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Menard L'eau de Kasaneka

posted Thursday, 22 March 2007
Menard, established on my birthday in 1959 (although I wasn't actually born for another six years), is a Japanese cosmetics company that proposes a "'Beautiful Life' to the world based on the ideology of 'Seeking True Beauty.'" In other words, they manufacture several lines of beauty products including skincare, makeup, and fragrance. L'Eau de Kasaneka is their second scent, released in 2004.

Japanese painter Shozo Shimada was called in to design the bottle. According to Menard's Web site:

The world of Shozo SHIMADA is expressed by its unique scent and bottle design. Soft and harmonious form in refined jet black intensifies the irresistible impression of the fragrance. "L'eau de KASANEKA" is an invitation to the voyage through time and emotions. The harmony of various essences conveys the emotions from the past, and inspires brand-new feelings that have remained unexplored.

Whatever that means! Love Japanese descriptions!

Notes: hamanasu (Japanese Rose), basil, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, bergamot, orange, carnation, heliotrope, jasmine, ambrette seed, sandalwood, vetiver, cedar, vanilla, musk 

L'Eau de Kasaneka is a lovely spicy floriental containing ambrette seed. Menard's research on ambrette shows it increases the "secretion of [] feminine hormones."  But what does it smell like?  It starts off as a very perfumey, somewhat old-fashioned floral scent, not distinctly rosy, but floral in general.  Then I detect a cloud of sweet spices.  The woody notes appear in the drydown, as does a big hit of vanilla, serving to mellow out the floral notes.  As for the ambrette, I'm not noticing it.  Actually, the scent is so well-blended; none of the notes scream for individual attention.  

Kasaneka is a very pretty, moderately heavy scent, probably best-suited for cold weather or a night on the town. It's available at Luckyscent and Beautyhabit.