There’s that really great friend that you crawl in bed with one night because it’s late, you’re tired and a little drunk, not to mention it’s just really comfortable being a little snuggly with someone that doesn’t get the blood pounding, and then in the middle of the night, um, heat shows up. It surprises you, and it makes you a little uneasy, but you aren’t saying no.
That’s Guerlain Tonka Imperiale for me. This sample has been sitting and staring at me for over a week now. I spritz it, meander around a while, go back and forth between loving it and thinking, “Ew, maybe not,” only to give up and try again another day. Rinse, repeat, until we got stuck together for a few hours alone.
Reason for it? Not sure exactly, but there’s enough L’Heuere Bleue (in my serious hate pile) in here to give me discomfort, as it starts pegging over to the FULL POWDER setting, but never quite gets there. It’s gourmand, verging on sweet, pulling back before my teeth ache and my thighs expand. There’s a sumptuous dessert vibe surrounding it that’s a little roasted. Tonka is my crack, so how could this possibly miss? Well, I finally decided it didn’t miss, I just had to move the target a squidge. Though it has edges that make me uncomfortable – hey, didn’t I do a whole post about edges? – they are edges I can live with, it lets me breathe into the parts that I’m not sure I like, while savoring that rich, mesmerizing almost roasted dessert. Maybe it’s the rosemary that throws me? Just as I’m sinking into this sinful, tasteful gourmand, it buzzes my nose a little, and gives a discordance that isn’t jarring, but makes me think about what I’m smelling again. Enough that I can never get quite easy with it.
Top notes: Rosemary, Bergamot, Bitter Almond; Middle notes: Tonka Bean, Light Tobacco, Jasmine; and Bottom notes: Incense, Cedar Wood, Pine. It’s beautifully made. Guerlain continues to impress me with creating another scent that fits in with the other Matieres seamlessly, but sparkles all on its own.
I’m not sure where it’s going to sit in the pantheon of Guerlain La Matieres that I love, which would be all of them – below Armenie and Beluga, next to Angelique, above Iris Ganache, unless I’m feeling very sweet (this is rare, but it does happen). Oh, why do I bother trying to rank the Matieres. What’s your ranking, if you’ve smelled them all? Anyone have a bottle they want to split? Or you would you want in on a split with me?
Sample source is a teeny squidge from TPC.