Since I sprayed UN AIR DE BRETAGNE on the Atlantic coast of Brittany, I have known what it smells like in Brittany, or more precisely, how wind, waves and spray feel to my nose. And I must say, the air of this region could please me permanently. But since an emigration to France is probably unthinkable, it comforts me that I discovered this extraordinary fragrance and can now take a strong breath of Brittany with me wherever I am.
From the very beginning I feel beguiling freshness, vastness, spiciness and wildness and at the same time I am surrounded by comfort, warmth and softness. The perfume radiates a natural liveliness that immediately fascinates me. His name, which I would translate as "A Breeze of Brittany" or "Breath of Brittany", is therefore well chosen. How am I supposed to describe that... Maybe like this: The perfume breathes, breathes on my skin, refreshes my body, wakes me up and awakens my spirits. The fragrance conceived by perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou also stimulates my imagination with its poetic name. The word 'Brittany' alone triggers a multitude of pleasant associations in me... the sea, steep cliffs and roaring breakwaters; I literally smell the salty air and something like a maritime atmosphere. I also think of ancient, winding natural stone houses, many of which still exist in Brittany and which, with their wild gardens, blend harmoniously into the landscape formed by the wind. A landscape characterised by cypresses, large fields of hydrangea bushes and heather. Genuine Bretons must also be a bit stubborn, for they have preserved their very own language to this day, especially in West Brittany. And Breton is not a dialect, it is very different from the French language. I remember the smells of the region with freshly baked crêpes and cider - both delicious treats!
Back to the fragrance and its for me amazing main theme, the Alge-Absolue. Algae and seaweed play the leading role in this perfume, which according to the manufacturer is supposed to please both women and men. I see I wouldn't have guessed it, neither algae nor a scent for either. For me, it's more of a feminine perfume, at least for the first few hours. It lasts with me from morning to night without ever being intrusive... After the first three to four hours, for example, the fragrance becomes spicier, warmer woody, more profound and thus more masculine for my sensation. But everyone has to find that out for themselves. I admit, with 'Alge' I spontaneously think of our badly plagued, partly musty smelling waters. But the Alge-Absolue used in this perfume quickly dispels this thought, because it simply smells delicious, namely of salty sea air - so spicy, bitter and unconventional. This algae scent is ideal for all beach and sea lovers - so also for me! He catapults me in my imagination to lonely beaches, to wildly jagged coasts and lets me hear the cry of the seagull. The smell of the sea in UN AIR DE BRETAGNE reminds me of my last holidays and this is something very nice.
The Alge-Absolue is surrounded by Neroli, Ambra, Zypresse-Absolue and Cedar green according to the pyramid and obviously this means above all the association of fresh wind, iodine-containing, healthy spicy air and sea breezes. If the picture in my head is supposed to match the smell in my nose, I would have to think of a wooden barge, which ships crates of bitter orange over the water. Maybe there are also tobacco products slumbering in a box... I think the idea of starting with Neroli, the bitter orange blossom, is ideal. Such a floral-fresh and sweet-sour opening fits wonderfully to the maritime atmosphere. The absolute of cypress and cedar leaf give pleasant, tangy green notes. I also notice rosemary and thyme, which I like both very much. Cypress, cedar, ambergris and wild herbs blend into each other and round off with their warm and woody tones, creating a great balance with the initially dominant, citric-aquatic notes. Interestingly, after 8 to 10 hours (!) a still fresh orange and sweetish soft ambre can be perceived in my mouth, but that's almost all that remains - which I find wonderful...
Where the beguiling thing in this fragrance actually comes from, I can't say for sure. But you don't always have to break it down so precisely. Actually, I find a perfume particularly successful when all the essences combine completely with each other to create a unique, complex fragrance experience that eludes any perceived analysis. Here, it's just a matter of enjoying....
Apropos enjoyment: I enjoy reading crime novels, especially on holiday and especially when the novel is set in Brittany. I close with a few sentences from "Breton Pride" by the author Jean-Luc Bannalec, because they fit so well to UN AIR DE BRETAGNE:
"Wonderful. Everything came back, the expanse, the sky, the light. And it smelled particularly intense. The Atlantic was close. You could still taste the salt in the air here at the river, smelled algae, seaweed, minerals. Commissioner Dupin had had to deal with the exact composition of the sea water during his last major case and had been deeply impressed. No wonder life was born right here in Brittany. You could hear the waves crashing on the rocks. When there was sea wind, they could be heard over great distances. Every single wave..."
A hearty 'thank you' to the lovely Parfuma, who sent me this bottling and thus absolutely hit my taste or smell.