I love several scents from the (I think) rather under-appreciated Parfumerie Generale. Indochine promises to rocket to the top of the list. Which is strange, since reading the description of “spicy, powdery woods” I would normally think either snooze or scrub.
It opens with a perfect balance of pepper and sweetness and I swear Mace (the spice, not the stuff police spray at miscreants) as well as cardamom and comb honey. It smells the way I wish chai tea lattes taste: today in Los Angeles it was in the 60’s with wind and I think if I could have gotten away with it I would have just spent my entire morning meeting with my wrist glued to my nose and occasionally moaning. But that would have looked weird. The middle adds a powdery aspect and vanilla until finally settling down into a honeyed vanilla wood with just a touch of skin.
I think that PG really does some of the best gourmands out there (coming from a gourmand-hater), perhaps because they keep theirs justthisside of smelling like the dessert cart. It’s also, like many PG scents completely unisex. If I had a Sig Other this would be the holiday gift for him so I could snuggle in and smell (and who am I kidding, poach like crazy). As it is I might have to actually fall from my months-long streak of not buying more and purchase.
$95 for 50ML at LuckyScent, where I sampled.