Crees Selection Verte. Unbelievable.
What is the perfect use of mint as a component in a frag.. Your thoughts?
As an herb, mint has a great natural smell and i would think would be quite challenging to develop for a frag. Done perfectly i think mint could create an awesome component protruding photosynthesis,rejuvenation. Overdone could make someone sick quite easily.. mint done perfectly is something my nose has yet to experience.
Last edited by ncielieska; 25th April 2007 at 04:45 PM.
Probably the best use of mint I've found so far is in Jacques Fath - Green Water. Mint, citrus-lime & touch of pine.
For straightforward mint, there is Lacoste Booster. I find it to be practically a spearmint frag. Like you suggest, it can be over the top. Still, pretty refreshing. If you look at the ingredients for both Booster and Lacoste Original, they both use menthol as an ingredient.
Pasha has a strong mint component. The frag is deceptively strong. I had my wife wear it one time... while I really like it, the siliage was quite apparent.
I'm not up on mint in niche frags.
In rotation: Greenbriar (new), Silver Mountain Water, Dunhill for Men (1934), Acqua di Parma Colonia, Habit Rouge EDC, Ho Hang, B*Men, Agua Brava
If I were crafting a fragrance around mint, I'd include bergamot, petitgrain, lavender and cedar or fir to complement and balance the menthol. Perhaps ground it all in agarwood.
Guerlain AA Herba Fresca is a wonderful take on the 'fresh' mint smell; I also love the distinct 'fresh crushed mint leaves' accord in Halston (Classic for women) - both evoke the smell without smelling like sweets, cordial or a cooking ingredient.
Oddly enough, one scent that screams mint to me is Ava Luxe Absinthe. I know it is devoted to artemisia / wormwood - but to my nose the menthol / mint note comes to the fore and is truly delicious. I find it quite addictive - the more I sniff it, the more I want to...!
I think the handling of a mint note truly depends upon the type of mint being used - peppermint is quite different from spearmint, and they in turn both differ from lemon balm mint.
Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos
Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *
Aramis Surface= Mint + Cucumber
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I agree the Herba Fresca. My bf bought it at Epcot--I thought it was a nice gesture, though I hadn't really smelled it myself and I prepared to be grateful and gracious. Silly woman! He opened it ASAP at the hotel, spritzed his neck and tucked the bottle in his kit. He has worn it consistantly in the mornings now for about a year--just loves it.
Please, spritz responsibly.
Let's not forget L'Occitane's The Verte a la Menthe!
Green tea, mint and citrus. You can't get any fresher than this!
Comme de Garcons Sherbert Series: Peppermint
Absinthe by Ava Luxe (my SOTD actually - loving it! quite potent too, the Altoids of mint frags)
Comme de Garcons Sherbert Series: Cinnamon (if you like spice with your mint - sounds gross, I know, but it works)
Ivy Splash by Marc Jacobs (basically a mossy scent with a very realistic 'candy cane' note in it that I just LOVE)
Last edited by mikeperez23; 25th April 2007 at 10:50 PM.
I get a lot of mint, nice, not too "harsh" in the opening of Live Jazz.
I will add to the recommendations for Selection Verte and Aqua Allegoria Herba-Fresca. I will also suggest that Annick Goutal's Mandragore makes fine use of mint, as do both Versace Green Jeans and YSL's Jazz Prestige, this latter even moreso than Live Jazz.