Côte d’Amour, by Celine Ellena for L’Artisan Parfumeur, is said to be inspired by the coast of the same name, in western France. For those who, like me, don’t immediately picture that location: the Côte d’Amour spans from Le Croisic to Saint-Nazaire.
There’s just something about French beaches that makes me feel like the French invented beaches. (See also: striped shirts, croissants, cafe tables, ignoring, shrugging, and smoking.) And whatever that “something” is, Côte d’Amour has it too. The fragrance is aquatic, salty, mineralic, floral, and sweet. It could all add up to a cliched beach fragrance, but Ellena takes the notes in a totally different direction. It is as if she acknowledges their prior uses, and then says “but they can also do this.”
The smell is difficult to describe. Sometimes it is like sweetened pink grapefruit juice drying on salty skin; sometimes it is condensed milk, lime juice, and damp face powder; and sometimes it’s both the smell and taste of rocks wet with sea water.
Possibly none of these sound good to you. The note list (salt flower, green tangerine, pink grapefruit, dune immortal flower, rosemary, cypress, gorse blossom, rose, broom, heather, maritime pine and floated wood) might not either.(1) I wouldn’t have thought so. I usually can’t stand the smell of grapefruit, for one thing. But yet, Côte d’Amour smells really, really great.
And, I got to discover it because Ines gave me some — <3
Image assembled by me, courtesy of maps from WorldTravels.com and WeatherForecast.com.