Gourmandish floral perfumes normally don’t do it for me, with a couple of exceptions like Lostmarc’h’s Lann-Ael. One recently just captivated me into swooning. MUA has been chatting this one up for a few weeks, so I had to try it.
Carla Fracci Giselle has notes of ylang-ylang, cinnamon, freesia, jasmine, tuberose, vanilla, coconut, caramel, musk and white honey. It opens on this weird ylang-cinnamon combination. It’s not totally ylang, it has a spiciness to it that’s really charming. The middle floral notes have about the right touch, warming it up and sweetening it a little. It’s shocking that the freesia doesn’t make it too sweet, but it’s balanced well with the more earthy jasmine.
Wafting through all of this is the honeyed warmth of the gourmand notes. It’s never too sweet, it always feels more like a floral, but those gourmand notes just make this smooth as silk and snuggly and warm and completely enchanting. The drydown just makes it better, more vanillic, like a softly warm bakery.
I truly adore this, it is great from start to finish. There’s a rumor around that this may be or is discontinued, which would significantly suck now that I’ve found it. Anyone know on this?
So what has been your biggest perfume love that hit the discontinued pile?