La Dame aux Camélias 2012

La Dame aux Camélias by Jardins d'Écrivains
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La Dame aux Camélias is a perfume by Jardins d'Écrivains for women and was released in 2012. The scent is floral-powdery. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top Notes VervainVervain CardamomCardamom Orange blossomOrange blossom
Heart Notes Heart Notes VioletViolet RoseRose CamelliaCamellia
Base Notes Base Notes Tonka beanTonka bean MuskMusk Canary Islands juniperCanary Islands juniper
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Scent
7.552 Ratings
Longevity
7.240 Ratings
Sillage
5.643 Ratings
Bottle
7.942 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 11.01.2023.
Interesting Facts
This fragrance is named after the novel "La Dame aux Camélias" by the French author Alexandre Dumas, fils.
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Seguiriya
Seguiriya
Helpful Review 6  
Portrait of a lady in disgrace
This perfume is a picture. A fine portrait painted in gouache, seen through the eyes of a lover. It adheres in detail to the well-known novel. Jardins d'écrivains fragrances are generally created with great knowledge of the corresponding novel character or author. The Lady of the Camellias is no exception. Her composition is not complicated, just as Marguerite in the novel is a country girl. I particularly like the fact that wild plants native to France are part of the composition and give it a naturalness that is Marguerite's own. The youthful freshness is expressed in verbena and orange blossom. The juniper comes to another important role, as we will see yet.
Violets and rose are flowers in the 19th century as Söliflore of the ladies were worn and the camellia was Marguerite's distinctive mark, she always wore one on your robe. Who now wonders why a courtesan is not granted a "wicked" composition, has not read the novel. Armand, the man who loves her, describes her as having a beguiling outer and inner beauty, which would be described as virtuous if she had not fallen into the life she lived through adverse circumstances. The heart chord is thus also smooth and harmonious. None of the three flowers stands out in particular. It is also this heart that gives the fragrance its special beauty.
Instead of delivering a classic rose-patchouly composition here now, the perfumer reaches for the bitter, wild juniper note. An artifice, I think, that describes the tragedy, the bitter, in the life of this woman who, like her novelist Marie Duplessis, will eventually die of tuberculosis at a very young age. The juniper is present all the time in the scent and I would imagine that is exactly what bothers some people about the scent. It's a balancing act that is risked in the fragrance, just as in life the bitter bothers, and some people are more likely to endure it than others. After all, in the novel, the rapt Armand Duval doesn't mind so much that he doesn't fall fiercely in love with beauty.
Musk and sandalwood finally prepare a smooth base, reminiscent of the natural scent of skin, and contribute a beautiful sensual element. Cardamom and sandalwood recall the fascination with the Orient at the time. It is likely that Marguerite wore cashmere shawls, which were very fashionable at the time. Place and time are precisely described here in the fragrance.
One söllte the fragrance rather not buy blindly. He is own and very beautiful.
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BrianBuchanan

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BrianBuchanan
BrianBuchanan
Very helpful Review 4  
Desiccated floral V syrup bomb
Designing a fragrance which is half monster youth scent and half 80’s relic is somehow both inspired, and wilfully bizarre.
It's the typical Jardins d'Ecrivains shtick: a core of dusty orange flower - backed up by demerara cake and joss sticks, all going head to head with a weird disinfectant syrup. The messed up froot and antique orange flower make a Frankenstein hotchpotch of crudely fitting pieces...

You may applaud the oddness of it all, pour scorn on such pretentious twaddle, or simply come to wonder who spilt his Red Bull on granny's potpourri.

In the end however, La Dame aux Camélias is one of a minority of perfumes that improve over time. As the details fade, the profile pulls together into a nice confectionary floral but, as with all craft disciplines, it's a matter of swings and roundabouts; the nicer it gets, the less good it becomes.

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Adelina

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Adelina
Adelina
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Poetic
I was extremely eager to try La Dame aux Camelias. First, because the homonym book is one of my favourites and second because I really liked the concept that stays at the bottom of this house's creations.

But then, how could I describe the mixed up feelings that La Dame aux Camelias awakened in me? Oh, I know! I must ask you if you ever been in love? Well, not just a transient love, but the one that makes your heart beat so fast, that for a moment the world around you dissipates in thousands and thousands of colors, and your heart runs towards them and back again inside you to beat even faster. Have you ever been so in love that you have lost yourself in the arms of your loved one, absorbing his perfume by every pore, sharing in those moments, just the two of you, all the secrets of the Universe? And the way you feel when your loved one is drawing sketches of his thoughts on your forehead and you gave them life so they can fly away...

That's how La Dame aux Camelias is. Like an intimate moment shared by you two. It is a sensual perfume, erotic, in wich the musk note is the queen, dominating with dignity the flowers which stay open, almost indecent, challenging you to embrace them, absorbe their perfume, feel their soft petals. The verbena note gives a fresh, sour touch to the composition, perhaps for reminding you of the tiny bit of lucidity and rationality contained in the game of love, but shortly the bouquet consiting of iris, orange flowers and roses surrounds the composition like a heavy velvet drape and La Dame aux Camelias is now dense, powdery and slightly dry. The perfume remains the same from now, until the end, adorning my skin with memories.
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10
Bottle
2.5
Sillage
7.5
Longevity
10
Scent
Endorphin

3 Reviews
Endorphin
Endorphin
Helpful Review 3  
I feel transferred to another time...
... in which a woman wears opulent dresses with lots of lace, ruffles and puffy sleeves... with her aristocratic alabaster white skin, her eyebrows plucked thin and highlighted dark... her hair turned into sassy corkscrew curls that are elegantly plugged together... surrounded by an aura of girlish charm, arrogance, pure femininity, extravagance, amused ease and driven by the search for unconditional love.

La Dame aux Camélias unites a very special, intimate, mysterious and seductive mood with its cheeky fruity sweetness, the confident camellia, the virtuous rose, the slightly creamy and powdery notes and the indigenous wood.

Originally I wanted to decant the fragrance into a more manageable bottle, also because I had no great expectations for the longevity. But the bottle is so beautiful in the flesh and perfectly underlines my fragrance experience that this icing on the cake can't be missed. La Dame aux Camélias stays with me for a good 6 hours.
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MRothMRoth 4 years ago
7
Bottle
5
Sillage
6
Longevity
8
Scent
A fruity floral sherbet that maintains tone through to heart - a feat! Dries down to a powdery, dainty violet. Very femme.
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