Eau Duelle is a vibrant dash of cold spices – cardamom, pink peppercorn and saffron – and the intoxicating juniper essence hits new heights with fresh cypress and elemi aromatic tinges. Then the vanilla emerges triumphant against the light and dark backdrop.
On the one hand, there is ethereal, epicurean and powdery Firnat vanilla, its enthralling sweetness exalted by paradisone – a Firmenich captive molecule akin to an infinitely pure hedione – and by white, sweet and enveloping musks.
On the other, there is original and mysterious bourbon vanilla. It is slightly smoked and almost syrupy. Vetiver, African frankincense smoke, and animal and leathery twists from Asian cypriol purify it. A spice trail necessarily travels through places where unexpected exchanges occur.
The gatecrashers here are black tea from Ceylon and the famous calamus reed, the tasty revealers that make the journey singular, memorable and priceless. Eau Duelle will delight anyone who dreams of breathing vanilla with a different tinge. It is neither languid nor docile: it is enthralling in an all-new way.