25 Years of Sparkling Citrus Goodness – Clarins Eau Dynamisante Perfume Review

Eau Dynamisante
Clarins’ classic citrus chypre is 25 this year

What do The Candy Perfume Boy and Clarins’ Eau Dynamisante have in common? They were both born in 1987 and turned 25 this year, that’s what! Such longevity in the perfume industry sure is something to celebrate and Clarins are doing so by releasing a limited edition bottle which sees Eau Dynamisante encased in a veil of red glitter.

Eau Dynamisante was first released by Clarins in 1987 and is innovative because it is not just a fragrance, it’s a skin treatment too. Clarins describe Eau Dynamisante as “an innovative feel-good fragrance created from an inspired blend of 14 aromatic essential oils and therapeutic plant extracts with the power to scent skin, invigorate the sense and moisturise and soften from top-to-toe.” It’s not just innovative though, it’s also very popular and every three minutes a bottle is purchased in the UK. Now that’s impressive!

Before spritzing on some Eau Dynamisante in preparation for this review I was absolutely sure that it would not be ‘my thing’. This pre conceived notion was based on the fact that citrus fragrances don’t really move me and I was convinced that I had tried it before and wasn’t wowed. I am actually quite surprised to say that I really like it and I think it is the perfect scent to combat the muggy, sweaty days of summer.

Happy Birthday Eau Dynamisante
Happy Birthday Eau Dynamisante!

The Notes

Lemon, Rosemary, Mandarin, Orange, Lavender, Coriander, Patchouli, Ginseng, Aloe and Ginger

How Does it Smell?

The top notes hit you like a bracing wall of citrus. Mouthwatering lemon, bergamot and orange zing up your nose and surround you with a cooling, calm aura. The citrus is joined by a strong, herbal accord that tempers the sweetness whilst providing Eau Dynamisante with a green edge that smells decidedly natural.

There are also tiny facets of spice and florals going on behind the herbs and citrus. Touches of lavender and ginger mix things up a bit and although they’re not entirely prominent (the citrus and herbs really take centre stage) they pop up every now and then to remind you that there is some hidden depth to this composition.

Seeing as Eau Dynamisante is classified as a Citrus Chypre it is no surprise that the base is much richer and heavier than the opening. Patchouli and mosses reign supreme in this latter part of Eau Dynamisante’s development and it moves from being a bright, sunny citrus to a biting, almost bitter (in a good way) chypre in no time at all.

Eau Dynamisante feels like an incredibly easygoing fragrance, it demands nothing from you. Its the type of fragrance that is perfect for unbearably hot days, work days or just those days when you don’t feel like wearing anything too involving.

If I were to sum Eau Dynamisante up in one word I would choose “simplicity” and I mean that it in the best possible way, after all it does take skill to create something so well balanced, calming and easy to love.

One aspect that some may not find easy to love however, is the longevity. Eau Dynamisante isn’t exactly ephemeral but it does subdue quite quickly, but not to worry I have a solution! Buy a big bottle and spray with reckless abandon, you’ll want to experience those bracing top notes again and again.


The Limited Edition Glitter Bottle is available in 100ml size for £29.


PR Sample. Notes and quotes via press release. Image 1 essential.com. Image 2 sunshields.co.uk.