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Onde Sensuelle – Waves of desire…. November 10, 2014 New Fragrance listing

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When I read back through these blogs I sometimes think that it sounds like Kay and I buy a lot of fragrances (we do, actually…) and that it often sounds as though many are bought on impulse (lots of them are, actually…) but I’d say most are planned purchases.

We subscribe to newsletters and read blogs to learn about new frags. We visit shops, talk to sales people, sniff and get decants to take home and try on our skin . Then, we have ‘strategy meetings’ over a glass of wine or two and discuss what we want to buy, what we should buy and which one of us should buy it.

Like you, we are busy people with busy lives – jobs, families, friends – so there tends to be plenty of scheduled buys. “I’ll pick up the new Malle on my way home on Monday” or “I’ve got a colleague going to a meeting in New York, he’ll bring me back the new Aedes”. And when the day comes that I know I’m going to have the fragrance I’ve wanted an waited for, well, it’s something to get excited about.

The night before I was going to buy Onde Sensuelle by L ’Artisan I went to sleep happy knowing that something exciting was coming my way and I woke up feeling that it was going to be a good day. I smiled to myself all the next day thinking about when I would pick up the juice, get it home, open the box and spray it heartily. And now that I have it, I look forward to wearing it with just as much excitement.

Onde Sensuelle is part of L ’Artisan’s the Explosions D’Emotions series launched earlier this year.  Created to honour the evocative power of scent, the fragrances in the collection, all done by prolific nose Bertrand Duchaufour, are designed to show the range of human emotions.

Onde Sensuelle translates into English as ‘sensual wave’. The L’Artisan website describes it as the ache of desire. An insatiable, voracious desire is felt like a deep force, surging under the skin. A wave of sensuality washes over you.

Onde Sensuelle opens fresh and clean with bitter, sour bergamot and tart, tangy grapefruit. As it blooms, the citrus is counterbalanced with a note of sweet, floral Jasmine Sambac cooled by juniper and cardamom, to create a trembling feeling of delicious anticipation. And, then it comes: a wave of spicy warmth from ginger, cumin, and saffron that settles into the skin like a sweet release.  Onde Sensuelle is a fragrance of contrasts. Its beauty lies in  is how it rocks back and forth between spicy warmth and crisp coolness creating the push-pull tension of desire until it comes to rest on a base of animalic musk, sweet amber, and rich woody oud.

The drydown, is soft, sensual, inviting and surprisingly clean. This isn’t the smell of sex or of rutting, no, Onde Sensuelle is the olfactive experience of ache of anticipation, and the sweet release of, desire that is born on your skin when you spray it on.

No wonder I can’t wait to wear it!

Onde Sensuelle is in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00.