Everyone needs a little candy now and again, no? Not necessarily praline, mind you, and not necessarily praline in high summer, but it's still cool enough here to talk about two possibilities for the gourmand section of your perfume collection: Parfumerie Generale's Praliné de Santal and Les Parfums de Rosine's Rose Praline.
Parfumerie Generale Praliné de Santal
Parfumerie Generale, to my mind, is a niche house you really should know if you're at all into oddball little gourmands — candy for grownups, if you will. Praliné de Santal is one of their more recent launches, and it's a limited edition, so if you want some, think sooner rather than later.
I loved it right away. It's nutty but also bread-y, and sweet, but not so sweet as the brand's other grains & nuts effort, Aomassaï, and not so sweet as real praline, or anything else that might stick in your teeth. There is something like wheat (Luckyscent says graham crackers; that works), and lightly toasted hazelnut, and a creamy-woody base softened by heliotrope (the official notes are sandalwood, heliotrope, hazelnut, Virginian cedar and cashmeran). It's gentler and less insistent than Serge Lutens' take on a similar theme, Jeux de Peau, and I find it more of a true gourmand — they're equally sweet, but the Praliné is foodier — and by extension more of a comfort scent. It would be the perfect thing on a chilly fall evening.
Parfumerie Generale Praliné de Santal is available in 50 (around $100) and 100 (around $150) ml Eau de Parfum; for buying information see the listing for Parfumerie Generale under Perfume Houses.
Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Praline
I have fallen hopelessly behind on the Rosine fragrances, in fact I'm just now getting around to trying Rose Praline, and it came out in 2008.
Like all of the Rosine fragrances, to one degree or another, Rose Praline is "about" rose; I would place it solidly in the floral category, with the foody notes adding a gourmand touch at most — it does not, like Praliné de Santal, make me hungry to wear it. It's a soft rose, dewy and bright, with light accents of spice, dry cocoa powder and lapsang souchong tea (other notes: cardamom, bergamot, rose, geranium, amber, sandalwood and white musk). The sweetness is quite under control, but as with their Diabolo Rose (the last one I reviewed, I think), I wished they had amped up some of the other notes and left the rose a bit more in the background. A bit more cocoa, a bit more smoky tea? Mind you, it's lovely, it's just that my appetite for well-mannered rose fragrances is limited, and there are so many already out there. If what you're after is subtlety, or if you're already a big fan of the house, do try it. The reviews at MakeupAlley are generally glowing.
Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Praline was developed by perfumer François Robert and is available in 50 (around $110) and 100 (around $140) ml Eau de Parfum; for buying information see the listing for Les Parfums de Rosine under Perfume Houses.