As soon as I spritzed this on my flesh I had a flash of a massive POSTlabor day parade with gigantic floats made of real flowers and shaped like ballet slippers and kittens and gazebos – all being towed by 1,000 people wearing patent leather white shoes and seersucker suits in a late September fashion rebellion.
Why hadn’t I tried this scent in the summer? This smells like all my favorite flowers and none of them have any place in fall. In the fall I like to wear scents that smell like the outside of a burnt hotdog tossed in a broken dryer with an acrylic sweater fresh from basement storage.
I’m kidding. But, this scent brought to mind a particular top I’ve been trying to wear on repeat before I have to change into corn-maze gear. It’s a Zara floral. And it says summertime pretty hard but it’s hot in Memphis so I thought I’d try to make it work for as long as I can even though we are staring at the end of September. Sooner or later though, people start to notice that all the candy is coming in Halloween editions and it’s far past back to school. Eventually you have to let go of summer and all the flowers and freedom it entails. I guess.
So, anyway, if I had to describe this scent I would say it smells like this:
If you need words – here is the description of Folle de Joie from the Joie site:
Derived from the ease of California’s sea scented beaches and romanticized by Parisian charm, Folle de Joie captures the carefree yet sophisticated JOIE lifestyle. The scent opens with a burst of freshness from an intimate blend of calming sweet citrus mixed and a light woodsy floral, giving way to playful hints of rich cognac. Folle De Joie’s mid notes of jasmine and rose add a feeling of Summer’s carefree essence while exotic warm base notes of spicy and rich wood and leather nuances broaden the seductive scent. Presented in a bottle reminiscent of a treasured vintage find, the delicate gold accents and textured linen paper add to the overall affect creating the perfect package.
And from Birchbox (where I think I got this sample):
There are two spots that feature prominently in our wanderlust-fueled daydreams: SoCal beaches and Parisian sidewalk cafés. Luckily, we can live vicariously through this refreshing fragrance. Folle de Joie, which translates to crazy with joy, evokes both the relaxed and playful vibe of California and the seductiveness and refinement of the City of Light. The perfume opens with a burst of freshness from a blend of citrus and a light woodsy floral, giving way to hints of cognac. Its middle notes—jasmine and Damascenia rose—give the scent a carefree, summery vibe. Warm base notes of spicy woods and rich leather add a seductive finish.
Citrus and a woodsy floral. My favorite. If they come out with a burnt-leaves-wanderlust edition this will be my go-to fragrance for fall!
Twelfth Sample Breakdown
Terms or concepts learned:
Damascenia rose – has ancient pharmacological uses – it’s a holy herb. It also smells really good.
Things to work on:
No being hung up on timing for things like tops or fragrances or success or relationships or snacks.
Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:
Got a couple compliments and got to take a trip to Canada. Lucky scents lately!