“The Feel of Cool, Damp Grass beneath your feet”
There is a new name emerging on the fragrant firmament. That name is Friedemodin, and I am lucky enough to have four 5ml sample bottles from them to review. I am always happy to receive samples for review and at the risk of repeating myself, I will reiterate my usual disclaimer that by sending me a sample, you risk my honesty.
Friedemodin- you have nothing to fear but your own success. I have been wearing Vertine for the past couple of days and I have been quietly falling in love with it.
Friedemodin is the brainchild of German Nina Friede and Swede Elisabeth Modin, who worked with Virginie Daniau and legendary Nose Francois Robert to produce a range that is luxurious and original without being elitist.
“Leafy, herbal, aromatic- you feel alive in this place, knowing you’ll never forget the reviving purity of this morning”
There are currently four scents in the range: Vertine, Jardin Mystique, Rosée de Nuit and Feu Follet. I am deliberately only trying one at a time and will come to the others presently, but today I am reviewing Vertine.
Vertine opens with a herb garden covered in springtime dewdrops. Yes that sounds twee doesn’t it? But Vertine made me go all poetic. There is something very pure about it. As far as blending goes, I could close my eyes and insist that this was made with the deft watercolour shading of Jean Claude Ellena, but I’d be wrong. However, with a hint of dewy fig in the midst of it, it did ring a bell that sounded that Ellena’s Un Jardin En Mediterranee for Hermes. However, Vertine also has a hint of peppermint which could have gone either way. Peppermint can either smell like the inside of my handbag (Trebor Extra Strong Mints!), or be a gentle soothing presence like a fresh mint plant itself. In the deft hands of Francois Robert, it was the latter, green leaves and all. Fans of Guerlain Herba Fresca will have their heads turned for sure.
Vertine smells as if it has healing qualities. At the moment the perfume I wear when I need healing (I’m not using the word hangover!) is Eau de Cartier or Elizabeth Arden Spiced Green Tea, but I have disloyally all but swept them off my dressing table to make way for my new even gentler friend.
I’m not mistaking gentle for weak either: Vertine has its own identity and I can smell the galbanum, peppermint, basil and a faintest whisper of fig wrap itself around me. Longevity is good at around seven hours, and if you like your scents cologne style, but with Eau de Parfum lasting power, then I can almost guarantee that you will like Vertine. I do. I love it. I’m a fan. I shall be watching Friedemodin with great interest. Certainly an exciting name to watch. I’m not alone either because those nice people at Harvey Nichols think so too.
You can buy Friedemodin scents at Harvey Nichols in the UK. Prices are £120 for 100ml or £60 for a discovery set of all four. You can also buy samples from the Friedemodin website at £12 for 4 x 2ml samples of each scent in the range. The Friedemodin range is also available in Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, India and Sweden. See this link for details.