FU#*$&@* Gourmand perfume. Word of advice — never go out of town when there is a Posse Scent Club coming up that you have to write for, and at least one of the scents on the list is something you detest that has some fierce fans, because your “friends” will stick you with the one scent you don’t ever want to write about again.
So…. let’s start somewhere else in hopes of keeping the yelling down when I get to Arabie. Serge Lutens Rahat Loukhoum is one of those scents that I could stick my nose in the bottle and sniff all day and be happy. Put it on my skin? Not so much. Notes of fresh white almond, crushed cherry pits, hawthorn, heliotrope, Turkish rose, balsam, tonka bean, aldehydes, white honey, musk and vanilla. I’m not sure what goes wrong on me, and it doesn’t always, but I’m blaming the honey. Inspired by the thick, jellied candy, which I’ve never smelled… maybe? It’s not that white stuff with the jelly chunks inside it that Brachs makes and sells in the Pick-a-Mix bins?
Listen, my culture just isn’t that polished, shoot me –oh, wait, the Arabie fans will do that later, never mind.
The open of Rahat is sweet and cherry and just lovely, but the longer it’s on me, it turns into kind of a blobby mess. I’m not sure if it does that on everyone, but because of the way it dries down, this for me will always remain in my “leave it in the bottle to sniff” category of perfumes – gourmand perfume or not – but any time I am almost out of it, I have to make sure I have at least a couple of ml around always to sniff because smelling it makes me very happy, for reasons I just can’t explain.
Guerlain’s Iris Ganache I’ve reviewed in the past, and I’ve not changed my mind on how much I love this since my previous review. The notes are bergamot, iris butter, white chocolate, floral notes, cinnamon, patchouli, white musks, cedarwood and vanilla. It sounds like a mess, but it so works, never going too sweet or into the sweet gourmand perfume territory. Wasser balanced this one perfectly, as the drydown veers off into a dry territory that is a shadow of sweetness, just a whisper. In fact, the longer I smell this one, the more I adore it.
Listen, when I get done with this next one, I should just move before the Arabie lovers show up at my door, throw a gunny sack over my head and take me out and throw me in the river. What they were thinking when they made this perfume potage is a mystery. A commenter said yesterday that they wanted to eat Arabie, not wear it, and that’s pretty much where I fall, just so I don’t have to smell it! Notes of Cedar, sandalwood, candied mandarin peel, dried figs, dates, cumin, nutmeg, clove, balsamic resins, Tonka bean, Siamese benzoin, myrrh reads like a shopping list for King Soopers instead of a perfume. It’s just tooooooo much — too cuminy, too much spice, too, yes, FOODY! Gak, gah, erp, yuk, I hate this stuff on me with the passion of a thousand burning coals. I will never change my mind, no, not ever. Pardon me, I need to salt and pepper my Arabie hand and eat it now.
::: shudder ::::
Whether gourmand perfume or foody perfume, I do always find myself fascinated with the more “eaty” scents, even though I wear very few of them. Iris Ganache is one of the ones I do wear. When you do try a gourmand perfume, are you someone that wears them or just likes to sniff them in the bottle? Out of the six scents that we picked for this Posse Scent Club, which did you like the most? Which did you think was the best made, even if it wasn’t your favorite? And why?