Hi there Perfumed Posse Peeps. You might remember not long ago I told you of buying some Maria Candida Gentile testers for a song in a run out sale. They were my January New Idea reward. Cinabre was one of the bottles I bought. I’m not exactly sure why but there is little chatter about the brand in the scentbloggosphere. I’m hoping by shining a light on a few you might find yourself interested enough to go find them too. We sniffed Barry Lyndon last March. I’m thinking you might all like this in the Northern Hemisphere as you enjoy spring.
Cinabre by Maria Candida Gentile
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Ginger, Pepper, Pink Pepper
Heart: Rose, Moroccan Rose, Davana
Base: Opoponax, Benzoin, Vanilla
Zingy opening of pink pepper berries and ginger only lasts a few moments before the roses come flooding in. They are slightly bitter, dark and voluptuous. Very little jam displayed in the early minutes and the fragrance feels cool and peaceful. Here is a most unisex rose.
I have a memory of being in McLeod Gang, India back in 2000. It’s the town that grew around the Dali Lama and his exiled monks in the foothills of the Indian side of the Himalayas. Back then it was a couple of streets and a circle of hotel/hostel lodgings on a closely adjacent hill. Underneath that were some small farms, homes etc and as you walked down the hill to the bus station the roses would be blooming in the cold sunlight. The smell of putting your face into these dinner plate sized roses would be mixing with incense on the air.
The heart of Cinabre takes me back there with such a surprising jolt that it takes my breath away, every time. I was so in love with my last long term partner Varun. Sadly it was not destined to make forever but we had two amazing years together in Sydney and then 8 more transcontinentally. We are still close and speak/text weekly. It’s funny, he turns 50 this year and Jin and I are going to help him celebrate the landmark. I’m thinking to buy him a bottle of Cinabre as part of his gift.
Here is a section of a charcoal one of Croatia/Australia’s famous artists Charles Billich did of Varun. It hangs proudly in our home here.
Anyway, I digress. Cinabre remains rosy throughout but the incense and vanilla play a stronger role as we head towards dry down.
Unisex, longevity is excellent, projection low after the first hour. Low but up close noticeable.
Does Cinabre sound like a perfect spring scent for you?