Thursday 4 December 2008
When I first tested the Frederic Malle Editions De Parfums line L'Eau D'Hiver by Jean- Claude Ellena was the scent that most resonated with me. I tried it on a crisp, early summer's day rather than during the winter it's named for.
I am sure my fondness for it comes in not small part from the fact that Elena used Apres L'Ondee as an inspiration or starting point for the scent. As I have said before Apres L'Ondee is one of my favourite scents and one of the scents that started me on a journey from not just enjoying scent but really appreciating the artistry of the perfumer.
It is perhaps because I first tried it in the summer but I actually think this smells a little bit of a whisper of sunshine- and perhaps a whisper of hope. Then I suppose winter can be sunny and Apres L'Ondee suggests light coming through after the rain.
Revisiting this in the winter I felt some of the same things I had originally; that is a very delicate but emotive scent. I can smell the almond and helitrope from Apres L'Ondee but they are worked totally differently, covered in a layer of water, or perhaps mist. In the dry down I detect iris and a bread like note. I don't find the scent cold but it suggests a coolness has come before it, rather a bit like warm tears on a cold face, or perhaps condensation on a window- which is less over the top!
It's quite a skin scent, perhaps only appreciated by the wearer or someone very close to them. It brings to mind being wrapped up in your warmest most luxurious coat and scarf, or pyjama's, trying to keep the elements out.
On reflection I decided L'Eau D'Hiver was the perfect scent for the character of Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings.
Eowyn and Aragorn picture: news.bbc.co.uk/.../jpg/_39623575_eowyn_6.jpg
Eowyn in white dress: http://www.tanz-der-schatten.de/bilder/arbeit/filme/hdr/ttt/eowyn_white3.jpg
Eowyn at Edoras: http://tolkienilu.chez-alice.fr/film/ttt/Eowyn-Edoras-big.jpg