Gendarme Eau De Cologne (EDC) is crisp, clean and freshly sensual while it maintains a business-like demeanor. Lemon and lime earmark this scent as distinctly assertive, and as these bright, terse citric elements pop on the skin, bergamot injects it’s sly, irresistibly juicy trademark into this tangy mix.
Verbena is a verdant wonder, injecting just enough fresh cut sweetness into this scent to make it feel cleverly optimistic. Lavender demonstrates an effortlessly cool, counteracting the aggressive vigor of the preceding citrus.
A subtle hint of jasmine creates a supple, soft interior against which lavender, citrus, and dulcet lilac recline, making Gendarme feel positively chill. An enlivening herbal effect emerges in the quixotic form of thyme, so that Gendarme stays eternally alert, despite its tranquil tone.
A final frisson of leather adds a whip-smart intelligence to this fragrance and melts effortlessly into the skin. Gendarme blends with the user’s natural musk, creating a unique signature. Luminous, subtle, elusive yet irresistible, Gendarme disarms and enchants.
Gendarme EDC notes:
Top: Bergamot, Lemon. Verbena
Mid: Lavandin, Jasmine, Thyme
Dry: Lilac, Tonka Bean, Hint of Leather
A respected fragrance marketer and leader in the industry, Topper Schroder has crafted and brought to life distinct scents and body care products including Gendarme®, Grabazzi®, the successful men’s fragrance Gendarme V® and an exclusive women’s line, Carrière®. With a loyal following that includes A-List Hollywood celebrities, Schroder’s lines of fragrances are seen in top boutique and fragrance counters all across the globe, competing and outselling other national brands.
But in 1983, Topper was merely a consumer of fragrances and found himself on a quest to find cologne he could wear with pride, but without annoying skin irritation or asthmatic reactions. After searching the department store and men’s counters everywhere without success, he decided to develop a cologne to his specifications. With no professional fragrance background, Topper became a quick study in the art and surrounded himself with expert guidance. While his fragrance mentor was able to make introductions, many at first saw Topper as someone going to a lot of trouble to satisfy a self-defined market of one.
Within a few years, Gendarme was not only a cologne but a full line of personal grooming products which today includes aftershave, skin conditioner, bath bar, shaving cream, and body shampoo. Retail word-of-mouth built a huge celebrity clientele, a national network of more than 1,000 upscale retailers, and impressive national sales through Gendarme.com.