- Dec 15, 2015
One that I love a lot and consider a gourmand is Vanille by Mona Di Orio. It's also a little boozy smelling from a rum note, but it's at least worth a sample IMO.
I own Ummagumma and even though we don't actually know each other, you seem like you're enough for it to me.
Guerlain L'Heure Bleue : almond pastries, and probably some vanilla in there too.
Etro Heliotrope : white marzipan
Since marzipan was mentioned among the latter additions to this thread, also taking the liberty to add (both the feminine and the masculine) Paco Rabanne Black XS and also Cerruti 1881 Black among the quite inexpensive but still high quality darker nutty gourmands worth (re) testing
I'm also not a fan of gourmand perfumes, generally speaking. As someone else said, nothing that smells to realistically of edible things. I love the actual smells of various foods and drinks, fruits etc., but I don't want to smell like a cupcake or a crème caramel, or a cup of coffee.
I do like these:
- Carthusia Terra Mia. This is the most explicitly gourmand fragrance I own. It opens with a strong sweet coffee note and there's hazelnut and vanilla, but also florals and wood. The blend is so nice and well balanced. Sweet, but not too sweet, at the limit of what I can tolerate. I think i like it because it has a certain airy quality to it. As if you are outside and catch whiffs of these things. (I disliked both Awake and Follow, fwiw.)
- Coromandel. Even though the white chocolate note is not my favourite (yes, it's definitely there) the whole is so darn gorgeous and not really foody. Very sophisticated.
- Ambre narguilé. A bit too much redolent of baked apple for me, but absolutely delicious and well done (with a light hand) so I recommend to try it, even though I don't have any.
- Five o’clock au gingembre. This Serge Lutens works for me. A gingery, warm amber that is not too sweet. I guess the tea note is why it does not smell like a gingerbread cookie. I like it like that.
- Santal majuscule. Also from Serge, this one is a little odd: it has a dry dark cacao note, along with sandalwood and rose. I like it in winter, very cozy. Again does not smell like a cup of hot chocolate.
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