Don’t let the photo throw you, it has more to do with the latter part of the post.
Thanks to the lovely and always gracious CarmenCanada from Grain de Musc, whose review you can read at the link, we got to sniff a little of the newest Jean-Claude Ellena Hermessence, Vanille Galante.
Those of you looking for a nontransparent, nonluminous JCE perfume, you can just keep looking, you won’t find it here. Do you think he answers the phone, “This is Jean-Claude, my favorite color is clear!”? I do adore his work because I think that sheerness, while still retaining the essence of what you’re trying to capture, is like working in pastels and watercolors without having it look all floofy and girlish. Vanille Galante is green and lily on the open, with just hints of vanilla, fairly nonspecific, floating around. Lily always goes a little soapy on me in the early part of the drydown, and Vanille Galante followed that pattern.
Once it emerged from that, the green recessed nicely, the lily didn’t get all blowsy and big, but the vanilla emerged in just the way I want my vanilla. Not car freshener vanilla or the woman at the theater that drowned herself in Sugar ‘n Vanilla from Walgreen’s, but like fresh Madagascar vanilla pods, a little smoky, but leafy, like you had the actual pod in your hand next to a very subtle lily and perhaps just a bit of white chocolate. It is breathtakingly subtle and smells completely like a JCE creation, creamily transparent. What I want the most to do is to have my own bottle soon so I can spritz it all over. I have a feeling this one will work on me similar to the crack-like Vetiver Tonka and Osmanthe Yunnan – mostly floating around in a cloud because it gets lost on my skin, but that cloud surrounds me all day long.
If you are looking for a traditional sweet vanilla or strong vanilla, this won’t be for you, but if you want to see a treatment of vanilla that’s not been done before, you should find this interesting. I adore it, but I’m not sure that will be a universal thought. Already the cries can be heard in my head of the perfumistas, “But it doesn’t last! It’s barely there!” Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to vanilla.
Word is it should be released the end of January or first of February in Paris. Not sure what that translates to stateside as far as time, but in the past, it has taken 2-4 weeks to hit the states after it releases in Paris. In the meantime, I’m going to buy some lilies and hold them next to my Madagascar vanilla pods and inhale to my heart’s content.
Paris is lovely, as always. The winter light here just blows me away, and I’m busily snapping pictures daily. We’ve done more of the tourist thing this time because my uncle has had a bad cold, so we haven’t been able to spend much time with him. We’ve gone to Montmarte, Sacre-Coeur, Notre Dame, St. Germain wandering, St. Chappelle – wait, can I just bitch briefly about this? What a gorgeous chapel, but 8 euros just to get inside and see one freaking gorgeous room? I’m no cheapskate, but that really pegged my wtf meter right out of the parking stall. We tried to see Pere Lachaise cemetery this weekend, but it was closed – dangerous! said the signs, snow and ice!!! Well, at least if someone falls and cracks their heads, they don’t have far to go, but seriously, how dangerous can a cemetery be? We were wickedly disappointed and vowed to go back every day with a grappling hook until we can get over the wall and in. I want IN that cemetery. I love cemeteries, and my head is full of all the pictures we’ll take there, but I need to be over the wall. Ideas? We went to the Musee d’Orsay, and this week is the Louvre for at least one day and then a day or two of whirlwind shopping. It has been a great trip, but all trips are great when you go with lively people who are game for anything.