|Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh (1889)|
After launching Mon Parfum Chéri, I think it's a bold choice to make an eau de toilette featuring fir balsam as the main ingredient. It often connotes so much a composition that's easy to fall into the pine cough drops or the room scent effect. Fortunately here a very pleasant citrus-aromatic armony prevents it. Cedar, but above all the fruity touch of sweet orange soften the seventies style austerity of siberian pine needles, giving it a twist as lively and comforting as the last sunset flashes. What I particularly liked about thi scent though is the heart coupling cold pungency of peppermint with musky angelica projecting its spicy touch on the conifers. For a while I had an olfactory flashback about how glorious was the angelica-pine needles accord in Yatagan by Caron that's almost disappeared in the current formulation but it used to be its soul back in time. In Nuit Etoilée this aspect is far more subtle and sweetened by a floral jasmine trace and I confess I wish it would have been sharper and longlasting, maybe coupled with other wild musky-aromatic herbs like caraway.