French niche brand Jardins d'Ecrivains (Writers' Gardens) aim to combine a dual passion for both literature and gardens. After releasing a series of scented candles and bath products inspired by such places of literary predilections and musings as the garden of Tolstoï at Iasnaïa Poliana or the garden of Blixen in Nairobi, they have launched their first fine perfume called George...
As its name indicates, it is an homage paid to Romantic writer George Sand who orthographied her first name without the requisite "s" in French.
Resolutely pegged as an unisex scent, it rests its legitimacy as such on the ambiguous gender identity assumed by the writer known for her daring cross-dressing habits in a 19th century world dominated by men.
Maître Parfumeur et Gantier already did a lovely, well-researched George Sand perfume created by perfumer Nicolas de Barry, full of patchouli warmth.
George edp is said to be "destined to men and women who are acceptant of who they are" and who "like to reveal their souls in the sillages of their perfumes".
The eau de parfum opens on top notes of neroli and bergamot; the heart is balanced out to be unisex in character with its contrasted notes of - more feminine - heliotrope and - more masculine - coffee and tobacco, all things being relative. The base notes feature white musk, Peru balsam and myrrh.
A 100 ml bottle is priced at 85€.