Launched in 2005, Songes, which means ‘dreams, was inspired by Camille Goutal’s honeymoon on the island of Mauritius. During an evening walk in a garden, she was taken by then the intoxicating and exotic scent of white flowers at dusk.
The first thing I always smell when I spritz Songes on my skin is the smell of a tropical summer from the frangipani, tiare and jasmine. So embedded is this scent memory that I can’t really separate the notes, so I don’t. I just enjoy them – their rich, opulent fleshiness awakening and arousing scent memories from so many different points in my past.
These whites are big girls; if they aren’t handled just right, they can run roughshod over the fragrance. Frankincense tempers them at the heart, giving Songes a resinous depth and darkness. At the same time, French vanilla sweetens them, toning down the indolic aspect while getting the best out of it and adding a velvety creaminess. Copahu balm gives it a balsamy, camphourous note and tricks my nose into smelling tuberose, which always makes me smile. Ylang-ylang bolsters the white florals' presence to the woody base, where vetiver and amber cut through their richness and styrax adds a note of creamy vanilla.
Songes has some heavy, opulent notes, but the fragrance, especially the eau de toilette, doesn’t wear heavy. It wears rich, warm, sultry and, at the same time, tender, delicate and feminine. It is the smell of summer dreams on your skin.
Notes: frangipani, tiare flower, Sambac jasmine, frankincense, French vanilla, copahu balm, ylang-ylang, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, styrax.