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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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madhatter madhatter 10 years
Based on the description, it sounds like it would smell like a THAI iced tea - not just straight up icey black tea. Thai iced tea smells like India and summer, all kinds of exotic freshness. This sounds so tasty...
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
I dont think I'd like it!
Bellatrix2 Bellatrix2 10 years
Although there's "parfum" in the name of that brand, they only make eaux de toilette which are no perfumes! An eau de toilette lasts only a few hours (I would say 3 hours for a relatively good one) which explains that negative remark you made, Fabsugar. Also, keep in mind this is a huuuge bottle (250mL whereas you usually get 100mL with the large format of an eau de parfum). This does make it a very affordable fragrance... Add to that the fact it is a certified biological one! I just thought I'd stress these important details as I feel I have to defend this lovely scent. I got it in France for 95€ and I'm going to make this lovely fresh'n'sweet fragrance my favourite one of this summer.
junebrug junebrug 10 years
I can't smell this stuff. I've tried several times and ....nuttin'.
piksie707 piksie707 10 years
ooh...I might buy it if it didn't cost 145 bucks...eek.
MoneyPenny MoneyPenny 10 years
Seems like tea is the new scent, there are several other lines that have a tea or a green tea scent. Even Mary Kay is in on the action.
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
Hmmm, iced tea.. interesting!
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