The opening blast is an entrance to the heavens: an incredibly bright and green explosion of the most beautiful freshness, a mix of galbanum and a light and bright lavender. A uniquely fresh clary sage with nigh-minty characteristics is added too. This opening is of intense beauty, like a flowering spring meadow with a fresh breeze from a river blowing trough the bushes.
It is hard to compare the impression these top notes create - imagine the opening of Creed's Feuille Verte mixed with the opening of Selection Verte, all this mixed with Green Valley's opening and superimposed upon Après l'Ondee. Sensational.
The drydown sees the freshness slightly retreat, and the green herbal-grassy components more in the foreground. At times it reminds me of a superior version of Geoffrey Beene's Bowling Green, at times of Escada's Country Weekend, but is it Green Valley that probably comes closest in the drydown. In the later phase a lovely white floral side is revealed, mainly orange blossom with hints of muguet shining through at times, which gradually transition to the next stage.
The base notes change tack again, and a more restrained impression of spring bushes and boxwoods develops - this might be where the name comes from. The base notes might lack the intense vividness of the to notes, but they fit in very well and make a lovely finale of this olfactory symphony, fading out slowly and gracefully.
The performance is very good with moderate
silkage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin; the last hour it is close to my skin.
The quality of the ingredients is astoundingly incredible, clearly all natural - I can' my find a hint of synthetic notes in it. Only very, very rarely are such height of mastery - or mistressery - reached in perfumery nowadays; imagine a super-fresh no-frills I'Driu without the theatrics and without the ambition to create a multisensory Gesamtkunstwerk: this is the quality we are talking about in Sous le Buis. The blending is perfect.
With the only minimal reservation being that the base is a little less sensational than the ingenious opening, this is indubitably a grand masterpiece, one of the best perfume creations I have come across in a while. 4.75/5