Who loves Jean-Claude Ellena?
***roar of applause***
But… not from my little corner of the internet. I can appreciate his work; I love Kelly Caleche, and I like and wear Eau des Merveilles happily. I’m getting to know Eau d’Hiver, Ellena’s masterful piece of cold for Frédéric Malle, and I more than like Bois Farine for L’Artisan Parfumeur. But I’m just not, overall, a fan. When I hear of a new JCE fragrance release, I don’t get worked up wondering what it’s going to smell like, or whether or not I’m going to like it. If I come across a sample, cool. If I like it, great. If I don’t… meh. No big deal. There just isn’t an emotional connection for me with his fragrances—even the ones I like best. The Jardins series, which I sought and sniffed after reading Chandler Burr’s book, “The Perfect Scent,” didn’t work for me at all. They turned sour. Or something.
If you’ve read my perfume reviews, you may have observed that I go for “everything + the kitchen skank” kind of compositions with heavy, resiny, balsamic, bases, and JCE’s style… it is not.
But that hasn’t stopped me! I want to love an Hermès, specifically a Jardin, because I love the idea of them. I love the bottles, I love the stories, I love the concept of the line. Birgit, my best-friend in blogging, loves monsieur Ellena, and I want to love him because she does.
Enter Sur le Toit.
This playful, guileless scent has caused me to change my mind umpteen times since the first day that I tested it—and that’s a good sign. I love an interesting fragrance, and while Sur le Toit is bright and fruity, it is also, most definitely, interesting. While Toit teeters on too-sweet for my tastes, an electric green vibe keeps pulling me back in— It has a slight oddness to it that saves it from the land of “blech.” Sur le Toit smells like the above photo: I’m transported back in time, and am once again a toddler in an orchard, eating a crisp, just picked apple— the world is a simple place, and all there is is this happy moment.
Each time I’ve worn it, I’ve made a definitive decision about it, and with each subsequent wearing, made a different decision. Lucky for me, lovely Birgit sent me a generous decant, so I’ve got plenty more days of wear ahead of me before I have to make an actual buying decision. 🙂