Every time I wear Eau de Campagne by Sisley from a random sample or a store tester I ask myself why I don't own a bottle of this stuff. Ninety minutes later, when all trace of Eau de Campagne is gone I remember: oh, that. Longevity, right. But for the glorious hour when the 1974 Jean-Claude Ellena creation for Sisley is alive and well on my skin all is good and green in the world.
The first thing I smell in Eau de Campagne is galbanum. Sharp, green, and bitter, and for a brief second I'm in Vent Vert's universe. But Eau de Campagne brightens quickly into a sunny lemon and herbs composition. When I'm lucky and the fragrance doesn't explode too quickly into tiny green crystalline drops I also get the promised tomato leaf (note to self: experiment with layering Eau de Campagne with Christopher Brosius's tomato leaf accord). Mostly, this Sisley fragrance smells like something to toss with sliced avocado, and I mean it in the best possible way.
I never tried Eau de Campagne in its original 1970s form. I'll go out on a limb and guess that the oakmoss was far more pronounced, and perhaps the entire base of the fragrance was more solid. I don't know if it was darker or dirtier: the ad campaign seem to have always stress the sporty, sunny, horsey and golfy lifestyle (then again, so did Aliage). The current version reminds me a little of Cristalle EDT the way I seem to remember it from days of yore. Eau de Campagne sparkles and shines. It's a quick mood enhancer, just plan to either reapply often or change into a perfume with no commitment issues.
Notes: bergamot, galbanum, lemon, basil, tomato leaves, plum, jasmine, geranium, lily-of-the-valley, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver, white musk.
Eau de Campagne by Sisley ($97, 1.6 EDT) is available from Neiman Marcus and other select department stores.
Eau de Capmagne ads via couleurparfum.com and an online auction.