I mentioned in my review of the Arielle Shoshana EDP (a passion fruit fragrance), that I rarely talk about fruity perfumes unless they’re figs. Fruity scents aren’t a genre that I’ve really explored…and I’m trying to change that. I’ve been trying niche fruity fragrance. When I ask for recommendations, Phaedon Pluie de Soleil is one that keeps getting mentions.
Pluie de Soleil opens with strawberry jam. And pineapples. And lemon peel that’s like rays of sunshine. It’s a really fruity fragrance. The fruits aren’t fruit market fresh. Instead they’re like canned fruits or confitures. As it wears, it reminds me of peach jam on a sweet brioche. The sandalwood in this comes across as toasted and bready. In the background, there’s “yellow florals”. But, overall, it’s a fruity fragrance with faint florals and a toasted warmth. Pluie de Soleil dries down to a fruity musk with a faint vanilla (like that style of L’Artisan Mûre et Musc).
Pluie de Soleil wears like its note list reads. It’s sunshine, fruits and creamy musk. To my surprise it smells more like preserves and French bread, but that’s not necessarily a negative.
Notes listed include bergamot, lemon, freesia, strawberry, pineapple, sandalwood, and musk. Launched in 2011. PERFUMER – Pierre Guillaume
Give Pluie de Soleil a try if you like fruity scents or strawberry perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Marc Jacobs Daisy, Yves Rocher Fraise (discontinued), Ramon Monegal Cherry Musk and/or any of those “summer” Escadas like Rockin’ Rio or Moon Sparkle. I’ve compared this to a few designer perfumes. Although, Pluie de Soleil is a “mainstream theme”, the perfume itself doesn’t smell designer. It does smell like a niche version of a mainstream theme.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $125 as Osswald.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Fruits and musk. It’s not something that I see myself wearing but it’s one that I’m going to recommend to people wanting a fruity fragrance that doesn’t smell like everything else sold at the department store.
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*Sample purchased by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Luana Patten pic from Fanpix.net.