On paper (literally), L’Occitane's new Immortelle de Corse* fragrance smells an awful lot like real, almost “pure,” immortelle. As I sniffed a blotter spritzed with Immortelle de Corse, I thought: “Nice…simple immortelle,” but when I put Immortelle de Corse on my skin, it smelled completely different, much more interesting and complex.
Immortelle de Corse includes notes of rose, black tea, benzoin, iris, musk and (natural) immortelle. Immortelle de Corse starts off with the scents of maple syrup, honey and black tea leaves (the ‘tea’ is very fresh and floral in character, and it lasts and lasts); there’s also a hay-dried straw aroma that intensifies and becomes a tad musty (pleasantly musty). In mid-development, Immortelle de Corse is “glazed” with a wonderful burnt brown sugar (almost molasses) note. In the extreme dry-down, Immortelle de Corse smells of benzoin ‘ashes’ on buttered toast.
Immortelle de Corse is my favorite perfume from L’Occitane’s Voyage en Méditerranée fragrance collection; it’s unusual, but “pleasant” too. If that sounds like faint praise, it isn’t — I sniffed Immortelle de Corse for the first time on Friday and a full bottle was in my possession by Monday.
L’Occitane Immortelle de Corse ($68 for 75 ml Eau de Parfum) is unisex; it has good lasting power and mild sillage.
Note: top image [altered] via Wikimedia Commons.