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Fragrance Review: L'Eau de Jatamansi

Fragrance Review: L'Eau de Jatamansi

If you think eating organic is good, wait until you smell it. French fragrance house L'Artisan Parfumeur has released Jatamansi, a light and summery scent. Named after the Sanskrit word for Himalayan nard (a flowering plant), the certified-organic fragrance includes grapefruit, ylang ylang, rose, cardamom and other unusual plants.

The official description of L'Eau de Jatamansi ($145) says that it smells like iced tea. In a way it does, but the scent is far more complex than a simple Lipton blend. The relaxing notes of Jatamansi evoke a leisurely summer day, so it's perfect for warm weather. I generally can't stand the taste of iced tea, but after smelling this light, clean fragrance, I may have to rethink that! To find out the only drawback about this scent,

Unfortunately, L'Eau de Jatamansi is so light that it doesn't last all day. I needed to refresh every three or four hours, which means the $145 bottle might not last for more than three or four months. Then again, this summery scent is best for June, July and August—so when Autumn rolls around, it'll be time for a richer, darker scent anyway.

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