Originally Posted by mikeperez23
From what I have heard of L' Eau du Navigateur
, it was slightly B.O.-ish in the top notes...you know like sweat mixed with the coffee (probably cumin, coriander, maybe both?). Plus the tobacco and leather are strong. The leather a tad like Dzing!
and the tobacco like Idole
. It's one of those L'Artisan scents I've always wanted to smell. LIttle known fact: Did you know that L'Artisan sales reps are instructed to tell customers that the nose behind L'EDN is Jean Claude Ellena? Seriously.
Does the above description(s) sound similar to Eau des Iles
to you? The scent sounds fantastic (climbing women atop you, aside).
I actually found a couple of drops left in an old sample I had of Navigateur, and I think they're both B.O.-ish in the sense of salty surface skin sweat, rather than musky underarm sweat. I don't really smell coffee in either of them, though it's in the official description of Eau des Iles.
Like Buzzlepuff said, they're both super similar, but I detect a bit more variation than he does.
Why would L'Artisan reps be instructed to tell people JC Ellena made Navigateur???
That must piss off Jean LaPorte to no end! Where did you hear that?
I should probably start a new thread, but from my experience JC Ellena is kind of overreated. Everything he does is interesting, and I like some of them alot, but the common thread between all of them, is that I find they usually lack depth so that they get boring quickly. They are lovely but not objects of wonder and pontification. I'm thinking of Terre, the Bvlgari Tea series, the Hermes Jardin series, Concentree d'Orange Verte. I haven't tried his other creations, and I'm not super keen to try them either! The Rouge and Jardin en Mediterannee are worth having but that's enough to sate my appetite and curiosity for his stuff.
Is it just me?