Today I don't remember how I became aware of Eve and when that was. In any case it was not a very good time for me. My mother had died. Shortly afterwards my partner separated from me after 6 years together. But I didn't want to give up, I wanted to make a new start. Maybe with a new love. I needed the right scent, of course. It should be something very feminine, seductive, sensual, but by no means "cheap", tasteless, already noble.
Eve and I met at the right time, so to speak. The name reminded me of Genesis 2:4 et seq. "And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone /.../ And Adam called his wife Eve, for she became the mother of all who live there."
Eve - since time immemorial the epitome of femininity, an even dangerously seductive femininity. We know the story, the happiness of which we supposedly still suffer from today.
I met Eve at a perfumery. I already knew her mother, Heidemarie Jiline "Jil" Sander, the German designer for simple but timelessly elegant fashion. So I was all the more curious about Eve, the fragrance that was described as extremely feminine. When I tested it, I did not know its scent pyramid. I let myself be surprised, so to speak. And was quite quickly taken with this EdT, who was allowed to come with me right away.
I liked the name and the stylish, sophisticatedly simple bottle made of thick, transparent glass. And this pastel orange and pink of the packaging and the perfume. The fragrance too, of course.
Eve has a few surprises in store. The fragrance starts with the fruity notes of grapefruit and currant, but even at the beginning it is by no means "citrusy fresh", but has the flair of ripe, sun-drenched fruit in late summer. Soon the floral nuances join in. There are already quite respectable olfactory calibres like rose, jasmine and violet. Nevertheless, neither fruits nor flowers ever seem too sweet. The flowers appear in the bouquet. That means you can't really tell them apart. They blend into a powdery, sweet sweetness full of romance
The transitions of the individual fragrances are surprisingly dynamic. However, the fragrance appears soft, warm, tender, cuddly and gentle from the outset. The earthy and fiery patchouli, which should only make its big entrance in the base note, can't wait to take to the stage. And it is a strong performance that puts it down. Yes, and then there's cashmere wood - also very dominant, but also warm and sensual.
So Eve is not a teenager, but a rather self-confident woman who knows what she wants and takes it. This is also expressed in the clear sillage, which radiates a great presence. The durability is also remarkable. Eve has come to stay. But most of the time I only sniff more patchouli. The fruits and flowers are disappearing - at least for me - all too soon. Cashmere wood holds out the longest, but also gives in to patchouli much too quickly
I like patchouli. But here I would have liked more or longer flower and fruit notes. Somehow the scent doesn't live up to its promise, because everything gets too much lost in patchouli. The patchouli is very valuable, not gothic, but elegant, but too dominant. So for me, Eve is not a spring scent, but rather something for late summer, I'd say, or for mild summer evenings. I don't really find Eve compatible with very young girls. It's more compatible with women who are perhaps not so easy to classify, who are powerful, have style, radiate a certain "tamed wildness". The fact that I can best imagine Eve on - possibly artistically active - women with reddish hair is probably due to the fact that the actress Karoline Herfurth, the then protagonist of Eve.
Well, what can I say? Eve and I - it was just a brief episode. It lasted no longer than the expired 4 ounces. I did not buy the fragrance again because I am obviously not the type of woman Eve was made for. From the interesting architect who could cook so well Sugo for spaghetti, whom I got to know in my "Eve time", and I didn't get anything either. Despite Eve. Probably I wasn't even ready for a new relationship at that time.
Eve and I are never going to be best friends. Meanwhile, I find the fragrance seems almost a little old-fashioned these days. There are so many more interesting scents now. But that's just my personal opinion. Oud by Kurkdjian or un Jardin sur le Toit by Hermés are perfumes that suit me much better at the moment. That's not to say that I couldn't recommend Eve if she was the right female personality.
I still like patchouli very much - but more in autumn and in the form of Perles de Lalique or Patchouli N' Roses from Reminiscence.