Whilst in my local House of Fraser today with dear friend Lisa Wordbird, she persuaded me to try a perfume she liked. NB This is very easy to do and not difficult at all. I was proffering a naked wrist before the Sales Assistant got the lid off.
The scent in question was Jour D’Hermes and I obligingly glued my nose to my wrist, snorting away happily like a little perfume piggy. “Rhubarb!” I announced, offering Lisa my wrist (before she could agree. Poor Lisa!). She agreed, yes Rhubarb indeed.
Later, I arrived home and checked the notes on Fragrantica. There’s no Rhubarb in this! Waiter, there is Rhubarb in my perfume, but it doesn’t say so on the menu!
Is this a complaint? No, because Jean Claude Ellena was at the helm of this one and rather than Rhubarb Crumble, it is a beautiful watercolour of a stick of rhubarb fresh from a summer garden.
Here are the Top notes: (see if you can spot the rhubarb) Grapefruit, Lemon, Watery notes. Middle notes: Gardenia, Sweet Pea, Green notes and White flowers. Base notes: Musk and Woods.
Any Rhubarb? No. But maybe, as has happened before, the combination of the notes used causes a sort of by product note in the juxtaposition. Sometimes two notes get it on and have a baby that smells like a third note, if I am making myself clear.
In any case, this is a very pleasant, rhubarby perfume , light as a watercolour painting, and with a faint hint of Kelly Caleche workings in the base, only greener. It is really rather good, but it does illustrate a good point: always try on skin.