Gardez-Moi by Jovoy

Year: 2013

Notes: aldehydes, raspberry, coriander, black pepper, tomato leaf, white lily, cyclamen, mimosa, ylang-ylang, Egyptian jasmine, gardenia, vanilla, styrax, Virginia cedar, oakmoss, musks
Created by the highly prolific Bertrand Duchaufour, Gardez-Moi is a fruity-floral with notable green accents.

The opening is really inviting, with a sparkling and abundant red fruitiness, mitigated by angular verdant accords (particularly from the tomato leaf). A subdued spicy-herbaceous undertow is discernible, while both the lily and cyclamen emit aquatic nuances.

As the composition approaches the mid notes, the fruity aspect takes a backseat, allowing a soft and gracious white floral heart to fully emerge (spearheaded by the jasmine). Residing on a base of vanilla, cedar, oakmoss and white musk, the drydown is far less interesting – a sweet woody muskiness with vanillic flourishes.

While it's reasonably well-composed, the generic drydown is somewhat of a disappointment. Largely remaining close to the skin, its staying power of around four hours is also lacking.