When I moved to New England in 1984 my Florida friends were amused at how I would adapt. One of the hardest was the beaches were so different. My new colleagues told me I needed to adapt to the “rocky coastline” variant. At first, I was skeptical. Then I took a trip up to Maine. This was where my thinking turned around. I spent an afternoon on Schoodic Point. We spread a blanket on the rocks and watched the tide come in. Behind us was a stand of pine trees. The mixture of stone, sea, and pine gave me a new scent to associate with the seaside. Pierre Guillaume 7.2 Morning in Tipasa reminded me of this.
Morning in Tipasa is part of the “Rework” series where he re-interprets one of the original numbered perfumes. As the number indicates this is the second iteration of 07 Grand Siecle. The original and 7.1 Grand Siecle Intense were studies of the brilliance of lemon as a perfume. The opening lemon part of both are among my favorite lemon fragrance experiences. 7.2 Morning in Tipasa is a much different exploration.
The name comes from a piece of prose by Camus in where he describes the activities of young Algerians in the Roman ruins above the sea. M. Guillaume wants us to be on those rocks above the Mediterranean among the pine trees.
If Grand Siecle and Grand Siecle Intense are about the brilliance of lemon. This perfume is about a more fresh and diffusive experience. He uses lemongrass and peppermint to create an accord of fresh air and hazy sunlight. The lemongrass has a soft-focus citrus as the green adds a filter through which to experience it. The peppermint is that moment of filling your lungs with a sea breeze. I usually have a problem with mint. M. Guillaume balances it so well I notice the effect and not the ingredient. Now comes the pine. This is that windswept pine which is where the peppermint does some further work as it lightens up the terpenes at the core. This is that late afternoon moment where the breeze shifts to start coming from the land towards the sea. This carries the pine into the sunlight. The final ingredient is a judicious use of honey. This gives a slightly sweet and animalic foundation for this to rest upon.
Morning at Tipasa has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.
I want to classify this as an aquatic. I also want to call it a Mediterranean style fragrance. Neither of those captures it accurately. This is a summer perfume on the rocks.
Disclosure: This review is based on a sample I purchased.