December 23, 2011
Edouard Manet. Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe
Alexandra Balahoutis is one of the most talented natural perfumers because she is uncompromising in using natural ingredients to realize her vision. Early in 2100, Ms. Balahoutis released a very limited edition named Dimanche. Dimanche is Sunday in French and Ms. Balahoutis went for a bright floral slightly gourmand natural fragrance which evokes a sunny day in the garden.
The opening of Dimanche is a fresh fanfare of iris. If you don’t like iris the first few minutes of Dimanche will be difficult. If you like iris Ms. Balahoutis uses a very intense source and it is really enjoyable in its intensity. Rose is the other floral note chosen to go with this iris. The rose is a deep slightly spicy version of this classic note and it adds a nice complementary character to the iris. This very floral opening becomes warmer and sweeter as Ms. Balahoutis drizzles honey over her floral notes. The sticky sweet quality of the honey note is the perfect intro to a dry cocoa note. This is cocoa powder arid and dusty, not a powerhouse, and the subtlety is a perfect choice to go with the honey and floral notes. Amber is the last note to arrive and its spiciness is the right contrasting finisher for all the sweet food notes and the flowers.
Dimanche is available as a limited edition in both Parfum and EDP concentrations. I found both concentrations to display any significant difference on my skin. The longevity was equivalent and the sillage average and the parfum slightly less prominent than the EDP.
Ms. Balahoutis is one of my most reliably interesting perfumers and despite Dimanche feeling like a sunny stroll on the Seine it is easily worn in the colder weather, too.
Disclosure: This review was based on a sample purchased from The Perfumed Court.
–Mark Behnke, Managing Editor
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