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From the first second, the citrus and green accord puts me on alert – this is different from other green chypres. There’s spice, and hints of dust in the dry green cloud that rises up from the two spritzes – no blindingly sharp galbanum notes here. These notes are from the aldehyde clan, not the bright fizzy side of the family, but the dark, spicy, smoky side, that to my nose tell a much more interesting story.

The spicy clove note increases as the floral heart develops, but there’s very little sugar as rose, ylang, jasmine and lily come out of the shadows. Iris arrives and the floral group makes a charming bouquet that manages to be soft and creamy, slightly soapy, never sweet, keeping the aldehydes in check, but also fading fairly quickly.

Flowers are replaced by cedar and oakmoss, so resinous, musty, and earthy, vetiver expands the green shadows, and the spice remains, warming the shadows along with sandalwood. Near the end, leathery patchouli adds hints of sensual mystery, and the final dry-down is a perfect chord played quietly in the key of spicy-dark-green woods.
Sophisticated elegance, disciplined structure, restrained sensuality, Cialenga is one interesting chypre. 

Notes: citrus, black currant,green notes, iris, jasmine, ylang-ylang, clove, tincture of rose and lily, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss and Virginia cedar.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Jacques Jantzen

Price: $5.00