Green floral is my favourite category. I like my flowers with the leaves, drops of water and soil in the roots. Grand Amour is one of this pretty green florals that are lacking the mud and a bit of foliage, but on exchange, it has a soulful beauty.
Grand Amour starts with hyacinth. Of all the flowers of the basket, is this gorgeous persian prince the one that stands out, and this note is very realist. As a devoted and faithful hyacinth lover, this opening already conquered me. I keep smelling with fear, i dont want it to go, or to evolve into something else. Luckily for me, it lasts and stays through the fragance.
The hyacinth is not alone at all. Watery lilacs and strongly scented lilies of the valley unfold and shine across the hyacinth waxy blue flowers, fresh and heady; overgrown,long, honeysuckle vines drip its nectar drops. It is very luminous, happy, vivacious. The flowers are breathing and feeling, they give the impression of really be trying their best to be liked, hoping you will like them.
A generous heart of rose pervades and hold together the flower notes, motherly.
Grand Amour is so unaffected is moving, and i understand when they say this is Annick´s declaration of love to her husband. It is lively and fresh, and as it gets warmer (which is an illusion of jasmine, almost unnoticed), Grand Amour gives itself up in such a humble and sincere way i am only thinking in giving it to someone i love.
Said that, Grand Amour is not modern or edgy. Maybe such a sensitive soul doesnt belong in today´s asphalt and steel world. The tenderness evolves into a drydown that i didnt like. As the flowers ripe and fade, we have a warm soft vanilla on a leather and musky base that doesn´t match the lush vernal sensuality of the top and middle stages, since it feels...austere. This base is what i feel most dated and uninteresting.
I wasnt expecting to like it so much, though, so it has been a great surprise.