Hello Posse, Very excited to be with you all today. Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies bringing you a fragrance that isn’t super new but it is new to me. I love Pierre Guillaume’s general aesthetic in all his ranges and the Phaedon fragrances that I’ve tried so far seem to be a little different to his usual fare…..
Pluie de Soliel by Pierre Guillaume for Phaedon 2011
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Bergamot, lemon, freesia, strawberry, pineapple, sandalwood, musk
The fruity opening for Phaedon’s Plui de Soliel is so OTT that it makes me laugh out loud, well the first time I sprayed it did. Now it makes me smile broadly, I can’t believe how much I like this massive overdose of fruit. This is canned fruit in sweet syrup, glace fruit, dried fruit, everything but fresh fruit. They are fun, silly, neon bright fruits like candy carbonated fizz. Though you can tell the nod to strawberry and citrus it in no way resembles the fruit, totally synthetic feeling. Somehow though this crazy fruit melange works and makes me smile with sheer carefree joy.
The heart is a lot like having a citrus/pineapple cheese cake with almond meal and biscuit base (Photo Stolen KraftRecipes). Creamy, milky, pineapple, and this fun biscuity/almond-ish back beat that nothing in the notes prepared me for. It could be a creamy, nutty, synth sandalwood? I get no sandalwood or freesia to my nose from Phaedon’s Plui de Soliel but that could be my wonky skin or nose. I really enjoy the heart where the fireworks have calmed down and I can just relax into the fruitiness. I know, it’s hard to believe I just wrote that sentence but it’s true, I really like Phaedon’s Plui de Soliel.
I can understand why some reviewers think this too close to modern mainstream perfumery, it is pretty close to quite a few designer and celebuscents, Phaedon’s Plui de Soliel is cooler, feels more expensive and the high octane fizz is not headache inducing, actually I find it calming, and whatever the creamy part is anchors the rest beautifully. The blending feels seamelss and there is none of the brutal clunkiness or heavy handedness that you can find in cheaper versions of what we have here.
After 5 hours I am left with a very soft pineapple and clean musk, it’s nearly gone but stays at a very low hum for another couple of hours. Only those who get you really, really close will be able to smell you. What they smell though will make them want you even more.
Have you tried Phaedon’s Plui de Soliel? Are you one with the haters or did you find it fun, carefree and flirty? Can a fruity floral be wearable for you? Do you have one you love?
PS. I couldn’t let an opportunity for a pic of Pierre Guillaume go by. Feast your eyes.
Photo Stolen Franjipani.cz