Sniffing outside the orthodox cologne box...
Many colognes features green herbs such as basil and tarragon. How many feature dill? To my knowledge, very few. Lalique EAU DE LALIQUE dares us to don dill. Are we up for the challenge?
It's an interesting question to me because on reflection it is entirely unclear why we wear any of the scents which we habitually wear. Consider some of the standard colognes: citrus abounds. The classics of the classics, neroli colognes in the style of 4711, would never cause anyone to pause. Why? because there are so many of them already in existence. The question remains: Why?
The answer is that at some point down the line some perfumer somewhere thought that citrus floral compositions featuring neroli were a good idea. Refreshing, clean smelling: who would not want to smell like the flowery parts of an orange tree? Well, maybe Gabrielle Chanel...
Jean-Claude Ellena and Emilie Copperman asked another question when they created EAU DE LALIQUE: you want to smell like aldehydes, we say why not smell of dill? The most obvious answer to many would be that they have no desire to smell like pickles. Dill is connected in many people's memories with pickles because it does not have all that many other culinary applications. Can dill serve as a focal note in a cologne without making us smell like a picnic condiment? The answer, I am happy to report, is: yes.
In this creation, which seems obviously to me to be a cologne in spirit, although the longevity is, as advertised, closer to that of an eau de toilette, the dill is used alongside cardamom and citrus to produce a uniquely refreshing fragrance experience. Some of the other listed notes, such as pimento, I do not detect at all, but the blend is smooth, light, refreshing, green and clean, and tinged ever so slightly with the scent of both cardamom and dill.
EAU DE LALIQUE is a summertime scent for adventurous types who do not care what others think of their choice in cologne. This one is not loud, but the dill is without a doubt detectable and anyone who fears being accused of smelling like pickles may think twice before donning this juice (no, not pickle juice!). To me, EAU DE LALIQUE fits right in with the Hermès Jardins series. Remember shredded sour mango? This creation for Lalique may have been a first effort in that direction.