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The Mistral sweeps over Haute-Provence
There are fragrances that you do not consciously search for, but rather find them by chance. Sometimes you can find little treasures, which unfortunately receive far too little attention. Acqua by Jeanne en Provence is such a little treasure, which up to now was completely under my personal fragrance radar. I only discovered Acqua through the mundane purchase of liquid soap at TK Maxx, and this only because my eye saw a large "rummage table" with half price perfumes and the greed (one is not completely free of it) to be able to make a "bargain" spread. So it was time to rummage through the mountain of shrink-wrapped packages, of fragrances that had long since landed in the cemetery of the perfumery. I am always quite careful when scents are explicitly described or titled "aquatic". The association of unrestrained chemistry quickly gets into my nose and the imaginary "eau de locker room" in the form of pathogenic miasmas is within reach. So I got hold of the rather beautiful packaging of Acqua of the brand Jeanne en Provence and the extremely low price, far below ten euros, made me take it with me. If necessary, it could have been used as a room fragrance in the guest bathroom. Here and now I am happy to have discovered this treasure. Because my worst fears about "aquatic" fragrances have completely disappeared, I am rather convinced of the naturalness and quality of the fragrance. So it seems there are great offers even far away from niche and designer fragrances, which do not have to hide behind well-known brands.
Acqua opens rather fresh and the impression of whipping sea spray, created by the "aquatic notes" is immediately present. To be fair, this impression can only be created by a part of chemistry, but this is done very homeopathically here. Also missing here, laudably enough, is the addition of "leg notes" to the aquatic prelude. Instead of a "brackish water" we have here the very natural impression of whipping water, breaking waves and the typical "coastal smell". I can't understand why the rose is listed here as the fragrance, because shortly after the prelude, clearly woody notes are already spreading, especially the cypresses are making them to the beat. At first the impression of a too strikingly masculine scent may arise here, which is also due to the clary sage, but the lavender can "smooth" this out and thus trace the typical "Provençal" flair. Here it is necessary to point out the really impressive natural quality of the scents. Especially the lavender looks very natural, which you cannot expect in this price range, no comparison to chemical fabric softener lavender á la Lenor and comrades. Essentially, at this point of the fragrance development we have a mixture of cypress and lavender, which is carried by the aquatic notes. This is very simple but extremely well done. Later, after about three hours, you notice how the fragrance becomes more "mossy" and I would like to think that the fragrance becomes a bit cooler and fresh and soapy and stays so until it disappears after about seven hours. I don't feel the warmth of sandalwood at all, but rather a "creamy" clean-fresh musk with a minimal light borrowing of citrus fruits.
So we do not have an elaborately staged scent course, but also no linear summer Cologne Italian type. In comparison, Acqua by Jeanne en Provence is much rougher, rougher and wilder. If you want to give the impression of Provence here, it should be noted that it does not reflect the "mundane" and midsummer Provence of the celebrities, but rather the rural hinterland when the mistral plays its game. Thus, Acqua does not so much reflect the glamorous Nice but rather the area around the Mont Ventoux. Less the delicately perfumed Beau walking along the beach promenade than the freshly washed with lavender soap farmers of the hinterland. Acqua is almost too full-bodied for a classic summer scent, but I recommend to test the fragrance without reservation. Price and performance speak for themselves and offer a wonderful natural scent for little money, but I see it as more of a male scent.