Nomade begins with a fresh citrusy, and aromatic notes remind me of mandarin and grapefruit.
The citrus accord is uniquely zesty and sweet at the same time, with an effervescent texture that is bright and sparkling. I am in love with the bitter and green hook at the top notes that simultaneously appear with some herbaceous notes reminiscent of thyme, smelling very fine and classy.
The fragrance shows up its fruitiness within a couple of seconds–soft and sweet yellow fruit, reminding me of apricot. I am not usually keen on the fruity notes in a perfume, but Nomade has successfully put elegance in it. It beautifully captures the fruit’s flesh’s softness, and the sweetness is delicate as the real fruit, far from being jammy or sugary.
The transition between the citrusy, the fruity, and the floral notes is seamless and appealing.
A soft rose in the middle of Nomade amplifies the finesse, portraying rose petals’ velvety texture. The rose’s floral-green facet is remarkably charming and blooming, while the honey facet gives richness and tenderness to the fruity elements.
Nomade’s floral character is layered nicely between the fruity and more decadent notes at the backbone. Interestingly, transparent and green flowers remind me of freesia and lily of the valley bridge each layer nicely. These elements give breath to the structure, make it airy and weightless.
Nomade’s chypre DNA is well-formed in the backbone.
The smell of balsamic amber reminiscent of labdanum gives a strong punch to the structure, evidently seen since the opening, presenting the chypre silhouette. An overdose of oakmoss illuminates Nomade’s chypre DNA with its mossy, somewhat earthy and herbaceous, and slightly marine with some salty facet. These characteristics make Nomade stands out. It speaks sophistication, charm, and sensuality.
Nomade was launched in 2018, in the middle of the chypre gourmand era. I did not have too much expectation from it, thinking that it would be in the same genre as other new launches that year. But Chloé surprises me. Nomade is outstanding.
Nomade does not play hard on the gourmand side with the patchouli bomb.
It still has the modern chypre’s sweet character, but it takes on a different path by playing with the Mirabelle accord, which has the feeling of plum but happier and more luminous. On the other side, the patchouli is present in the right balance to elevate the chypre character without breaking the fragrance’s soft and velvety finished. The harmony between the patchouli and the oakmoss is fascinating, especially with the appearance of feathery musk and creamy sandalwood that round off the composition pleasantly.
Nomade blends well with the skin, and it is tenacious. It stays for a good 5 to 6 hours on my skin, and the development of the scent pleases me. Nomade gives me a feeling of confidence, femininity, and comfort at the same time.
Honestly, I am not very surprised by this fragrance’s quality, seeing that one of my favorite perfumer, Quentin Bisch, is the one who signs this creation.
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