Hi Posse Peeps! You like sweet but need it a little savoury? This could be your jam. Praline de Santal is a surprise packet. It’s strange to me that there is not so much Pierre Guillaume chatter on the blogs and FaceBook pages. He is a sensational perfumer with an incredibly deft touch when it comes to sweetness. Somehow he manages to create sweet scents that are interesting, unusual and totally unisex. That’s quite a feat. I can imagine his fragrances appealing to the non perfume aficionado right through to a hard core perfumista. Recently I talked about another of Pierre’s beauties Foudre here on Perfume Posse
I also love that Pierre has his own factory so everything he does is created, produced and packed with his oversight. That kind of single minded dedication and overarching dictatorship is almost impossible to do without a luxury brand bankrolling you.
Praline de Santal by Parfumerie Generale 2011
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Heart: Heliotrope, Cedar
Base: Sandalwood, Musk, Cashmeran
Sadly this lovely gem, and the rest of the Pierre Guillaume Private Collection, has been discontinued. They were weird, unconventional and challenging if you took notice but also easy enough to wear as Go To Daily.
Nothing I’ve ever smelled is quite like this. Praline de Santal should be a fairly powdery, nutty and woodsy experience if you are looking at the notes list. It is all of those things but it’s also sweet as nougat with a bitterness as if covered in dark chocolate and that odd sweet/savoury of a salted caramel pretzel. Sounds like a mess when I write it down but seriously, it is bloody gorgeous.
All the sweet/savoury stuff happens in the first couple of hours. Little huffs of it surprise me as i go about my day. Once they are done Praline de Santal softens off to a lightly salted amber and woods combination. Imagine if sandalwood had become driftwood and you have a fair idea of the creaminess.
Most places don’t have this beauty anymore. BLOOM has some samples left but everywhere else seems sold out. It’s a shame because Praline de Santal is worth hunting down, even just for a reference of something so different and wonderful.
Do you love a discontinued niche beauty that everyone has forgotten?
What is it?