With Émilie Coppermann's L'Esprit Cologne series, The Different Company pursues, in a new style, the spirit of transparent yet sophisticated blends it initiated under its co-founder Jean-Claude Ellena.
The trick for turning a fresh-out-of-the-shower splash into a nocturnal cloak? Darken the classic citrus, neroli and jasmine accord with a sensuous balsamic base (benzoin and labdanum), and jazz it up with natural musks drawn from an angelica and ambrette duet that pulls the musk sexiness from top to base notes.
Despite its purple hue – which The Different Company swears doesn't stain fabric – After Midnight isn't a dusky, heavy scent, but a bracing blend as limpid as a shot of vodka, as crystalline as a top note from Chet Baker's trumpet, as coolly burning as his voice. Who knew Cologne could go clubbing?