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Eau de Céleri


Launched in 2015 by Monsillage, perfumer Isabelle Michaud’s Montréal-based niche line, Eau de Céleri is a gorgeous green chypre.
The surprise is that Ms. Michaud is allergic to celery. She wrote me saying that “a certain longing for something that I can't have may have heightened my sensitivity to the celery notes and kept it interesting to me as a subject of desire for a perfume creation.”

Ms. Michaud is definitely a rising star, and Eau de Céleri, is buzzing through the blog-o-sphere since it became a finalist in the 2015 Art and Olfaction Awards which celebrates creativity, innovation and excellence in global independent, artisan and experimental perfumery.

When I first smelled Eau de Céleri, well, I wasted no time ordering a bottle.

Eau de Céleri opens crisp and green from coriander leaf, galbanum and cut grass with a citrus vibrancy from bergamot, lemon and grapefruit. It’s fresh, bright and herbal – like celery. There actually isn’t any celery in the fragrance. The celery note comes from a molecule found in jasmine oil that smells a lot like celery. As it blooms, a heart of floral buds comes forward adding a beautiful floral quality to the fragrance so that it doesn’t smell like a vegetable – it smells gorgeous. On me, there are whiffs of anise that break through that adds a perfect sweetness. Citrusy, verdant vetiver is at the base, right alongside sweet, dark patchouli. These two give it an earthiness and a woodiness that is accented with  cedarwood.

The drydown is vibrant, elegant and light with that celery effect lingering for hours. To me, the surprise is how weightless it is, despite the heavy-sounding notes at the base. I can see myself going through bottles of this as the weather warms.

Notes: coriander leaf, Galbanum, cut grass, bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, flower buds, jasmine, vetiver, patchouli and cedarwood.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Isabelle Michaud

Price: $5.00