Fresh Eau de Parfum, Citron de Vigne
I love a great story behind the development of a scent. Fresh Citron de Vigne has as lovely a story as I've ever heard. The scent was inspired by Veuve Clicquot's Grande Dame Champagne (one of my all time favorite Veuve's!). Alina Roytberg, co-founder of Fresh, was invited to Reims, France for a tour of the grounds. It was there where she fell in love with the aroma of the grapes, and vines in the vineyards themselves. When she returned, she and partner Lev Glazman captured her memories in this fragrance. This is a scent that actually uses some of the elements of champgne in it's mix. The heart is a pinot noir accord, which is mixed with neroli, bitter orange, pink grapefruit, sandalwood, jasmine tea leaves, lemongrass, pachouli and amber. Upon my first spray, my nose was "prickeled" with this this bold, piercing blend of citrus notes - grapefruit and lemongrass, mixed with the neroli and orange. This opening combination did, in fact, give me a distinct impression of "fresh grapes" which are a little woody, a little green, and sometimes a little tart (as opposed to a "wine" scent). The remainder of the scent was just as lovely. The pinot noir heart was lovely mingling with the sandalwood, amber and patchouli. This is a perfect scent for spring/summer and could just as easily be unisex, which is another bonus. The staying power I would describe as medium, meaning that after about 3-4 hours this will wear a little thin, but it's so lovely I didn't mind reapplying. Fragrance Notes: Neroli, Bitter Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Pinot Noir Accord, Jasmine Tea Leaves, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber.