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Cédrat Intense – Lemon perfected – amazing! (July 15, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo - Wikipedia - Citron/Cédrat

First of all, the name got me. What is cédrat, and why is it intense?

The first sniff partly explained the cédrat part, and a little googling cleared up the mystery entirely.

Cédrat ...the first of the citrus fruits to appear in the Mediteranean, called a “Persian apple” in ancient times, and grown on Citrus medica, a slow-growing shrub or small tree with lemon-scented evergreen leaves. The ungainly twisted shrub produces similar offspring – large thick-skinned, lumpy, toad-like fruit, which are called cédrat in French, citron in English. 

The citron is unlike the much more beauteous and delicious lemon or orange, which produce tart, sweet juice from their pulpy segments – the main content of citron is the thick white rind, which adheres tenaciously to the small, almost juiceless segments.

“Thus, from ancient through medieval times, the citron was used mainly for medical purposes: to combat seasickness, and pulmonary troubles, intestinal ailments, and other disorders. The essential oil of the outermost, pigmented layer of rind was also regarded as an antibiotic. Citron juice with wine was considered an effective antidote to poison....” Wikipedia

Today, the fragrance from the outer rind is used in perfumery, and the pith from the inner rind is widely used in the food industry to make soluble fibre, and to make candied peel. You know those unidentifiable pieces of fruit in grandma’s Christmas fruitcake that induced the yuk factor?  Yup – it was probably citron/cédrat.

Cédrat is not your run-of-the-mill, three-for-a-dollar, grocery store lemon note – it has a complex quality that, compared to lemon, smells zestier, spicier, making it closer to bergamot, so it smells like a citrus combo-platter of lemon, lime, and grapefruit. It smells really good! And when it’s interpreted by a nose like Patricia de Nicolaï the result smells.... amazing.

So now we know what cédrat is, but why is it intense? Because Cédrat Intense was launched in the 2007 “Les Magnifiques” collection from Parfums de Nicolaï, a collection of four “intense” fragrances featuring "more natural essential oils in each bottle for a more intense pleasure and long lasting effect". We all know that citrus notes are notoriously short-lived, so the essential oil from the cédrat amps up the volume and adds to the longevity, which makes lovers of citrus notes, like me, extremely happy. The notes are lemon, pink pepper, leather, patchouli, and opoponax (sweet myrrh).

 Right out of the bottle, the first spritz of Cédrat Intense has the shock value similar to getting a snootful of Lemon Pledge. But this ain’t no cleaning polish! It’s ultra-bright, ultra-lemony, and juicy-fresh, all right, but in a flash it starts to turn rich and spicy from the pink pepper. I can’t get enough of it – my nose is glued to my wrist - so I spray again to re-do the experience. This is the scent of lemon experienced as perfection, the kind of perfume accord that has what I call the “sunshine in a bottle” effect - things immediately seem better as soon as you sniff it!

Hints of soft leather and wood come out as the perfume warms and settles on my skin, and after half an hour, the patchouli leads the fragrance into a smooth light dry-down The delicious juicy lemon note remains but the fragrance is now more layered and interesting, due to the sweet myrrh which adds an earthy balsamic note, with almost a hint of lavender. The end result is a soft warm citrus scent, wrapped lightly in woods and spice.

If you like citrus in perfume, you must try Cédrat Intense. It’s THE BEST lemon scent I’ve ever sniffed, by a country or by a city mile, or in fact, by any measure. It’s not overbearing or sweet, it stays on the skin for much longer than any citrus scent I’ve tried, and I can assure you it smells great on women or men – it’s been husband-tested and deemed spritz-worthy.

Cédrat Intense is lemon perfected – it smells really good, really, really good, and it’'s....well, it's amazing! 

Cédrat Intense is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.