Cloon Keen Castaña is a perfume inspired by winter and roasting chestnuts. This nutty vetiver reminds me of being in Japantown/Nihonmachi on a balmy winter day, roasting chestnuts cutting through the crisp air. The feel of soft scarf wrapped around my neck and touching my ears. The starchy aromas from small bakeries, the faint smell of ice melting on pavement…
Castaña is a roasted, gourmand vetiver. It’s one of those nutty vetivers like Hermès Vetiver Tonka. But, Castaña isn’t as sweet asVetiver Tonka. Castaña opens with a toasty vetiver and a spicy peppercorn medley. It becomes a warm, toasty fragrance with cardamom and steamed milk. This perfume sounds “heavy” but it isn’t. It’s sheerness is what makes it a stand-out. Instead of wearing like a wool coat, it wears as the softest pashmina and silk shawl. It’s a sheer “wrap” of a fragrance. It wears rather linear as toasted vetiver with sweetened rice starch. At the dry-down it still wears like this but it becomes nuttier than the heart.
Castaña is inspired by childhood memories of Andalusia, but it reminds me of Japan. The roasting chestnuts, the sweetened rice starch, the delicate spices…I really like this one.
Notes listed include Haitian vetiver, cassia and jasmine. Launched 2011. PERFUMER – Delphine Thierry
Give Castaña a try if you like nutty fragrances or not-very-vetiver-vetivers. Try it if you like Hermes Vetiver Tonka, Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche, Bvlgari Omnia, L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine and/or Serge Lutens Daim Blonde. It’s a unisex fragrance that could work in any season. I actually think this would be a great “daily” fragrance as it’s interesting but not obtrusive.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for €70 at Cloon Keen.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Nutty vetiver. It’s a really good one.
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