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Lavender in leather boots swings the spice whip..
6 Place Saint Sulpice came to me as a surprise sample in a fragrance pack - many thanks to Cafénoir for that! Fortunately it was a bit cooler yesterday after a heavy thunderstorm, otherwise I would have had to postpone the rehearsal. Because one thing is clear: This fragrance is not for midsummer temperatures.
This time first my short notes, which I always put on before I write a Kommi and study the fragrance pyramid.
LEDER! (as in Bottega Veneta), resin (already pure), spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, pâté spice), increasingly clear lavender (after about 40 minutes), increasingly strong and rosemary (like herbs of Provence). Becomes flowerier, more vanilla, softer, more beautiful base, lasts forever (8 hours plus!)
I don't usually put these short notes in the commentary, but something happens here that I have never experienced so clearly before. I smell what is listed in the fragrance pyramid of "6 Place Saint Sulpice" from back to front - how curious is that? But now a few sentences that hopefully do justice to the fragrance.
The opening really reminds me of Bottega Veneta with this wonderfully soft touch of leather. This is the finest handbag leather of the very best quality. I confess, I have a fad and belong to those people who really sniff handbags (and other leather things) - just like books, because I like this special paper/printing ink smell so much. But I digress. The leather in the fragrance is really soft to the touch, but is accompanied by resin - and in combination it is a very potent mixture. In addition there are almost from the beginning fragrant spices - spicy and sweet and tart at the same time. Pooh, this is just the moment when I'm glad the temperatures have dropped: It would be too much for me in humid heat at the latest now. Fortunately, I can follow the development of the fragrance in a more flowery direction. But not that you're now thinking of roses, jasmine or orange blossom or anything like that! No, it's definitely lavender that comes to light here (and it smells like opening a can of "Herbes des Provence" freshly, in which plenty of lavender has been processed! Now the scent becomes increasingly softer and more pleasing, a little vanilla (from the spicy and not the sweet variety) is added and the whole thing becomes creamy warm and cuddly.
I think the fragrance is great - but I also love Bottega Veneta because of its leather note. But where Bottega is a little more sweet and flowery, the YSL remains more uncompromising on the leathery-spicy side.
A wonderful fragrance, which doesn't fit into the summer for me - and therefore immediately hikes on the "In Autumn/Winter" once again test list!