There’s a little shop in New Orleans that celebrates and preserves the hedonistic culture of the region, Bourbon French Parfums. With a culture that knows good food, good booze, good smokes, good design and well, um, good-looking bodies, you better believe that they know good perfume too. This little shop is one of my favorites in the United States. It’s been open since the mid-1800’s. It’s been passed down through many hands, but it’s still thriving and making perfume. And for niche perfume, they’re extremely affordable.
La Pluie (the rain) is a cool, clean floral scent. It’s the sort of thing that I would want to wear in a New Orleans summer to counteract all the garbage and piss smells of the city. La Pluie opens as a delicate, cool, and damp lily of the valley that is very much in the tradition of the French “muguet” scents. The lily of the valley in this is clean with a certain “shower fresh” humidity. The heart of the fragrance becomes a powdery, musky lily of the valley that reminds me of the dusting powders that my mother used when I was growing up. The dry-down reminds me slightly of clean, musky scents like China Rain and J.Lo Glow (which for some reason I’ve always had a soft spot for).
Notes listed include lily of the valley, tuberose, vanilla and musk. PERFUMER – Mary Behlar
Give La Pluie a try if you like clean, light floral or lily of the valley scents. Or if you like perfumes like Caswell-Massey Lily of the Valley, Jo Malone London Wild Bluebell, J.Lo Glow, Jessica McClintock, Terranova Rain, Clean Shower Fresh and/or Crabtree & Evelyn Lily.
For an EDT, projection and longevity are above average. I think it wears more like an EDP.
The 4 oz EDT of La Pluie retails for $36 and is available at Bourbon French Parfums. Other concentrations such as a pure parfum can be purchased in this scent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – La Pluie is a fresh out of the shower fragrance with muguet soap and dusting powder. It goes from soap to lotion to powder to clean, musky skin. And in the heat, I really like this.
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