Monsoon in India is just magical. The rainy season begins at the end of summer, giving much needed relief from the heat. Indian monsoon has a charm of its own. It is one of the things that I miss. I have experienced the rain elsewhere in the world, it can be annoying, boring and even depressing (those SAD cloudy days in UK!) To me, nothing ever comes close to Indian monsoon. It is pure joy. The earth is freshly washed off from the summer heat and the dust. There is lush greenery everywhere, everything is vibrant and so full of life. It is revival.
The inspiration behind this fragrance is when Jean-Claude Ellena was enchanted by Kerala during the monsoon season. I totally get it why there are not-so-good reviews about this fragrance. With the mention of India, generally a perfume is expected to smell rich, oriental and strong. Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson is totally the opposite, it is serene, delicate and absolutely personifies the monsoon, in an abstract way.
|Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kerala|
Just add the sound of water drops,
the birds chirping and a breeze to the picture,
Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson!
My new year's day went well, I was smelling good! I hope everyone had a great start to 2011. I will be off for a while but promise to come back and write more about my much loved topic, perfumes, in a few weeks time.
Till then, ta-ta, cheerio!