Wednesday, November 17, 2010
MOLINARD VENTS ET MAREES
Back from an extended family visit, it's back to the blog! It feels good to be home and going through some of the many commercial fragrance samples that I've been neglecting. Here's a review of one of them:
Molinard Vents et Marées: I don’t remember where I got my sample, but this relatively new offering from Molinard doesn’t seem to be wildly popular. I can only find one other review, buried under the wrong heading on Fragrantica, which doesn’t even have Vents et Marées in their database.
This EdT starts out with a big dose of something “airy” in the calone-like family, clearly symbolizing “vents” (winds). It’s reassuring to know that Vents et Marées lives up to at least half of its name. However, the airy notes are accompanied by a mishmash of the same stomach-turning generic fruity-floral notes that characterize so many celebrity and downscale contemporary commercial fragrances, with just the slightest hint of coconut. For an EdT dabbed on in moderation, this is quite strong and long-lasting, with powerful sillage. I would definitely not want to spray it.
So where are the marées (tides)? I was expecting the airy notes, but was also expecting something that smelled like the sea. What a disappointment to find no trace of salt, ambergris, seaweed, driftwood, dead shellfish, petroleum spills, or anything one might associate with the tidal zone of the beach. Maybe the coconut is supposed to symbolize suntan lotion, but then why not amp it up so that it’s really noticeable and give it a name related to sunbathing?
I like the name and the concept, I just don’t like the way that Molinard executed what could have been a good idea.