One of the funniest lines in Gosford Park (2001) was unscripted. And who else but Maggie Smith could come up with such a line and deliver it in such a way that would leave the wearer wondering if she had just been given a compliment or the rudest of insults! So when Claudie Blakley as Mabel Nesbitt arrived on set in a green dress, Maggie instinctively said, “Difficult colour, green… very tricky” and the associate producer, Julian Fellowes, burst out laughing. They decided to keep the line.
I would say that green perfumes are also difficult, if not tricky. On my skin they come off very chemical. And, even a hint of green is sometimes rough as in Chanel No. 19 with that poisonous galbanum opening. Judging by Michael Edwards’ green family of his Fragrances of the World 2012, it certainly is one of the smallest families… so I assume that they are not that popular either.
Of those that I have tried, I think Sisley’s Eau de Campagne is wonderful, but expensive. Chanel’s Bel Respiro is also lovely, also expensive. I’ve tried Devin by Aramis a couple of times. Not expensive, but not great either and almost no lasting power. On me, it smells too soapy.
It seems that to enjoy a really good green scent, you have to break the bank. And then again, maybe not entirely.
I recently tried Eau de Céleri by Montreal-based Monsillage and I was delighted. It recently won the Artisan Category of the 2015 Art and Olfaction Awards. I’ll get back with a full review shortly. In the meantime, if you know of any green scents that work for you, I’d love to hear about them.