onsdag 19 maj 2010
Parfumerie Generale - L'Oiseau de Nuit
I was planning to write about the other new scent from Parfumerie Generale Gardenia Grand Soir. But, whatever reason I didn´t get any inspiration from it, all I could think when I tested it was that I wanted to write about another Parfumerie Generale scents instead, L'Oiseau de Nuit.
By now, I´ve tried most Parfumerie Generale scents, but for some reasaon it sin´t until now I´ve got me a sample of L'Oiseau de Nuit. But wow, it´s really worth waiting for.
The opening is so colorful and sparkling that I get stunned. It has some vague similarity to M.Micallef´s Gaiac, but kind of "Gaiac on acid", the scents are swirling around on my skin in a way that makes it almost like a psychedelic scent experience. Why is that we have so few words to describe olfactory experiences with? Is there any language, any culture that has a bigger vocabulary when it comes to the sense of smell? Normally I don´t feel I lack of words, but the opening of L'Oiseau de Nuit make me feel that way.
What kind of scent L'Oiseau de Nuit is, it´s hard to pinpoint. There is supposedly a note of leather in it, but I can´t detect it. On my skin, the scents is resting on a base of warm, golden wood, and the wood is similar to the wood in Gaiac. The opening is gourmandic with notes of fruit, syrup (sweet, but passes on right away), smoke, aquatic notes as well as something that gives the scent an airy quality. All these notes kind of raises from my skin creating a cloud of swirling scents, but just be calm, L'Oiseau de Nuit will also calm down soon.
When it has calmed down, the woody note is still there and the smoky note (could it be leather?) reminding of incense. It´s also very gourmand and at the same time some aquatic feeling. Not watery aquatic, more like precious woods and fruit has been made to some sort of tincture. There is also a a lot of ambery/labdanum notes in it, which gives the scent a depth and a warm, glowing and animalic character.
Despite the strong personality of this scent, there is also something vague and subtle in it. It is longlasting, but something in it makes me think it won´t last that long. This contribute to the fact that L'Oiseau de Nuit not really manage to get a favorite place among my other favs from Parfumerie Generale (Aomassai, Lounges Profanes, Drama Nuui, Felanilla and Cadjmere).
The basenote is warm, caressing, sexy and mature. L'Oiseau de Nuit is still sweet and full bodied, but not as complex and contradictive. It last about 6-8 hours on me and have medium sillage. May work on men too, but leaning towards the feminine side.
Which is your favorite from Parfumerie Generale?