tomato leaf/grapefruit opening, but the rosey heart seems to appear much more quickly and take over, and then it's that with the juicy blackcurrant for hours on end. I went out to test the new EDP (which they didn't have where I went) and wound up purchasing the EDT and roll-on parfum. The parfum is definitely less sharp and melds with the skin nicely, but there really is no sillage with it. It's for those who are going to lean in close. The EDT has amazing sillage and I find two spritzes is more than enough. I am not thrilled with the new bottle, which is big and kind of hard to hold when spraying. The image on the back of the label is nice, but they could have added that and kept the size and shape of the old bottles.
I am a huge Diptique candle fanatic. Baies and Tuberose are my candles of choice, and yet, I had never been moved to buy a bottle of L'Ombre Dans L'Eau before (the perfume counterpart to Baies.) Recently, on a trip to SpaceNK, I noticed an oil based, rollerball version of LOdL . I swiped some on and the beloved, gorgeous scent of Baies wafted off of me. Baies smells of succulent rose petals and blackcurrant berries, yet, the EdT of Dans L Eau had a sharp, green note that reminded me of a freshly torn tomato leaf. This new oil incarnation of L'Ombre Dan L'eau had the candles sweeter blend. I bought and have been wearing it ever since - overjoyed to be surrounded by a treasured scent beyond my home.
Wow, this is really herbal. I could hardly get past the piney bush smell to find the rose. I'm not willing to wait an hour or two for rose to come out of a scent, no matter how nice a rose it may be, since there are plenty of straight-up rose scents. It might be worth the wait if perfume was really hard to find, but since it's not, this is definitely not a keeper for me. It's still almost medicinal and it has been well over an hour. It doesn't smell bad, exactly, but, I mean, I think you have to really like pine and herbal scents to appreciate this. It kind of reminds me of menthol and pine shavings. It's so strange to think, if this scent was blackcurrant and rose instead of blackcurrant leaf and rose, this review would probably be very different!
This is beautiful, but sharp, stemmy, green rose scent. I find the scent does come out as rather a blast, with the green sap of the blackcurrant leaf in the top notes having an acrid effect for the first hour or so on the nostrils. I am also getting a tomato leaf smell from the top notes. I don't find that this green sap of blackcurrant leaf is that "tempered" by the mandarin and bergamot in the top notes, rather, it's enhanced by the citrus. It is a quite strong fragrance, so I've found you really have to be careful with application. The heart of this fragrance is all about crisp Damask Rose, again with a sharp, heady rose effect and quite fresh. This rose heart weaves itself with the citrus to have a grapefruit-rose effect, as previously mentioned. The base is rounded out by ambergris and musk. After I've worn it for about 2 hours I find this fragrance far more pleasant than in the opening, and it leaves a wonderful sillage. It's a very unique smell, and it's beautiful, but it can really be overpowering if you overdo it. The description from Diptyque says, "The rustling of petals and the leaves of bushes heavy with fruit in an English garden."
I recieved a sample in a swap today and wow!!!!!
I'm not great at describing complex fragrances but this is a scent is almost similar to a herbal rose based cream i used to use.
It smells just how i wanted LV Musk to smell like on my skin minus the awful migraine. I feel that this will last a food few hours on me as a tiny spray on my arm keeps wafting up to my nose in the past hour.
It is a juicy sweet lush honey rose scent with a soapy edge but not the type to burn your nostrils. That soapiness has now died down after one hour to leave a wonderful sweet rose scent with a twist (reminds me of rose leaves and a soft non tart berry). Rose based fragrances hardly last on me so this is a bonus and a lemming created!
Update 27.03.11 - sometimes if a fragrance lingers too strongly it can be irritating. I am finding just that with this. Therefore apply sparingly.
this is THE. BEST. SMELLING. PERFUME. ON. PLANET. EARTH. How have I been alive for 31 years and only just discovered this 3 weeks ago? This is the scent I have been searching for for my entire life. The scent of the black-current leaves mixed with rose and musk is so heavenly. Its like sitting in an herb and flower garden on a hot spring day with an ocean breeze. I spray this all over my house, on my sheets, clothes etc... I wish they would make a candle, a lotion and a home-spray with this.
This is the perfume that I got most compliments for. Maybe it blends well with my skin... What I really like is its diversity. You wear it and after a couple of hours it's like another perfume. The strong and maybe distrurbing initial smell evaporates in seconds and gives way gradually to an earthy warm deep rose, mystical and sexy- but like you are born sexy, not in an artificial way. My favourite.
This is undoubtedly the most beautiful, interesting, unique scent and I have re-purchased several times. I always get comments on it - clean, fresh, 'what is that perfume you're wearing? It's amazing!'.....and I have never had the WOW factor with any other scent. I'm blonde/fair-medium skin and live in Perth, Western Australia which is hot and dry in summer. Perhaps this is what makes the scent for me. No one else I know wears this (same with the Hermes Apres La Mousson which I have, seems I am able to wear fragrance that doesn't suit many people!) so this has become my signature scent for summer.