Pastry chefs and perfume. Let’s just think about that for a minute. Really great pastry chef makes perfumes. Well, they hired Calice Becker to make their perfume. Everyone ready to go with that for a bit?
Gourmands have the capability to be the absolute worst perfumes in the world and also be some of the most compellingly sniffable. I’ve smelled a lot of them that are the worst, and it is perplexing to try and figure out how someone could make a perfume that smelled sickly sweet and think that was a good idea to put on your skin. Can a pastry chef and Calice make this work? I have my doubts.
Bergamot Truffle has notes of Dark chocolate, Calabrian bergamot, orange flower and Tahitian vanilla. Well, it’s definitely a gourmand, and they skirt that chocolate note that just makes my nose scream for mercy. It pretty much smells like, well, a truffle. Do you suppose I can just sniff this when I’m jonesin’ for a truffle or two? I’ll be upfront and say I don’t want to wear this – well probably don’t want to wear this, um, very often, maybe just to bed or when I’m hungry. Not because it doesn’t smell good – it really does smell great. I just don’t want to smell like a chocolate truffle wrapped up in some sweet florals. That’s just me. If you love gourmands, you reall should try it. It smells great, walking that fine line on chocolate and sweetness without toppling off the fence.
I’m less optimistic about Lychee Mousse, but what the hell. Notes of White chocolate, lychee meringue, raspberry and Turkish rosewater make up this perfume. I get Lychee, lychee and more lychee on the open. The chocolate does rear up after that and diffuse some of that overwhelming lychee. A blessing. It’s not bad, it reminds me of some Montales that do chocolate. Again, it smells good, pretty much like a lychee mousse, but I’m not going to wear this either because I don’t want to smell like that as I walk through my day. They’ll laugh at me in spin class and then go hunt up a chocolate mousse after class without knowing why they’re craving it.
Pistachio Ganache, which I was most hopeful about for wearability. Notes of Milk chocolate, pistachio nougat, lavender honey and Egyptian jasmine. Oik. That honey note on the open sure is strong. Okay, better now, I can breathe. This is really lovely. Delicate, once it dries down a bit and just makes my mouth water. I might wear this one because it’s just not sweet and not as purely gourmandish. The honey and lavender give it enough additional notes to make it work for me.
All three of the Payards are beautifully done. Restrained gourmands that aren’t going to suck you into the sweet zone. If you like gourmands, you should definitely take a look at these. 50 mls for $40-something is not a financial owie.