Ciel d'Opale (2012)

Ciel d'Opale by Ann Gérard
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Ciel d'Opale is a popular perfume by Ann Gérard for women and was released in 2012. The scent is floral-citrusy. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Galbanum, Quince, Sichuan pepper, Calabrian lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesHoneysuckle, Jasmine, Mock-orange, Chinese cassia
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Gaiac wood, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Cedarwood

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Scent

7.6 (76 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (55 Ratings)

Sillage

6.3 (56 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (49 Ratings)
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Coutureguru

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Coutureguru
Coutureguru
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Echoes of others ...
I had no idea who Ann Gerard was until I saw these frags discussed on Parfumo. One of my lovely parfumisto buddies here furnished me with samples of all three perfumes issued by this house, created by the extremely prolific Bertrand Duchaufour.

This perfumer's name seems to be on everybody's lips at the moment (especially after the 'dictator's daughter' saga) , but I had never consciously sought out fragrances made by him until I became interested in the Neela Vermeire Collection. Out of the three fragrances created for Ann Gerard (who seems to be a jeweler) Cuir de Nacre and Perle de Mousse are not exactly my cup of tea. Ciel d' Opale, however, definitely floats my boat … albeit smelling curiously similar to both Dior's Pure Poison and Boucheron's Jaipur Bracelet the latter being similarly a jewelry company!
Now when I say similar, there seems to be a congruent effect between this fragrance and the other two mentioned, probably because the Hesperide to Floral to Wood combination makes them feel that way. There certainly are more shared aspects to my nose than not. There is a strong Orange Blossom feel throughout with Ciel d' Opale bringing the more minimalist approach of the three, but certainly firmly planted in 'fresh white floral' territory.
As this fragrance dries down it veers more to the bittersweet end of the scale. I have no idea what Cassia smells like, but a bit of research leads me to believe that the faint Cinnamon I get from Ciel d'Opale comes from the 'Cinnamomum aromaticum' variety, which seems to be quite self explanatory. The combination of base notes here do not give themselves up to individual scrutiny … they simply create a light 'woodiness' and are more than likely combinations of aroma chemicals designed to convey this message. I do not, however, see mention made on the packaging of any that my limited knowledge of chemistry allow me to recognize, so I may be very wrong in that assumption.

Ciel d'Opale (Opal Sky) is a very nice fragrance with average projection and longevity, but I can't help thinking that I already have something very close to this in Boucheron Bracelet, which I prefer. That doesn't mean that it's not worth a try ... and I'd recommend this one to either gender.
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Flaconneur

49 Reviews
Flaconneur
Flaconneur
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Ciel d'Opale by Ann Gérard
In nature, they are many examples of beautiful flowering trees to experience. Some varieties put on a spectacular show of color, while others care solely about the flower's wonderful fragrances. If you judge a tree by looks alone, you might not consider the linden tree as having the ability to captivate your senses. But if you've ever been in close quarters to a linden tree during bloom, you would have been hypnotized by one of the most beautifully fragrant flowering trees I've experienced. The Paris jewelry designer Ann Gérard has introduced three new fragrances created by Bertrand Duchaufour. One in particular has encapsulated the breathtaking experience of the linden tree in bloom and trapped it in a pretty little bottle. That fragrance is call Ciel d'Opale.

Quince starts off Ciel d'Opale with the fruity, mouth-watering combination of tart crisp apple and juicy sweet pear. A fresh green and citrus accord is comprised of a few classic ingredients, galbanum, bergamot and lemon. This pungent combination is carefully tempered with Szechuan pepper and its biting but lemony overtone. The opening was a very well orchestrated fusion of sweet, sour, tart and spicy. The heart moves into a gardener's delight of lushly scented floral including jasmine, mock orange and honeysuckle. These sweet intense floral personalities are dusted with the cinnamon like nature of cassie. While sweet, the floral coalition retains a fresh green quality. A soft vaguely rose like guaiac passes the torch to the woody base. Sweet amber and hints of vanilla enable the base to maintain a warm, calming sensation. This woody accord includes dense cedar and sandalwood with a slight smoky aromatic lightness. A pleasant reflection to the long past green opening of Ciel d'Opale is brought about with the incorporation of vetiver. It completes the composition and brings the fragrance back to its beginning. The base stays light, woody and warm allowing the florals to linger with their potent nature; a very pleasant and impressive finish.

While the longevity of Ciel d'Opale has varied with users, I seem to get a 6-8 hour range from initial application. Ciel d'Opale does have a bit more leg when sprayed onto fabric. I believe that this fragrance was erroneously classified as a feminine fragrance. I feel that while the florals are abundant, they are equally balanced with woods and amber, which makes the fragrance more than something pretty. There is nothing more comforting than fragrances that evoke memories of the things we love. Ciel d'Opale creatively pays proper homage to the fragrant and glorious linden tree, and that definitely makes it worth a try.
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Ysbrand

84 Reviews
Ysbrand
Ysbrand
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The golden apple and the garden at the end of the world
Ciel d´Opale starts with an Hesperidic freshness and a pinch of pepper, sparkling and vivacious. But under the drome of citrus and spice fireworks, there is a wonderful, round, deep note of quince, that is the soul of this fragance.

For the ones who haven´t smelled before a fresh quince, it is a very clean, fruity smell, somewhere in between a pear and apple, deeply scented, pure and a bit tart. I am holding one right now and is so fragant. In Spain (and i guess in many other countries) they used to place them in white linen closets and drawers, so the fragance soaked in the sheets, towels and lingerie. This beloved mediterranean fruit never ripens fully, so you can keep them for months and stay fresh.

The citrus oils fade soon and the fragance becomes an airy, soapy floral. Quince imparts a natural, gentle fruitiness to the flower notes. The floral profile of Ciel d´Opale is somewhat honeyed , pollen-ish, like linden blossoms (i read now that cassie is rich in farnesol, also a main component of linden) with a heady, fruity honeysuckle and a touch of lilac. A little hint of jasmine give body to the languid, nectar-dripping, flowers.

And so, the above mentioned nectar, now cristalizes in Amber as the fragance evolves. This Ciel is more Terre at this point, as guaiac wood unfolds its rare smoky sweetness and the other woods do their part. Ciel d´Opale has a balmy earthy drydown, that will stay delicate until the vanilla dissapears, leaving in the skin a trace of vetiver and guaiac many hours after.

I think this is my favourite of the "Le parfum, parure secrète" series of Ann Gérard. It is ethereal, dreamy, natural smelling, appropriate for a peaceful ocassion or a delicate person.
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