posted Monday, 23 April 2007
Dorothy McCall of Kingsbury Fragrances was our guest speaker at the Sunday Sniffapalooza lunch. She spoke about her life and experience as a perfumer, and we were given samples of her first fragrance, Très Bon.
A warm and comforting floral scent that is both woody and green, Très Bon bombards one with a delicious sensory overload of fragrance. The opening has a bit of citrus over crisp greens which then leads one into herbal lavender then deep rose in quick succession. The heart notes take on a woodsiness that serves as a backdrop to a rose and spicy carnation bouquet. And finally, the drydown is a vanilla-y amber. Although tobacco isn't listed as a note, I get an overall smoky edge. Subtle, like a burning candle wick. That quality gives Tres Bon the sensation of being a warm blanket on a cold day. There's also a quality to it that reminds me of something from my childhood, although I am at a loss to say what, specifically. But something well-known and comfortable. And the rich body cream is even better; I sniffed my arm all evening.
Notes: bergamot, citron, green fruits, mountain lavender, rose de mai, ivy, lily-of-the-valley, rose petals, woody pine, fruity carnation, green woods, amber, moss, vanilla, musk