New’ish Floral Gourmands I’m Loving

I know I keep promising I’m back, then I forget.  Habits are hard, I just need to get back INTO this one.

Let’s see, my puppy Anya had to have emergency back surgery for a blown disc overnight Sunday, and I”m waiting to see if she’ll get some use of her back legs again or not and to be released home in a day or two.  I have four dogs, but I miss any of this ridiculously when they aren’t here.

But it’s almost fall, and I’ve fallen quite in love with a couple of new’ish floral gourmands. March and Anita started raving about those Maison Lancome thingies when I saw them this summer, and I became obsessed with them.  So I got ahold of Tubereuses Castane and Parfait de Roses.  I really want to smell the iris one and the jasmine one, but haven’t gotten around to them yet

You know, I spent much of my perfume life snarking about gourmands. Then I fell in love with well-done vanilla.  Now, I seem to be pretty much obsessed by the ones that are good and comforting and make me happy.

So Tubereuses Castane – tuberose, chestnut (!), tonka, almond.  Listen, you put chestnut in a celeb perfume, I’m going to be all in. I think it’s one of the smartest notes to put in a gourmand to make it interesting.   Tubereuses Castane is warm and comforting and very snuggly, but it just has that funny little chestnut running around inside. I really love this scent and think it is a brilliant gourmand.

Maison Lancome Parfait de Roses – rose, labdanum, incense, vanilla, tolu.  This is a smart, sweet, yummy rose. It is incense, not too overpowering on the rose, and not too candied. The incense is really used well to keep this from falling into Bubble Gum or sticky sweet rose. It’s not that at all.

Okay, now I need to smell more of these. Iris, the jasmine?  I know I mentioned these before I got to sniff a couple.  But loving what they are doing here.  They are just nice, wearable scents that make you feel good.  After a lot of years of hunting down the weirdest things in the world, these kind of scents make me happy!?

So two happy perfumes for me!  Yeah. I have found a couple of others that I’m not hating on as well.  More on those next week!  I have tried the new Malle and Serge, and I’m still pondering those.

Let’s do something I have not done in a long, long time!  We’ll do a drawing for a sample of each of these, and I’ll pick two winners.  Just drop a comment (now working, March and the little Blog Fairy!) to be entered, and I’ll announce the winners next week

  • SpringPansy says:

    If it’s not too late to enter the draw, I’d love to try these. Haven’t found them anywhere.

  • Sapphire says:

    Great to hear from you again, Patty! I hope your doggie feels better soon. They really become one of the family. I have been so curious to try these. No one in Arkansas carries anything like them.

  • Audrey H. says:

    Hope your pup feels better soon!, havent been wearing much perfume lately, but these scents sound intriguing

  • Ingeborg says:

    I haven’t seen these perfumes over here. I really get curious. A chestnut note sounds nice, provided it is nothing like the sweet chestnut cream they serve in France.

    I hope your dog mends completely, I cannot quite understand how you cope with them all during those weeks when one needs extra care.

  • Marie Cuozzo says:

    Both of the Maison Lancome scents sound incredible – gonna need to try to find these! Parfait though – swoon – you had me at incense!

  • hczerwiec says:

    Hope your pupper heals up quickly! The Tuberose & chesnut sounds intriguing — have you tried the Cloon Keen Castaña that came out this past year? It’s gorgeous!

  • Tara Mc says:

    I’ve been lemming all the roses lately! First time commenter, long time lurker. Thanks!

  • Jennifer S says:

    Fingers crossed that puppies are like kids in that they mend fast and everything will turn out fine!
    Tuberose and chestnuts sound like an interesting combo.

  • Queen Cupcake says:

    Patty, so sorry about your dear doggie! Hope she recovers quickly. Yeah, I also wonder what chestnut smells like–is it the flowers or the “nut”? Wearing 2 things today (I don’t know why): Jo Malone Sea Salt & Sage and Paco Rabanne eau de Calandre. Have a great day, ‘fumies!

  • Patty says:

    Dina, no way! That is ridiculous or maybe they ran out and never replenished? They are really nice, and it surprised me. Seems like there is so little that has been interesting in so long it was good to find something that I just really like, even if it’s not flashy or weird. 🙂

  • Patty says:

    Thanks, Anna!

  • Patty says:

    Cara, you showed up! Thanks. I did an 8-week crate rest nursing duty with her May/June of this year, so I know the drill, am guessing post-surgery is similar, but adding therapy in the mix. She’s generally so healthy, but she has been the one of all my pups that I’ve had to be intensive with as far as time. She broke her little puppy leg when she was like 16 weeks old, then I spent a ton of time with her when she had her puppy, followed by the first IVDD flare in May and since then and now this round. We are besties, and I read her signals like she was my shadow. Crazy how nursing an animal tunes you in so closely to their rhythms and signals.

  • Dina C. says:

    My local Nordstrom has the fancy display, but all the bottles are empty! No kidding, so they must be very popular. If they ever switch them out for FULL bottles that I can actually sniff, I’ll look forward to sniffing these guys. They sound really nice. (Sorry to hear about your pup Patty. Hope she heals up well.)

  • Patty says:

    Neva, yeah chestnut. There was some other cheap perfume from years and years ago that is long since gone, it was around for like a minute – maybe March remembers? – that we loved, like chestnut and marshmallow. Since then, I’m always on the lookout for chestnut in perfumes. Done right, it is brilliant.

  • Patty says:

    Roseyposeyleo, did you find something you liked at Nordstrom? I don’t have one here, so I’m living vicariously!

  • Patty says:

    Violet Aird, I haven’t tried the lavender one yet! I’ll get around to them all eventually. So far so good. I’m hoping she can come home today or tomorrow. I MISS her! Which sounds so dumb when I’m surrounded every second by three other FRenchie bodyguards who never let me be alone for a second, but they all have different personalities, and hers is huge.

  • Neva says:

    Chestnut as a perfume note? I can’t even imagine but I’d love to try because chestnuts are not sweet and that’s an advantage IMO.
    Fingers crossed puppy Anya will be all right!

  • Patty says:

    Feral, since my comments seem to be all going to the bottom o the page! I’d love to hear what the differences are between Parfait and Berberanza. guessing Parfait is more gourmand rose, but not sure what BErberanza has in it.

  • Patty says:

    Hi, Taxi. Yeah, this surgery is 7k or so. I do have insurance, but I had switched once, then hated what I switched to because it wasn’t going to pay much once she had her first IVDD incident, so I just sucked it up and switch all the dogs to another insurance knowing this is pre-existing and will never be covered, but anything else will be by better insurance.

  • Patty says:

    Carrie, right. So the comments won’t thread? 🙁

    • Carrie S says:

      It is hard to have dogs on crate rest when the rest of them are running around. I have a Bull Terrier who has had to be confined lately and it’s so difficult, especially when they are young. The woman I got my first Bull Terrier from ended up switching to Frenchies because they are allegedly easier but I don’t know….both challenging and stubborn breeds. Hope she is doing well.

  • Patty says:

    Thanks, Tara! Sometimes my old brain just doesn’t work right!

  • Musette says:

    DNEM, obvs – just wanted to say HEY, PETUNIA! and send some massive healing vibes to Anyapuppy! xoxoxo to all 4 of those weirdos, from my One Big Weirdo!


    • Ann says:

      Seconding darling Anita (above) in wishing sweet puppykins a full recovery! I snagged a sample of the Lancôme tubey a while back — and you’re right — that dab o’ chestnut really makes it! Hugs to you all!

  • Anna Egeria says:

    The Lancomes sound fabulous and I hope that I’m able to sample some soon. I wish your sweet doggie a full recovery! Thanks for the drawing.

  • March says:

    GOOD NEWS: COMMENTS WORK! BAD NEWS: reply button isn’t working, at least for me!

  • Gina T. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win these. I have wanted to try them forever. I love the Lancome series and rose is my fave note. Swoon.

  • cara says:

    I’m hoping my post shows after the overhaul. I’ve been having trouble.

    And sending best wishes for the pup-ster’s speedy recovery. I know you want her home soon so you can go on nursing duty :^)

    And these sound great to try.

  • roseyposeyleo says:

    Just got back from California and smelling frenzy in Nordstrom’s. They’re so helpful and accommodating to this Ohio lady who visits several times a year. Hope your doggy does well. We become so attached to our little furry friends. Good luck!

  • Violet Aird says:

    I had a decant of the lavender one. It was so lovely. How’s your little one?

  • FeralJasmine says:

    So sorry to hear about your pup, and I do hope you get good news about her. Please keep us posted.
    I haven’t tried any of that line except for Roses Berberanza, which I liked a lot but sort of forgot about in the course of trying other things. Would love to try more.

  • March says:

    What is happening…..

  • Taxi says:

    Hoping your puppy recovers well & that you have vet insurance! A friend’s dog had surgery to remove a swallowed ball that got stuck in her belly – $7000.

    The Maison Lancomes sound very interesting – I haven’t seen these

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  • matty1649 says:

    I hope your dog recovers ok.

  • Tiara says:

    Poor dog, hope the news is good. So scary. Nice to see you back!

  • Carrie S says:

    Lancôme not YSL, right?

    I am so sorry to hear about your dog, is it the Frenchie in the photo? I am hoping since your dog is young she will recuperate entirely.

  • Tara C says:

    Those are by Lancome, not YSL. 🙂 I have them and they are lovely. I am all about the gourmand lately!