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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Perfume Review & Musings: Garçon Manqué by Des Filles à la Vanille


This one will make the lighter and tender you come out and will perfectly espouse the mood of spring, renewal, and children's laughters in public gardens, with a little detour to the baker's at four o'clock, right on time for the goûter, be you on your own or with children awaiting the ritual of biting into the pain of chocolat and other scrumptious goodies on the way home from the park or school. In Garçon Manqué, there is this characteristic smell and whiff you get upon entering a boulangerie and if you approach your nose close enough to a tarte aux fraises (strawberry tart/pie), the even more distinctive smell of a crème pâtissière on which fresh strawberries rest. My mother exclaimed upon getting a whiff of it, it smells like a cake! Yes, but not just any cake, it smells of the lovely crème pâtissière of my childhood. It also smells of the kiosques à bonbons from the Jardin du Luxembourg, of the fruity candies displayed there, mingled with the freshness of the air and the scents of the trees in the park, it is both sweet and light.

Garçon Manqué starts off with a fresh, citrusy, woodsy accord and evolves quickly into a deliciously light gourmand fragrance where peach and vanilla can be detected and much more. This is the point where it also becomes a buttery, creamy delight, and irresistibly evokes the sugar, vanilla, butter, and eggs composing the crème pâtissière, with touches of almond, rhum, and candied roses. As it progresses, it becomes even softer and the almond, woodsy, and vanilla notes become more pronounced while the light notes of the start and the fruity/floral notes of the heart sustain themselves thoughout, preventing the perfume from getting cloying, but on the contrary accentuating its aerial quality, its lightness of being. It has good staying power and although it became very attenuated, I could still smell it the next day.

It is a relaxing perfume, one that puts you in a good mood. It invites you to leave your worries aside, take a stroll in the streets at spring, make fun of yourself, and to become simpler, more innocent, and light, as when you were a child. However, it is not childish and candy-like, it just taps into our more innocent selves, our capacities to relate to childhood and children, even as we have become women and men. Yesterday, I wore it to do parent help at daycare and it made me feel closer to my son, to the kids there, to that precious time we all need to remember or live though the eyes of our children.

Des Filles à la Vanille lists the following notes: rose, white musk, jasmin, woods, peach, and vanilla.

It is available for $75 at Luckyscent with the added bonus of a free bottle of Je T'Aime with each purchase of GM. You can find it for 35 Euros in the boutiques of Des Filles à la Vanille in France.

The bottle can be used either as a splash or spray bottle.

Photo is from Luckyscent via Basenotes

2 Comments:

Anonymous Veronica said...

'Garçon Manqué' translates to 'Real Tomboy'. I was hoping for 'Monkey Boy'.

7:50 AM  
Blogger The Scented Salamander said...

That would be "Le Garçon Singe" which in turn could be taken as sounding like "The Singed Boy":)

9:40 PM  

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