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Eau Dynamisante – Bliss, citrusy herbal bliss – July 15, 2016


Clarins Eau Dynamisante bottle - tous

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Hot, hot, hot. Humid, humid, humid. That’s Toronto this week.

So feeling cool and fresh is kind of at the top of my list every morning before I head out the door and descend into the suffocating subterranean depths of the Toronto Transit Commission. The trains on the line I take to work are old, and, of course, for this past week the AC on this part of the TTC has been MIA, making the shoulder-to-shoulder rush hour ride to work and home again almost unbearable. I’m sure it must have been over 100 degrees inside that subway car last night

Three nights ago I stopped in at our local drugstore on the walk home from the subway to dry the sweat that was dripping in my eyes, and ended up buying a bottle of Clarins Eau Dynamisante. I’d worn it and loved it when it was first introduced in the late 1980’s as a “Treatment Fragrance”, a novel idea at the time when aromatherapy and phytotherapy were considered to be exotic beauty concepts. Clarins was the first major cosmetic brand to focus on pure natural ingredients, and Eau Dynamisante was sold as an “invigorating fragrance”, containing essential oils which “promotes a feeling of well-being”, a “treatment fragrance for vitality, freshness and firmness” of the skin – “Great fragrance! Great feeling!” Those words in 2016 now seem sort of quaint and almost laughable but they are still on the side of the red and white box.

Well, I’ve fallen in love with Eau Dynamisante all over again. I’m a sucker for outdoorsy citrusy herbal scents, but who isn’t when the air is so hot and thick all you want to do is collapse on a settee, fan yourself, sip iced tea and read "Gone with the Wind"? I can tell you that wearing Eau Dynamisante is like enjoying a cool shower all the way to work. And when you get there, all you have to do is spritz again to repeat the experience. 

Treatment or fragrance, the ingredient/note list is long and includes aloe leaf juice, eleuthero ginseng extract, ginger root extract, panax ginseng extract, devil's claw, horsetail and desert indian wheat, as well as notes of orange, coriander, caraway, amalfi lemon and petitgrain, rosemary, carnation, cardamom, white thyme, patchouli. At this point, I’m not concerned with the skin benefits but the smell, ahh, the scent, it’s heaven-scent!

Thirst-quenching citrus bursts out of the bottle – orange and lemon and lemon leaf (petitgrain), the zest, the juice, the pulp all freshly squeezed together, dazzlingly aromatic and citrusy tangy sweet. An herbal accord topped with bold rosemary rises up next that smells fresh and clean like all outdoors, like walking through a garden in early morning, subduing the fruity sweetness and leading into the heart which is a soft swirl of spices and florals, carnation and cardamom. Mixed with the citrus, even the spices and floral notes feel light and airy, but they add some complexity and depth and lead right into the herbal base of patchouli and thyme.

It's a chypre accord of bitter mossy notes, topped with the aromatic citrus, which is now soft and faint, and faceted with the spices. The effect is very vetiver-ish, very calming, and smells as fresh as a dew-dropped garden. Perfectly suited for men and women, the scent wears close to the skin so you’ll offend no one at close quarters even in high humidity because, like a true cologne made from essential oils, Eau Dynamisante is short-lived, which to me is part of its appealing charm.

Go ahead and spray it with abandon several times a day, because this wonderful cologne is found at any Clarins cosmetic counter, it’s always in stock, and a large bottle is not expensive. And there’s more! The essential oils scare away mosquitos – no bites at night when wearing a veil of Eau Dynaministe over bare skin.

Eau Dynaminisante is like a subtle pastel version of my two very favourite citrus perfumes, Diorella and Eau Sauvage. It also reminds me of Eau du Sud , although less dry, and Monsieur Balmain, but less lemony and woody. The perfect balance of citrus and herbs with the floral facets, and then the earthiness at the end is pure bliss, nirvana, a place to go when the real world is just too much.

Eau Dynamisante is a forgotten gem, hiding in plain sight in your local drugstore. Whether it’s a treatment or a fragrance is not even worth worrying about. Eau Dynamisante is just one of the most refreshing and natural-smelling scents to spritz in hot hot weather. Try it. It will make you feel very very good.

Eau Dynamisante is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.