This review il is of the original 1947 version:
The opening blast is gorgeous: a mix of lemon, bergamot and peppermint, with a touch of verbena - refreshing and bright. Not purely bright for long though, as the freshness is counterbalanced by a herbal component in the drydown; I get clary sage and basil mostly.
After several hours the citrus side is fading, and floral notes develop; I get lavender and a gentle and richly somber rose impression that remain present throughout the base.
From the top notes it is the peppermint that is most persistent; it becomes a bit patchier with time but retains a distinct present until the end, when a musky touch is present. At times I get whiffs of a soft notes of a mossy character towards the end.
I get moderate sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin - excellent for such a citrus/bergamot-based composition.
This is a beautiful scent for early summer days and evenings, which is blended well from ingredient of very high quality. Less crisp freshness but more depth and development than Monsieur Balmain. Traditional in its approach, it is expressing supreme craftsmanship, and the performance is beyond expectations. 4/5.
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