In a world of patchouli-gourmands, one would think that I would be tired of smelling these things. And for the most part, I am. But, I’m telling you, it’s worth it when I find one that is good. Lalique Satine is one of these that makes me have renewed faith in this subgenre of perfumes.
Satine opens as a marshmallow floral. It’s a sweet almond-heliotrope syrup on a bed of tonka and caramelized brown sugar. Jasmine and bergamot add an airiness to the sweet cloud of vanilla/almond – cherry pie filling. It reminds me of a sunset when the white clouds turn to puffs of pastel pink candy floss. It’s airy and “fluffy”. But,there is a contrast of a camphoric patchouli and dry, spicy pink pepper that adds depth, cutting through the sweetness. After hours of wear, I’m always surprised by the dry-down. It’s a creamy vanilla with a warm, velvety patchouli. The perfume wears feminine in my opinion and then the dry-down is like a masculine gourmand – vanilla cream, patchouli and vetiver. I love this transition.
It’s not an inventive idea but it’s really well-done for this genre. Because of this, it doesn’t feel redundant at all. It’s actually interesting because of the contrast of feminine/masculine.
Notes listed include jasmine, heliotrope, gardenia, tonka bean, vanilla, pink pepper, sandalwood, vetiver and patchouli. Launch date 2013. PERFUMER – Nathalie Lorson
Give Satine a try if you like sweet oriental perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like DSH Perfumes Guimauve de Soie, La Praire Silver Rain, Prada Candy, Guerlain Cuir Beluga, Mugler Innocent, Prada and/or Guerlain Shalimar Initial.
For a Lalique bottle, it’s absolutely hideous. They always offer these limited edition versions with fancy bottles, but you’re really just paying for a limited edition fancy Lalique bottle. The perfume is the same.
Projection is average. Longevity is above average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A fluffy cloud of almond/heliotrope/cherry pie, vanilla whipped cream and patchouli. I think it’s a really great addition to the gourmand-patchouli genre.
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