I was recently given a bottle of Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essences Accord Chic on loan from dearest chum Lisa Wordbird. I’m a huge fan of Yves Rocher and long for the day when a branch opens in the UK. As it is, I order online and visit a branch when in France (my last visit was four years ago though, sadly!).
Secrets D’Essences Accord Chic was made by the outrageously talented Nose Olivier Cresp, alongside equally legendary Nose Marie Salamagne. If I listed all their scents here, it would take up several pages. If you know Thierry Mugler Angel, Jo Malone Incense et Cedrat, Nina by Nina Ricci and YSL Black Opium, then you will know their work. Legends. The pair of ’em.
So, when these two rock stars of scent get together, you can bet it’s going to be good. And it is.
Accord Chic is a curious fragrance that kept me guessing and chewing my pen.
It opens with pink pepper but for a minute or two, it smells like champagne. The pink pepper loiters around in a sweet and fruity way, providing what may be the only touch of girliness in this otherwise rather spicy unisex scent.
The middle phase is all about the resins and the iris. This is not your typical iris however. The iris here gives this a unique and unusual middle that I had trouble finding the words for. I’ll try. Here goes: The middle note smells like fresh green tea and a grey cashmere blanket all at once. I can’t explain it to either myself or to you, dear reader, any better than that.
The spice notes come from resins, rather than powder: namely frankincense, elemi and benzoin. Reading that made me think this would smell like cough mixture. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is like a spiced-up version of Penhaligon’s Malabah. There’s no green tea listed, but the spiciness is lightened somehow. This is not a heavy, smoky incense, but more of an oil burner, aromatically scenting the room with light and warm liquid touches.
It’s so perfect for layering that I urge you to try it both alone and with say, musk, or some light citrus. It has a tang of freshness like citron already, so you may as well run with it. If you don’t normally like heavily spiced scent, this could be perfect for you. It has all the spice, but shh…whisper it…it has a gentleness too.
Yves Rocher Accord Chic is available from Yves Rocher branches in France or online from Yves Rocher.co.uk . I recommend the purse spray for under a fiver as a good starting point. The mail service is fab because you always get three free samples and usually a free gift or two as well. I’m a very loyal customer as you can see!