One of the things that I’m missing about Washington, now that it’s summer, is the lavender. This is the time of year that we’d go up the Olympic peninsula and sniff lavender in the rain shadow. Weekends of acres and acres of lavender, warm pleasant weather with a salt water breeze. It was a summer ritual and now I miss it. However, when I tried the newest release from natural indie line Alchemologie, I’m a little closer to this summer ritual. Foret de la Mer is like lavender fields by the coast.
Foret de la Mer opens as salty licorice and mineral lavender. It’s sweet and aquatic. It starts to wear as an orange blossom honey with a field of lavender on a hot, dry summer day. In the heart, humid floral embrace dried lavender buds. The base is sweet and balsamic with oakmoss and tonka bean.
Foret de la Mer is a fougère that will appeal to people that like modern, neo-aquatics and people that like vintage-style perfumes. I can’t think of many that blur these two, but Foret de la Mer does. It blurs modern and vintage.
Notes listed include bergamot, wild sweet orange, lavender, champaca, orange blossom, tonka bean, oakmoss, ambrette and choya nak. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Julianne Zaleta
Give Foret de la Mer a try if you like lavender scents or modern, neo-aquatics. Or if you like perfumes like Annick Goutal Eau de Lavande, Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Lavande Ombree, Olympic Orchids Kingston Ferry, Histoires d’Eaux Mon Jardin d’Hiver and/or Ayala Moriel Orcas. , Being based on a traditional fougère, Foret de la Mer leans more masculine but I find it rather unisex.
Projection and longevity are above average. And that is surprising for a natural perfume.
The 1/2 oz perfume retails for $70 at Alchemologie. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Salty fougère. I like it because it reminds me of summers in Washington.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not compensated for my review. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Lavender pic is mine from a farm in Washington.