Hello Perfume Posse! Paname Paname is one of the fragrances released by the only Belgian nose Libertine Louison. I have been rummaging in my sample boxes and it jumped out at me. The name, repeated, on a vial called me as I was looking. It was either sent to me by a mate in a sample pack or came as a GWP but I have zero recollection of it arriving here. I thought today we could meet it together
Paname Paname by Libertine Louison for Technique Indiscrete 2008
Technique Indiscrete gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Green Mandarin, Cumin
Heart: Jasmin, Lotus, Apple Cake
Base: Vetiver, Moss de Bois, White Musk, Amber, Chypre Accent
Slightly bakery opening, Paname Paname has a softly doughy tinge that overrides the citrus. It’s very nice together on me. A bit like Marmalade and White Bread. It doesn’t last very long but as an opener it definitely got my attention. Then (and it could be the notes list talking but I can almost taste it) what’s designated apple cake smells more to me like an Iced Apple & Walnut Scroll.
You know those things that look like snail shells flattened, with apples, walnuts, glaze, icing and custard? So freaking delicious. My memories of them go back to Mum buying one from the bakery and the three of us sitting at the kitchen bench or dining table having 1/3 each with cold milk. I happily stay in this moment for the next little while, huffing and remembering.
Dry down comes early and stays linearly around for a while. It’s softly mossy and dry/sweet. It is reminiscent of chypre but a castrated chypre compared to the oldies like Jacomo Silences or even CHANEL No 19. So if you find the hard core chypres too challenging then this soft focus beauty might just hit the spot. Paname Paname is a polite version of their ferociousness.
There is something hugely alluring about Paname Paname, it’s not groundbreaking or outrageous but it’s so wearable and plush. It feels gorgeously expensive and super modern.
Are you chypre-phobic? Would you try this?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies.