Blog post by Gwen

The Gorgeous Gourmands Decant Pack


Photo: The Gorgeous Gourmands Decant Pack

A few weeks ago, Duchesse, from Passage des Perles, a good friend and Montreal-based blogger who writes about style, culture and pearls (I am a dedicated reader!) reached out to me with an idea. She’d been thinking about what happens when your sense of taste dances with your sense of smell. The answer: is gourmand fragrances. And that’s how the Gorgeous Gourmands Decant Pack came into being. Initially, it was designed as a prize in a contest on Passage des Perles, but now you can buy it here.

Duchess gives the details on the Gorgeous Gourmands Decant Pack from Passage des Perles:

Five delish delights introduce notes of ginger, cocoa, vanilla, currant—even whiskey— in fragrances subtle to seductive. If you are new to gourmands, don't worry that you might waft more sweetness than a plate of Nillas; the notes in these are subtle rather than cloying, and all from houses known for quality:

Vanilla Shot (Perfumer, Bernard Duchoufour; Olfactive Studio)

A rich oriental extrait de parfum with an orangey opening, which develops through dried fruits, spices and flowers toward a heart of vanilla and caramel. Potent and long-lasting because it is one step from pure perfume, so a drop delivers. Known to its fans as "Christmas in a bottle", it is not at all as vanilla-centric as its name suggests.

Les Voyages Olfactif 02 Paris-New York (Perfumer: Thierry Wasser; Guerlain)

New York from a Parisien perspective: an eau de toilette with sweet and tart notes of cinnamon and roasted chestnut peek forth from an opening of bergamot and berries, narcissus, rose, and plum blossom—a nod to both the flowers of Central Park and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

Five O'Clock au Gingèmbre (Perfumer: Christopher Sheldrake; Serge Lutens)

Gwen says, "Five O'Clock au Gingèmbre does not smell like a ginger cookie or cake but the ingredients—tea, candied ginger, patchouli, and pepper—are exotic, luxurious and rich and combined in a blend that is absolutely irresistible any time of day." An eau de parfum.

J. Crew Number 57 (Perfumers: Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier for Arquiste) 

Inspired by Peggy Guggenheim's art gallery on the top floor of 30 West 57th Street in New York, this eau de toilette opens with a whiskey note (Ms Guggenhim's preferred tipple), then moves into notes of honey, hay, oak barrels, gentle vanilla, and as you would expect in an older building, leather and wood.

Réglisse Noire (Perfumer: Jessica September Buchanan; 1000 Flowers)

The black liquorice of All Sorts candies, but done without much sugar, while including dashes of white pepper, mint, shisho leaf, star anise, ginger, cocoa, vanilla, vetivier, musk—and more. An airy, easy-to-wear eau de toilette unlike anything else.   

Check out The Gorgeous Gourmands Decant Pack in our Shop.