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Coriander, the seed, has a different taste and scent profile than it's offspring, the green leafy herb, cilantro. Coriander has a spicey nutty warmth layered over citrusy orange peel. When added to the top or heart of a fragrance, coriander adds depth and richness to other fruit, floral or spice notes.

Coriandre, the fragrance by Jean Couturier, is a clever combination of the profiles of both the herb and the seed, which gives the scent a wonderful weirdness, a bold edgy twist that sets it apart from other green chypres of its era, like stark sophisticated Ma Griffe or sleek elegant Balmain de Balmain.

I don’t smell spices with the first spritz. Instead I get a big herbal sensation, a swirl of damp cut grass mixed with crushed geranium leaves and rose petals, very green, slightly sharp and musty but with the tender faint sweetness of distant florals. It smells exotic for the first few minutes, then as it dries down the spicy warmth of the coriander note emerges, mixed with hints of orange and lemon and the unique earthy green sensation of the opening. Not gourmand, not floral, this is definitely veering into a different green experience.

The heart of Coriandre is an elegant multi-colour floral bouquet woven with delicate patchouli and lightly sweetened with orange-blossom honey. The sensation is light and gauzy and natural-feeling - I imagine the scent of wildflowers in a cool sun-dappled forest. The base-notes build on this forest image as a refined accord of woods, moss and grass – sandalwood, oakmoss and vetiver – combines with soft musk to create a compelling dry-down which is much richer and funkier than what’s preceded it. The forest image expands to include the furry animals, the fragrant decay of forest floor, the powerful aphrodisiac scent of Nature. 

Perfumer Jacqueline Couturier created a beautifully balanced scent  which not only features the unusual coriander/cilantro note, but which is built on contradictions – sharp and light, floral and musty, green and funky, exotic and comforting. 

Coriandre has two faces - a cool refined elegance, and a warm inner heart. Both women and men can wear this beaitiful green with pleasure in summer or winter.

Price: $5.00