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Sous le Vent is the name the French use to refer to the Leeward Islands in the West Indies, an exotic place they associated with Josephine Baker because of her banana dance, no doubt, even though she was African-American. Jacques Guerlain created this scent for her because she was the hottest thing in Paris at the time. This is a fresh, mossy perfume for an active woman on the way to climb a mountain, or... wait, how can that apply to Josephine Baker, a jazz dancer? Because she was much more than a boldly sexy cabaret sensation, she was an unusually independent, enterprising, stand-on-your-own-two-feet sort, awarded France's highest honors--the Croix de Guerre, Légion d'Honneur and Rosette of the Résistance--for her fearless support of the French resistance during WWII (e.g., smuggling secret messages in her music, being a sub-lieutenant in the Air Force). Guerlain must have known her well. No fainting violet she, but just the kind of strong and captivating woman who, rejected in America, would go to another country to make her way. Of course she'd risk her life for France, who loved and welcomed her. Strongly green and mossy, freshened by sea-breezy cyclamen, loaded with luxurious flowers, their sweetness balanced by tarragon, myrtle, musk and such Sous le Vent is for a woman of substance who knows she is female. A work of art herself, she wears this fragrant work of art and, courageously should it suit her, nothing else.