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L'Eau de Jatamansi – Naturally good (New Fragrance Listing, Monday, August 8, 2011)

I just got off the phone with a good friend. She was calling me from downtown where she was shopping. She sounded frazzled – she said she was tired, hot and hungry. She had a question: she was looking for a good summer frag – something light and refreshing but with enough soul to balance out the ill effects of a hot summer’s day. She’d gone to a few shops, but she was so discombobulated, that she couldn’t make up her mind.

Now, I’m not a licensed fragrantician, but I know my friend. I told her in no uncertain terms to run, not walk, but run and buy a bottle of L'Eau de Jatamansi by L’Artisan Parfumeur right away. Then I hung up.

You see, not only is L'Eau de Jatamansi a perfect summer scent, it’s designed to help put the yin back in your yang.

Let me explain.

On the L’Artisan web site, L'Eau de Jatamansi is described as: ‘Natural water Jatamansi - A white water and soothing, 100% Natural and Certified Organic’. How cool s that? But there’s more….

Jatamansi is Sanskrit for nard a/k/a spikenard – a rare flowering plant that is part of the valerian family. It grows in the Himalayas of China and in northern parts if India and Nepal. Believed to have a balancing effect on the emotions nard has been used in incense and in herbal medicine for centuries. L'Eau de Jatamansi also contains essential oils from Gaiac wood and sandalwood, both staples of herbal medicine that help ease anxiety and contribute to a feeling of well-being. All of this makes L'Eau de Jatamansi sound a bit medicinal, but it’s not. There’s more to this beautiful frag than a few essential oils.

Grapefuit and bergamot at the top give it a crisp, brisk opening, while sage adds a green herbaceous note that is warmed by anise-tinged cardamom. Aromatic jatamansi appears at the heart – herbaceous, earthy and musty, it’s lifted by floral notes of Turkish rose and ylang-ylang. Gaiac wood eases the transition from the heart to a woody base of sandalwood, which adds a note of warm incense, and papyrus which has hints of cedar, vetiver and patchouli.

The overall effect is a light, chic sunny scent with a woody aromatic backbone that feels good to wear and doesn’t overstay its welcome like some uninvited houseguest that has lost their joie de vivre. Use it in the day and by night you can wear something else – I like that.

As for the therapeutic effects of calming and soothing, well, it’s a fragrance not a cure, but like all my fave frags, L'Eau de Jatamansi  smells great on my skin and I feel great when I wear it – maybe it does put a little yin in my yang.

Today, we’re adding L'Eau de Jatamansi to our decant sample offering. Decants are $4.00.