Gobin Daudé Sève Exquise is one of the five perfumes released by Victoire Gobin-Daudé in 2002. It has notes of orris, poplar bud, liatrix, and vetiver.
Sève Exquise is another green fragrance, but it is a completely different take on green from yesterday's Sous Le Buis. If Sous Le Buis is the dark, almost bitter, late-summer green of leaves, shrubs, and twigs, Sève Exquise is the bright, pale green smell of tender shoots in spring. It has a milky-sweet quality, almost like syrup, and a subtle spicy-earthy undertone.
It is extraordinarily evocative — it is the kind of perfume that makes you forget that it is a perfume. I do not even think of the individual notes when I am wearing it; it just smells like its name: exquisite sap. It is the smell of well being, and the abundance of life.
I reach for Sous Le Buis more often, but truth be told, if I did not have Sous Le Buis, I could find another green fragrance to fill the same niche in my collection. I know of nothing else that smells like Sève Exquise.
It is an Eau de Toilette, and the lasting power is reasonable. For availability, see yesterday's review of Sous Le Buis. Bonus reading: a 2003 interview with Victoire Gobin-Daudé, in French, in Le Journal des Femmes.