French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is reconnecting with the world of perfumes in 2017 with a new scent called Beautiful Day, an updated take on his first, eponymous fragrance Jean-Charles de Castelbajac eau de parfum (2001), now discontinued but which is memorable to many French people for its regressive school-days Cleopâtre glue note of bitter almonds...
The new composition is signed by perfumer Maurice Roucel of Symrise, who is the author of the original jus.
Castelbajac explained that he called back the perfumer to ask him to rethink what he considers his signature accord to be, that green almond note, by suppressing the sweetness of the debut scent and making Beautiful Day smell more modern.
This choice is to be underlined as so many fragrances nowadays are unafraid of smelling sweet, then so sweet to paraphrase Lolita Lempicka, in a culture defined by the preeminence of gourmand perfumes.
The fragrance notes of green almond, muguet, orange blossom, heliotrope, vanilla, tonka, and musk are said to encapsulate the fashion designer's childhood in Casablanca, Morocco, the scent of rain of hot silex, cut green grass in the morning, his arrival in Nice and the smell of hot tar at the airport. Playing on words like a psychanalist, he also draws a link between those scents and the women in his life: "the mother, the wife, the friend, the lover (amante) - the almond! (amande)"
Available at Marionnaud in 50 ml for 59,99€.
Source: Le Figaro