I'm usually not a fan of full-on gourmand perfumes, but when I smell a good one, I can appreciate it. Hilde Soliani's Hot Milk provides a two-course meal: a savory entree followed by dessert.
On first sniff, Hot Milk reminded me of Asian cooking, especially Thai and Indian cuisines. With its vibrant blend of delicious-smelling notes — coconut milk, chili oil and grated galangal — Hot Milk's aromatic opening smells like the base for many wonderful Thai dishes. (Is there a glimmer of creamy rice present, too?)
As Hot Milk segues into its mid-development, the main course is cleared away and desserts arrive on a silver platter. Suddenly, vanilla beans, perhaps some cardamom, and sugar are added to simmering cream, and produce scents that bring to mind sweetened Thai rice and Indian sweets: burfi (a milk-based confection) and kheer (a rich rice pudding). Hot Milk fired up my imagination and made me venture beyond Asia: what about a gelato flavored with vanilla beans and hot chilies...or maybe a creamy/icy cocktail, on the verge of being a milk shake, spiked with cold vodka?
Hot Milk's extreme dry-down reproduces the scent of buttery vanilla cookies. As they say: it's ALL good!
Hot Milk lasts a long time on skin and has mild sillage; to me, it's firmly in the unisex category. I've not had the chance to wear Hot Milk on a warm day, but it's perfect in cool weather.
Hilde Soliani Hot Milk Eau de Parfum is available at Luckyscent, $160 for 100 ml.
Note: top image of Kamadhenu, The Wish-Granting Cow [cropped] via Wikimedia Commons.