The sizes of the Parfums de Nicolaï perfumeries in Paris really make you think of them as neighborhood perfumeries. This is why it is so easy to associate them with the intimate streets of Paris. If the perfume is called L'Eau Chic, then it feels all the more like the latest Parisian novelty appeared as you would think of the latest hat appearing in the window of your favorite milliner. L'Eau Chic is an unisex fragrance inspired by the scent of the big geranium soaps that were in perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï's parents' bathroom...
It therefore joins the world library of fine fragrances that are directly inspired by the scents of soaps, like Monocle Scent 2: Laurel by Comme des Garçons (an Aleppo soap made much more sublime) or even more closely related it seems, Géranium pour Monsieur by Frédéric Malle, which also draws inspiration from this same type of geranium soaps, Antérénéa in this case. The latter perfume is part of the same culture and the Malle perfumeries are a stone-thow away from the de Nicolaï ones anyway.
Patricia de Nicolaï said "I dreamt of using the essence of geranium as the heart and soul of my composition. It is a delicious essence, however, it has a sharp, tangy side that you need to tame to your needs. The challenge: soften it without weakening it, making it original without disgusing its tone."
The citrus-woody-aromatic scent has notes of: peppermint, lavender, Bourbon geranium, sandalwood, camomille, iris, clove, spices, and white musk. It is described as a perfume which is easy to wear, yet identifiable and with an exceptionally lasting signature.
Via press release