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Carré d’As


Carré d’As is an aromatic fougere (French for fern), but it’s a fougere with a twist. The traditional men’s fougere recipe* calls for citrus in the top notes, followed by a strong dose of lavender, a classic aromatic note in perfumery, which is then followed by coumarin, which smells somewhat like fresh hay. Patricia de Nicolai has interpreted Carré d’As as modern fougere by cleverly opening her scent with a tangy pure lime note, and by replacing lavender with ginger and mint, plus a hint of cool melon.
It feels barber-shoppy right at first but very quickly relaxes into a smooth accord when notes of soft sueded leather and spices, nutmeg and pepper, and herbs, thymeand caraway, are added into the mix.  The middle accord expands, definitely aromatic and intriguing but controlled and balanced, the notes in complete harmony.
Carré d’As is “cool” in the best possible way, becoming more mellow and refined as the dry-down continues into the base, where woods are blended seamlessly with sweet grassy hay and tobacco, deliciously aromatic and masculine, then carefully layered over frankincense, tonka, and musk notes. The end is as hoped for, a sensual leather-tinged muted skin scent, with soft sillage wafting for several hours.
Carré d’As is so subtle and sophisticated that the word fougere just seems wrong and inadequate.  This is a more a leather scent, a very quiet lightly spiced leather, with soft tobacco and wood and hay notes with sweet tonka…well, I digress, but the point is, Carre d’As is a gorgeous men’s scent by Patricia de Nicolai, and, as usual, she aced it.
Try Carré d’As and I bet it will make you feel like you’re holding the winning hand. 
Notes: Spanish lemon, lime bark, leather, thyme, nutmeg, pepper, Chinese ginger, tobacco, frankincense, musk
Parfumeure: Patricia de Nicolai
**(click here to see our Glossary of perfume terms)

Price: $5.00