The name is also an allusion to another typically French expression, il y a du monde au balcon the balcony is crowded meaning, this time, that someones décolletage is overflowing. With its lusciously rounded top notes of honeyed mandarin, apricot, vanilla, cinnamon and orange blossom, Antoine Maisondieus Noël au Balcon certainly conveys a sense of mischievous, festive flesh. Tangerine, vanilla, honey, orange blossom, apricot, red pepper, patchouli, musk, cistus, cinnamon, nigella, amber. Picot works resemble a Post-Impressionist manner, reducing flowers, trees, houses, and figures to their basic forms. (1933-) Since 1956, Jean Claude Picot has been working exclusively as a professional artist. He is greatly influenced by the works of the Fauvist masters like Vlaminck, Derain, and Matisse, whose lively canvases drew great attention in the first decade of the 20th century for their revolutionary use of color, texture, and abstract form.
After the heats died down, Noël au Balcon moves smoothly to a patchouli, amber, musk and vanilla base lit up by ylang-ylang-like solar notes. Now the firebrands really ready for trouble. The firebrand part kicks in with an unusual, nose-tingling red chili pepper matched with the bitter, slightly citrusy flavor of nigella sativa, better know as black cumin but also, provocatively, as devil-in-the-bush (no snickers!) or, in France, as Venuss hair.
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