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Jour de Fête 2014



First launched in 2003, Jour de Fête, created by Olivia Giacobetti, was one of my favourite spring scents. Yes, I said ‘was’ because Jour de Fête was discontinued a while ago. But my hard winter got a lift when I learned that L’Artisan would re-release Jour de Fête as a spring limited edition for 2014. I got my bottle last week and have kept it in sight since it entered the house.

Jour de Fête means ‘holiday’ and is an olfactory remembrance of those festive celebrations where Jordan Almonds or candied almonds are tradiaotnally handed out as party favours.

It opens with softly with a sweet note of almond. A bitter/honey note from pink laurel bolsters the idea of bitter almonds, a nod to the origin of the candies. There’s orris root here too, which gives it a lovely coolness. As it blooms, a note of wheat wafts forward. It smells of flour more than hay and balances the sweetness at the opening, setting the stage for a rich, gorgeous note of bourbon vanilla that shines all the way down to the drydown and is anchored by cedarwood, which gives it dryness and depth.

Really, Jour de Fête 2014 is built around just three notes - almond, wheat and vanilla – and breaking it down this way, Jour de Fête sounds as though it would smell sweet, cloying and jejune. And it might if it weren’t for Giacobetti’s deft hand at keeping the sweetness soft and evocative.

Jour de Fête also displays Giacobetti’s talent for creating sheer, delicate transparent fragrances. The fragrance is ethereal, not light, so that at times it feels as though it has disappeared, but it’s still there, a tender reminder of sweet memories and a harbinger of celebrations to come, that’s just right for spring and summer.

Sure, the name means holiday, but Jour de Fête 2014 isn’t a fragrance just for festive occasions. Each time I wear it is a celebration.

Notes: almond, pink laurel, oris, wheat, bourbon vanilla, cedarwood.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Olivia Giacobetti

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