George by Anais Biguine for Jardins d’Ecrivains 2012


Post by Trésor


There are few aromas which bring me quite the same sense of ease and incredible comfort as that of the orange blossom. The diaphanous white floral glow that radiates from these precious petals seems to convey a dream sequence of softness, delicate femininity and and that inimitable eau de cologne chic. Yet in the throes of all of this beauty I am still left with one desire unsatiated, the desire and carnal yearning for something subversive; something incendiary and of the night. I’d wondered for quite some time if it would be possible to find an orange blossom who’s calyxes oozed forth wicked elixir and one lucky day, entirely by chance, I found exactly what I was looking for. I found George.

George by Anais Biguine for Jardins d’Ecrivains 2012


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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Neroli, bergamot, heliotrope, coffee, tobacco, peru balsam, musk, myrrh

George opens on the skin with a hyper-realized vision or orange blossoms, ablaze in hues of searing titian and rust. The petals are bleeding with menthol and wrapped carefully within a swathe of rich leather. As the orange blossom begins to settle into the skin the leather takes a more dominant role and becomes adorned with the powdery inflorescence of heliotrope. This moment in particular is the line where George teeters the line of modesty and filth so beautifully. The balsam of Peru which was but a hologram beneath the surface is now cascading forth in its hue of moonlit umber. The balsam is so extraordinarily rich and dense with enveloping aroma that for a period it is all I can smell. As the weight begins to lift I can smell the luxuriant vapours of spectacular honeyed tobacco. This stage is divinity, absolute and beyond words. The camphorous whisper from the previous synapse remains, adding a faint emerald scintillation to the warm and redolent base. It truly is a most comforting and also rather sexy olfactory sensation. As the final stages of the dry down take their descent you are left with the gossamer aura of a dancing and delicious, resinous myrrh-y skinscent. It softly hovers above the skin until it finally fades into nothing at all.

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I get an incredibly good wear out of George, garnering about 10 hours before it finally disappears entirely. The sillage one my skin is rather strong but I don’t find it overpowering whatsoever. It’s simply dense but not necessarily loud. I think if you’re a fan of either orange blossom, leather inflected or balsamic fragrances I wouldn’t hesitate to give George a go. It truly is a brilliant brew.

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Further reading: Now Smell This and The Non Blonde
Beauty Habit has $110/100ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $3.25/ml

I hope that you like it as much as I have!

Trésor xx

15 comments on “George by Anais Biguine for Jardins d’Ecrivains 2012

  1. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Trésor,
    You had me at orange blossoms. I think they are my favourite.
    Portia xx

  2. Orange blossom + leather. Now you’re talking! Sounds amazing and a lovely review.
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    • Trésor says:

      It’s a combination I had never expected but one which works so incredibly well! Thank you so much! I am so happy that you liked it, 🙂

  3. Holly says:

    Just when I was feeling smug about my sample list not taking up a full page …

  4. cookie queen says:

    I have Junky and was surprised at how great it is – especially on a bloke. I will try this out at the end of March. In Milan. Smug, but loving grin. Lovely review Honey. 🙂 xxx

    • Trésor says:

      I love Junky as well! I thought it was so interesting and incredibly well made. Please let me know how you get on with it! <3

  5. Azar says:

    Hi Tresor,
    Your posts are always a great read! So colorful and descriptive. One sentence and I’m drawn into another world. I can just imagine the “calyxes oozing”. The mention of heliotrope scares me a little but I am convinced I must give George a try! I have a one question: What does the name “George” have to do with the perfume George…St. George…a guy’s name?…a coin?…a river in Canada?…the perfumer’s friend, lover or perhaps boss?
    Azar xx

    • Azar says:

      Can’t be George Sand. I think that name is already taken.

      • Trésor says:

        Thank you so much, Azar! I am so grateful that you enjoy my writing. That brings me so much joy! Don’t let the heliotrope scare you, it’s been weaved into the composition with a masterful hand. The name of this fragrance is actually inspired by George Sand. 🙂

  6. Madeleine says:

    Oh Tresor!

    What a fabulous review! Orange Blossom is the one big white floral that is difficult for me but how can I resist it when you write duo beautifully? You had me at ‘ablaze in searing hues of titian and rust’. Plus, JdE is an excellent line and not talked about often enough.

    M xx

  7. Laurels says:

    Moving this one waaay up on my sample list. Have you tried Ineke Field Notes from Paris? I think it’s also supposed to be orange blossom and leather, and I wondered how the two compared.

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