a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
CIEL D’OPALE – 2012 – ♀
Classification: Floral Green
Notes: Quince, Calabrian Lemon, Galbanum, Sichuan Pepper, Cassie Pays, Jasmine, Mock Orange, Honeysuckle, Amber, Cedar Wood, Guaiac Wood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Vanilla.
Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
Price: $165 for 60ml bottle
In nature, they are many examples of beautiful flowering trees to experience. Some varieties put on a spectacular show of color, while others care solely about the flower’s wonderful fragrances. If you judge a tree by looks alone, you might not consider the linden tree as having the ability to captivate your senses. But if you’ve ever been in close quarters to a linden tree during bloom, you would have been hypnotized by one of the most beautifully fragrant flowering trees I’ve experienced. The Paris jewelry designer Ann Gérard has introduced three new fragrances created by Bertrand Duchaufour. One in particular has encapsulated the breathtaking experience of the linden tree in bloom and trapped it in a pretty little bottle. That fragrance is call Ciel d’Opale.
Quince starts off Ciel d’Opale with the fruity, mouth-watering combination of tart crisp apple and juicy sweet pear. A fresh green and citrus accord is comprised of a few classic ingredients, galbanum, bergamot and lemon. This pungent combination is carefully tempered with Szechuan pepper and its biting but lemony overtone. The opening was a very well orchestrated fusion of sweet, sour, tart and spicy. The heart moves into a gardener’s delight of lushly scented floral including jasmine, mock orange and honeysuckle. These sweet intense floral personalities are dusted with the cinnamon like nature of cassie. While sweet, the floral coalition retains a fresh green quality. A soft vaguely rose like guaiac passes the torch to the woody base. Sweet amber and hints of vanilla enable the base to maintain a warm, calming sensation. This woody accord includes dense cedar and sandalwood with a slight smoky aromatic lightness. A pleasant reflection to the long past green opening of Ciel d’Opale is brought about with the incorporation of vetiver. It completes the composition and brings the fragrance back to its beginning. The base stays light, woody and warm allowing the florals to linger with their potent nature; a very pleasant and impressive finish.
While the longevity of Ciel d’Opale has varied with users, I seem to get a 6-8 hour range from initial application. Ciel d’Opale does have a bit more leg when sprayed onto fabric. I believe that this fragrance was erroneously classified as a feminine fragrance. I feel that while the florals are abundant, they are equally balanced with woods and amber, which makes the fragrance more than something pretty. There is nothing more comforting than fragrances that evoke memories of the things we love. Ciel d’Opale creatively pays proper homage to the fragrant and glorious linden tree, and that definitely makes it worth a try.