Can I just begin this post by saying the reason why my title is so long is because I really like the way ‘Eau De Parfum’ sounds, is written and looks. And I felt I needed to appreciate the wording fully by applying it to my title. That being said, today’s post is about a new perfume I have discovered and am really enjoying. I have a quite a few perfumes in my collection, so for me to keep going back to a perfume is quite rare. I tend to mix it up a lot but this perfume is something quite different hence why I keep reaching for it.
I introduce you to ‘Caligna’, a new Eau de Parfum that has joined the Grasse collection over at L’Artisan Parfumeur. Just like all L’Artisan Parfumeur perfumes, this particular one has a story behind it and I was exposed to when I attended the preview of the perfume. This is inspired by Provence (in France for those slightly confused!) and this is what the L’Artisan Parfumeur have to say about the perfume and it’s story:
‘Caligna, meaning to court or flirt in the local Provencal dialect, is in essence an encounter with nature in this glorious part of France. This new woody, aromatic Eau de Parfum captures and brings to life different impressions of the Grasse countryside. It evokes a warm breeze blowing over the land, a sense of freedom in the wild open spaces, a lightness of being with laughter echoing into the distance.’
It’s such a unique scent, something I’ve never come across and the more I discover L’Artisan Parfumeur, the more I realise just how unique their take on perfumes are. On my skin it smells rather sensual, whereas on others it smells quite fresh. It really does represent spring well and for those wanting to get in to the spring mood (like me!) I would highly recommend you try this out. I can smell woody notes in this quite clearly and I think I’m getting better at picking notes out in perfumes. The starting point for this perfume was sage, it’s based around sage which as a raw scent smells like a wood forest after rain fall or even grass after rain. I was able to actually smell singular notes in the preview (see picture below) and that really helped me pick out the note in the perfume.
The perfume contains notes of sage, fig and jasmine marmalade accord (which smells heavenly and I hope they bring out a perfume with just that as the one ingredient!). The woody scent I can detect comes from the perfumes base, which has pine needles in it to represent the Mediterranean hillside. It really is a perfume that reveals itself in layers slowly, so each time you go to smell it you pick up different notes.
I think my perfume describing skills are getting much better, just as long as I’m not put on the spot! I’ve been mixing this perfume with other perfumes and have been getting some really nice results. One of my favourite perfumes is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum, and underneath this perfume the mixture smells divine. I’ve never ever layered perfumes before, but I find that this perfume brings out the best in some of my favourites. This is most definitely a spring, early summer perfume, it’s not too fruity or overwhelming and I’ve been spraying it on quite often. For someone who isn’t faithful to perfumes, that’s really saying something.
The perfume hits stores, concessions and the L’Artisan Parfumeur website early April 2013, and will be priced £95 for 100ml