I smiled the minute I spritzed on Le Toit, because it has a near-irresistible burst of nasturtium and a hint of loamy soil at the top. This is a good-mood scent if there ever was one, and the perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena, clearly adores the garden he's chosen to translate into a fragrance.
Past the first sniff, the scent transforms, and a crisp green apple note dominates the central accord. It's a much more tart, realistic apple than DKNY Delicious, but fans of that perfume will also likely adore this one. I see it as a more mature alternative to the DKNY scent. Once the apple settles in a little, it blends into a light floral with lots of magnolia. Again, it's not the soft, creamy magnolia you might expect, but a crisp, realistic one.
Le Toit dries down to a grassy, slightly acidic floral that feels transparent on skin and perfect for extremely hot weather; I've been wearing it around San Francisco during our sudden heat wave, and it's been marvelous. I'm already a Jean-Claude Ellena fangirl, and this scent doesn't disappoint. It may not smell exactly like a city garden, but it makes me just as happy.
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