Friday, February 08, 2008

Clementine Perfume

A clementine aka Algerian tangerine is a cross between a mandarin and a bitter orange. It was created in the early 20th Century by a French missionary by the name of Clément Dozier. I had not come across clementine in perfume before (although I have seen one named Clementine made by Molinard), but this is a nice new oil perfume, supposedly a favorite of Scarlett Johansson and Lindsay Lohan. Will it follow in the cult perfume trend after Monyette, Coquette Tropique and Kai? That remains to be seen, but I like this scent, a slightly acidic and light, fresh, sweet citrus-floral. The sweetness seems to come from a soapy orange blossom, honeysuckle and a non-animalic (aqueous) jasmine, reminding me of Marc Jacobs Blush, Kate Spade EDP, and just a bit of the "Orange Blossom" oil that came with my Scents of Time book from the Metropolitan Museum. In a nutshell, Clementine smells like a pretty white floral with a tangy, sharp citrusy bite. It feels like a spring-summer fragrance, but citrus is so uplifting and energizing to wear in the winter. Besides, if this is real citrus oil in here, you won't have to worry about photosensitivity during the cold season. The Japanese take yuzu baths to invigorate the skin and warm up during the winter, and eat a whole lot of tangerines (mikan). Maybe Clementine will help warm up your winter, and Valentine's Day which is right around the corner.