Greetings APJ good people.
Ever have one of those moments when you suddenly become aware of falling head over heels for something, or someone, that really makes no sense? Maybe it is that weird tasting cereal that has ingredients that you usually despise, or that little weekend hideaway in the hills you keep returning to that is far from your beloved beach.
I fell in love with Chloe Nomade. It was only because I was repeatedly typing into in my Facebook perfume group as my Scent of the Day that it dawned on me how often I was wearing it. The glorious Drew bag shaped bottle gives nothing away of how much I have used. It has snuck into my top five list of most loved and is first for most worn.
My very dear friend, Karen, recommended Nomade a year ago. I eventually tried the scent on a card and found it unimpressive. I loved the bottle and the laid back advertising, but the scent underwhelmed me. I am not sure what prompted me to buy a 50ml bottle at the tail end of winter other than a Fragrantica review of it had me return for a closer smell. Freesia caught my eye and I realised I had not tried it on my skin.
Chloe Nomade by Chloe 2018
Having spent pretty much all summer in Nomade, I can tell you that, on me at least, three notes predominate. The journey follows the same route each time and one has to love the notes in order to appreciate the dry, tomboyish dustiness of Nomade. The opening blast is a tart Mirabelle plum. That lasts for about 45 min, which leads to the dry freesia stage of about the same. It dries down to a good two hours of a barely there musk, generic woodiness AND oakmoss. I appreciate this oakmoss is a watered down, 2019 safe version that complies with common standards of our era, but it has me wonder how bloody glorious this scent would be with 1980s oakmoss treatment! It sounds bland, but the dry down is all about the oakmoss, albeit in an office friendly manner. Let us not forget that Chloe, as a brand, won’t push boundaries THAT far!
Finally, Bisch has given us a Chloe perfume that is not a beige interpretation of a rose, a pastel scent to match the waifish, flimsy fashion Chloe gave us in the early 2000s, nor a sweet based fruchouli bomb. Instead, Nomade is exactly what the advertising promotes; a self assured, wind swept beauty with dry tones to highlight its tomboyishness. It was a brave move for Chloe to release something so decidedly girl-next-door who looks stunningly beautiful with the wind blowing her hair around. While the world still gushes over heavily made up celebrities with fake nails that render the wearer almost incapabale of everyday chores, Nomade celebrates the opposite side of that.
Nomade is a fruity-floral chype. A modern chype, if you will. The oakmoss lends a dry quality to the scent and the freesia gives a bitterness that balances out the tart plum, to reveal its sheer sweetness. It is a gateway chypre for the current generation who have never used their mum’s Charlie, or have not had the joy of 80s oakmoss hard hitters. It would be easy to bemoan Nonade as a try-hard chypre, but given the ethical aspirations we seek, Bisch did a magnificent job to reinterpet an equally adored, and despised, perfume ingredient.
Nomade blooms to heavenly levels when worn on a stinking hot day and the wind blows dry and fierce.
Tell me what you think of Nomade, and the idea of modern chypres. How do you feel about current oakmoss scents?
Ciao Bella et Bello,