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Launched : 2009
Group : Chypre floral
I own a series of three miniatures called Eau de Sisley 1, 2 and 3 all released in 2009 by French cosmetics and fragrance company Sisley. They are based around fresh and aromatic ingredients many of the company's other compositions are based around (Eau de Campagne, Eau du Soir).
The fragrance is held in a transparent, tall and cylindrical bottle that has a stopper shaped like a head, characteristic of the Sisley brand. The outer box is white and bears the Sisley emblem as well this time in blue and yellow. I find the design stylish, crisp and fresh but also slightly clinical and cold.
Top notes : bergamot, basil, cardamom
The first notes I notice when I apply the fragrance are fresh, moderately sweet lemon and lots and lots of green and camphorous mintiness that's not the chewing gum type but that of the essential oil. The fragrance is also heavy with a raspy herbal aroma accompanying the citrus. Thrown in with the lemon it creates an accord with a soapy tone. This sharp, after-shave like accord ruins the fresh and natural feel of the top of the fragrance for me that could have been so much better without.
Heart notes : iris, jasmine, cyclamen, rose
About 15 - 20 minutes in a markedly floral note hits my nose, that of a powdery iris coupled with a bit of generic warm floral sweetness. The other florals aren't prominent for me as the iris tends to dominate the accord and does a pretty powerful if not overpowering job especially when shortly after it pairs up with earthy, green and sharp vetiver. Unfortunately this is the point where the fragrance goes off on a tangent for me and I become conscious of the fact that what I'm wearing feels quite masculine on the whole. Despite the pronounced powdery iris, Eau de Sisley 2 remains somewhat rough at the edges thus leaning into masculine territory.
Base notes : patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood
The floral-woody and strongly earthy accord stayed on and provided a noticeable, steady projection for about 4 hours which I consider long-lasting for a heart. After that however, it quickly disappeared and literally in place of a powerful big cloud of powdery woody earthy iris I was left with barely nothing all of a sudden! Well, almost, as for another couple of hours I could still detect some weak musky scent with a touch of sharp and citric green accord going on amidst a generic, sweetish cedar-like aroma. It wasn't anywhere near the rich, natural, pencil shavings cedarwood, but the sweet, watery and only slightly woody Iso E Super, an aromachemical that now practically serves as a base to all commercial fragrances. Iso E Super can make the nose anosmic so if there's nothing else to hold up the base, it will be pretty thin and inconsistent.
Eau de Sisley as well as the other two colognes in the series is marketed for women however I already found that neither Eau de Sisley 1 nor Eau de Sisley 3 were really feminine or even unisex so unfortunately Eau de Sisley 2 joins the ranks of the other two. To be honest, I cannot see the point of these fragrances which are neither characteristically feminine or unisex and they feel like being a pointless exercise putting these otherwise quality raw materials together without expressing an artistic idea, a prerequisite to good and meaningful perfumery. Whilst I could see this as a great, sophisticated cologne for a guy who likes the current chypre floral - woody floral musk trend for men (Dior Homme, Prada Infusion d'Homme), personally it's a no for me.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Sisley Eau de Sisley 2 goes for q steep £61 / 50ml Eau de Toilette and £99 for the 100ml in department stores or online for less from discounters such as Space NK currently on sale at £48 / 100ml Eau de Toilette
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