Very helpful Review
A Decent Pink Perfume
How Yves Rocher stays in business is a mystery to me. Yet again, they have sent me an entire bottle of perfume for free. They had offered to send me "my favorite product," which they somehow have deduced from their database is TENDRE JASMIN from the Secrets d'Essence collection. In fact, it's not my favorite Yves Rocher product, nor my favorite Yves Rocher perfume, but they keep plying me with bottles, so perhaps in their database I own more bottles of that perfume than any of the others? I don't know.
Rather than accepting another free bottle of TENDRE JASMIN, this time I decided to call their customer service and see whether they'd send me something else instead. I ended up going for this relatively recent creation, MOMENT DE BONHEUR, in part because I noticed that it was designed by Annick Ménardo, the perfumer behind LOLITA LEMPICKA, Kenzo VINTAGE PEACE, and many other excellent perfumes.
The bottle is unattractive, so things get off to a bad start. Then upon spritzing some on I find that MOMENT DE BONHEUR is not very pleasant in the opening couple of minutes. It seems rather synthetic and low grade, and makes me wonder whether any of the ingredients boasted of on the box have any connection to the reality of the composition:
"Centifolia rose infusion and absolute, essential oils of geranium, cedar wood and patchouli."
However, after a couple of minutes, just as I am beginning to worry that the fragrance is going to begin expanding like the blog, as synthetic florals sometimes do, instead the composition starts smelling rather pleasant and even slightly spirit living. I won't say that this is a full-fledged member of the twenty-first century SSRI frag category, but it is definitely light-hearted and nice to smell. In some ways it reminds me of the rash of musky-rose-patchouli perfumes, except that in this case the musk is either very low key or else simply not detectable. The patchouli is also rather light as compared to most rose-patchouli perfumes available today.
By the drydown, I find that this is an appropriate fragrance for public scenarios such as the workplace or library. The sort of thing that I can spritz on while rushing out the door without giving it a second thought. Inoffensive and cleanish but without smelling like shampoo or cleaning products. Floral without smelling like a big bouquet. It's rather nice. The mystery remains: why did they send it to me for free?