Lubin L'Eau Neuve just arrived in the mail, and it's a nifty little citrus. It's minty and medicinal at first, and very much more about the rind than the fruit. It's fun and sassy and if it were your friend, your mother would disapprove. She'd say, "That L'Eau Neuve, she has a very smart mouth." (Though, let's face it, L'Eau Neuve's mom would say the same thing about you.)
And yet I can't quite imagine you and L'Eau Neuve being friends. Do you consider any citrus fragrances your friends? Close friends? Borrowing outfits? Sleepovers? I bet you haven't had a citrus sleepover since the '90s.
I own enough perfume to fill the swimming pool at Hearst Castle but only a small percentage are citruses. And the strange thing is, after an hour, L'Eau Neuve barely qualifies. The medicinal side gets the better of the lemon side and before long I smell like I'm wearing arthritis rub. Warm, rich, classy arthritis rub. Marion Davies arthritis rub. The sort of thing Mom might even like.
You know me well. I haven't had a citrus sleepover since the '90s. Or does Clarins Eau Dynamisante even count as citrus? Diorella? Chanel Cristalle? Does being a chypre fancy up the joint so much that any lemons and oranges no longer register as citrus?
Wait wait wait -- I've been wearing Penhaligon's Castile! All those orange fruit parts. And yet...it smells soapy, not citrus-y. Okay, here's another one for ya: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, an uptown cologne. I wear that sometimes.
But none of these are in the capsule wardrobe that accompanied me from Los Angeles to London. My travel companions are roses, irises and musks.
Citrus seems less interesting to many who dedicate an abnormal amount of time to perfume. It's either too simple or too fleeting or maybe even too likable (you don't hear music aficionados praising David Cassidy either), I don't know. Why don't we embrace more citrus?
Neroli Portofino is definitely citrus but it costs almost $200! And my favorite citrus, Frédéric Malle Bigarade Concentrée, is almost as much. What about all the great old colognes our fathers wore? What about fetching a bottle of Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien? Everyone likes that one, don't they? It's like we only trust a citrus when it comes dressed up in exclusive oils or layered with woods or patchouli or amber. (Or, in the case of L'Eau Neuve, arthritis rub.)
If I ever get around to simplifying my life, I want a good, simple, inexpensive citrus cologne to be part of it!
Fumies, can you recommend a good, simple, inexpensive citrus cologne for Dan?