Fresh, dry, original orangeflower - rich and natural. I agree with the reviewer who found a tomato leaf aspect, though this isn't in the official description. Maybe hint of geranium. One is definitely in the presence of some top quality ingredients here. Has plenty of impact without being brash or aggressive.
Very nice citrus opening – somewhat sharp, very clean, not sweet, certainly not synthetic, and for a while it is aromatic… probably because of the angelica and pink pepper already coming through from the heart accord. It’s a very classy, balanced, restrained opening.
The opening and heart sort of run into each other with the heart’s angelica and pink pepper flowing into the short-lasting citrus / basil of the opening; and with the basil flowing into the heart of angelica and straw flower; this eventually creates a rather metallic accord that is closely related to aquatics… but it’s a quality aquatic that to me smells quite like Acqua di Gio but without most of the synthetics.
I’m sure that the cypress note from the base also contributes to the metallic / aquatic tenor of the heart and projecting into the base. But it primarily contributes to the green ambiance of the fragrance that has taken over by this point. Gradually, the base develops a gentle, understated musk / vetiver accord that joins the green. About the time the vetiver appears, the basil finally disappears. The cypress takes over the basil’s green obligation while musk augments and complements the vetiver. The vetiver green gradually diminishes until the fragrance is completed after a respectable time.
I enjoy Jardin du Poete, but I find it more interesting as a structure and progression than as a fragrance for me to wear.
The beginning is the best part for sure in my opinion since thank God i hardly detect in this phase the infamous note of grapefruit (which is not definitely at top in my olfactory vocabulary) while i detect by soon an aromatic/grassy/minty (almost powdery of nectar) opening characterized by soft citrus, pine needles, balsamic herbs, sparkling pepper, secret hints of soothing balsams and by a pleasant indolic/botanic floral influence. Going ahead along the trip it happens that the citric/aquatic kind of tartness from the grapefruit starts enveloping the "spacious aromatic" elements infusing in the middle phase (the worst part of the juice) the mediocre nowadays widespread metallic/bitter vibe (fortunately in this case not overly pungent and with floral nuances). I disagree with my friend Alfarom as is not the ephemeral (but balancing and taming) floral presence to offend the evolution but the stout grapefruit influence to effectively plague the aroma. Luckily along the time the grapefruit (slightly) fades, this event improving in part the situation about the base notes which are centered on vetiver and musk. I'd have preferred a more developed soothing musky presence in the dry down (anyway i suppose it) while the fluidy vetiver (which well uses to link its substance with grapefruit and citrus) still manteins around the impression about a general watery tartness. My opinion evaluates Jardin du Poete basically in the average confining it on the side of a general forgetfulness.
Pros: Pleasant aromatic opening.
Cons: Finally sharp and tart in a common way."</p>
22nd September, 2013 (last edited: 23rd February, 2014)
Wow. This is certainly green, vibrant, citrusy sunshine in a bottle--and not cloyingly so. I only have a sample, but must purchase a full bottle in time for summer! The masterful mixture of grapefruit, different types of orange, and the greenery of a Mediterranean garden is exhilarating and refreshing. Frankly, the scent makes me want to bury my nose in my arm and alternately sniff both it and then an ocean breeze while I watch clouds roll across a bluuuuuuuue sky.
Starts with good citrus and herbs. Quite green and refreshing, and natural in style. I wished the green citrus chord lasted longer, it is marvelous.
Shortly thereafter, the dusky and somewhat piquant note of angelica appears. Also a somewhat hay-like note from teh helicrysum. These are supported by the grassy vetiver. A slightly soapy, meadow-like drydown.
This is a pleasant scent, its second phase gives it substance and longevity beyond the citrus opening.
06th April, 2012 (last edited: 09th May, 2014)