Long gone is the Mother's Day gift of what essayist Robert Fulghum called the Gummy Lump.
When I came to brunch, the table was dressed with an enormous bouquet of lilacs, but the scent I'd like you to meet (if you have not already) is not from our garden, but from the seaside in Brittany, scene of magical family holidays: Côte d' Amour by L'Artisan Parfumeur.
L' Artisan describe it as "a beautiful escape on the French Atlantic coast". Perfume Blogger The Scented Saladmander (Marie-Helene Wagner) says,"Wearing this scent in the city immediately evokes farniente (the "sweetness of doing nothing") at a Parisien terrace café over lunch break, baking in the sun."
Bearing both the Ecocert and Cosmebio lables, the fragrance is entirely without synthetics, 100& natural and organic.
What does it smell like?
Sea water and driftwood, sun on pebbles, the salt marshes of Guérande, rosewood. pine and cypress, gorse, rose, heather– and the indescribable sensation of sand on skin at the ocean. A technical feat in an all-natural perfume! And best of all, though a summer splash fragrance, it has significant staying power.
Côte d'Amour is not just a 'sea scent', it is a North Atlantic sea scent particular to the Côte d'Armor–the Celtic name for Brittany– hence the pun in the name.
Where to find it
Readers in Toronto can find it at Noor, the refined parfumerie tucked into the Four Season's Cumberland Avenue side steps east of Avenue Road.
You may order it by mail through L'Artisan Parfumeur's web site.
If you want to sample it and are not near a L'Artisan boutique or counter, you can order decanted samples, from 1ml to 5ml, from The Perfumed Court. International shipping available, and just try to stop at one sample.