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Masculine mint melange with failed metamorphosis
There are odours that you really love, but which are difficult to transform into perfumes. For me, these definitely include coffee and mint. While the hot drink is mostly imitated by a malty-sweet aroma and therefore doesn't seem very authentic to me, the scent of mint is unfortunately very fleeting and often evokes associations with chewing gum or toothpaste.
Menthe Froide has, in my opinion, hit the nail on the head and does its name justice, because immediately after spraying it on, it does indeed smell like an icy fresh mint, which reminds me of the natural, herbaceous smell, as well as a little bit of toothpaste, but that doesn't bother me here. The citrus notes are only discreetly perceptible. The pungency at the beginning is certainly also favoured by the pepper. Due to the spice and the lavender in the background Menthe Froide gets a clearly masculine character, which is confirmed in the further course.
I really like the first one and a half to two hours and would have almost triggered a buying impulse if the mint hadn't disappeared afterwards and the base wasn't a bit too simple - contrary to what the notes might suggest. For me, it is mainly clean, dry-woody and strongly influenced by ambroxan. But if you think of typical shower gel fragrances, you're wrong, because I wouldn't describe Menthe Froide as really aquatic. What I find very positive is the lack of any sweetness that oftenly can destroy the fresh effect of a scent. A slightly smoky facet can still be filtered out, but otherwise I miss the warmth in the base.
Especially the initial, fresh and spicy melange makes Cécile Zarokian's creation an interesting and powerful interpretation of mint. At high dosage, the fragrance could therefore appear a little too harsh, but at lower dosages it could be pleasantly tart. From spring to autumn I find it suitable, although I would prefer lighter alternatives for midsummer.