Fragrance Review – L’eau de Chloé
When I was nine, I loved going to my friend Jennifer’s house.
She was a year older and seemed to have her finger on the pulse. She was the only child of sophisticated parents and her home reflected that. On the main floor there were no obvious signs that a child lived there. As opposed to the toy-strewn chaos of my place, Jennifer’s house lacked any signs at all of a kid’s presence – it was like a hotel.
When we played, we were instructed to play in her in her neatly organized rec room, tucked away, deep in the basement. I didn’t mind being banished because in the bathroom- there was always a bar of Dove soap. We used fragrance-free, jail soap at my house, so this was a taste or scent of how the other half lived. In the commercials they didn’t even call it soap, it was a “beauty bar” and the fact that Jennifer was using it to wash her ten year-old hands was just…decadent. I’d make any excuse to use the washroom so I could wash my hands. I loved how the soapy clean smell lingered on my skin- it was like perfume.
L’eau de Chloé is set to launch this February as a new interpretation of Chloé Rose (2008). It’s a beautifully light chypre-style fragrance that shimmers bright citrus up front and dries down to a warm, soapy rose. I’ts very pretty on the skin and hours later, it’s soft but still there.
(From Wikipedia- Chypre is the name of a family (or concept) of perfumes that are characterised by an accord composed of citrus top-notes, a floral middle, and a mossy-animalic base-note derived from oak moss and musks. Chypre perfumes may be modified by other notes such as patchouli (most often), vetiver, labdanum, ambergris and sandalwood oil. Read more about chypre here.)
As a scent, it’s sheer and girly, and very suitable for day time because it’s “clean” smelling. The rosy smell comes from rosewater (which is probably what triggered the soap scent memory).
I think the corrugated glass bottle is absolutely gorgeous (pictured at top). It reminds me something that belongs on a vanity dressing table of a well-heeled young woman:
L’eau de Chloé is a very pretty feminine fragrance. It’s a perfect spring scent that is easy to wear- especially with pearls. Which you have since you’re a well-heeled young woman.
Images courtesy of Chloé. L’eau de Chloé ($82 and up for the Eau de Toilette) is widely available across Canada at department stores and cosmetics counters such as Sephora.