Une Petite Gourmandise (more perfume, guys)

 

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Gourmands are perfumes styled off of foods and sweets.  Despite being somewhat maligned in the high brow fragrance community, they’re pretty well-represented in my collection.
There is one explanation that can be applied to both statements, which is that gourmands are easy to appreciate. After all, everyone likes food (a suspicious statement coming from an ex-anorexic, but here me out).  Food scents are comforting because food is security.  And you would be hard-pressed I think to find a fragrance appreciator who doesn’t have at least one tasty perfume of which they are fond (My Mom might not actually, so I might need to take that back).
Another reason gourmands are generally frowned on is that there has been a long-running furor for them in the mainstream, which has led to increasingly derivative fragrances with less and less quality. Continue reading “Une Petite Gourmandise (more perfume, guys)”

Gourmand Lavender Fragrances

This is an odd little niche but it’s also one that I have a certain overwhelming fondness for so you’re just going to have to listen.  Or not read the post, that is also an option.

So lavender.  It’s a widely identifiable note, both in fragrance and without. So many people (myself included) have lavender plants (five, to be exact) or have smelled the plant’s aroma in sachets or skincare products.  Because of it’s use in barbershop products, manly tweedy fougere fragrances (literally ‘ferny’ scents), and calming bath products, lavender has kind of developed a reputation for being a little dusty, old-fashioned, and stodgy.  Which I won’t argue with. Unadulterated lavender is not my favorite scent (whatever the five plants in my garden might say to the contrary: they’re mostly there to attract pretty winged creatures, and because they like our soil (which is actually just varying sized pieces of New England granite)) but when a new life is breathed into it by novel companion notes, I frequently find myself loving the result.

One of my favorite treatments of lavender is ‘lavender as a yummy delicacy’.  Picture lavender ice cream, lavender macaroons, and lavender honey.  Very different feeling than the old sachet in your underwear drawer.  From staid, lavender can become quirky, sumptuous, even sexy? I think so.  Here are my three favorite exemplars of the gourmand lavender genre, with one more that I haven’t tried (yet) thrown in for good measure. Continue reading “Gourmand Lavender Fragrances”