* Panache starts off fruity and boozy- sweet, but still kind of dark.
* It’s a blend of several notes, but it’s so smooth and balanced that I can’t really pick out any of the notes. Though it is surprisingly loud for the first hour or so.
* Eau Illuminee kicks off with a refreshing and bright lavender, with a bit of light citrus floating in.
* It starts to get sweeter and powdery with the lavender still in the forefront. I also get some nose-tickling herbs that prick the sniffer.
* The herbs stay in the mix as a light tonka comes in with vanilla and some rooty, earthy notes.
* The base is sweet resins with the earthy notes grounding them.
* Longevity is about average, for an EDT at 3 hours.
Summary: Clean is often used as a bad word amongst fragrance lovers because it refers to a generic, clean scent that is weak and mundane. Eau Illuminee is clean how I imagine it being – fresh, with a bright energetic feeling to it. This would make a great office fragrance for guys or girls, provided you carry a spritzer to refresh yourself after lunch. What better way to pick you up for the second half of the work day?
Disclaimer: Sample provided by publicist for review. Image courtesy of Parfums del Rae website.
Not everything fit nicely into themes, so here are more interesting fragrance launches and products that are worth checking out.
Ulrich Lang Lightscape – While violet is often overpowering, Lightscape blends it with citrus and floral for a very wearable and not at all overbearing scent.