L'Eau d'Hiver (2003)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

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L'Eau d'Hiver information

Year of Launch2003
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 340 votes)

People and companies

HouseEditions de Parfums Frederic Malle
PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About L'Eau d'Hiver

L'Eau d'Hiver is a shared / unisex perfume by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

L'Eau d'Hiver fragrance notes

Reviews of L'Eau d'Hiver

It's as lovely as a warm nap in winter days.

I fell in love with the name immediately.

For the scent itself, it's the good type of powdery. The iris and heliotrope are puffy here, the lightness possibly owing to a hint of citrus notes. As it dries down, a slight honey note joins in, dimming down the whole perfume a little. The musky undertone then keeps you warm like feather pillow.
30th August, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening is lovely: a citrus whiff with underlying heliotrope aromas, with a slightly sweet almond impression. Later on there is a floral touch added on, mainly iris with a white floral bend.

The heliotropes recede with time, and the almond takes on a hint of anis and marzipan - here is a possible connection with wintery themes. At times there is a honey component evident.

The last couple of hours are on the dull side, based in very mundane white musks, but the almond still breaks though from time to time.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

The first parts are pleasant and agreeable, whilst the later section a very generic and too boringly synthetic. Overall just a positive score. 3/5.
18th June, 2017
It didn't impress me much. A bit unusual at first, but quickly dissolved into something that smelled a tad like soap or lotion. Didn't evoke any emotional reaction, just ok. Definitely don't have trouble staying away from a FB.
06th December, 2016
If you picture L'Eau d'Hiver to be a Jacquard weave composition it could be the reverse side of Eau de Gentiane Blanche.
19th September, 2016
A floating, lilting creation that stops short of the melancholy often associated with heliotrope and settles instead for a reflective mien.
The top is loaded with lime and pale green angelica notes which worried me a bit – they seemed to be heading in the direction of a cologne-style bore. Fortunately, there is evolution within minutes and as the citrus subsides, the angelica is left to seek its balance with emerging notes of powdery, almondy heliotrope and vaporous musky tones. It wears like body lotion – soothing, cooling, muted but pleasing. But it also has some of the plant sap quality of CdG’s Calamus which keeps it alive.
It’s a light little thing – probably a bit insubstantial for people whose noses are more attuned to richer, more obviously complex perfumes. But my beef with it is of a different order – Ellena is a master of evoking the natural world with synthetics, but here the almond notes at the core of L’Eau d’Hiver’s being feel like a plastic heart.


10th June, 2016
Genre: Oriental

For all that he’s been heralded as the hero of “nouvelle perfumery,” Jean-Claude Elléna can be something of an historicist. His Déclaration reads like a streamlined reinterpretation of the spiced citrus and animalic leather idea behind Edmond Roudnitska’s Eau d’Hermès, and the powdery mimosa and heliotrope of L’Eau d’Hiver have strong precedent in Guerlain’s landmark Après l’Ondée. L‘Eau d’Hiver is a pretty straightforward vanilla-almond inflected heliotrope, with little besides a crisp peppery note (a touch of nutmeg?) for contrast. It shares some of the bland simplicity of his concurrent work for the Hermèssence line, but with a little more substance and assertiveness. For lovers of heliotrope it will no doubt hold appeal, but when I’m in the mood for this sort of scent I’d much sooner turn to Après L’Ondée, which gains greater depth, complexity, and nuance from its additional iris, herbs, violet, and smoky vanilla.
19th June, 2014

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