(Looking for Eau Nomade? It's now Eau Contraire.) In India, walk among the stalls of a bustling street market where merchants tempt passersby with freshly squeezed lemons and sweet blood oranges. Pause by the baskets heaped with mounds of ground spices and breathe in the rich, warm cardamom. Eau Contraire is citrus, spice, and hot sun—energy, adventure, and life. It comes in a large splash bottle with an optional spray pump and has the kind of lasting power you rarely see in an eau de cologne. The included instructions say it all: "Generously splashed or sprayed. Chilled or not. For men and women." Notes include blood orange, cardamom, and a touch of Sicilian lemon.
Rather than a single artist, Thirdman is headed by a "tribe," says creative director Jean-Christophe Le Greves. Le Greves is the mastermind behind the brand, Bruno Jovanovic is the nose who created Eau Contraire... but who is the "Thirdman"? He's the co-founder who wishes to remain anonymous, keeping the focus on the quality of the work rather than the famous name behind it. Think of Thirdman as the anti-celebrity-fragrance company. Read a Q&A with Jean-Christophe Le Greves of Thirdman or learn more at www.thirdman.net.
Eau Contraire was made for the modern voyager, inspired by the magnetic pull of faraway places. Its vibrant citrus heart pairs perfectly with the cardamom base to form a cohesive and modern take on a splash cologne. "Cardamom has an amazing briskness but also a comforting quality," says Thirdman creative director Jean-Christophe Le Greves. "Eau Contraire has a solar, textural quality, like walking in a warm sun."