For the past three months I have been living in a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a decision that I am looking forward to. I know that at some point I will see the end but there is no way of knowing how soon. I live in a constant state of excitement and anxiety. It is unbelievable how anticipation can warp time and make it move in a closed, fast circle, revolving around dreams and expectations. Looking back these past three months have passed excruciatingly slow and frantically paced at the same time. This sounds impossible but when one spends their days constantly preoccupied with little technicalities that seem to take up all of their energy, then at some point they are bound to realise that all this time they have been standing on exactly the same point, just waiting. All this preoccupation has lead me into a slightly anhedonic state, where perfume felt just scented liquid inside a bottle and as such left me completely unaffected. I have been through phases like this in the past and I always wonder whether I cannot feel perfume because I am in this state of psychological anosmia or I have lost my ability to experience pleasure because I have removed perfume from my life. No answer there yet.
The perfume I have reached for more often in these grey days was Eau Dynamisante. I bought my first bottle of Eau Dynamisante in 1995 and I remember it clearly because I was studying in the UK at the time. We met again last year when I found a big splash bottle on sale for 20 euro and of course I jumped at the opportunity. I could remember what a pleasurable experience it had been to wear this. Strong, invigorating opening, moderate presence thereafter allowing me to splash abundantly to get its uplifting effect before I leave home but save me from suffocating people in the street. My original bottle read “Treatment Fragrance” on it but my current is less ambitious, just “Invigorating Fragrance”, and if you have tried it you know it can deliver what it promises. Although I appreciate a good citrus I rarely get swept off my feet by colognes. Eau Dynamisante however opens with crisp, cool lemon and lime take no prisoners. There are enough flowers in there, I get jasmine mostly, to keep this from being astringent or Lifesaver’s-reminiscent. The forceful opening wears off quickly like the effect of burst of cool water from the shower. It is enough to wake you up. The rest of the development is equally fast and soon a mellow, herbal vetiver surfaces to give feet to this flying, sparkling creature.
After all is settled and done, you end up with a smile on your face and a very subtle breath of a “grand parfum”. Eau Dynamisante stands somewhere between Eau Sauvage and Diorella, in a much lighter mood and disposition. Citrus, delicate florals and vetiver create a beautiful composition that feels more gender-bending than genderless. Women often finding it too masculine, too “sauvage”. Men on the other hand can’t help notice the jasmine and carnation. It feels like a sip of cherry cola with a dash of alcohol in it. Innocent but it can be just what the doctor prescribed for those hot, balmy days where nothing seems to please. Is it a Treatment Fragrance? If the treatment is to make you feel clean, happy, light, yes it is. Clarins’s description of its ingredients sounds like the recipe of a gypsy potion: Eleuthero (means “free” in Greek) Ginseng, Aloe, Horsetail (?), Ginseng, Ispaghula. This last one is none other than Psylium, a plant known for its anti-constipation properties. Conventional perfume notes are not listed in the official site. What I love about Eau Dynamisante is its ambiguity. First strong, then subtle. Masculine and feminine at the same time. An eau de cologne with healing promises. It just makes me feel good.
Notes from Parfumo: Coriander, Caraway, Orange, Lemon, Carnation, Cardamom, Rosemary, Patchouli
Notes from my nose: lemon, lime, jasmine, carnation, vetiver
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