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The promiscuously inclusive Le Feu D’Issey smells like the carousel of a breeze between a florist’s and a bakery. There are a lot of notes being juggled here – rose, anise, tuberose, gaiac, caramel, coconut, red pepper – and I’m surprised that the net effect is not one of mutual denial and general disarray. But the whole thing hangs together quite convincingly. Nevertheless, the milky rose upsets my stomach and, while not as appalling as Sophia Grojsman’s 100% Love, I’d never wear Le Feu D’Issey. The best thing about it is the gaiac wood base, used well before Le Labo made it one of their signature notes. Gaiac is so terrifically soothing that it could well be the saving grace that prevents Le Feu D’Issey from having a nervous breakdown.
23 June, 2011 (Last Edited: 26 August, 2011)