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Teint de Neige


Teint de Neige is a winter fragrance for me - in cold, dry, weather it’s truly wonderful. This 2000 release by the Prix Coty winner and niche perfumer, Lorenzo Villoresi, is a brilliant creation featuring powdery notes, powder in the top, powder in the middle, amd powder in the base. As described on his website, Teint de Neige is “the colour of snow”, the delicate rosy hue of a powdered face. The unmistakable scent of perfumed powders, the fragrance of face powder, the perfume of talc, a soft, gentle, enveloping Eau de Toilette, yet intense and persistent.”
“Intense yet persistent” is a clue here – this is a strong tenacious fragrance which requires real restraint when applying to your skin. I use a half spritz only, and enjoy its lovely diffusion of dusty powdery sweetness for hours.
Rose is immediately apparent, a rosebush with all its leaves and thorns, the sweet spiced rose note with hints of green and wood, then the sweetness of ylang ylang mixed with jasmine intensifies the floral aspect, and powdery talc is dusted over all.
In the middle dry-down, the sweet vanilla of tonka bean mixes with the florals into a rich feminine accord, and more powder clouds create a dusty vintage effect. The dry-down in the base is transformed by almondy heliotrope, reminding me of the softly sweet pastel scent of Jordan almonds. Amber and musk give Teint de Neige a bit of hip action, and there is also an unspecified note, something slightly sweaty or resinous – is it honey? -  that stops this fragrance from sliding into sweet soapiness.
Teint de Neige is one of a kind, and maybe a love-it or hate-it fragrance simply because it is so powdery. But it is truly, uniquely, beautiful.
Notes: rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, heliotrope, vanilla, almond, musk, honey, amber.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Lorenzo Villoresi

Price: $5.00