The sun’s out. It’s cold, and will be for a couple more days, but then it looks like maybe, just maybe, we’ll start seeing the beginning of spring. Certainly, the spring flowers continue to do their thing, but I don’t think I’m going to do any planting in the ground for another two weeks. However, I’m cautiously hopeful.
We’re being told that this area (East Devon) is going to see some of the highest summer staycation traffic. I made the mistake of visiting the farm shop on Saturday afternoon and it was mad … completely and utterly mad … and that’s now, not June-August. How it can get any more crowded than this is beyond me, but it will. Had a chat with a neighbour who lives on the lane through the village and he complained bitterly that it’s already way too busy on weekend days and he’ll have to walk his dog around 7 AM to avoid the ‘weekend warriors’ (30-something guys in bike gear riding fancy bikes hell-bent through the village, sometimes in flocks).
Anyway, a friend sent some samples recently which I’m working my way through. One I’m quite taken with is Joyeux Osmanthe. Maison Rebatchi is a Paris-based house that is new to me. If JO is any indication, though, I should sample their other stuff. Mohamed Rebatchi apparently wanted to translate the Maghreb in North Africa into fragrance and he worked with Maurice Roucel on this, which was released in 2018.
Notes list includes apricot, nectarine, green leaves (??), cinnamon, neroli, osmanthus, tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine, iris, honeysuckle, rose, cashmeran, amber, musk and cedar. It’s supposed to be a modern riff on tuberose.
On me, this starts out as a gorgeous slightly astringent fruity floral. I get apricot (a note I love) more than the nectarine, and the ‘green leaves’ do make a showing.
When I googled Osmanthus (pic from wiki) I got Devilwood as one name, along with sweet olive. You can buy the shrub from nurseries here and I’m now smitten (along with wanting way too many orange dahlias, but thankfully the ‘shrub’ is too big for my space).
Anyway, as this works its way along on my skin, it never loses that gorgeous fruitiness. It opens (and heats) up into a lush white floral with a slightly woody, pongy undercurrent.
The dry-down is the least interesting part of the perfume. Things sort of stop developing, I don’t get a ‘sense’ of tuberose at all (which is what Rebatchi was after apparently — a modern tuberose), and the fruit starts to get a little bit sharp.
Still, this is sort of happiness in a bottle – sunshine, fruit, flowers, wood. I doubt I’ll buy one (even though the 50ml size isn’t mad expensive — €96, which is $114 at current exchange rates) just because I’m trying to be well behaved (see: not buying an Osmanthus shrub). But I will certainly enjoy this while my sample lasts. Given our current post Brexit trade situation with the EU, I doubt I’ll try buying samples for a while (don’t want to receive a surprise customs bill). But if I do make it to Paris reasonably soon I’ll make a note to visit the shop.
So, do you know this house? If yes, what have you tried and what did you think?