Hi Posse. Darling De Gabor passed me by. Released in 2016 and winner of multiple awards yet somehow I never even heard of it. It arrived as an extra with some purchases from Fragrances and Art. Just the manufacturers spray sample, no card or packaging. The company has been producing perfume since 2010. They are extracts, made by perfumer Gabriel Gabor. Bottles look freaking gorgeous. I feel like this is the kind of niche that modern niche and mass-tige goes to visit for advice.
Below is a WHOPPING note list and seriously rivals some of the 1980s kitchen sinkers. Darling De Gabor is also more than the sum of its parts. Gourmand is not what I consider my style of fragrance, though I do own a few of them. Unless you count the style of vanilla heavy ambers like Shalimar, then I’m all in. Oh yeah, I like milky fragrances too, and some candy floss, and fruits, and bakery. SHIT! Maybe I bloody down-low love gourmand. HA!
Darling De Gabor
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Ginger, Calabrian Bergamot, Saffron, Cherry, Cognac, Fig, Pink Pepper, Dried Plum
Heart: Sandalwood, Guaiac Wood, Amyris, Marzipan, Vanilla, Praline, Rum, Orchid, Coffee Blossom, Jasmine, Patchouli, Tonka Bean
Base: Sandalwood, Suede, Agarwood (Oud), Ambergris, Spanish Labdanum, Benzoin, Musk
How does Darling De Gabor smell you ask? The opening is spiced sandalwood with fruity accents. A sweeter sandalwood than I’m used to. Considering the moist fruitiness and sweetness I’m surprised how manly this smells on me. Not a “masculine” fragrance, definitely unisex leaning femme but manly in quite an untraditional way. Captivating. Also, while rich and nuanced it’s no huge, break down the doors powerhouse. This is a CHANEL Les Exclusifs kind of quietly penetrative beauty. Introspective but not introverted.
Interestingly, Jin says the opening is really big. I have not felt this on my wears.
As the heart unfolds a delightfully sweet nuttiness (the seed not the crazy) moves in on the sandalwood. The sandalwood here doesn’t smell dry and desiccated or super creamy and buttery for me. It’s nutty, full of light & shade. The various fruits don’t make personal showings but they buoy the fragrance and change the way I smell sandalwood.
I think the base has some of that ubiquitous something something something. It has a familiar signature under the sandalwood making dry down more woodsy and less gourmand. Towards the end the fragrance dries out considerably.
This will make a fabulous autumn winter fragrance for those of you up north.
Did you hear of Darling De Gabor?