Notes: neroli, bergamot, heliotrope, coffee, tobacco, Peru balsam, musk, and myrrh.
George by Jardins d’Ecrivains is named for George Sand, or Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin. She published her first novel, Indiana, in 1832 under her nom de plume, George Sand. In addition to writing, she was also famous for wearing men’s clothing and smoking tobacco, both of which were forbidden for women at the time. How to go about making a fragrance that would encapsulate this whirlwind of a woman? Where to even begin?
The perfumer, Anais Biguine, figured that a good place to start would be with George’s famous tobacco. The scent actually opens for me with neroli and tobacco. It’s kind of a sharp, stinging opening. I honestly didn’t like it at first sniff. However, it settles into my skin nicely after a few moments. I get just a hint of coffee blended with the tobacco. Coffee is one of my favorite smells and notes, so I really wish there was more to it here. If you’re not a coffee fan, you’ll be able to wear this scent because it’s blended so well.
The heart of the composition is actually where I detect some lovely heliotrope. A couple hours into wear time, the tobacco backs off and makes room for a delicate heliotrope note. George is very pretty at this stage. It really surprised me after the challenging opening. But it’s fitting that this composition would feature so much transformation and development, as George herself did.
The dry down is mainly musk on my skin. I can’t make out any resinous notes of myrrh, but that’s fine. The interesting part is that the dry down is not sweet. There’s no vanilla or creamy sandalwood soften the composition or make it more likeable. The musk here is definitely a substantial animalic note. It’s not trying to play nice. And yet, there is still a touch of delicacy left from the heliotrope.
The only let-down is the longevity. By hour 5, George is gone from my skin. I hear that this is a reoccurring theme with the Jardins d’Ecrivains line, so it’s something to take into consideration when sampling or purchasing this line. George is well worth smelling and owning. It’s an intriguing, challenging, and thought-provoking composition. It’s not on my full bottle list right now simply because of practicality. I need to better organize my collection before purchasing new full bottles!
I ordered my sample of George from Indigo along with my Sylvaine Delacourte samples.
The info on notes is from Fragrantica.
I took the photo of my sample with the painting “An Elegant Tea Party in the Artist’s Studio” by Madeleine Jeanne Lemaire. I like to imagine George Sand making her way through this refined party, the scent of tobacco trailing behind her.