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THE SCENT OF A MAN DISCOVERY BOX: Carven L'Eau Intense

FRAGRANCE FAMILY: FRESH AROMATIC 
Top notes: Italian lemon, mint, grapefruit
Heart notes: lavender, birch leaf
Base notes: ginger, cardamom, moss, cedarwood, ambery woods
Described as ‘an olfactory oxymoron’, L’Eau Intense combines icy fresh notes with the warmth of spices and woods. It begins with a bright, crisp, mint stirred with grapefruit and lemon, invigorating in its freshness. As this begins to fade the glow of warmth – via ginger and cardamom – shines through. Lavender, moss and cedar take a back seat but still make themselves known, in the finale.
Carven launched their first men’s scent in 1957, Vetiver for Men, and even then were pioneers of their time, sparking a trend in masculine vetiver fragrances. L’Eau Intense takes Carven to the modern day, where the scent captures the Carven man: fully suited – but with the boy within still wearing trainers – he is effortlessly stylish and striking.
L’Eau Intense is housed in a distinct white flacon, pure in design, akin to a crisp white shirt and just as timeless.
Carven L’Eau Intense from £35 for 30ml eau de toilette
Buy it at Selfridges

SMELLING NOTES: EXPLORE CARVEN L’EAU INTENSE
• If this fragrance was a colour, what would it be?
• Can you differentiate between the fresh citrus notes at the top?
• At what point does the warmth of the ginger and cardamom set in?
• If L’Eau Intense is a freshly-ironed white shirt, what clothing goes with it?
• Which three words best sum up L’Eau Intense to you? Crisp? Refreshing? Clean? Over to you…
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