Today I am wearing a regular in my winter fragrance rotation, L'Eau d'Hiver. It was created for Frederic Malle by one of my favorite noses, Jean Claude Ellena. The notes are bergamot, angelica, iris, hawthorn, jasmine, honey, carnation, heliotrope, caramel and musk.
Other than a little blast of bergamot at the start, this is a sheer, understated perfume, very much in keeping with Ellena's style. As the notes suggest, it is sweet, but it does not have the feel of a gourmand fragrance. The floral notes, which include a touch of powder from the iris, seem to float over the honey, caramel, and musk. The entire composition does in fact suggest a cold, cloudy winter day, in a way that is difficult to put into words. Because of the sheerness, however, it can be worn in almost any season.
It has good lasting power.
Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver is available in 50 and 100 ml, or in a travel set (3 x 10 ml). For purchasing information, see the listing for Frederic Malle under Perfume Houses.
See also Paul & Joe Blanc, another Jean Claude Ellena creation with similar notes.