Lancôme – Tubéreuses Castane

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The grandeur of tuberose drizzled with molten golden caramel and wrapped in smokey chestnut. Uninhibited, the opening radiates richness and warmth. Velvety tuberose absolute enveloped by the heat of roasted chestnut makes for a surprisingly lush and delightful combination. Tuberose distillate adds freshness to the the luscious layers, keeping the composition refined and soft. As the top layers gradually settle a sweet, balmy tonka bean note develops at the heart.

Shyamala Maisondieu, the nose behind this fragrance says

“It’s all about balance. I had to find the right harmony between pleasure and refinement, addiction and elegance.”

This she certainly has achieved for Tubéreuses Castane is a deliciously mellow and sensual fragrance with all the lush golden colors of autumn.

Sillage and longevity are impressive. On my skin the fragrance lasts the whole day. Tubéreuses Castane is available as EDP and is a part of Lancôme’s Les Parfums Grands Crus collection which was released in 2016. Being a part of the exclusive range does put it on the expensive side. Which is one downside of the fragrance. But given the quality of the ingredients and the fact that a bottle should last for a very long time I think it is well worth the money.

Tubéreuses Castane is a gourmand white floral with the following notes: Roasted chestnut, tuberose absolute, tuberose distillate, and venezuelan tonka bean.

 

Lolita Lempicka – Lolita Lempicka (EDP)

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Lolita Lempicka surrounds you like a cloud of soft cashmere mist. Uplifting, cool, and spicy anise layered with candied violets appear first. Followed by delectable praline, amarena cherries and licorice encapsulating the herbal green anise with their sweetness. Soaring through the layers, iris keeps the composition luminous and flossy. Resulting in a surprisingly sophisticated and addictive fragrance. Musk and vanilla makeup for a deliciously lush dry down with vetiver adding a touch of freshness.

All the notes are tuned and balanced in such an impeccable manner that despite all of its sugar coated prettiness the fragrance never loses its composure. Lolita is like a song of the enchantress of the forest. Spell binding…her whisper is soft like the wind and yet intriguing enough to hold you captive.

For me Lolita Lempicka is the queen of all gourmands. If I were to choose just one fragrance for the rest of my life this would be it. Afraid that it may be discontinued I actually stock up on it. Created back in 1997, by perfumer Annick Ménardo, the fragrance is in a league of its own and considered a modern classic.

Lolita Lempicka EDP includes notes of violet, ivy leaves, star anise, iris, licorice, amarena cherry, praline, vetiver, musk, tonka bean and vanilla.