Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! With the first Monday of this month the crew are looking at gorgeous gourmand fragrances. As much as I Pooh-Poohed gourmands in my early perfume years they seem to have grown on me. There’s so much choice from bakery to berry, cheesecake and chocolate to fairy floss and rice pudding. All are edible, sweet, delectable and make up an enormous sector of the current scent selection available.
Obviously, these favourite choices are subject to change, daily.
Can’t wait to read about your gorgeous gourmand favourites in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Gorgeous Gourmands
Ambre Céruléen by Huitième Art
Amber, that delicious Asiatic inspired mixture of resins like benzoin and labdanum with vanilla. Often animals as we’ll as sweet. Here Pierre Guillaume shows his deft touch with sweetness. Ambre Céruléen is sweet but never sickly or cloying, there always feels like there is space between the notes. A dry, non bakery sweetness that still remains deliciously gourmand.
Crème de Cuir by bdk Parfums
Crème de Cuir is a very interesting gourmand to me. The opening of sweet fruits hides a heart and dry down of lightly salted, creamy sandalwood and leather. Two entirely different perfumes in one and the journey from fruit to creamy leather is as interesting as it is unusual. Not a big statement perfume but something you might look out for, if only for novelty value.
Lolita Lempicka EdP
I was unsure whether to pick Liberté, Angel, Élégance Animale or Madness but I felt that Lolita Lempicka is the most wearable, and beautiful, of them all. Also, it’s still widely available and I think it’s mean offering you too many things that are DCd or impossible to find. Lavender cotton candy! Sounds freaking ridiculous but it isn’t. Somehow Lolita Lempicka EdP remains serene and elegant.
Morn to Dusk by Eau d’Italie
The thickest caramel vanilla in my collection. Like peanut brittle toffee without the peanuts. Morn to Dusk in outrageously over the top and thick. If you aren’t a fan of heavy, rich, sweet and nuanced tapestries then you should probably leave it on the shelf. BUT: if you think you can handle an uber vanilla rush then you might also fall for this beauty.
Oriental Brulant by Guerlain
Guerlain has long been at the forefront of the gourmand explosion. People point to Angel but I personally call Shalimar the original gourmand. Oriental Brulant is a perfectly poised rendition of a sweet bakery gourmand. Citrus, almonds, tonka bean and vanilla offset by styrax, the spicy/floral/animalic also known as benzoin. Now only available in Paris in the large red quadrille bottle.
Premier Figuier Extreme by L’Artisan Parfumeur
FIGS! While I don’t love then in real life I find the scent in perfume intoxicating. A 2004 remastering of the original. Here Olivia Giacobetti doubles down on the creaminess. Coconut milk, almond milk, sandalwood and the fig note itself making an almost fig thick shake or fig ice cream. Heavenly stuff.
So there are my Mood Scent 4: Gorgeous Gourmands
What are your most loved gorgeous gourmand fragrances?