Monday, February 05, 2007

Laura Mercier Tarte Au Citron Eau Gourmande

The growing popularity of gourmand scents over the last few years, perhaps epitomized by the infamous and now obsolete Jessica Simpson Dessert Beauty, seems to appeal to the younger 16 to 24-year old crowd. Walking around smelling like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or marshmallow creme does not resonate sexiness or sophistication for certain. However, to some it brings joy, happiness and perhaps an increased appetite.

Laura Mercier's fragrance, bath and body Gourmande line is aimed to appeal to more sophisticated noses due to a higher price point and an association with smart makeup and skincare. Of the five sugary sweet scents offered, Tarte Au Citron has become my favorite. "Tarte au Citron captures the essence of lemon, bergamot, cassis, jasmine, anise flower, blonde wood, vanilla, praline and musks" according to Nordstrom. On me, it is a beautiful rendition of my favorite dessert, Lemon Passion from Macaroni Grill.

Lemon Passion
Citrus cake soaked in sweet cream, topped with lemon mousse and finished off with our fresh Italian whipped cream and caramel

Delish! The scent starts off with a burst of lemon, quite tart and fresh. Within one hour, the vanilla, praline and musk become prominent with just a hint of lemon remaining. It reminds me of a half eaten plate of Lemon Passion, the cake mostly devoured with plenty of caramel and whipped cream remaining. And while this is not the scent for a fancy night on the town, it certainly provides a flirty, fun diversion on a casual shopping or errand day. And it elicits enough compliments for this wearer to keep it around for a while!

It can purchased at Nordstrom and other fine department stores, 1.7 oz. for $50.

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