Menthe Fraiche is very true to its name. The opening is fresh mint- very honest and none of the sugar/toothpaste/chewing gum effect here. However it is extremely brittle and fleeting on skin. The tea note comes out more in the heart phase. There not much development thereafter, as the composition dries down to an almost imperceptible woody base. The longevity is sorely lacking.
It is extremely similar in performance on skin to Eau de Orange Verte by Hermes. Factor in the somewhat absurd price, and the natural response would be why bother?
If one is looking for a fragrance with only mint, and mint (of the good type)- then here it is. However, it would be advisable to decant out a small portion in a travel spray- this will require reapplication now and then. I guess it must be near impossible to come up with a long lasting fresh mint fragrance of this type.
On the other hand if you are looking for a quality fragrance where mint is dominant but not the only star, check out Geranium pour Monsieur.
Realy like Menthe Fraiche. Great composition and everthing. The only problem....longevity. This becomes a skin scent very quickly (about 4 hours). Summer gem that is easy on the nose. A beautiful tea scent with a supporting cast of mint. There is a wood accord that kicks in on the drydown. 7.5/10
Opinion: James Heeley has one of the best Summer fragrances, in my opinion - Sel Marin. Although I knew this would be a different kind of scent, I was eager to test Menthe Fraiche due to the fact of my love for very fresh fragrances in hot Summer days. So, does Menthe Fraiche met my expectations? Yes, it did. This is a very agreeable, safe, clean, fresh scent, citrusy and mostly minty scent. The opening gives a blast of ultra freshness, with mint and bergamot. Really great. The fragrance is a bit linear although one can smell the green tea and cedar in the drydown.
This is a very safe, bright, clean and smooth scent. The quality of the fragrance is noticeable and it has a natural smell. I was a bit worried about the mint, but there´s no vibe of chewing gum or tooth paste at all. This is an excellent choice for very hot Summer days. So far this is the best mint/fresh fragrance for Summer that I know. It´s not the BEST smelling Summer fragrance I know, but the best fresh fragrance for very hot days.
Sillage and projection could be better, unfortunately, but even so, the longevity is better than I thought.
This is a unisex scent, not leaning toward any gender.
Season and Purpose: A Summer fragrance than is also a good choice for Spring warmer days. Also possible for hot Fall days but not an option for Winter at all.
This scent is quite agreeable and safe, so I´d say it´s good for work, casual, interviews, etc. Not the best scent for date and definitively not a going out scent.
Achilles heel: Performance (sillage and projection)
- Longevity: 10h
- Sillage: Less than moderate
- Projection: 2-3h
--- Overall: 8.00
Would I buy it? Most likely.
A very nice scent, safe, with a interesting price €120 (~$163) for 100 ml. Although not on top of priorities, it´d be a case to really consider.
Heeley’s Menthe Fraîche is brilliant and disappointing in equal measure. The opening salvo is terrific: one of the few interpretations of the title note to avoid any suggestion of mouthwash, cough drops, or toothpaste,* capturing instead the leafy, astringent, and savory qualities of mint.
Unfortunately the mint effect is, quite literally, a flash of brilliance. It’s magnificent while it endures, but gone within minutes. The mild clean musk skin scent that remains in its wake does nothing for me.
I love James Heeley and his great ability to put together really simple, linear, sound, perfectly-balanced fragrances, but this one smells just a hint better than Brooklyn Mint chewing-gums to me.
24th January, 2014 (last edited: 05th April, 2014)