Encore Une Fois, meaning “yet again”, speaks to the way we are helplessly drawn, over and over, to the siren call of nature.
Inspired by creator Ruta Degutyte’s love of the earthy, organic smells of the ocean, the scent focuses on the famous grey amber, otherwise known as ambergris. Costly and rare, use of this material explains the higher price point and exclusivity of the limited edition Encore Une Fois.
Introduced by a fresh, bitter citrus opening, the earthy ambergris suffuses the composition with a soft-focus, golden glow. It smells like salt on tanned shoulders after a day at the beach. This freshness is charmingly contrasted with the velvety darkness of the smoky balsams, resins, and patchouli in the base. Peppery, woody, and balsamic, the scent uses Nature’s most precious oils and absolutes to recreate the salty intimacy of just-loved skin.
“I was inspired by John Mark Green’s poem that reads ‘I want to hold you close, skin on skin, and let our heartbeats have a conversation’. Using natural ambergris is my way of capturing the scent of the intimacy of a lover’s skin, the cool salt air of the ocean, and the balsamic earthiness of a nearby forest,” says Ruta.“It’s sensual in a wild, organic way that will appeal to lovers of nature and to lovers in general."
The fragrance starts off with a fireworks display of fresh citrus notes, the sourness of bergamot and the bitter sparkle of petitgrain mingling with ambergris to create the sensation of musky, sun-kissed skin. Violet leaf adds a sharp greenness, but makes no mistake: Encore Une Fois is really all about that double bass. The interaction between the patchouli, cedar, and balsams in the base is a sexy tango between all the spicy, earthy things one might find growing in a dark green forest by the ocean. In Encore Une Fois, the ambergris acts as a waft of sea air, lifting and separating densely-knotted branches of the forest, aerating the scent.
As the scent dries down, subtle accents of old books, sea salt, tobacco, and caramel are revealed, underlined by the fiery-hot sensuality of Peru balsam and benzoin. Cedar, which shares with ambergris a certain smoky bitterness, provides a perfect addendum.