Another episode of Mood Scent 4 is here and this time around we’re featuring Gorgeous Gourmands. My scented partners are Portia who is now with A Bottled Rose, L’Esperessence and I Scent You A Day who are your selectors for perfumes for various occasions.
I will confess that I’m rather partial to gourmands and like a bit of sweetness in a fragrance. Not all of the time, mind but I’m very much into the category. While they can stretch to overblown and perhaps a bit cheesy at times, this is a style of perfume that is undoubtedly very popular. There is nothing like a drop of chocolate, caramel or a candy floss effect courtesy of ethyl maltol to give a foodie gloss to a scent. You can have a gourmand with plenty of fruit as well or they can resemble baked goods so the field is fairly open for interpretation.
So without further ado here is a selection of gorgeous gourmands.
Angel Muse EDP : Mugler : Quentin Bisch : 2017
Angel Muse is a more modern articulation of the first gourmand fragrance, the bold and beautiful Angel. Here we have the more laid back sister, one that doesn’t stand out so much, however saying that, like Angel this fragrance benefits from a light spray. At Mugler they really know how to make a fragrance very strong and long lasting. There’s absolutely no disappointment on those fronts.
Angel Muse is a super whipped up fluffy, puffy scent. It’s a more approachable gourmand with a relaxed feel. Whipped cream and hazelnut keep up the gourmand theme, along with a healthy dose of patchouli for a tie in to the original. Angel Muse is more versatile and easier to wear than Angel, and seems more relaxed and comfortable.
Hundred Silent Ways : Nishane : Jorge Lee : 2016
This perfume comes from Turkish brand Nishane, who have a collection of potent, well done fragrances. Hundred Silent Ways is a sweet candy like fragrance and a very tempting gourmand. A scent that feels like it is dripping in sugar surrounded by fruits and flowers. It dries down to a delicious gardenia and sandalwood and Rumi’s words seem poetically apt “I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.”
Jeux de Peau : Serge Lutens : Christopher Sheldrake : 2011
A true boulangerie beauty from the house that was my first perfume love and I believe I’m not alone on that front. The first time I smelt Jeux de Peau was in Printemps Paris and the scent stayed with me all evening. There’s a doughy smell mixed with milk and sandalwood that is absolutely exquisite along with an apricot jam facet. It’s a wonderful foodie gourmand and one of my favourite Lutens scents.
Traversée Du Bosphore : L’Artisan Parfumeur : Bertrand Duchaufour : 2010
This fragrance is inspired by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour‘s travels to Instanbul, think East meets West. The gourmand effect comes from a turkish delight inspired sweet treat that appears from the apple, rose, sugar and a hint of pistachio. Iris and leather provide a layer of interest and it’s a scent with a sweetness that is easy to love. Note that this may be discontinued as when I looked on the current L’Artisan Parfumeur website it didn’t appear, however the scent is readily available on other shopping sites.
Thank you so much for reading and let me know your Gorgeous Gourmand fragrances too.
And I’ll leave you with some Sweet Dreams to finish things off.
Notes : Cover Image Canva : Fragrance images from the brand websites or sellers.
Disclosure : Perfumes all bought by myself except for Hundred Silent Ways received that was gratefully received from Nishane.