Plants change, seasons change, ingredients change - like wine, for example.
Apparently, rumor has it that nearly 1,000 jasmine flowers go into creating the widely beloved perfume. This is a perfume that manages to seem both light and dark at the same time, like the moss, damp leaves, and mushrooms on a forest floor shaded by a canopy of trees.It is luxuriant, but not dazzling or bright, like semi-precious stones before they're polished, when their opacity hints at their rawness. 19's minimalism reminds me of Jean-Claude Ellena's perfumes, what one reviewer called a nouvelle cuisine of perfumery. They seem like similar fragrances, Au Thé Vert the sunny, happy fragrance and Chanel No.You wouldn't ask atonal music for a melody, an herbal tincture for sugar, or a fairytale witch for kindness.It's what we deem missing (what is, in fact, its restraint) that makes this a haunting fragrance.