Esterel by Parfum-Individual Harry Lehmann
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Esterel is a popular perfume by Parfum-Individual Harry Lehmann for women and men. The release year is unknown. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is still in production.
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7.9 (24 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (22 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (22 Ratings)

Bottle

6.6 (13 Ratings)
Submitted by FvSpee, last update on 10.10.2020.
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8
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
6
Bottle
Chizza
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Chizza
Top Review    10  
All roads lead to Berlin
Isn't it amazing how people automatically come into contact with certain brands here on Parfumo? Be it by reading statements, comments or forum contributions. I don't mean houses like PdM, Amouage etc., they're not that unknown outside of Parfumo right now. I am more interested in small perfume manufacturers. For me, two have made it with the time from bottling to purchase (so far with one, the other follows). One of them - and you often read about him here with well-known authors who I appreciate - is Lehmann. The last time I was in Berlin a few years ago, so I don't know the shop. At that time I strolled with my wife through the well-known corners, spent several days in the museums. Thankfully I now got the opportunity to test four fragrances by Lehmann.
It's a well-known fact: the more you test, the harder it is for a fragrance to be acquired. Now Lehmann has, among others, with Esterel such a beautiful fresh, for me not only citric but also light-green scent on offer, a direct purchase on my part took place.

I can only agree with FvSpee on the fragrance itself, which I used as a Lehmann consultant before acquiring it due to his expertise, would probably have seen the fragrance more easily without his comment, since the fragrance seems tart and greener to me compared to Springfield. Over time, Esterel evolves away from this all-encompassing citric note to this green impact, but always remains refreshing. Again, I must agree with the honorable FvSpee, Springfield is developing a deeply hidden and masculine animalism after its intense freshness. We don't have that here
Anyway, Esterel is a simple fragrance, no one plays the perfume keyboard here, but delivers what happens with a penetration that can only be appreciated. Here the rule is: less is more. Simple, clear message, with rough edges.

The durability and the sillage are not the madness, even Ormonde Man is really stronger and he is more of a silent treader in my eyes. Had him on as a comparison once. But honestly, for the price and for a summer scent, I don't care, after four hours you just spray it again or put on something heavier later in the day

Last but not least, thanks to Pollita for giving us the opportunity to test it!
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8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
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6
Bottle
FvSpee
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Top Review    30  
CoViD comments, ninth piece: Summer Revisions
Do you know the feeling of having made it through a difficult week to the saving shore of the weekend and then celebrating that with a good dinner. Sure. It's kind of a basic anthropological experience. This is my condition now. And that's why I wanted to skip episode 9 and sit in front of the TV for no reason. But just at that moment a PN of a (very talented writer) co-parfuma reached me with a praise of the easy-writing despite all kinds of adversities. And with it I was grabbed by the coat collar of honour. So I changed my mind, and here comes another episode. The ratings are not going down yet...

So, we will stay in Provence, where we were already in Lourmarin yesterday. Today we're going to Esterel, a low mountain range on the Cote d'Azur, and it's really hot in summer. Besides, there is a lot of wilderness and landscape with lots of plants and animals, and in former times there were holy hermits in hermit caves and less holy robbers in robber caves, about which the good punch, who probably has her hands full in her job now, wrote very descriptive in the pre-commentary. Harry Lehmann had about 2 years ago a French phase again and has given some new fragrances just such names, this one just "Esterel". So this is a new Lehmann. I give 9.5 points for the name, by the way, because it sounds nice, is short, meets the fragrance in terms of content and theme and somehow fits like a glove. It's not really unique, because there are a few other fragrances called this. Otherwise I would have given maybe 10.

Esterel is similar in its basic idea to Guerlain's "Dimanche à la Campagne", which was commented on yesterday: a citric-green summer scent, at first rather citrusy, then gently changing into green, and overall very simply knitted and yet of great, resounding effect in its simplicity. The two fragrances are nevertheless clearly different. The Guerlain has a soft musky base, which basically radiates into the top note, creating a light veil over the fragrance, like a haze over the summer landscape. This makes it more reminiscent of early summer, and the absolutely unisex scent has a slight tendency towards femininity. Esterel, on the other hand, is much harder, more angular, a bit abrupt, and totally without blurring. It's more masculine, and more summery. Clear contrasts. Roaring heat with sharp light, and perhaps an ice-cold, crystalline water. In addition, the citric and green notes (which here include herbs) are more or less in balance on "Sunday", whereas Esterel is a predominantly citric fragrance, only slightly green. And, not surprisingly with Lehmann: Esterel has much more body, power, durability and sillage than Guerlain. What both have in common is that the citric is a bright, yellow one; I'm guessing lemons in the main, around which other citrus fruits might group. Because this is less strongly balanced by green notes and musky softness in Esterel, the citric gains a certain pungency, especially at the beginning, which sometimes scratches the dreaded "ata scouring powder" note, although I don't find this at all bad. They have added these odorous substances to the scouring powder because they smell good, not because they stink, otherwise scouring powder smells like old sweat.

Friends of the Harrys might now pay attention and say: Wait a minute, citric-green firecrackers, we already have that in our assortment. That's right Springfield. And here he is again, the reference fresh produce from Lehmann. So here's a comparison (before I started this comment, I put 2 Springfield and 2 Esterel sprayers on one kitchen towel each to be able to compare directly): The lemon of Esterel is lemony, the one of Springfield is lemony, and I only now realize that in comparison so clearly, much more bitter and also a little sweeter, this goes more in the direction of bitter orange and orange. Esterel, as I said, is predominantly citric, whereas Springfield is actually the other way round, a little bit more green. And Springfield has this deeply hidden, barely perceptible animal subtext, which makes it even more masculine than Esterel and above all makes it a much more erotic and refined fragrance. But Esterel doesn't want to be that, Esterel remains a cheerful, honest, strong, great summer scent
Yesterday it was also about Camus, and one of his major works, "l'homme revolté" is always translated in German as "Der Mensch in der Revolte", but I think it's not about revolt in the sense of street battles, but more about something like reversal (of course it's a game with nuances of word meaning anyway). In any case, this is an occasion to thoroughly revise myself again, after the revision of my decision not to write a comment today. I have just deleted my old statement about this fragrance here without replacement. I had given 5.5 points at that time and was talking about fermented fruits. Either the scent I had tried had been tilted at that time, or I got the wrong glass balloon at Lehmann's shop (yes, those are the kind of rooms where people used to go in to buy things before the epidemic), or I had eaten too much fermented fruit. Nonsense, that. Stanze had written underneath: "I'm surprised now, I was sure you'd like it. She's right. I like that one, too. And I perceive the scent very much like she did in her commentary
So Esterel is a light citric fragrance, embellished with a little green, which easily plays into the masculine midsummer and good mood. Full, round, full, a little loud, a little angular, but really very beautiful. I wore it a lot on my trip to Thailand in January, and in this heat it came out very well and was highly praised both by the farang (i.e. westerners) and the Thai side. But also in Germany under office conditions a scent that is always well received and which lifts the mood of the surroundings. Fragrances like Esterel show that the times of the good Lehmänner are far from over and give hope that the shop will continue to exist for a long time to come. Clear test or blind buy recommendation for all friends of citric summer scents and all fans of the Lehmanniade!
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7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Stanze
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Stanze
Top Review    29  
In the forest there are the robbers
The year is 1778 and a stagecoach is on its way on the Malpey road through the Esterel mountains in southeastern France. The carriage is late. The travellers, a young couple with a chambermaid, a corpulent clergyman and a merchant, hope that they will soon reach the inn. The wagoner drives the horses to run faster. There are robbers jumping out of the undergrowth on the side of the road. The robbers immediately draw their weapons, flintlock pistols and long knives. It is Gaspard de Besse the Robin Hood of Provence with its people. The wagoner stops. Gaspard de Besse is a picturesque appearance, dressed like a nobleman. He's never killed or even hurt anyone before. His men approach the carriage and open the door. The travelers trembled and pushed themselves into a corner. The husband pushes himself in front of his two companions. Gaspard de Besse steps forward, he invites the travellers to dine with him in the inn. No one dares contradict me. The robbers jump on their horses and accompany the carriage, in which hot discussions are held about how to proceed. Whether to submit or whether a sudden escape would be an option. After all, no one dares to oppose Gaspard de Besse. Arriving at the inn, the robbers take the travellers to the guest room. Apart from the usual dishes, bread, meat and soup, there are citrus fruits from nearby Italy. After dinner, Gaspard de Besse takes some of the travellers' money and jewellery. While he relieves the young wife of her jewelry, he praises her beauty and grace, and while the woman blushes and shines with shame and rapture, the husband feels offended in his honor. He had to hand in his weapons at the entrance, so all he can do is punch the cheeky bandit in the face. A small scuffle breaks out in the course of which only the pride of the husband is hurt. He is sulkingly pushed back onto the brightly chafed wooden bench. Then the robbers say goodbye. Gaspard de Besse bends down and waves his hat around in the air. Shortly afterwards he disappeared with his men in the undergrowth.

Anyway, I can tell lemons from the scents. Perhaps other citrus fruits are also included and some orange blossom. It seems to me that something wooden is involved later, maybe sandalwood. I don't like to lean out of the window.

The lemon reminds me - like so often of Ata scouring powder - I simply polished castles too long with prehistoric means. Towards the base, however, the fragrance becomes more creamy and flattering. Why Mr. Lehmann calls Esterel "green, bitter" is not quite clear to me. I had the impression of green for a very short time, but that could also be because I expected something green. So far (since one hour) Esterel is almost exclusively citric. The price-performance ratio is grandiose as with all Lehmännern.

Family tester M announces after I have told him what to smell: "Sandalwood and scouring powder".

You can wear Esterel well in the summer, certainly also for sports (how creepy), if you rob people and give banquets. Esterel keeps you fresh by making long speeches and wearing exotic clothes. Esterel is equally suitable for robbers and noblewomen
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