Sous le Buis, Biche dans l'Absinthe, Jardins Ottomans, Nuit au Désert, Sève Exquise), now very rarely found and at prohibitive prices, are something "legendary". A bit like when a young, talented singer makes one, two albums of truly exceptional beauty and then dies, leaving us regretful for having lost his precious contribution to music. A bit like Jeff Buckley, in fact. Because Victoire, at least for now, is no longer composing.
However, a few weeks ago my friend AnnaMaria (Nyneve) got a little decant, and after wearing it a little, sent me the rest.
I must say that I liked it. I found it rich in a very rare quality in today's fragrances: subtlety. That is neither shyness nor lack of projection. The fragrance well present, but delicately. Because of this feature, La Biche dans l'Absinthe is a fragrance that would please the great E. Roudnitska, whose compositions favoured subtlety and delicacy.
The absinthe note (wormwood) dominates the scent from beginning to end, but with a very fresh and ethereal facet, a bit unreal, infusing the scent with light and crystal transparency. Absinthe is accompanied by a note of oats, gently caressing and poudrèe and immortelle (Helichrysum), which adds a slightly spicy/licorice character. I feel this materials melt completely into one another, with a result of remarkable finesse and balance.
AnnaMaria detected also a hint of animal musk very delicate but perceivable that led her to define it "the shy girlfriend of Muscs Kubla Khan". Unfortunately, I would have been happy to smell it but ... nothing. Nor I detected the cumin note many paople wrote about. On me, it shows "only" a silvery freshness, subtle and ethereal.
A parfum de peau, intimate, restrained, ideal for enjoying the serene joy of small things. Persistency, while not exceptional, is ok, being an eau de toilette. What a pity it's no longer in production!
Again, thank yoy Nyneve for