Eau des Minimes 2010

Eau des Minimes by Le Couvent
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Eau des Minimes is a popular perfume by Le Couvent for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is citrusy-fresh. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

GrapefruitGrapefruit Blood orangeBlood orange LemonLemon RosemaryRosemary PansyPansy LemonLemon Burdock MallowMallow NeroliNeroli BenzoinBenzoin

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7.995 Ratings

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5.477 Ratings

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5.080 Ratings

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6.276 Ratings
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 26.08.2021.
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Top Review    38  
The beautiful Minimitin
The world of perfume can be very cruel and very fast-moving, and so it is that this wonderfully graceful fragrance, the one with which this brand once opened its range, is only ten years old, but already past the world of medieval monasteries.

"Le Couvent", i.e. "the convent" (a word shimmering in its meaning, but which usually means the dwelling or meeting house of the monks or nuns in a convent, or the convent itself), a French brand, was puffing away from 2010 to 2017 and released about one fragrance a year. The fragrances all had a little bit of a monastery about them: simple bottles, old labels and monastic and Christian names like Mission Water (for an oriental, gourmand scent) or Matutin Water, or even Paulaner Water (this one). Of course, this was already apparent back then, but with such beautiful scents like this one I like to spread the cloak of Christian charity over it. I don't know any brochures or websites of this old convent, but they were probably written in Carolingian minuscule.

In 2018, for reasons unknown to me, the hard break came: all fragrances released up to that point were discontinued and instead, within just three years, almost thirty new ones were launched in three series. The design of the flacons is now hip, Mr. Ellena is the olfactory director of a large team of perfumers, and the Christian references in the (new) fragrance names and in the company's saga have been reduced to a minimum. The new convention now interprets itself in this way: The brand is dedicated to the memory of a French world traveller and botanist who lived near Le Couvent des Minimes (or rather near the Pauline Convent, for which it is not entirely clear whether a village is named after the historic convent that still stands today). All right. Actually, I prefer a fake monastery brand almost more than such religiously overcorrect year-end greetings. Ahja, which company (today at least) is behind Le Couvent, I did not find out, the distribution should be done by the toothpaste tzars of Colgate-Palmolive.

Eau des Minimes is a lovely, wonderfully simple, infinitely harmonious, innocent-looking but nevertheless quite complex composition of three sixths of citric, two sixths of lush greens and one sixth of pretty, soft, delicate meadow flowers. The citric is dominant but not impertinent; it is the mildest and most peaceful lemon in the world; if you dab the fragrance on, instead of spraying it, you perceive a pacifist grapefruit. Despite the rosemary indicated in the fragrance sheet, I perceive the green part less as herbaceous than as grassy, leafy and vegetable. The pansies speak for themselves, or we simply look at them with delight. It should also be mentioned that not only the little pretentious ingredient mallow is used here, but also burdock, which has become known not only as a model for hook and loop fasteners, but also as a poisonous and, above all, a multiply used medicinal plant. This is something special because Eau des Minimes is the only fragrance among the 150,000 or so scents in the Parfumo database - or to be more precise: was! - that contains this ingredient.

Eau de Minimes for me is the scent of the hermitage vegetable garden surrounded by Mediterranean citrus groves (with a few flowers in it as a tribute to beauty) of a (naturally beautiful) Minimitin hermit whose moment you catch a glimpse of as you walk by. It is formally declared as cologne, but I don't consider it typical of colognes because of its strong moist green component, which reminds me a bit of Sisley's Eau de Camapagne, so I comment on it outside my cologne series. I perceive its durability more than most of the people here: a good four hours of skin-tightness.

Murder Bee is thanked many times for allowing me to get to know this scent relic and congratulations to the 51 listed owners of a bottle. Keep this treasure in honour, though not in the honour of the altars.

Since I write under the alias of a religious and have been described here as an "infotainment" expert before, I want to add the following (thanks in this respect not only to Wikipedia, but also to Johanna Lanczkowski's "Kleines Lexikon des Mönchtums") Francis of Paola, who lived in Italy in the late Middle Ages, was supposed to become a Franciscan friar according to the will of his parents, but he felt repelled by the wealth of this order, which had actually committed itself to special poverty and humility (hence also Minorites or Friars Minor, i.e. the smaller, poorer, lesser ones). He therefore founded his own order, which became known in the Italian and French-speaking areas as Minimen (the very young, very poor, very low) and in German as Paulaner (after the birthplace of the founder), and whose specialities were the high value of the eremitic life in insecretions away from the monasteries and the extremely meagre and purely vegan diet. It is possible, however, that these ideals may soon have been interpreted in a more pragmatic way, because the convent after which this brand is named (and which now houses a wellness palace) looks quite splendid, and Paulaner beer is not spring water. The (always weakly pronounced) female branch of the order are the Minimitinnen. And of the entire order, which was almost extinguished in the French Revolution, only remnants are said to exist today somewhere in Spain and South America.

Remnants, like that scent...
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Top Review    17  
In the morning 6:15 in Germany (summer 2018)!!!

...a black bird gets out of its shower, the warm wimp is still sleeping, reaches for the towel, dries off and slowly shuffles into the kitchen... Caffeinated
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"Hello... Hello... Hellooooooooooooo... i said KAAAAAFFEEEEEEEEZEIT!!!!
Give me the brew..." P
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"...geeeeeeee..." Shit doesn't seem right...
...I'm afraid a caffeine resistance already!!!?????
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...there must be something "harder"...
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...shuffle back into the bathroom...
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Eau des Minimes...
...and
...BÄÄÄÄNG!!! ...awake...

Such a gei... ahem... a brilliant start to the morning is rare... first a pink grapefruit hits you around the ears with its slightly bitter HAMMER, closely followed by a really tangy-sour lemon (sour makes funny!!!), which shortly afterwards, through the Liäson with the blood orange, becomes a bit softer!!!
Still... with pussies almost everything pulls together and wakes you up so!!!! ...but so from!!! ;-D
The fragrance will then settle into a super fresh "All time wake up call" within approx. 30 minutes, becomes even softer with the Neroli, but remains totally lively!!
For the next 3-4 hours not much changes anymore, the spices and flowers I can not really sniff out, they are probably only there for support!!!???

After about 3 hours "may" be sprayed again, after 4 hours "should"... just because of the "sour makes funny"!!! ;-D
...but honestly at a price of 13,- for 100ml (correction, not 250ml!!!)... *SFW* ...I also like to walk around every hour funny... ;-D

At temperatures like we have at the moment the scent refreshes naturally also in the course of the day again and again and helps to keep the spirits awake!! ;-)
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Refreshing Grapefruit Herbal Cologne
In the age of aromachemical abstraction in which we currently spritz, it's incredibly nice to discover a few hold-outs here and there, one of which is Le Couvent des Minimes, dating from 1862. EAU DES MINIMES offers the original recipe of this invigorating grapefruit-herbal cologne, and it smells delightful to my nose, in addition to boasting aromachemical benefits. Beautiful essential oils and plant extracts are combined in a pleasing blend which to be honest smells a lot better than most of the niche colognes which I have encountered of late.

This creation reminds me a bit of a few different mainstream fragrances I've used over the years, including Clarins EAU DYNAMISANTE and Christian Dior EAU SVELTE (sadly discontinued). The notes vary, but the concept is the same, so it must have started at this convent in nineteenth-century France: a fragrance to apply liberally to the body both to scent and to revitalize. This particular version on the theme has a dominant grapefruit note, but it also has a decidedly aromatic and herbal scent.

EAU DES MINIMES is perfect for springtime and even summertime weather, and I like it a lot!
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Fantastic cologne!
That's a fantastic eau de cologne.

Excellent sweet citrus that envolves your body. This is a really refreshing fragrance... it smells wonderful at 35 celsius here in Brazil.

In my opinion it's better than Hermés Eau D'Orange and much cheaper.

Lots of citruses with some herbs very well balanced.

Absolutely worth it.

Updated January 2014

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