Going through the Second Chapter of the Parfumerie Generale line has been a blast.
Now I need to go back and pick up the first set of perfumes too. They have won the Patty’s Impressed As All Hell Award as best new (to me) line this year. I ignored them at first — too many, no time, another line of French perfumes — when will it end?! — fearing they would likely be the same as everything else, but once I started sampling this line, I have formed the opinion this new house is the “Next Big Thing” in perfuming. You heard it here first — well, or second or third, but I’m on board the Parfumerie Generale Lemming Train now. They bring a freshness to perfuming, it’s just not the same old crap that wearies our little noses. Each perfume I have tried so far has been something new and different or an odd take on an old theme, and there is something for everyone in this line. Even when an individual perfume in the line is a stinker on me, I still have found the creation admirable.
Parfumerie Generale Harmatan Noir – from their literature, “A Pungent breath inspired by the Sahara…the spicy fragrance of a warm wind mingled with dried flowers, wood and salt, overlaid by a faint, refined fragrance of mint tea.” This is just… unbelievably beautiful, it has almost made my heart stop with how utterly captivating it is. Spicy woods and salt, but that mint tea just pops up and throws me off at first, then keeps flirting around the outside of this perfume through the drydown, but not enough to in any way make this a mintish perfume — just enough to add interest. I keep thinking this is what it must smell like on a yacht anchored off the African coast in the cool of the night, sand still on your feet, drinking strong, rich tea with a sprig of mint that whispers around the edges of your privileged existence — or whatever vision you have in your head where life has no deadlines or budgets, your wrinkles are beautiful smile lines and it feels great to be alive. What a glorious rich tea scent it is, but so much more than that. It has a honeyed feel, which is usually the kiss of death for me, but it somehow all works together and makes this one smooth, amazing thing. I wish I had better words to express how much I adore Harmatan Noir, as this is my very favorite of the line. Jardins de Kerylos comes in a close second and sometimes goes ahead depending on my craving for figs.
Parfumerie Generale Hyperessence Matale – The EDP of Matale. Notes of citrus, jasmine, black Matale tea, cedar leaves, musk and pepper. As far as the two scents in this post, Harmatan Noir is still my favorite, but this has much to recommend it for the woody pepper lovers, which I am one. Very citrusy when it goes on, but drying down to awoody tea scent, heavier on the wood and pepper than the tea. It is primarily peppered wood, just a little tea and citrus to round it out. It reminds me just a little of Bois D’Encens in the drydown, but only from the woody peppery aspect. This one doesn’t have as much oomph as I think I would like, but then I wonder… maybe there can be too much woody peppered tea accord? At first it seemed to fade too quickly, but I was trying it after Harmatan Noir, and that must have fooled my nose into finding everything else Not Lovely Enough. Trying it alone on a different day, I have changed my opinion — it has just about the right amount of sillage to keep you from thinking you have gotten lost in Mirkwood, but enough to keep you thinking there is a campfire full of hobbits drinking tea with lemon just over your shoulder somewhere. It’s another winner in the line, though it still falls behind HN and JdK as favorites for me.
For this week’s giveaway — your choice of four of the Parfumerie Generale second chapter perfumes. Choose from Aomassai, Iris Taizo, Harmatan Noir, Hyperessence Matale, Brulere de Rose, Ilang Ivohibe, Jardins de Kerylos.