Jardin Mystique from Friedemodin is one of a range of four perfumes from Nina Friede and Elisabeth Modin, two friends united by their love of travel and their love of fragrance. You may recall my glowing review of Friedemodin Vertine earlier in this blog, which, as a fan of green notes, was nothing short of a delight to me.
Jardin Mystique is in a similar vein and left me equally charmed. Whilst it purports to be more about the flowers than Vertine, it retains a light greenness that keeps the floral notes as fresh and transparent as a raindrop. In fact, you can wear them together:
“The leafy freshness of Vertine enhances the green wild notes of Jardin Mystique”- Friedemodin
Jardin Mystique opens with Cassis, Bergamot and Grass notes, and the blast of green grass with the almost bitter black currant tones of the Cassis makes a refreshing change from all the sweetness that is, in my humble opinion, vastly over used in modern launches. (Enough with the caramel!)
As the grassy opening act conjures up a picture of dew frosted gardens in my head, out comes one of my favourite scents: lily of the valley. Couple that with the kind of jasmine that adds a light handed hint of white flowers (petals only, there is restraint here) and you have a floral that is both delicate and distinctive. As all of these green and floral notes merge and bloom, a faint hint of woodiness creeps in to give the ending a bit of longevity. It feels as if the light and airy notes would float away without it. I would have named it sandalwood, but it appears there is no sandalwood here, just white woods and a hint of patchouli leaves.
Created by genius Francois Robert, a prolific nose who is also the nose behind Mary Greenwell Plum, Friedemodin Jardin Mystique is an exquisitely blended scent which to my nose reminds me of my childhood in the seventies. It has a classic, almost retro feel to it that harks back to a more innocent time somehow, like grass and daisies.
My only note of gloom is how fast I went through my 5ml spray. I did find that I couldn’t smell it anymore on myself after around an hour, but apparently it was still there as others could smell it.
Friedemodin is available in the UK from Harvey Nichols, or from the Friedemodin website, where you can also find a worldwide list of stockists. I would like to express my thanks to Friedemodin for the delightful set of 5ml samples they sent me.