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Launched in 2005 to celebrate The Year of Brazil in France, the Maître Parfumeur et Gantier website says that Bahiana  is “A colorful and animated journey inspired by the Brazilian way of life and the lush nature of the country; an invitation to an evening of festivities by Copacabana beaches.” Oh, it so is….

It opens with a fresh bite of sweet orange and zesty lime. There’s a hint of sweetness here, as if the lime came out of caipirinha glass, giving the opening a tropical effect. Then a heart of guaiac wood and rosewood opens right up. The woods are light, not heavy or weighty.  Guaiac wood or palo santo, is a tree native to Brazil’s Mato Grosso state. Its aspects of pine, mint and lemon play perfectly off the fragrant rose note that comes from rosewood, likely Bahia rosewood here. Elemi is here too, adding a green freshness Bahiana. The base is musky and ambery, which, along with an aquatic, fresh note of coconut water (not the smell of coconut suntan oil) anchor the fruity/floral/woody accord, keeping the fragrance light and buoyant.

There is no drama in Bahiana – no harshness, cloying sweetness or loud florals. The drydown is smooth, subtly tropical and quietly elegant. Perfumer Jeanne-Marie Faugier has created carefree summer scent that is a beautiful homage to Brazil. And, while some consider it a unisex fragrance, I kinda think it really is best on a woman.

Notes: orange, Caipirinha lime, guaiac wood, rosewood, elemi, amber, musk, coconut

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Jeanne-Marie Faugier

Price: $5.00