A very successful flanker, and legitimate in its own right.
Comparing this one's notes to 34 blvd St. Germain, we see more citrus, a bit less spice, and less floral.
The citrus notes give a gentle and lovely (rather than crisp) opening. Indeed, "gentle" will be a theme here. The spices are a gentle blend. The scent is clean, clear, attractive and more unisex in style than 34 blvd SG. The geranium note here is compelling -- a soapy green rose sort of note. The scent overall is well executed, restrained and elegant. The dry-down settles into a chypre style, hints of patchouli with a certain tang but not overdone.
Was told that Ed34 is the same composition as 34 Blvd St Germaine but in reverse order. Not sure if this is true or not but both are excellent fragrances. Ed34 has a very nice yet short lived citrus and spice. It's mostly lemon and bitter orange and lasts for only the first few minutes before the geranium note appears and takes over. The geranium is unique and very elegant. I get hints of cedar and patchouli, but the geranium remains almost linear for the rest of the way. It's a definite unisex fragrance and I could easily see this being enjoyed by anyone. Nice green elements and would work well spring through summer. Thumbs up.
One of the most stunning flankers you could possibly find. Check out that Cedar in the base mixing with a rather tangy moss note after a breathtaking opening. Amazing juice.
Mr Pescheaux created the wonderful Senses for Yohji but also worked on 1 Million for Men. He must be some sort of genius
Being from the city of birches (Umeå, Sweden) I was happy to get a sample of this fragrance. I have a really hard time picking up on the birch leaves in the beginning though, so the birchleaves that interested me when reading the notes was a small disappointment.
I have been in the Diptyque Paris store and the absolute wall of perfume that hits you upon entering is overwhelming. I think I've read somewhere that this is the experience Olivier Pescheux has tried to capture. The opening is indeed violent and borderline cloying.
Out of this somewhat chaotic opening however, a lightly smoky accord not at all unsimilar from the one in Knize ten emerges. Maybe it is the floral accent from the geranium and labdanum combined with the smoky character from the incense that evokes this association in me. I can even percieve a subtle leathery tone, although it is not listed in the notes.
Eau de trente-quatre is warm, green and natural. Patchouli is a note that I usually do not enjoy very much, but in this case it remains in the background. The cedar is sublime and with a palisander type aroma.
It wears close to the body, the opening explosion of notes wears down to a comforting, pleasant smell for your own enjoyment. Sillage is moderate.