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Déclaration isn’t new – it’s been around since 1998 – but it is by Jean-Claude Ellena, the nose at Hermès and the master  of the modern minimalist style when it comes to perfume design. Ellena  is an innovator, and has led the current perfume trend of fusing modern ingredients with traditional architecture, creating the effect of stunning simplicity that make his scents seem to float effortlessly, and that is immediately recognizable as his unique style.

Déclaration is that style, to perfection. Classified as a woody spicy, the bright opening is a mix of bitter orange and green absinthe and herbs - neroli, mandarin, coriander, artemisia, birch, caraway – a fresh pungent accord which develops with a hint of salty sweat. Into the heart 15 minutes later, the salty sweat has transformed into salty sexy skin, and is joined by rooty greens and light floral notes laid over a bed of spices – ginger, cardamom, juniper - creating a radiant peppery effect. The basenotes are dry and  slightly smoky cedarwood, flanked by green vetiver, amber, musk, and refined leather, creating a final accord that’s rich, but beautifully understated.

Déclaration is loaded with good taste and modern elegance.

Notes: artemisia, caraway, coriander, birch, mandarin orange, bergamot, neroli and bitter orange, iris, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, juniper, orris root, jasmine and guatemalan cardamom, are leather, amber, tea, tahitian vetiver, oakmoss and cedar.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Jean-Claude Ellena

Price: $5.00