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An interesting piece from Olympic Orchids. This is apparently their most synthetic work, and it shows (in a good way). Fleurs de Glace is an abstract green woody smell, sort of like splitting a new branch where the wood is still sappy and green on the inside. It's also peppery, but in a green way as opposed to the normal black pepper way. Thinking about adventure movies where the heroes chop their way through a bamboo jungle with machetes, I imagine it would smell something like this, with all that chopped up fresh green wood.
This is supported with a candy-sweet Pink Sugar vanilla, which could make for a terrifying mistake, but it's just enough to give an artificial "perfumey" sweetness to the otherwise nature-implying green peppery woods, not enough to make it trashy or overly sweet.
It's interesting - thanks to the simultaneous surge in popularity of niche wood scents and candied vanillas, I suppose it was inevitable that a new niche vanilla woods genre would appear. My favorite so far is still Diptyque's Eau Duelle, though Creed's Royal Oud is another crowd favorite that also fits the description. All that being said, I'm giving Fleurs de Glace a neutral rating simply because, as a matter of personal taste, I prefer my woods smoky and dark instead of decorated with cupcake frosting, even if it's done with a deft hand.
14 September, 2012