Scent of the day: Joie de Vivre by Lenthéric

Day one of a rose rotation and this is a surprisingly nice rose for a drugstore cheapie that cost about a tenner on Ebay.

Created in 1985 by F&F firm Roure Bertrand (later bought by Givaudan), Joie de Vivre has head notes of rose and jasmine, heart notes of iris and bergamot and base notes of amber and sandalwood.

It’s gentle and well-balanced, and perfect for those who like YSL’s Paris but can’t get on with its strength. Office-friendly. It’s long-since discontinued but still available on Ebay.

Lenthéric perfumes are often ‘parfum de toilette’ concentration, which, I remember, made them seem very exotic in 1970s Britain. It’s meant to be close to today’s EDP but this feels more like an EDT.

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