Launched : 2009
Group : Aromatic green
Summer is largely coming to an end however having been on holiday I've only got round to reviewing my first miniature edition to a series of three summery eau de toilettes released in 2009 by French cosmetics and fragrance company Sisley.
Sisley presents their eau de toilette and cologne range offerings in a tall, clear and cylindrical bottle that this time bears a stopper reminiscent of the emblematic scultped head of their flagship fragrance Eau de Soir. The simple, white packaging is adorned with the Sisley crown logo that makes it easy to identify.
Top notes : mandarin, grapefruit, pink pepper, spices
Eau de 1 opens up fairly sharply with an immediately distinguishable bitter lemon scent that has an unsweetened, raspy and masculine feel to it. It diffuses a nose-tickling, peppery and musky sillage at arm's length worthy of a full-blown men's cologne. As the accord warms up it turns slightly muskier and muted on the fresh elements for about the next half an hour.
Heart notes : tea, jasmine, juniper
The fragrance finally gets ever so slightly sweeter by developing a dry, powdery and white floral tone paired with an increasingly woody and earthy green aspect. On the whole this accord strongly reminds me of the iris and vetiver accord used in Infusion d'Iris from Prada.
Tea is recognisable and adds a peppery and spicy feel akin to Bulgari's Tea-themed fragrances (Thé Vert, Thé Blanc and Thé Rouge) only slightly drier and more masculine with a hint of bitter lemon in the background. The heart lingers on for 3 - 4 hours before the base notes take over.
Base notes : patchouli, musk
The fragrance dries down to an unsweet, dry, powdery musk that's also slightly woody with a lemony hint. It resumes itself to a skin scent so not notieable from 5 - 6 hours on other than very close to the skin. Again, the accord is fairly unisex verging on masculine and my main gripe again here is its complete lack of depth. The flat and poor ending without the slightest hint of sweetness offers very little interest on the whole before it completely evaporates after about 8 - 9 hours.
Unfortunately I have to conclude that Eau de 1 is an altogether masculine fragrance for me so I would not wear it even in the height of summer. It does bear similarities to the less exclusive and straightforward Original 4711 Eau de Cologne that is indeed a rather linear, citrusy green cologne suitable for both sexes. To my nose, Eau de 1 is an amalgam of several influences mentioned above, all of which are far more creative and unique creations.
Eau de 1 tries to be sophisticated but it fails to do justice to the beautiful ingredients it contains. The blending is well-done enough however it lets down its potential and unable to bring out the soft and complex side of either jasmine or patchouli both vying for attention. It is also unable to capture the true unisex spirit and lacks emphasis on the fresher, green elements or the sweet florals sadly buried under the heap of dry and earthy musk.
I'm not one to rebuff unisex or cologne-type scents especially in hot weather however this scent is just too masculine and uninteresting for me. The price is enough to put me off from investing in one even at half price not to mention its drawbacks. Sisley's Eau de 1 is indeed a classic albeit unoriginal unisex cologne that is sadly too flat and gears too much towards men's colognes so that I could possibly enjoy it. Not recommended for its intended audience.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The full RRP is a rather pricey £61 / 50ml Eau de Toilette and £99 / 100ml Eau de Toilette so it probably clocks in as the most expensive cologne I have come across this far.
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