L'Ether strikes me as Olivia Giacometti's answer to Isabelle Doyon's Let Me Play The Lion for Les Nez. They each have a whimsical wafting quality, a scent in the air feeling.
But there are differences. I've always loved the opening of LMPTL - the rough earthy, incensy air is wonderful. L'Ether is a smoother woodier resin, a close to the body, wearable fragrance, with a natural wooded haze floating lightly on the air. The sandalwood is a welcome addition as it adds subtle sereness. As it ages, it becomes something less authentic, when what smells like musk comes in and overpowers the sandalwood. Subtle, sheer - with such transparent notes, they all need to be full, round and authentic. I may retry this one again and see how it strikes me later. It seems worth a second chance.
19th January, 2013 (last edited: 28th April, 2015)
A light, sweet version of Let Me Play the Lion by Les Nez. Dominant notes: woods. One can't help but have pencil shavings come to mind with a dash of myrrh.
L'Ether by Olivia Giacobetti is a wonderful fragrance. It smells very, very similar to another Giacobetti fragrance: Passage d'enfer. Which is kind of weird because the notes are different.
I'm wearing them both right now to compare, but I'd give 5 stars to L'Ether and 4 stars to Passage d'Enfer. L'Ether wears close to the skin, it starts out with a burst of sandlewood but very quickly the myrrh steps in with the rosewood. It's a light woody scent, that some people might think is too light for them, but for me its a perfect for everyday and I wish I could get a big bottle of this.
L'Ether is almost impossible to get as there are no stores in the states selling it, but I got a sample from TPC and fell in love, and then I got lucky and found a 20 ml on e-bay. Because I could blow through the 20 ml in a month, I ended up buying Passage d'Enfer to wear as a 2nd choice substitute but I'm not as happy with the musk part of it.