When I first tried Biotherm Eau Vitaminee I wrote it off as being a soliflore that smelled like Tropicana Orange Juice. However, coming back to it today, I can see that I didn’t do it justice. Eau Vitaminee is how I imagine I would smell if I was just leaving a very expensive spa (imagination will have to do for now!)
I would bracket this with Askett and English Essential, Clarins Eau des Jardins and Jo Loves Green Orange and Coriander. Eau Vitaminee is a delightful blend of citrus: Oranges and Lemons make for an effervescent opening. The notes smell fresh, crisp and authentic. The middle note is Jasmine ( although I wouldn’t have said so) and the base notes are Freesia and Musk (which I would say is an accurate description).
This may have been better placed in Summer, but I think we need a spritz of something fresh in winter when central heating and rib sticking food can make us feel in need of something light, and a reminder of sunny days and sparkling, ice cold drinks is always welcome as the nights grow dark.
The price is nice at around £30 for 50ml, but even better on eBay.
This is more like it. I love the smell of fresh Coriander leaves and they are certainly discernible Jo Loves Green Orange and Coriander. It’s blatantly unisex and would smell good on either male or female. It’s a clean bathroom-y sort of smell like expensive candles or high end citrussy bath oils in a five star hotel. Again, like all fragrance in the Jo Loves range, this is quite linear. Unlike a moody, changeable Serge Lutens, for example, what you apply at breakfast is what you still smell of at lunch. Inexplicably, my first thought after spraying was of Imperial Leather soap, but then the Coriander and Orange burst in at the same time, in equal measure. To my delight, the Orange is sharp and juicy, rather than sweet and sherbety. There is a bit of Oakmoss in there to make it slightly earthy, even masculine. It’s has definite zing, but is somewhat grounded nicely by the Oakmoss. All in all, it’s good and stays good. Longevity is very impressive: around seven hours for two sprays. (I still say I can smell a faint whiff of Imperial leather though, but don’t tell anyone, it might just be me).
This is my second favourite Jo Loves fragrance after Pomelo.