Winter seemed to be the perfect time for sampling and wearing Sienne l’Hiver from Eau d’Italie. Or at least this was my sentiment subsequent to seeing its description from the official website: “Sienne l’Hiver captures the refined world of the Renaissance city of Siena – a sophisticated and award winning fragrance”.
Unfortunately, it gives me great sadness to declare that, at least on my skin, this fragrance proved to be nothing more than a kind of green fragrance which I’d rather avoid in the future. So, it is puzzling why the above quoted source lists Sienne l’Hiver as a smoky chypre. Anyway, for my review, I included this scent in the category of unisex woody chypre.
It was strange that this time I did not get the idea of perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour (from L’Artisan Parfumeur , since 2008, previously with Symrise), given that Mr. Duchaufour was kind enough to offer us a couple of very interesting fragrances (Trayee from Neela Vermeire Creations and Avignon from Comme de Garcons Series 3, Incense, to name just a few!). But, to return to my criticism, I was expecting a lot more from Sienne l’Hiver, especially with respect to its incense note. To begin with, I imagined this as a fragrance conceived for replicating the aroma of burn wood at the fireplace during winter, but I guess someone considered this idea too blunt.
Sienne l’Hiver delivers a persistent odor of green, which to me resembled with the aroma of a capsicum. And what was more annoying is that this accord prolonged (with minor deviations!) from the beginning until the end. The official notes for Sienne l’Hiver are: geranium, violet leaf and fern in the top notes; iris, white truffle and olibanum (frankincense) in the heart; and black olive accord, hay, labdanum, papyrus root and gaiac wood for the base notes.
To conclude with, in case Eau d’Italie does not ring any bell (sorry for those that already knew that!), I’m mentioning that this is a niche perfume line founded by the Sersale family, the owner of the hotel Le Sireneuse, from the Positano Province of Salerno, Italy. After their debut fragrance, the 2005’s Eau d’Italie, a series of three fragrances followed in October 2006: Paestum Rose, Bois d’Ombrie and the subject of this post, Sienne l’Hiver. The bottle that holds Sienne l’Hiver appears to be quite original, made from opaque glass and topped by an exquisite stopper, adorned with the house’s crest.
One more thing: should you love the green fragrances that behave almost linear, from one end till the other, you might as well choose Sienne l’Hiver.
Eau d’Italie Sienne l’Hiver Perfume Details
- Sienne l’Hiver by Eau d’Italie is available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Chypre
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2006
- Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual