Monday, February 06, 2006

REVIEW: Keiko Mecheri, Gourmandises

Notes: Praline, Powdery Notes, White Bitter Almonds, Rose Petal Jam, Saffron and Musk

Pros: Neither overly-sweet nor overly-floral; a near-unisex rose. No Angelic sweets here, this one heads for lighter turf, like L'Artisan's Jour de Fete meets Rosine.

Cons: Could project a bit more.

Bottleworthy? Yes, I think this could become addictive and comforting.

Where can I buy it? $80 for 75ml edp at Luckyscent.com

The Bottom Line: Imagine Opone as a bread and Gourmandises as a flaky pastry, where the former is dusty and straightforward, the latter is served on a beautiful plate with a berry-petal glaze. The saffron here adds a warm almost musky base while the almond notes are merely an accent. I'm intrigued with the rose petal jam accord - just enough rose to be interesting without making me ill. I'm looking for a decant!

Rating (out of 10): 7

I'm becoming more and more interested in saffron. Aside from CSP and Diptyque, what other Saffron scents do you love?

10 comments:

colombina said...

Marlen,
L'Artisan's Safran Troublant is wonderful. Laura Tonatto's Safram is much less interesting, but still quite enjoyable. Safron is also a player in Ormonde Jayne Ta'if and Czech & Soeake's much thought-after Dark Rose...

I remember thinking, when I tried Gourmandises, that the notes were somewhat misleading. One expects to get a super-sweet candy-like concoction, but in reality the gourmand nature of this scent is much less obvious, more abstract. I like that.

Cait Shortell said...

I love Aftelier's chocolate and saffron body oil. I bought it at a chocolate shop at the tourists' Ferry Bldg. Farmers Market. It is sumptuous. Yum.

marchlion said...

In terms of overall sweetness, how would you compare it to KM Loukoum? I am assuming it is much less assertive than the SL Rahat Loukoum?

marlen said...

Colombina - I'll have to search for decants of those! I have tried the L'Artisan and did quite like it. Come to think of it, I think I bought Ta'if from Dragonfly (Diane) and it's at home waiting for me in Florida...as for Dark Rose, don't know that one.

marlen said...

Cait - another one to search for...we're gonna have to swap decants!

marlen said...

March - this is much gentler than Loukhoum which was just too overwhelming for (even) me. This has a softness and a subtlety absent from most gourmand scents.

Anonymous said...

Montale Aoud Roses Petals

NellyRodi Scent factory, scent # 5 Gingembre.

Aqua di Biella Bursch

Ormonde Jayne Ta'if

Keiko Mecheri Gourmandises



I agree. I, too, have become hooked on the tangy presence of saffron and its ability to save sweet from cloying or add character to swirling spice.

RNOCEAN said...

I love the saffron in Czech & Speake Dark Rose and also in Agent Provocateur, have you checked those out yet?

RNOCEAN said...

I love the saffron I detect in Czech & Speake Dark Rose as well as in Agent Provocateur.

marlen said...

That`s a great list and I personally am a huge fan of Montale Oud Roses! Defintiely one for my wishlist!