Helicriss by Sylvaine Delacourte 2016


Kate Apted


G’day APJ family,

The weather in the southern states of Australia has not been particularly ‘spring-like’ lately. I finally got around to separating my scent collection into four piles; one for each season. I am beginning to think this somewhat futile an exercise, simply because I never know what each day will be like. As a result, I dig into my other piles for more temperate offerings. It is pretty much back to disordered mayhem. I did, however, find a little 7.5ml bottle of summery sunshine I’d completely forgotten I had!

Way back at the beginning of the year, I ordered Sylvaine Delacourte’s sample set. I quite liked the range, but I found them a little quiet in general. Musk based, with each scent promoting a different facet based on Ms Delacourte’s memories. I was drawn to the powderiness of Florentina and the smooth ylang ylang of Lilylang. The most interesting I found was Helicriss. So, over the winter months, I ordered travel sizes of four of them. In time, they got lost amongst all my smaller sized bottles. The one it seems I had used the most of, though, was Helicriss.

Helicriss by Sylvaine Delacourte 2016

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, cinnamon, rosemary
Heart: Grapefruit, lemon, tonka bean
Base: Immortelle, patchouli, benzoin, musk

What is so enticing about this one? It has a very unusual blend of notes to produce a musky curry. There is no doubt immortelle is a major note, but it is the blend of patchouli, grapefruit, benzoin and the musk that gives it a firey heat. I am grateful this is a skin hugging scent. It would be completely headache inducing if it projected Poison or Angel like. It is the constant reminder of the scent just being there that makes it pique my curiosity.

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I have absolutely no idea how others find it. Thirty minutes after applying, the curry accord dies down to leave a warm, aromatic rosemary and musk. So, by the time I leave the house, Helicriss has already begun its metamorphosis into a herbally musk. No one has ever made mention of this scent at all, so I guess it is polite enough to wear around others. Interestingly, of the entire range, which does lean to a slight ballet-pink-feminine feel, I think this would smell heavenly on a man. There is one guy at work I am hoping I can get to spray this on himself. After months of helping him search for THE scent, I secretly suspect Helicriss is it.

When I used Helicriss over winter, it always gave a feel of dried grass, hay and the dense heat of the midday humidity of an Australian summer day. It has a dusty, wind like sense that makes me yearn for a sudden rainstorm. I am unsure how Helicriss will fare over the blistering heat of summer, but now that it has joined my spring pile, I’ll get to find out. In the meantime, Helicriss will bring sunshine on a temperamental grey spring day.

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Further reading: Now Smell This and Scent for Thought
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Which scents suggest, or are indicative of, summer months in your country?
K xxx

6 thoughts on “Helicriss by Sylvaine Delacourte 2016

  1. When the weather hots up I get out my Dior Eau Svelte, my Origins ginger, and right now my Teone Batavia. It’s all that I want to wear these days – just comforting and snuggly. Not a summer scent, but I love it so I don’t care! Great post Kate – I’m going to have to try this one now – sounds very interesting and, dare I say it, gourmandy?


    • Dear Monsie! Actually, Helicriss isn’t gourmand at all. It is like a crushed, dried curry leaf at that curry accord stage. Still, I seriously expect you to love Dovana, Florentina and the rose infused one (I have forgotten what it is called!). They are very comforting, snuggly scents. K xx


  2. Hey Kate,
    Mandy Aftel’s Sepia smells like the outback to me. Also I’m finding Hermès Eau des Merveilles a perfect summer scent here in Sydney.
    Portia xx


    • That is a very cool name… Sepia! I’ll have to look this up. It always suggests a calmer sense of reality. Just the word alone is calming. Sepia.

      Does humidity affect Eau de Merveilles, Portia? I’ve only ever tried it at Chadstone, and it wears off before I get outside. Not that I spend several hours perusing perfumes (cough).


  3. Hey Kate! Vero EdPs in the summer. (Voiles in the cooler months) Malle’s Eau de Magnolia is gorgeous in the heat too. Helicriss sounds interesting, but I will have to let it stumble across me. Merry Christmas! Lots of love. xxxxxxx


    • Howdy to you, CQ. Given your tastes, I’d probably let it stumble your way too. It leans on the subtle side and the entire range is ballet pink and soft kid skin gloves. A very merry Christmas to you and your family, and the feline boss! See you in the New Year. Xx


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