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Green Water – Old perfume, new perfume – February 19, 2017



I was given a fabulous gift of perfume a couple of weeks ago. All because of a cat, which I’ll get to a little later.

The gift I received is Green Water, which is a new version of the  original Green Water from 1946 which was created by perfumer Vincent Roubert for iconic French fashion designer Jacques Fath. There have been a couple of iterations since then, 1993 and 2005, but neither came close to the original.

Designed as a masculine, Green Water was built around three notes, neroli, mint, and moss, with the bitter-orange orange blossom note, neroli, as the star from top to bottom, but the new attempts couldn't achieve the perfect balance of the original and capture its glorious verdancy, until Cecile Zarokian in 2016. Cecile is a young independent perfumer whose star continues to rise with each new success - Parfums MDCI Cio Cio San and Nuit Andalouse, Amouage Epic Woman, Jovoy Private Label, Masque Milano Tango, Jule et Mad Aqua Sextius, Puredistance Sheiduna are just a few of the exceptional scents in her body of work.

Cecile’s version of Green Water for the new Fath’s Essentials line is very close to the original, which she says was achieved by using high quality raw materials in high concentrations, especially the neroli. But the scent has a modern vibe through the addition of an herbal accord around the mint note in the heart, and a touch of ambergris and musk in the green base. You can read Cecile’s story about creating Green Water in this interview by

Green Water is just wonderful. The opening accord is fresh, rich rather than sharp, with lemony-orange citrus notes and a hint of slightly sweetened spearmint. The mint deepens and is drawn out with wafts of herbs, tarragon, basil, caraway into the heart, becoming almost spicy before drifting into a cloud of green vetiver and oakmoss. The drydown into the base has a relaxed refined quality, the mint disappears and the mix of the floral bitter-orange of neroli with the herbs, grass, and moss, makes the green accord feel open and expansive. With the addition of musk notes in the far dry-down, Green Water becomes even more interesting, and conveys a quiet sensuality with a controlled sillage that lasts for hours.  

I think Green Water would be spectacular on a man/woman because it doesn’t overwhelm like many typically masculine/feminine scents. The nose is drawn to it like a magnet, the soft citrus-mint-herbal accord is so unique, the oakmoss and musk is sexy, and irresistible. What more could you want from a fragrance?

Cecile Zarokian hit this bottle of Green Water out of the park for Jacques Fath Parfums. The old brand is reborn.  

Green Water is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

Now the cat story…

A number of summers ago, a young cat appeared on our front porch, obviously lost and hungry. I scratched his ears and tugged on his tail a little to show him someone cared and he hung around for the next four or five days, fed by the cat lady across the street. He would end the warm days sprawled in the flowerbed beside our steps, ready for a head rub and a short conversation.

Extremely smart and well-mannered, this little cat was so obviously the perfect pet for a non-allergenic family, which was unfortunately not ours. I felt so sorry for him, but the story had a happy ending because this little cat ended up winning the feline lottery….he went to live at my friend Gwen’s.

And every once in a while, I get to visit him every day while she’s travelling, and I feed him and scratch his ears and pull on his tail while he purrs. And for this he’s grateful, so he arranged for a special perfume for me as a little “thank you”.

I have to say this cat has great taste in perfumes.