04 July 2010

The Mystery of Musk - Graines de Paradis

Graines de Paradis by Nicholas Jennings of Sharini Parfums Naturels, France

Let me get this out of the way. Graines de Paradis is gorgeous!

Two strengths of this perfume were sent in, 8% and 16%. This review is of the 16%. My first thought was "Wow this is strong!" Graines de Paradis opens warm and citrusy. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it but was I ever wrong. As I drew in more of the scent both citrus and floral notes filled my nose. The citrus faded rather quickly leaving behind mildly spicy floral and earthy notes. The base is simply beautiful. Its place in this composition is established right from the start and holds through to the end moving from head to heart to base effortlessly without losing any of its character. First as a background for the florals and citruses then as a partner to the florals before taking center stage. Along with organic corn alcohol and organic orange blossom hydrosol 19 essences were used to build this beauty.

Top notes:
white grapefruit, ginger CO2, green mandarin, cognac, wild cherry and rooibos red tea tincture

Heart notes:
white rose flower CO2, linden blossom flower CO2, tiaré flower, néroli, jasmine, genêt flower

Base notes:
ambrette seeds, angelica root CO2, iris CO2, Australian sandalwood, aged agarwood, olibanum CO2, patchouli, vanilla tincture

This is one long lasting perfume. I sprayed it on one afternoon and it was still detectable the next morning when I woke, surprisingly through all my hand washings.

one word: captivating


JoAnne Bassett said...

I was enchanted with this perfume. It was a lovely composition.

Lisa BTB said...

It sure was. I'm glad I had the opportunity to participate as an evaluator. So many wonderful perfumes to experience.