Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Eden has always reminded me of a “space garden”¹, this is a garden housed in some bubble on some planet we’ve never heard of. It’s a sci-fi fruity floral; a synthetic replication of paradise.
The opening is a metallic citrus and adlehydes, cool and mineral and somewhat like the opening in Kenzo Ça Sent Beau but more humid. It wears as green, citrus and humid with a hint of spicy anise. As the steam lifts, it’s a green tuberose and “space fruits” which in this case is the melon/aquatic aromachemical, Calone². And there’s a hint of dusty, vinyl records underneath all of this. The dry-down of Eden is nostalgic to the times. It’s a dense woods with patchouli, plum and a sweet tonka. It oddly enough reminds me of 1980’s Diors. It’s syrupy fruits, earthy patchouli and vanilla-ish cardboard. From the opening of this fragrance, I didn’t expect a dry-down like this.
Eden is a weird fragrance. It manages to be juicy yet dry. And fresh yet dirty. It also acts as a sort of bridge between 1980’s “everything but the kitchen sink” fragrances and 1990’s fresh, aquatic scents. The final result could be a bit of a “period piece” but it remains timeless because it’s unconventional. Eden was weird then and it’s weird now. Eden, keep letting your freak flag fly.
Notes listed include citrus, tuberose, mimosa, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, pineapple, melon, patchouli, cedar, sandalwood and tonka bean. Launched in 1994. PERFUMER – Jean Guichard
Give Eden a try if you like such “period pieces”. Or if you like perfumes like Kenzo Ça Sent Beau, India Misteriosa Mahogany, Ted Lapidus Creation and/or strangely enough, Dior Poison.
Projection and longevity are above average. Also, I love the bottle that resembles jadeite glassware. I’m such a sucker for that shade.
In the US, the bottle isn’t easy to find in stores but it is available at online discounters like Perfume.com for under $50.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A weird futuristic, sci-fi space “paradise” of fruits and white flowers. An unusual blend of synthetic fruity and aquatic notes paired with a dense dry-down of patchouli and tonka. It’s a weirdo fragrance and that’s why I own it. And oddly I’ve always thought of it like a 90’s “club kid” sort of fragrance. It’s like a raver, sci-fi Eve costume. I mean, I even get “dusty vinyl” from it.
¹In 2013, CoSTUME National launched a perfume called “Cyber Garden” and when I heard of its release, I thought “What’s the point? Cacharel launched a “cyber garden” perfume twenty years ago!”
²That aromachemical that made the 90’s smell like the 90’s.
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