You guys know that I like the Humiecki & Graef line just because I like their insane-o inspirations. I think perfume needs that. I want more Dadaist perfumes. Anyway, Eau Radieuse doesn’t really have a bizarre-o inspiration. It’s an attempt to make a “futuristic eau de cologne”. I was hoping it would be a sci-fi eau do cologne but they didn’t consult me beforehand.
Eau Radieuse opens as lemon and mint in chilled mineral water. This fragrance is chilled and mentholated. There’s something in Eau Radieuse that is damp and as odd as it may sound, reminds me of the floor of a fruit market. It’s like citrus and fruits sprayed down with a water nozzle, the sharp aroma of a cleaner on the floor. The rest of Eau Radieuse wears as aggressively fresh and clean like “blue” aquatic notes and sour fruits.
Eau Radieuse is a weird one in that it does sort of a designer masculine vibe to it. When I wear it, David says that I smell like a “cool dude”. I see what he means. It’s a cool aromatic citrus; it’s blue juice. So, it’s sort of a let-down in that way. It’s like “futuristic eau de cologne” is just designer masculines from the late 90’s. And when I think of it like that, those fragrances are only that way because they relied so heavily on synthetics. And it’s like “synthetic” always equals “future” to people and it shouldn’t. There’s more room to play around there and I’d like to see that instead. So, yeah, Eau Radieuse is more like a throw-back instead of being “futuristic” because it reminds me of designer “blue juices”.
Notes listed include green banana skin, fresh mandarin peel, Italian lemon, mint leaves, rhubarb juice and bamboo sap. Launched in 2008. PERFUMER – Christophe Laudamiel
Give Eau Radieuse a try if you like fresh, minty, sharp fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Cartier Roadster, LUSH Dirty, Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur, NEST Moss & Mint and/or Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet. Eau Radieuse is unisex but as I mentioned earlier, it does lean more modern “masculine”.
Projection and longevity are above average. These call themselves EDTs but they are more like pure parfums with a spray nozzle.
The 3.4 oz retails for $220 at Babalú.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A fruit stand frozen solid – iced fruits and mint. Aggressively clean. Not my favorite from the line. I mean, I like it but I think that some designer masculines (which are much cheaper) are also much more “edgy”.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from duftcontor.du. Diana Ross circa 1975 via fanpix.net.