Hi Posse, Eau Soleil is by one of the most iconic modern perfumers; Patricia de Nicolai. She was shunned by her family at Guerlain for being a woman. The Guerlain story could have evolved so much differently if the old farts in charge had just had an ounce of vision. Do you think they’d have had to sell to LVMH? My money is on the ability to retain it, at the very least. Not knocking LVMH by the way, they have kept the long sinking Guerlain ship limping along as best they can and I thank them for it. Life would be very different with no Guerlain to follow, love, loathe, reminisce about and adore.
Anyway, let’s talk about the joy of PdN having the gumption and talent to go alone and create a successful niche house, chock full of beautiful fragrances. Also, let’s applaud her good sense in offering 30ml and 100ml bottles. GENIUS!
Eau Soleil by Parfum de Nicolai
Parfumo givres these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, Mandarin orange, Paraguayan petigrain, Lemon petitgrain, Mugwort, White thyme
Heart: Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Orange blossom absolute
Base: Patchouli, Galbanum, Amber,
Pictured above is my 30 ml Eau Soleil. The juice has darkened and it’s about half gone but it still smells freaking awesome.
I know you are heading towards (or are in) the colder months up in the northern hemisphere. Don’t let that stop you from reminiscing about warmth or wearing your tropical inspired fragrances. Sometimes even the smell of summer is enough to get you through the dark days.
The most dreamy citrus amalgamation pours out on opening spritz . Quickly it is backed by the smooth white flowers and hints of greenery. So uplifting. This early waft continues into the heart, getting greener and more floral. Eau Soleil is the scent of sunlit summer weekend afternoons, perfectly named.
Later, when we hit the heart proper, there is still some citrus, greenery and a lightly tropical floral vibe. All this is undercut by the cool mossy green of galbanum and a softly earthy patchouli that become more prominent as we reach the depths of dry down. My experience throws very little in the way of vanilla type amber but there is a lovely resinousness. Eau Soleil then fades to gone.
Totally unisex with moderate longevity and sillage.
Ann wrote about Eau Soleil back in 2013 here on Perfume Posse.
What is your favourite Parfums de Nicolai?