Something funny occurred the other day. I was dressing in the locker room after my workout and this guy says to me, “what fragrance is that you’re wearing. It smells great?” As stunned as I was, I replied, “Citron de Vigne by Fresh.” He was familiar with the brand but had trouble pronouncing the name. I began telling him about other scents they have worth trying like, Cannibus Santal, and Patchouli Pure, to name a few and he said he was definitely looking into purchasing the one I was wearing.
That encounter led me to think, “that sort of thing never happens,” to me that is. Occasionally a women might ask me what I’m wearing or remark, “you smell great,” but it’s always someone I know. Strangers never approach me in that way, men or women. I recently read someone’s Facebook status update and it said, “a woman followed me today for four blocks to ask me where I got my shoes.” Take a guess what her gender is? Guys never do that sort of stuff. We rather see it, appreciate it, and fool ourselves into thinking, “I’ll remember it in case I see it.” We just aren’t programmed that way. It’s an ego thing I guess. I’ll see a guy wearing a hat I like or carry a bag with interesting detail and I’ll ask my lady to inquire about it (she never obliges).
Anyhow, I’ve been wearing Citron de Vigne for a few months now and each time I wear it; I appreciate it more. The story behind its creation starts with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot’s vintage La Grande Dame Champagne and includes a visit to Remis, France where Fresh’s co-founder Alina Roytberg toured Veuve’s historic vineyards. Upon her return, Alina shared her experiences and a bottle of the vintage champagne with Fresh co-founder Lev Glazman and the rest is history.
What I like about Citron de Vigne is how bright and earthy it is. It opens with a nice cool sweet burst, which I attribute to the use of Neroli in the top note (my nose always picks that up as clean and fresh) and over time its dry down is warm and soothing. We can attribute that to the use of patchouli, sandalwood and amber and Mr Glazman’s innovative Pinot Noir accord consisting of bergamot, dark almond, white sandalwood, musk, and rose notes which he says captures “the aromatic woodsy scent of fermenting grapes.” I visited Remis, France myself last year and this is exactly how I remember it.