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Week-end à Deauville – The perfect scent for taking summer into fall - New Fragrance Listing, August 20, 2012

Photo: Wikipedia, La plage de Deauville, France

Shhhh! Quiet. Did you feel that? No? Just stay still a minute. Whoa - you must have felt that. I’ve been feeling it for days now, the occasional slight movement of the Earth shifting on its axis as summer wanes and we move into autumn. Don’t get me wrong – there are still plenty of hot days ahead, but those days will be shorter, the nights will be cooler and…wait…what’s that smell? Gimme a minute here…I’m picking up AXE, new clothes, school supplies…and a note of despair. I recognize that smell - back-to-school is in the air and that’s when I break out Week-end à Deauville by Patricia de Nicolaï – this is the perfect scent for taking summer into fall.

The fragrance was inspired by the memory of a holiday in Deauville. I’ve never been to Deauville, so let’s see what Wikipedia says about the place: “With its racecourse, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. Closest seaside when coming from Paris, the city and the nearby region of the Côte Fleurie (Flowers Coast) has long been home to French high society's seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian riviera. Since the 19th century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class. Deauville is also a desired wealthy family resort. “

Just as I always suspected - the stork left me with the wrong family. But that’s an old wound best dealt with at family gatherings after a few too many white wines…

Week-end à Deauville opens with a sparkling green herbal freshness from anisic basil and tarragon. There’s a note of green apple here too – a nod to Calvados, the apple brandy from Normandy. Then, peppermint appears along with an aquatic note that together smells like a cool breeze coming in off the ocean. It seems that Week-end à Deauville is very much a fragrance of place, because there is also note of hay – oh, yeah, the racecourse -  warmed by spicy cardamom.

Just as I am about the hit ‘SUBMIT’ and confirm my seat on a train to Deauville, it gets even better. The frag deepens to a gorgeous, you’ve-got-to-smell-this floral heart of sweet lily of the valley tempered with exotic jasmine. What makes the floral heart of Week-end à Deauville so special? It’s the lily of the valley. No natural essences can be extracted from this fragrant little bell flower and IFRA standards make it increasingly difficult for noses to replicate its scent in perfume, so it won’t be around for very long. Me, I like to think of the lil

y of the valley note as a gift from Patricia de Nicolaï. That bouquet of florals rests on a base of cedarwood, leather and white musk giving Week-end à Deauville a refined woody, animalic, drydown that has hours of staying power.

This is not the summer scent of long lazy days spent on hot crowded beaches. Nope, this green/floral/woody is the very definition of a summer seaside holiday - relaxed yet sophisticated and chic. And since sophisticated and chic don’t really  belong to any one season you’ll hardly notice the slight incremental moves as summer turns into autumn.

Today, we’re adding Week-end à Deauville to our decant listing. Decants are $4.00.