A marriage between blackcurrant and rose
L’Ombre Dans L’Eau starts with an intense green note smelling like crushed green leaves–an effect given by blackcurrant buds. The blackcurrant buds create a fresh and exhilarating hook on top, smelling naturally green and fruity, with intoxicating animalic and sulfuric notes. Dazzling citruses flicker around the green blackcurrant, reflecting its lights and sparks. The citruses’ woody and sweet facet indulge us in a charming cologne accord, smelling like petitgrain and bergamot. These facets build a strong opening statement, inviting us to dive deeper into this crisp water.
A lovely bouquet of freshly picked roses comes into the spotlight. It appears side by side with the blackcurrant and citruses, softly smelling sweet and green. A touch of hyacinth twists the rose’s facet, giving richness and creating a dynamic between the rose’s honeyed floral and the fragrance green aspect. It defines the floral silhouette and pushes the floral notes to bloom splendidly.
There’s a fruity facet in the background, which reminds me of a luscious apple. The apple skin is so crisp. There’s a tad bitterness in it. However, the flesh is very juicy, sweet, and sour at the same time.
Going deeper, ozonic florals and marine notes build a transparent layer underneath the rose, letting the fragrance to breathe and balance the notes. These florals are weightless. They connect the green and floral accords, creating a smooth transition between each scent. Simultaneously, the marine notes leave a salty trace between these florals and give dusty texture to the fragrance.
The dry down smells like fine woods with musks and a hint of smokiness. These facets remind me of cashmeran, patchouli, vetiver, and oakmoss. A faint green and sweet-animalic note from the blackcurrant linger in the dry down, creating a silhouette of a velvet leather on the skin.
L’Ombre Dans L’Eau is an excellent example of blackcurrant fragrance
For me, L’Ombre Dans L’eau is a simplistic interpretation of blackcurrant. I love the intensity of the green notes in this fragrance. It’s a massive dose of blackcurrant buds, with a touch of rose and hyacinth. The opening might be surprising at first. It almost feels like jumping into a cold pool–that fresh and exhilarating sensation! However, the balance between the fruity, floral, and green notes is outstanding. After the opening, I almost cannot see things other than the blackcurrant and rose.
L’Ombre dans l’eau is a fragrance from 1983, created by perfumer Serge Kalouguine from Fragonard. He also created L’Autre (1973), L’Eau Trois (1975), Eau Lente (1986), Olene (1988), Virgilio (1990), and L’Ombre Dans L’Eau de Parfum (2012).
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