Christian LaCroix has created several fragrances exclusively for Avon: Noir for Men, Rouge for Women, Nuit For Women, Nuit for Men, and Christian La Croix Absynthe. It’s not the usual run of the mill Avon stuff either. Absynthe has guts and gusto and isn’t afraid to tread a tightrope away from being A Safe Bet.
Absynthe is one of Avon’s most expensive fragrances, yet it can still be bought for as little as £12 for 50ml in some brochures. It was created in 2009 by Laurent Le Guernec, who has also worked on Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker, twelve fragrances for Bond No 9, four for Liz Claiborne, and Aromatics Elixir Parfumer’s Reserve for Clinique to name but a few of his successes. Despite it’s affordability and ubiquity, Absynthe is a decent scent that can stand shoulder to shoulder with more expensive contemporaries.
My lasting impression of Absynthe is that it reminds me of the bitter Greek Wine, Retsina, made of pine resin. It opens with dry, bitter notes: Myrrh and a hint of Wood and Anise. Wormwood is strong too, as you would find in the notorious namesake drink. Middle notes are softer and more feminine introducing flowers and a hint of pretty White Musk. The base is clearly Amber and Musk, and the Wormwood from the opening stays true throughout. There is a sweet note in there too, that I cannot name. I would have said Vanilla or Tonka Bean. It’s not overpoweringly sweet though, more like the sweetness of a glass of Chardonnay. I would also have described Absynthe as having Green notes too. The drydown is, to my nose, a dry, Green and Woody combination that has a refreshing bitterness. There’s a faint hint of Liquorice too, from the Anise in the opening blast.
Although LaCroix has also created Absynthe for Him, I don’t know why he bothered since this would comfortably merge from one to the other. I could easily pretend I bought this for my husband and then steal the whole damn bottle.