Parfumerie Générale Louanges Profanes is a perfume wreathed in Biblical symbolism. When I wear the perfume, this makes sense. It’s somewhere between a pious grand-tante and Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection.
Louanges Profanes opens with a mothball-like lily and a lacquered jewelry chest. To summarize, it’s an indolic floral with sparkling notes and smooth woods. The floral is a funeral-style Asiatic lily, which I love. Louanges Profanes takes me all over the place. It starts to remind me of cherry-scented lip balm and nag champa incense (how angsty 13 year old girl is that?!). I quickly realize that the cherry-scented lip balm could also be some sort of almond liqueur. But, there’s also a waxy note, like lipstick. And something yellow, like narcissus. But, not a fresh, living spring floral. It’s that waxy, sweet, balsamic narcissus that makes me think of vintage Caron perfumes. There’s also a hint of leather in the background. It basically reminds me of classic, vintage perfumes and goth girls with drawn on eyebrows. It’s like a renovated classic with some sort of fetish-y, sexy nun thing going on. The dry-down is powdery with musk, almonds and orange blossoms.
To clarify, I’m all about this perfume. Wearing it has reminded me that I should wear stuff like Caron and Guerlain L’Heure Bleue more than I do.
Notes listed include lily, benzoin, hawthorn, incense, neroli and woodsy notes. Launched in 2008. PERFUMER – Pierre Guillaume
Give Louanges Profanes a try if you like classic floral ambers or white florals. Or perfumes like Grossmith Phul-Nana, Caron Tabac Blond, Guerlain L’Heure Bleue, Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar, Neil Morris Cathedral and/or Penhaligon’s Ostara.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 3.4 oz retails for $160 at Osswald. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A renovated floral-amber. I mean, it makes me think of Madonna circa 1989, my favorite Caron perfumes and black lace mantillas. Soooo…I love it.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from the brand. Jinx Falkenburg pic from celebrityvault.com