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Terrasse à St-Germain

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Julien Blanchard, globe-trotting biologist, inventor and entrepreneur meets Madalina Stoica, graduate of the Cosmetics and Fragrances Marketing program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and traveler to Paris, on the terrace of a café in St-Germain. It is a true "coup de foudre" that changes both their lives, and mine too, since they launched their perfume house Jul et Mad in 2012.

Currently there are three frags in the line, grouped as the “Histoire d’Amour” since each one focuses on a different aspect of Jul et Mad’s love story. All three fragrances are FBW, but right now I’m all about Terrasse à St-Germain.

Terrasse à St-Germain is the scent expression of their first meeting.

It opens with sour grapefruit and tart rhubarb sweetened by tangerine. It’s not a citrus fruity blast so much as a fresh and sparkling opening that makes you take notice. Now that it has your attention, Terrasse à St-Germain moves to a floral heart of freesia, lotus flower and rose - soft, gentle and alluring. The base of sandalwood, musk and patchouli suggests earthy, dirty and animalic, but that’s not the case here. On me Terrasse à St-Germain gets woody and suede-soft, which harmonizes perfectly with the floral heart.

A “coup de foudre”, for all the drama of a bolt of lightening suggests, happens quietly between two people, and can grow into a deep long-lasting love. This is the arc that Terrasse à St-Germain takes – a fresh start to a fragrance that evolves into a unisex scent where neither the ‘feminine’ flowers nor the ‘masculine’ base dominate - making one new love out of two souls.

Private and personal, wearing Terrasse à St-Germain brings to mind the unexpected moment of falling in love with someone, or even something - like a fragrance - with or without a lightning bolt.

Notes: grapefruit, tangerine, rhubarb, freesia, lotus flower, rose, musk, sandalwood, patchouli

Type: parfum

Parfumeur: Dorothée Piot

Price: $8.00